Originally Posted by CWheezy
Two players are the same elo level. One plays kassadin exclusively, one plays random guys, but not kassadin.
This statement here means that they are both EQUALLY SKILLED at using kassadin, which is of course false. there are many examples of top players being very very good with a certain guy, because they know many tricks and whatnot. Many champs have very high skill ceilings, and need very different skillsets to be successful
The guy who specializes in Kassadin will OBVIOUSLY be better at Kass than the guy who doesn't play him at all.
But that doesn't make him a more skilled player.
A good player is a good player no matter how you slice it or what champs they play.
When you put that player on an OP champ, he will have a greater impact on his games, but you haven't increased his skill level in the slightest
There are different types of skill. Being able to use a champion well is only an expression of your skill.
There are things like map awareness, decision making, reaction time, knowing how to build, and basic character control to consider, as well as the ability to work with a team.
Of course most people will specialize in a few champs. That's normal.
But you need to be able to play at least 5-6 champions at a high level to be a competitive player.
Good players can adapt.
It's not that hard to learn new champions. It took me like, half a day to get really comfortable with Brand, and about 3-4 days to get really comfortable with him and work out the kinks.
Same story with Katerina, Cass, Ryze, and a few other champs I have up my sleeves.
Anyone who believes that more bans "lowers player skill" is just deluding themselves.
thing upping the ban limit does is increase champion diversity by removing ubiquitous picks from the board, because the OPs stifle the playability of other, weaker/more niche champions.
Darius eclipses Garen, Jax makes the vast majority of the bruisers obsolete, Poppy out-shines Fizz and most other assassins, Jayce totally outclasses the other ranged ADs (except maybe Urgot, but hes an OP too)
, and my team would never run another tank besides Amumu if he wasn't banned against us all the time.
If these champs weren't banned, you can be damn sure most (if not all) of them would be quickly picked in a tourney setting. That's 5 essentially "must-have" champions the teams competing need to fight over.
That means that a lot of more niche champions have been completely passed over because something else does their job better.
Yeah, there are still a lot of common picks that happen, but I guarantee you that we would NEVER have seen Sauron break out Garen against my team had Darius been available to him.
TL;DR: there is no tldr.
Read it, you lazy fool : )