I'm very sorry about the longevity of this message, but I feel as though its a serious and important read. This thread has more messages then just Darius, more important messages. That I felt should be addressed, if not addressed again.... So
Listen if you will, please. This is no way a nerf Darius blah blah blah and it is long so im sorry. Just a random thought on what I think about this Darius trend and something that seemed to me needed to be said, and probably has been. I see so many nerf Darius threads about this guy it reminds me of Tryndamere a year ago. We all know how much anyone who's also been here awhile, sure loved seeing about 20 or more a day... The classic favorites are ones that give zero examples as to why they're OP. As well as flood the board with ignorance.. You know, even after giving the advice you took the time out of your day to explain. It simply isn't their fault.. their apparent unknown platinum rating is so top - tier that it is invisible to even Riot. Don't get me wrong, I acknowledge that I'm being sort of a jerk. I know there are plenty of other members asking genuine questions. I love that as well as I love seeing senior members respond to help someone. That is what this is all about isn't it? Yet I have to admit, I'm so tired of seeing these repeated nonsensical ignorant threads, with one sided opinions on a champ. The reality in everything is that Darius falls into one category of Melee champ that isn't at all hard to deal with.
Darius is a melee fighter designed to do what he does do, execute with brutality. Lore wise he is on par with Garen - which in itself I think should mean something about his power - lore wise it shouldn't be a surprise. Now I don't expect everyone to read the lore, and again that is not what this is about. Darius has no escape, he pulls people in and hits them to stack his passive and then use his ult. This is it every time.. There is no other way he can use his kit, he has Nooo versatility at all. He is one of the least mobile champions in the game in fact. I would like to see Morde and Darius race. Unless he uses his passive though which brings me to my next point. When Darius hits you he gains move speed per champion hit. Against one person this isn't very significant at all. Not even in a team fight is it that significant actually, and if you know anything about this game, then you know that in a team fight you will prioritize who NEEDS to be focused first. Why I say that in all powerful caps-lock is because that is 100% accurate. A well executed team initiation in a fight on that champion, every time.. every single time... Will obliterate said champ. If Darius is steamrolling ( which severely hinders his team from kill steals, inevitable kill steals i must add ) then he is likely not giving his team the power it needs to overwhelm 5 champs. Let alone when his confidence feeds his ego then cries when he dies within seconds to a knowledgeable team.
I don't care how "good" you claim or how fed said champion is, a good team with respectable communication wont let one guy take on a whole team and win. Regardless of what you say, his/her whole team would have to hit the other team hard then have said champion pick up the scraps. I've seen impressive YouTube videos of some bad-ass literally 1v5 a team. I don't live under a rock hurr hurr :P, and yes it's happened but man those are so few and far between. It happens rare enough there shouldn't be a new thread about it every other hour. I will be perfectly honest right now.. There is no champion, in this game.. that is overpowered. Are there overpowered items on certain champions? Even saying there are champions that might be better then others is plausible? Yet there is absolutely a counter to every single champion in the game. With saying I think Darius is easily in a group of the most obviously counter pick-able champions in the game. That is to be said in draft picking. I know Darius is a pubstomper.. I have been pubbed stomped by Darius quite a lot actually but Its not because I don't know why. I know that I lost because I took him head on under the wrong circumstances. Every enemy champ who uses their kit properly on a player who doesn't understand their enemies kit... OR... is out of correct position(**POSITION IS HUGE, see caps again.. Important) to evade any of the enemies kit. I must say the enemy deserves that win.
Ranked games are what matter, Summoners Rift is what champions are balanced around. That is what the core of this game is.
I actually do not play ranked what so ever, I follow it but I actually only ever play random games. I play for fun and love it all day. I like to win like the next person because who doesn't? I try to win, and if I cant I tried everything I could and got beaten by someone better. There is also poor blind pick circumstances where for example:I picked Twitch and fought Lee Sin. His sight reveal > my invisibility. Darn it, oh well it happens. Exactly a reason why I shouldn't come cry he is OP. You're in ranked and you picked Twitch expecting to take on Lee? Well seriously I hope you're not that clueless. Doesn't mean he's OP. In blind pick it should never affect someone enough to the effect I have seen when your team or the enemy team gets stomped. If its not ranked, it does NOTHING to you. So don't come here with that carried around anger. I mostly play 3s so I have been stomped by a Darius TONS of times. No big, I don't come here and a complain and get mad my unranked game didn't raise my rank because I didn't win. Since saying the game is based on ranked 5s? That means undoubtedly there are a type of superior champs to play in Twisted Treeline then Summoners and it will be abused. Again though, that isn't what this is about. I took the time to write all of this out because I love this game, but I don't love the pattern I'm seeing. Darius was a coverup to a more powerful message. More focused on the constant OP threads I see posted here. Makes me not want to post often anymore considering it seems that good advice always only seems to go so far.
In the end of it all to people that have gotten stomped by X champion. I just want you to ask yourself, did you really do everything you could have done to change that scenario? Was it that honestly just 100 percent beyond your control? Like i said, if you were in draft pick and saw a Darius and didn't go.."hmm I think I'll pick someone who can kite him".. Then get stomped, DOESN'T MEAN HES OP. Every champion has a counter.. and every-time I myself also get stomped by a champion? I read about that champion, I study counters and I grab as much useful advice as I can to try and overcome.. I eventually do and hold onto it. Riot would not have built this amazing company into what I've been proudly since beta watch it become. I strongly urge all you "know it all types" out there to do just that, know it all. Know everything you can about the many fun champions they offer. Ask yourself before you post that you know what you're talking about with valid points and facts. Be courteous and open minded. People here really respect a good solid argument and if you wouldn't believe that alone, Riot actually listens and monitors these threads. I'm sorry and I'm not trying to speak for everyone but if you're not interested in bettering this game.. If you're only interested in trashing this game based off your ignorance. You CAN stop playing this FREE game and expel your negativity somewhere else. I'm sure we all wont miss you. I'm not at all trying to come off as negative myself - and I don't know that i wont sound like that to you - and hope this turns into something actually much more positive.
With all that being said.. I want to say I love this game, I love the people who also enjoy the game as much as I do. I'm so thankful that over time I got to watch this game become what it has and be fine tuned into a truly remarkable phenomenon. I love the new honor system and its rewarding for nice people that do exist in this game's community, as well the ones who realize they want to reform their behavior. It isn't just a rumor to the people who trash this community nice people DO exist and people can change. Its all been a work in progress and Riot you're doing great. I just dont see these threads about OP champs dying down at all though like it was a creature born from itself. Do I know a solution? No way... Is there a solution? Absolutely not. What is a solution anyways to peoples freedom of speech? There isnt because everyone has the right to say what they want. The only thing I'm preaching in this probably annoyingly long message.. Is please you naysayers and OPsayers. Please take a step back, maybe do some research and practice the mechanics some more.. BE the champ you hate, play him just to beat him. You will overcome.. If still clueless then come here with valid points..Then you will be welcomed with open arms into a great community rather then a burden and wasted effort to please.
Very long and I apologize, but I seriously hope you do read it.. you might be surprised or at least have a very useful opinion that I myself wasn't aware of. I felt as though this was very important but obvious thing that needed to be brought to attention. Or possibly brought to attention again. Thank you for your time and I really appreciate any, if at all feedback!! PS. Sorry for any typos that might've slipped by lol.
There are other things in the thread, such as how the skill isn't channeled, but probably should be. If you disagree with that, that's fine, say so, I'm sort of feeling like that isn't nearly as important as the ability to escape via movement.
There is an entire website dedicated to learning to counter champions (http://www.championselect.net) and yet people still cry about champions being impossible to stop.
Very well done OP, unfortunately I don't think anyone too lazy to google 'Darius counters' is going to read your post. Even though they, and the entire League community, should.