Originally Posted by bierfaust
How do the AD casters measure up? Are AD casters, other than Pantheon, actually going to be able to compete past 10 mins? (item wise Im referring to)
Just picked up Zed and at he moment he seems really out of place without a decent build path. And I don't really want him to turn into another Tanky/AD like Kha Zix.
Also on a side note, has Armor finally been brought into line with the changes to FH and Wardens?
AD casters are definitely going to be better in S3. The reworked Black Cleaver gives stats that we've all wanted - CDR, Pen, tankiness and AD...AND THEN it grants armor reduction on any physical damage! It stacks 5 times, Pants' E hits 3 times...Garen's E hits 6 times...Renekton's spin hits 3 times with rage...lots of armor reduction going round. Other AD casters like Urgot are also getting some candy. Manamune(and Archangel Staff) when fully charged upgrade into new items. The upgraded Manamune can be toggled to use 4% of your mana to double your damage.
And if none of that is appealing to you, then perhaps you'd be interested to know that tanky derps and tanks are going to be slightly weaker, assassins are going to be stronger, and ranged and melee carries are going to be bumped up as well...in other words, the damage next season should be higher all round. Last thing about AD casters, the change of %pen before flat pen definitely weakens tankies, so right there, inherently AD casters are getting a bump.
Armor being brought in line...not exactly sure what you mean, but I'll throw out an arbitrary answer that could help you =P
Due to the change in build paths and the diversity of items, I highly doubt you'll see anybody grabbing Frozen Heart AND Randuins. Actually, I'd even be surprised if somebody were to grab FH/Randiuns and the new Frozen Fist. And well, if somebody did grab FH+Randuin's+FFist...%pen before flat pen would get them wrecked...not to mention that damage right now seems to be higher across the board for damage dealing champs. I can't give you any numbers...I'm not a numbers kind of guy...but that's what it feels like at the moment.