Haha they're now showing some skin I see, Karma's popularity is going to jump now.
Self fulfilling prophecy.
They will make her kit more streamlined and change her graphics a lot
It will increase her popularity. I don't think anyone would doubt that.
At the same time, if they increased Sivir's range, gave her all new model and animations but put her full platemail. I'm sure her popularity would go up also.
Riot has this TERRIBLE tendency to put champions that are weird or not sexy (I'm looking at you guys Trundle, Urgot, Heimer, Karma, Anivia, Poppy etc) to have REALLY strange or different roles.
Yeah no one plays Trundle, Urgot, or Heimer because their roles are REALLY strange compared to more streamlined champions.
In another world where Urgot and Ezreal had swapped stats/skills but everything else is the same. Urgot would be played. No one but Void wants to play the weird AD Carry / Anti-AD Carry / Bruiser / Squishy / AD Caster jumble of a mess that is Urgot.
I play Urgot all the time. He's a nice counter to some popular top lanes. Also he's super sexy.