Originally Posted by Absolute 42
1. What does it mean for a champion to be OP?
2.What is champion balance, exactly?
3.Give me one example of a champion (in the past or now) that you think was/is OP, and state your reasoning for why this was/is the case.
4. How does one compare two champions and determine their viability?
5. What makes a person a good judge of whether or not a champ is OP?
1. For a champion to be in a state that makes them stronger than other comparable champions to the point that they have significantly higher win rates at high levels of play. For example: Ez, Graves, Lee Sin, Amumu, Taric.
More often than not, certain mechanics/abilities on a champion will be OP, without the champion as a whole being so: Darius ult, Syndra ult, Vlad pool, Vayne's W, scaling True damage, excessive amounts of penetration (as mechanics, these are incredibly overpowered, as there are no ways to counter them; sadly, riot has been adding more and more of these).
Often, combinations of champions will be able to resolve the issues of others to allow those overpowered mechanics to be capitalized upon, such as a Nunu jungle with a Darius top: When Nunu goes top to gank, he gives Darius more mobility and attack speed, while also slowing the opponents movement and attack speed, to the point that Darius can easily stick to them and kill get the 5 stacks on them for his ult to deal maximum damage for the kill.
2. Balance is the ideal scenario for a champion to be in, such that said champion is not overly powerful, and can be countered, but is still viable and fun to play. For example: Jax, Pantheon, Udyr, Warwick, MF, Kog'maw
3. Ezrael, Graves, and Lee Sin: Overly mobile for what they do and have such high burst in comparison to other champions that he is both highly forgiving for people that play him, and punishing for his opponents.
4. The champions fulfill the same role and can be compared based on how well each of those champions fulfills that role.
5. An understanding of the mechanics of the game, what is important, what isn't important, and how everything fits together.