Originally Posted by Petoux
All of the champions with a Tank label can deal plenty damage to enemies without damage items. Except maybe Taric...he needs AP.
It's all Tanky DPS
Can a Rammus with only tank items kill Karthus with full build? Yes; and probly with 2/3rds of his HP left after the battle.
Tanks on here need to be more pushed towards purely tanking instead of sneaking around and killing the Caitlyn in 2 shots.
To put it blunt, tanks need damage to do their job. Without damage they would be considered as 0 risk in any team fight outside of a 2 second taunt. It mathematically and functionally would be impossible for a tank to work without any out going damage.
Tanks have a special ability. They have the ability(ies) to save a teammate(s) from death, or to open a fight. Their damage calculation is figured for pure team fights. This is when tanks matter, not because they can roll in and solo a single DPS, but for all the DPS to create burn targets and not die in the fray.
Mathematically, a Yi or Cait can out damage a tank. Should they try it? God no, and it would be stupid if you were. Their job is to survive, so at no point would it be reasonable to say "I should have the ability to solo tanks because I'm a DPS"... that would make tanks extremely pointless wouldn't it?