Originally Posted by ImYurpian
You stated you think it promotes passive play, however i dont agree... you can trade better with cloth than you can with another item. What item would you start with instead???
But your damage is lower, and your likelihood of killing is lower. I prefer Doran's, Amp Tome, or even just boots. Boots allow you to more effectively harass and poke your opponent, even if they don't directly increase your damage output.
Armor may boast positive trades, but with a lack of consistent/bursty damage output, securing kills will be difficult (and a decision may arrive that you should just farm due to your lack of offensive ability to defeat the opponent).