Originally Posted by Nyx87
The part i highlighted is something I find increasingly frustrating about this game. Just about every melee champ has better move speed than ranged champs on top of gap closers that equal the harass range of most ranged champs. I feel riot has overvalued range as an advantage.
On SR where combat is linear and there's a tower on either end, a decent bit of range can be a hell of an advantage. On TT or Dom where the combat takes place away from the towers (or the towers just have **** range) it's not really much of an advantage...
On topic: I believe Xyph admitted he built riven specifically to counter Irelia, and that kind of skewed her kit - honestly she is a bit on the 'numbers are balanced, kit is ridiculous' side of things.
However, comparing her to other manaless champions is pretty pointless, as Garen, Renekton, Trynd and Shyv all have kits that revolve heavily around the laning/jungle phase of SR - they all require a lot of extra autoattacks to use their abilities to the fullest. (And Trynd also suffers from his ult being central to his kit, but way too long of cooldown for this mode).