Originally Posted by mufins
The thing I don't like about investing in bot lane is that bot lane has a defender's advantage (its close to their spawn) where as windmill does not. All things being equal, investing in capturing bot seems like an inefficient use of player resources. But thats obviously generalizing things quite a bit so I can't really say for sure until I see more people trying 2-1-2.
The thing is, they aren't standing in their spawn while they try to retake it, so it's the same as defending top. The only difference is the attackers at bottom get to go back to their base and buy, heal, etc. but this does in fact take time. Let's theoretically say that it's just the 2 of us bottom (so that top isn't lacking resources which is the point of this strat), I take your point and I have relatively low HP, but you're dead. I have 2 healthpacks that I can grab to bring me to about half health, and more than likely some abilities that allow me to sustain. You won't be able to capture the point because I'm defending it, and if you dive me then the tower will more than make up for the missing health that I have. Realistically, you're going to be sending 2 bottom to get it back. I'm going to make it as hard as humanly possible to take that point back without dying myself, allowing for ample time for top to be taken. Remember, you have a relatively constant supply of health right below the point, so that makes for plenty of sustainability.
Again, it IS close to their spawn but they do NOT automatically have the advantage when attacking it. Your remaining health plus the number of people attacking/defending make or break any point on the map, this one is no exception. Imagine they zerged bottom point and had a heimerdinger left behind to defend it? Now what?
Note that an effective counter to the 2-1-2 strategy is to just.. send 2 bot initially and send the extra top once the point is capped. Top will be taken because their team will have hesitated due to the zerg strategy nature, and you'll have 3 points. The reason this strategy is effective is due to the element of surprise, and not knowing if they are doing this or not, but if you do by chance know they are, then it is an easy counter. It is impossible to make this strategy the meta by this reason alone.