"you have a ton of knowledge burden abilities already in game.
akali mark of assassin"
Originally Posted by Zileas
Does not create significant response. It's fine.
This is just not true. Consider this combo:
Laning phase, level 3, top lane. Akali casts Mark of the Assassin on you, then hides in the brush. A few seconds later, she comes at you with the intention of a damage trade; you humor her and unload all your damage on her. In turn, she hits you, detonating MotA, then casts MotA on you again, hits you and detonates the second mark, and casts Crescent Slash. With offensive runes and masteries (flat AP, magic pen, 21 offense), you take:
* 112 physical damage from 2 autoattacks
* 217 magic damage from the 3 instances of MotA in the combo
* 65 damage from Crescent Slash
Add ignite (which is quite popular on Akali), and the total damage you just took in a level 3 "damage trade" (after armor & MRes) is 112+217+65+130 = 524, or just under 90% of the max health of a squishy level 3 champion. Whether you died or not, suddenly you are now way behind.
The fact that MotA has about as much duration as it has cooldown makes this combo available for only a short timing window, when your first MotA is about to expire and the cooldown on the skill is about to come up. If you don't know about this, then Akali will kick your ass in the laning phase (she's already a formidable laner even if her opponent DOES know of this combo), and you will either feed her or get zoned horribly (neither of which is particularly fun to deal with).
As to creating significant response, YES. Trading damage with Akali when MotA is about to expire is suicide, and if you know about the combo, you'll do everything possible to avoid it.
"But you have a giant Kama over your head! It's obvious!"
Yeah, and Shen leaves a big sword over my head, but I never seem to explode when that happens.
As someone who got crushed by this before I knew about it, I believe Akali's Q is THE most serious instance of a burden of knowledge anti-pattern in LoL right now- it makes laning against her feel very unfair.