Riot games showed off changes to the League of Legends UI recently. I for one think this looks like a step in the right direction for the company. After trying my hand at the game nearly two years ago and realizing that League of Legends wasn't for me, one of the reasons was the seemingly inscrutable structure of the game, it's "meta-game" which involves memorizing knowing popular strategies from professional players, and a UI that confused the hell out of me.
While I still don't have a strong grasp of what some of these changes mean, and I have no idea how the community will receive them, It's interesting to see the changes. As a designer myself, I find them objectively better and more comprehensible than ever before. Just take a look:
The new design seems to be more focused, make it clearer who's being selected, has a better count down timer. Has a vastly superior art direction, and seems to have made smart decisions around minimizing chat, and getting away from a nasty tabbed structure that didn't have clear enough states.
Kudos to the design team over at Riot Games. It looks like you're working hard to define a sense of style that doesn't feel like an off-brand Blizzard knock-off. That's a team with opinions that are starting to be realized. Though I could still do without the Wow-esq fonts, and I'm begging for a native Mac client.