Originally Posted by Mageinta Warrior
They mean a lot more than you think they do. If you counterpick mid, you're set to dominate the lane. That means your midgame presence is more powerful than theirs. Same deal with top lane, and if mid/top and dominating, that leaves your jungler to pressure bottom and help it snowball too.
Still. Many people blow it completely out of proportion. "OMG Talon against Annie. GG now. I quit." I exagerate, but some people do stuff similar to this. If you play Jax REALLY well, then the Malphite against you isn't that huge of a deal.
And yeah. If first pick wants mid, he gets it. Life is hard, I know, but sometimes you just gotta deal with stuff.