Originally Posted by Salamandra
Just last year Annie used to be considered the best mage in the game bar none. Even at some points with no changes she considered the best champion in the game for a little while before season one after Jax and Fiddle nerfs. I agree that Annie's power feels a little lacking with all the power of the new champs. Though she really did not need as much changes as she is getting this patch. If she isnt top tier now shes at least high tier in her current state. I think Brand deserves more buffs than Annie at the moment.
EDIT: I think the reason they are buffing her is because she isnt used in every single tournament game anymore. She is still used effectively. Some teams like the early lane dominance that an Annie gives. Just cause she cant do late game damage like Malzahar doesnt mean shes underpowered. Honestly a few tiny buffs are probably needed for Annie but not a complete remake of her 3 damage skills.
There's definitely power creep - even if we had theoretical perfect balance, adding new options to the game has some native power creep. Since we also are not perfect beings and do make some things more powerful sometimes, we add a little more.
While we do go through pretty significant effort to not add power creep, some will make it in - and we'll be realistic recognizing that. There's also a little bit as players get better...what works on a game's launch is rarely the same as strategy evolves.