Originally Posted by ringthree
Isn't it time that more people and teams start picking counter-comps instead of counter-picks? I would not be surprised to see that increase in the near future. The best meta is one that counters the other teams meta, not necessarily the one with the best individual champs.
Actually I think it highlights the strengths of Blitzcrank and Olaf.
With Blitzcrank there is no counter play available against hook. It's always going to be a problem and I think that's the reason why Blitzcrank is often banned. He's generally in the top 10 of banned champions because there's just no counter play to a Blitzcrank hook other than: don't get hooked. The playstyle you have to use to avoid getting hooked though makes Blitzcrank's hook effective even if you never use it.
I feel like Olaf was very important to the strat, not only because he's good at everything but because he's just got so much sustain. He very much held two lanes ('port early on from top to bot) while farming both to gain that huge advantage early. Wolves helped as well to give an early edge on Shen.
It also highlighted Shen's inability to push. However, I just can't see who they could have put up against Olaf that wouldn't have caused even more problems.
They needed Cho'Gath mid since he's their only realy AoE early. Ezreal and Sona are too squishy, and Kha'Zix can't sustain against Olaf.
Would be interesting to see who they would run if they didn't have Olaf or if Olaf ever gets significant nerfs so that he can't just infinitely sustain while dealing tons of damage.
No doubt it has set Heimerdinger back another 6 months for rework because now Riot will see him as a "valid" pick.