There has been quite the talk about runes and ip prices on Reddit and the League of Legends message boards ever since Riot announced that they would be changing certain runes around. This is a topic I have debated extensively with friends and colleagues since beta and thus I want to present the arguments I have mustered over the years. I am a player who has obtained every champion, purchased a ton of tier 2 runes before I realized they were a terrible idea, have all the runes I need and has obtained maximum rune pages. I have spent a lot of time on this game and have made only a few purchased with RP.
First off, some players are clamoring for a "complete" refund of all runes due to the incoming rune rework. Honestly, these people are a mixture of ignorant and or greedy as the only reason they would really want it is so they could obtain the ip they spent on runes they did not want. The changes to runes were hardly detrimental and were balanced in some other way such as the base armor of all champions increasing. To be blunt, Riot should not offer players a refund on runes although they should seek to change how their rune and ip system work.