Originally Posted by Nea De Penserhir
False. Armor is useful and will help when Black Cleaver enters the field.
It didn't help beforehand when the flat armor penetration could be stacked, but that's been addressed.
~Not~ having armor against a black cleaver doesn't help you in the slightest.
Regardless of whether or not armor "helps", one gets better slot and cost efficiency building hp and atma's than gunning soley for enough armor to give respectable mitigation to physical damage champs. Armor in its current state is simply a bonus to the attack speed slows and hp that the most commonly purchased armor items give, rather than the most desired stat. 300 armor is easily mitigated to around 100, varying slightly depending on runes.
Tell me when in S1 or S2 black cleaver, or even brutalizer was considered a strong item. Every time I remember seeing it, it was on AD casters or people with insane AD steroids. Even on those same champions, I never remember one buying BC. Nobody outside of kayle and xin bought it, and only rarely did xin.
Please inform me of when AP and AD being able to bypass around 70 (with runes) of their respective resistance was considered unbalanced or even utilized at high level play.
There used to be a trade off for that damage, at least for AP. No merc treads, not many of either tanky or damage items, and having a midgame item rotting in your inventory. None of which AD champions had to deal with to the same extent. Combine ArPen runes with sunder mastery and you're already almost one item slot of efficiency ahead of AP in S2. Haunting guise compared terribly to brutalizer even then. Now comparing both item's upgrades, you should see why BC is a bit out of place.
There is no justifying the item, especially since its being abused by bruisers more than AD casters.