Originally Posted by TheBirdOfPrey
Overall some champions are going to be bad on this map, others are oging to generally be good- It is a fact and perfect balance can't and will never be achieved- Any hopes of this are highly over-optimistic
There are a disticnt list of champions that are frankly bad on the map
Namely- Rammus Garen Renekton Nasus Trundle Volibear Irelia Udyr Tryndamere Warwick Shyvana Sion(he's kinda bad in general) Sejuani Leona and Riven.
Just gonna touch on this since the other points have been touched on in posts above mine. Champions are NOT going to be balanced strictly because of ARAM, so unless they need balancing for SR, it just won't happen. But, with that being said, I have to disagree with most of the champs you listed.
The problem people have is that they try to play champs in ARAM the same way they do on SR and fail miserably. That works on some champs and doesn't work on others. The key to using those champs that have NO poke or that are typically bad at early levels is to be a pseudo support char for a while. Most champs have some way of supporting the team with their abilities and you can always pick up aura items on any champ. Once a couple of towers fall and the poking drops off a bit, you can round out your build to be more effective.
To give some specific examples...
Rammus - prioritize your Taunt and pick off any enemies stupid enough to approach your tower. Hang around near whatever carries you have and use your powerball to protect them rather than trying to initiate fights. Don't do that until you've built up some tankiness later in the game
Nasus - It sounds odd, but Wither is amazing for ARAM. Prioritize Wither and then Spirit Fire. You won't have a chance to farm your Q anyway, so it's bottom priority in ARAM. Build tanky and soak up tons of damage for your team, especially with your ult up. He still won't be the greatest, but he's better for ARAM than people realize
Irelia - Play passive early while building damage. Pick off stragglers when you can. Build her for damage and watch her melt squishy champs. If they have no squishy champs, then you gotta build tanky and peel for your carries (if you have any). Her slow/stun and true damage always make her a threat
Warwick - I've had him a few times and he's actually been pretty decent for me. He's hard to kill and most champs have trouble running away from him. He's actually not bad versus poke teams since he can sustain pretty easily (especially once you grab SV). Once you hit 6, you can at least lock down a target for a few seconds while your team blows them up.
Sion - AP Sion is quite nasty on ARAM. His shield soaks up tons of damage and his Q is a nuke that stuns and the CD isn't that bad either. Stick to leveling Q and W until they are both maxed, as E and R are fairly useless for AP Sion. Until you can build some AP, just sit in the back while your stun is on cd and pop out just to stun out of position opponents. Once you get some AP, you can initiate with your shield. I typically build a Warmogs on him fairly early for some extra beefiness.
Sejuani - I got her twice, and both times we wrecked the other team pretty hard. Her kit makes it easy to chase fleeing opponents and her ult is great for initiating fights or following up a good initiation (Malphite ult, Zhonya's Crowstorm etc). Stack health and watch as the enemy team tries to focus you down while your team kills them. You'll probably want to throw an Aegis or Runic Bulwark in there at some point
Udyr - Yes, he's not great in ARAM, but he's got a stun (with built in Speed Boost), a shield and AoE damage. He's also getting a small survivability boost in the next patch, so he should get a little better. Build some auras for your team and stun anyone that gets close to your carries. Once you get some tankiness you may be able to initiate depending on their team comp.
The other champs I either haven't played in ARAM yet, or I agree with you, but honestly, I think the list of "terrible" champs is greatly exaggerated on the ARAM board. I've won games with Udyr and Sejuani on my team and I've lost games with Yi and Nidalee on my team.