Alright I'm about to go into a little bit of a rage mode rant here so here we go. Balance patch notes are up, and we're seeing that Riot intends to nerf Talon and Riven. Fine, whatever. I don't agree with the extent of the nerfs, but that's not what this is about. This is about Blitzcrank, Mumu, and Shen all getting off scot free in the patch notes.
Again. The fact of the matter is...wait for it...
These champions are almost always picked or banned. They are broken.
There's no excuse for this. These champions kits are not inherently unbalanceable.. I invite anyone who says so to look at Vladimir. Resourceless champion with infinite sustain, inherently impossible to balance by nerfs to numbers alone. At least, that's what people were saying when Vladimir was released, then nerfed to trash tier, then slowly buffed and adjusted over time with varying success.
And here we stand today. Nobody is crying for Vladimir nerfs, and nobody is calling for Vladimir buffs. I would go as far as to say he is one of the most balanced champions currently in the League. With minimal mechanical changes to his kit, he was balanced solely by finding a good balance between his numbers and the innate power of his kit.
Shen was garbage when I started this game, despite his ultimate being more or less the same. Yet players will often point to his ultimate as something that makes him "unbalanceable by design", when in fact that very same ultimate was not enough to save him from the scrap heap without excessive buffs due to how energy starved he was and how pathetic his non ult skills were.
Blitzcrank was never picked when I started. He had very high mana costs, and overdrive resulted in an "underdrive" speed debuff. There weren't any noticeable complaints about Blitzcrank either.
Amumu has always been broken in season 2 and 3, but was under the radar for a while due to how difficult season 1 jungle was for him to clear and his being a terrible laner.
All I'm asking is for an attempt to be made to balance these champions. Champions do not need to follow a homogenous cookie cutter formula to be balanced; characters like Vladimir are proof that delicate number tapping can eventually result in balance despite innate kit power. I want to see a lot more numbers in patch notes than I currently do, rather than promises of reworks in a year.
Give Heimer a small buff while he waits for his rework. Give Sion one of his AP ratios back. Give Xerath some more damage on arcanopulse. Reduce the cooldown on Karma's mantra. Increase Brand's damage on his passive. I frankly do not care. We do not need to leave champions in a state of being clearly broken or clearly useless for a year while we sit twiddling our thumbs for a rework. It is not hard to change numbers in the coding as a temporary fix while you look for a better solution.