Originally Posted by Bhauk
No need to be condescending. As far as I understand it's all about getting a good a team fight comp adequately prepared by the time laning phase is over.
Yeah, that post probably came across in all the wrong ways. Apologies for that. But my point still stands.
"The meta" isn't a strict rule set that must be followed, it's a guide to a strong team composition based off of what players have found successful. The key thing is that there are many other viable strategies, especially when considering that making a team to deliberately counter "the meta" is a very strong strategy in and of itself.
For example, M5 has ran a different type of Support in games before - a Jungle Support. They had Alistar (who, while traditionally a Support, has some of the meanest ganks in the game) play support for they Jungle Lee Sin. The ganks were incredible and Alistar was doing anything but "sitting around watching".
Or, the inverse of that, Dignita's Triple Support / Protect-the-Kog'maw strategy. At IPL4, they ran solo lanes for Lulu and Soraka, but still using them as supports in team fights, utilizing the MR shred from Soraka to enhance the percent-health damage from Kog'maw and their jungler, Dr. Mundo.
My point, again, is that if you are feeling distraught over the "mandatory Support", do something yourself about "the meta". Propose new strategies to teams you get matched up with. Try something crazy. It might just work.
Note: I make a point to call it "the meta" and not a proper noun of any sort because it's a misnomer. It comes from the term "meta-gaming", or using outside knowledge to affect your in-game decisions. "The meta" came about through this process, but blindly sticking to this strategy without taking into consideration as to why you are sticking to it is the opposite of it's namesake. I have a personal vendetta against "the meta".