Originally Posted by XElement
You have to remember, most players are bad. So they have to balance around them.
Say Xin was decent and could be countered. But, he was facerolling bad players. He will get nerfed just because bad players can't handle him even though he has a counter and decent players can stop him.
And that goes back to the skill thing. Say Dyrus made a smurf account and played Eve. I imagine (since she isn't too terrible) he'd do well enough with her that we'd start seeing a flood of posts talking about how she's still too OP because she can stealth for a long time and does a lot... a moderate amount of damage with decent items.
Even though you can buy an Oracle's once, and never have problems with her again. The more seasoned players know that. The ones who don't will make the mistake a few times and eventually learn the counter.
That's one of the reasons why I think Zileas' "burden of knowledge" argument is lackluster.