Originally Posted by Jezzaxx
I enjoy the general logic found in people claiming he isn't op. If you play better than him, have better people than him on your team, have everybody work together really hard, you can beat him. While he is just chillin by himself, not trying. Sounds op.
That's where you're wrong. Darius cannot own enemy teams "by himself". In fact, by himself he's not a real threat if you don't attempt to soak damage (you actually dodge his skills and you play decent). The issue is that Darius is the perfect mop.
After you quadra-kill the enemy team - and, more importantly, you're low on health - Darius becomes dangerous because his ult refresh lets him destroy your whole team in seconds.
While, at a glance, that appears OP, Darius really depends on his team to do well. If his team isn't fit to team-fight properly, Darius will be unable to perform his duty as team mop.
Those who claim Darius is OP because he can destroy enemy teams are half-right. He is capable of destroying enemy teams only when his own team is competent enough to do well without him
. In essence, Darius is, as Pet Katherine so aptly put it, a stack item. He's good in-theory, and he's good for pub-stomping matches when you KNOW you don't need to clutch carry your team because they're good. But in competitive line-ups, he's rather mediocre as a solo top since he:
1. Does not scale well damage-wise into the late-game. Compare him with someone like Jax or Olaf and you'll see they have INFINITELY more burst than Darius. Darius' kit is designed around his ult. Without it, he can't do more than mediocre burst (and his sustained damage is hurt by the fact that, as a bruiser, he needs to build defensively to survive) and since his ult is usually burned when team-fights are OVER, he doesn't over much in the way of damage potential during fights.
2. Sucks kills away from his own carry. Unless his AD carry is being played by someone who AFK farms the whole game and NEVER leaves lane to get kills, sooner or later his team will realize that the AFK carry is gold-starved since he's been getting the equivalent of support-level gold from ganks, and has been wasting time ganking out-of-lane when he could be farming, only to have Darius sweep up all his kill gold and leave him meager assist gold.