Originally Posted by Divergence
I'm not sure if I read your first statement right.. are you saying that SR top laners are overpowered? If that's the case I'm going to have to disagree. Top lane tends to be the lane that sees the fewest bans. Granted, Shen and Malphite are extremely good in top lane and very ban worthy but more often than not you see bans going out on supports, junglers, and midlaners. Morgana, Evelynn, TF, Alistar, Blitzcrank and Ezreal are seeing a huge amount of bans right now and none of them are even moderately viable for top.
I think you're also forgetting many how many of the popular supports right now have active roles. Blitzcrank, Sona and Taric all provide active roles to their teams. Blitzcrank hooks can turn games, Sona's ult is HUGE, not to mention her early game burst and Taric's stun/ult/shatter combo makes him excellent at grabbing kills early/mid game.
Edit: sorry about the double post!
this kinda got lost in the shuffle, so i wanted to reply to this. (btw i think that haifhearted makes very good points, and i basically second what he is saying).
What dominion players are saying is that the common top laners really actually ARE OP, most SR just don't know how so because for a couple of reasons.
First - there is a large difference because of the 1v1 nature of the laning phase - yes they can spiral out of control but they generally have another OP to go against them during that part and that can somewhat keep them in check (only during that part though). You can see this during the finals - watch maknoon play jayce and see how he chunks people for >50% of their health in mid game with just a couple of attacks. note how his performance skyrockets as soon as the laning phase ends and he comes up against people other than his lane opponent.
Second - there aren't as many teamfights in SR as in Dom, and losing one lane in SR has fairly game ending consequences if the other lanes on your team can't pick up the slack. This places more importance on bans to get rid of the slight differences in power between midlane/botlane champs as opposed to toplane, where there are enough of the OP bruiser champs that you can almost always find one that will work. This is very different than in Dom, where there are constant teamfights, and when one champion is significantly stronger in terms of stats/abilities/ratios, it makes a significant difference, and one that is readily apparent. Jayce is probably the most egregious example of this. It is also more easily seen because of the lower death timers. If you have to spend a lot of resources to kill someone (more than they have to spend killing you) and then they come back with not much of a penalty, then you can easily feel the difference in strength.
Thirdly - for whatever reason it takes y'all forever to come up with the right build or there is something that just pulls on you to buy those triforces. I think it took about 3 days after his release for most of our high-elo players to decide that the infinity edge build was stronger on jayce than triforce, and yet dyrus STILL built triforce during his game (note - he did later say that he built jayce wrong, so at least he knows) even after maknoon showed how much of a powerhouse the AD build is. But even this has only been discovered recently. Honestly, jayce is a lot more manageable if he builds triforce than if he builds IE as he simply is not as strong. Builds for mages tend to differ quite a lot as well, but part of that is the style of play as well as the dominion aura making it not necessary to build any mana regen unless you are an extremely heavy mana user bot lane.
Fourth - "active" roles differ A LOT between dominion and SR. your active role for sona is casting her ult. tarics and blitz is casting their q's. (mostly). This is due mostly to the meta in SR and the fact that supports don't get power items, whereas in Dom, the gold gain is ensured and so they can get cool stuff. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Gowo6hlWc
for what happens when you give taric real items. lulu is a freakin boss, soraka is a BAMF if you let her be, and nunu is unkillable. There is a reason that lulu is a perma ban on the level of kassadin and jayce.