I don't understand why this is particularly significant. New characters are released all the time. Is the inability to use a previous skeleton for modeling noteworthy? Or has the Escapist released an article about all the previous champions?
Escapist has a bit of a hardon for LoL and tends to post articles about minor updates all the time, with larger ones when new heroes are released. I don't really see the point in it either, but no point in getting worked up about it...
League of Legends currently one of the most popular online games in the world.
Which translates to a large potential audience. I'm thinking that more than anything drives the Escapist's bias for LoL.
I'd call it free advertising, but they don't exactly have any existing conflict of interests so...why not?
OT: It figures that they would tease an actual fucking dragon champ right after I quit LoL (on account of 3.11).
One promising interesting mechanical interactions, no less.