Originally Posted by harry13aals
So you're saying it's for people who don't like to use Xerath's kit? Also, the choice to not build void staff doesn't mean you're neglecting your damage - AP actually gives kickbacks to armor from your passive, and flat pen will synergize much better with your kit %pen come S3 (even at level 1 in that spell). Seems to me that void staff is a poor choice on Xerath.
Xerath's kit is only good for one thing, bro: damage
. Xerath has no utility except a single-target stun that must be performed in 2 parts and one of those is a skillshot, that's already pretty ridiculous for an AP carry. Did you realize that Draven and Varus (AD carries, oh god) sit on Xerath's face in terms of CC?
Xerath can't peel.
Xerath's effects are delayed on every single one of his spells, except arguably Mage Chains (E) at melee range. In the whole Flash+Ignite+Gapcloser+Omgwtfbbq meta, that's another ridiculous disadvantage. Said delayed effects also do absolutely nothing if you die before they land (and everybody knows it and abuses it). It's like if Ezreal died to an Ignite after firing his ult, ult would deal no damage. Or teemo shrooms doing nothing while he's dead. In actual play it's just a disgusting thing to witness.
Xerath doesn't deal damage based on %missing HP or current HP or max HP.
So when you're talking about his kit, no wonder people wouldn't want to use said kit, it's bad. It's a fact, we have to deal with it. Compare with Blitz who would certainly still be useful with any randomly-generated set of items.
Ultimately, Xerath can't do anything useful for his team other than damaging.
He thus needs every single bit of AP and Mpen he can get, because his ratios are good at the very least.
Not getting Void Staff makes him completely useless against high MR targets, unless he roots himself. That's precisely when those same targets who unfortunately happen to be CC tanks or bruisers most of the time, jump at him and tear him a new one, and he can't do anything about it.
If you've played Xerath in ranked feel free to share your experience too, because i have, and that's what i've learned from it.