Originally Posted by AngryBovine
To a bad player, almost any character can seem overpowered to them,as long as it's a character that beats them repeatedly. This is most prevalent with characters that excel at "pubstomps," which includes Ryze. A hero which sees play only in pubstomps but never in tournaments should be revised but not nerfed. These heroes are by no means overpowered; they are just designed in a sub-optimal fashion.
People who are raging about Ryze's ult-root combo use the term 'overpowered' way too much.
Ryze can't prevent people from playing. Ryze can't surpress people early laning and totally block them from getting last hits. Ryze can't hurt people who hug towers.
The only thing Ryze can do is kill players who aren't paying attention really fast.
You want real examples of an overpowered champion? Man, you should of see the hay-days of Lich, when he could force people off of towers. Or better yet, Cardmaster. Man, remember when Cardmaster was overpowered? He'd just make you dance around dodging Wild Cards all day.
Nobody who has to wait till level 6 to do their short-range easy-to-****-up summoner-spell-countered ultimate is going to be overpowered.