||11-14-2012 10:40 AM
Elise is fairly useless, imo. Her abilities don't really come together to form any sort of cohesive kit. Spectating an Elise and watching her use her abilities makes her playstyle not seem very fluid or fun. 90% of the time when Rappel is used, she goes up into the air, just to come back down and get focused. If she doesn't select a target, she should be able to come back down within a SMALLER area around her.. so she could use it to jump over small walls.
Having said that, the champions riot seems to design end up being tanky while still pumping out massive burst damage. They have too much utility, and do too much. IMO Riot is screwing up logical balance, and taking away reasons to play squishy champions. Rengar, for instance, can build tanky and still do massive amounts of damage. He can heal himself, he can slow, he can stealth for a fairly long time (enough to juke completely out of danger). A GOOD Rengar is completely safe in lane, and a danger in team fights.
I am of the mind that if you want tanky, you trade damage/range/mobility. If you want damage, you trade tankiness. If you want insane damage, you should rely on more skillshot based abilities (lux). Riot instead designs something like Diana.. who is tanky and does damage. She's melee, but her ranged ability allows her to dash a fairly far distance.. once she's on you, she has abilities to keep you close. If you try to fight her, she can pop her shield to get even stronger. She can also use her dash as an escape, as if that wasn't enough. If you have a shield or sustain, you shouldn't be innately tanky; those things should add to your kit, because you lack them. Builds are stale because certain base stats are so high. If you already do crazy base damage, just build tanky. If you're already tanky, just build damage
IMO, champs like Sejuani are good. She's tanky, has a lot of CC, and is a great disruptor. The only reason she's considered underpowered is that you have other tanks that do everything better (Amumu for instance.) Syndra is a great champion, but hard to play and a little niche, so she is unpopular.
I haven't seen enough of Zed, yet... but he really does seem like a LeBlanc + Talon. I can't say much else.. other than his abilities clutter gameplay. Watch the champion spotlight, where they show him chaining his ult + abilities on Shen. You can hardly tell what's going on there's so much black smoke everywhere. Shen basically disappears completely behind it all. If he didn't have Ki-strike up and a healthbar, you would have no idea anybody was there. That's not helping gameplay at all.