Originally Posted by Risemix
I didn't say it wasn't always true -- I'm saying that while it was always true before, there's no incentive to run anything but bruisers that counter AP mids now because their magic damage isn't very important due to new ArPen mechanics and items, and because their control and mobility are no longer a monopoly.
It used to be that you would run a bruiser mid to counter a mage occasionally, but only if you had an AP top or something else because it was important to have a mage on your team somewhere. It's not important anymore because most mages don't bring anything you need. Utility mages still work, but they aren't totally necessary either as usually a support covers a lot of that stuff.
Side note: I think there's something wrong with the fact that you can counter any standard lane by sticking a bruiser in it. Kill lanes easily counter standard bot lanes too, but like season 2 mid lanes, there are trade-offs involved. You give up having an AD carry late game unless they were in another lane.
There is a degree of build sacrifice on a team that runs 4 ad champions and a support. The other team can safely build a LOT of armor and hp, and that would more or less invalidate the opposing teams ability to deal damage.
What's more, give me an example of a bruiser with the utility of Orianna/Lux/Karthus/Anivia? I will wait here while you fail to do that. You can't do that because such a bruiser doesn't exist. Having to have a gap closer limits what their kit can contain.
And not all lanes are countered by throwing bruisers into a lane. Having a kill lane bot means both sacrificing having an ad carry AND hoping that you kill their ad carry/support often enough to take their ad carry out of the game. If you don't do that, then you have a problem, a big one.
You're talking like only bruisers are good, but a late game ad carry is still a terrifying thing to behold. Mid game, a good ap carry can melt just about anyone on the opposing team. There are lots of ap mids that do more in a teamfight than a bruiser could ever hope to do.
Can you make their lane harder by putting them against a bruiser? Sure. That doesn't invalidate the role. It just means that your team has to recognize where its strengths are and react accordingly, and know what your weaknesses are and do what you can to limit their exposure to the other team and build to minimize the impact of those weaknesses.