Originally Posted by flybye
I don't think you guys understand, solo mid Nami is extremely strong. As a mid lane Janna player (I play supports as mid lane champs, who cares?) I find Nami to be the best mid lane support character there is. She has two skills to poke with, one of them giving you a 1.25 second stun and a heal. Her Q allows you to farm and clear minion waves or wolves/wraiths and it's also low on mana cost, high on CC and damage. You have a heal that allows you to heal yourself while damaging other(s)? That's amazing for a mid lane champ, and then you've got a skill that gives people bonus magic damage and a slow on hit effect, which you can use on your ganking jungler for movespeed buff + higher damage and slow even without red. And her ult, it does genuinely high damage with amazing CC, she's everything that a mid lane player would want. Low mana cost, high sustainability, good poke and CC, what's the big fuss about supports playing mid? I find every champion in this game to be versatile in what they do, I played Blitzcrank mid the other day and went 14/4/12, it all depends on whoever's playing, and who you're playing against. I found that Nami counters Eve quite well, I just annihilated a mid lane Eve out of her lane and went 7/1/11 to carry the other lane for a win.
The winner of the handicap olympics is still handicapped.
Mid Nami, and for that matter mid Janna, are bad picks. They are not viable except in VERY SPECIFIC team comps. Aka, they are not solo queue picks. If you do that with your arranged 5s team more power to you and I hope you do well. But if you do that in solo queue you're just holding your team back and setting your team up for a hard game where they have to carry you even harder than normal.
Your anecdotal evidence does nothing to support your claims. That evelynn was most likely bad as she should've easily won that lane. Midcrank can work as he is natively tanky and has close to the most CC in the game on a single character AS WELL AS burst damage.
Nami has 1 CC besides her ult. She has no burst damage at all, and barely any real damage that isn't minor harass. She cannot kill an enemy unless the enemy messes up really bad. Snowballing as nami is also rather pointless as you don't get that strong. You would be better off with diana, akali, orianna, swain, any other strong AP champ.
Mid janna used to be good before they nerfed her ratios. Now she doesn't have the damage to be a strong part of the team unless you're doing the 3 support + mundo and kog comp. But again any good midlaner will just destroy you in lane now.