I’ve seen a lot of responses to the 3.8 meta changes that have come to the conclusion that it will not kill the tank meta, in a sense I agree. Most tanky cc engage heroes will still be strong in 3.8, and they should be. This tanky engage role is something that Vainglory has lacked in the past, and feels like the role captain players have always asked for: A utility position with the opportunity to deal damage, find kills, and make big plays, it’s not a play style that should be discouraged moving forward.
The problem with 3.6-3.7 is this playstyle fed into an already unhealthy 5v5 meta game. The issue isn’t with the tanks, it’s how they fit a meta that emphasized miss matched lanes, and gold funnel onto two carries. Without the duo jungle meta, and 1v2 top lane (which I believe won’t exist in 3.8) these kinds of picks naturally fall into a less prominent roll, still useful to create a strong frontline for your team, but not ubiquitous.
What i’m getting at, is that players shouldn’t expect these kinds of picks to go away. The meta in the future will probably 2 utility per team, with the potential for a 3rd in hypercarry comps. Anything is unhealthy in excess, what needs to be done is find a place for all kinds of heroes, and 3.8 is big step towards that. I expect aggressive solo junglers like Koshka, Krul and Inara to be very popular, and 1v1 side lanes means almost any hero with good lane trading can readily succeed there.