I know and understand that balance is a very sensitive and difficult matter in most if not all games. I acknowledge the effort of Riot in all patches to try to balance the game while still making it interesting for all players. The fact that out of the 110 champions that currently exist, a large handful of them have never / will never see professional level play in their current condition saddens me, though this is not the point to my topic, merely an intro.
The topic of discussion I would like to inquire on today is what I refer to as the Ashe-Teemo Debacle. I would like to first state my case via linking and describing particular skills from their kits.
Frost Shot -- Cost: 8 mana per attack
Toggle: Ashe's basic attacks slow her targets for 2 seconds.
Toxic Shot -- Cost: 0 mana per attack
Passive: Teemo deals extra magic damage with his autoattacks. Additionally, his attacks will poison the target, dealing magic damage each second for 4 seconds. This poison will not stack but the duration will be refreshed with every subsequent attack.
Do you see the fruit of my confusion? I fail to see the balance in making the extra damage from Teemo's ability virtually free (only costing him skill points) while make Ashe's ability that only causes crowd-control effects to cost mana per attack. I do not aim to make Ashe's ability free as I feel that would upset balance more than current. My aim is to get ones to consider the idea of Teemo's Toxic Shot to have a cost to it of some sort also, or some drawback to it. As it stands there is no reason not to take it at every available level-up.
I suppose another argument along these lines could be made in regards to Cho'Gath's Vorpal Spikes ability, though my view on that is that the damage from that is avoidable (perhaps not when he is directly attacking you, more research needed), scales less well with ability power, and creates less overall upset in balance as Cho'Gath is not primarily played as an auto-attack heavy champion.
In conclusion I would like to thank those of you who read and considered this for your time, and I would like to also welcome any and all constructive comments and discussion on this topic.