Funny, I was just thinking about how I don't understand the whole "good/bad champions" mentality and I run across this thread. It's not just a matter of builds, but whole champions altogether that are dismissed as being "noob champs" while others seem to be "must have".
I like Soraka and Nunu, but god forbids I ever play them, even in normals, or I'll incur the wrath of my fellow teammates. AP Nunu is so much fun, but allowing such words to be in the same sentence is enough to earn the title of "noob". I never see Alistar being played. Not once since December, yet I tried him out tonight and he was quite fun! Lots of CC, a nice group heal, and so tanky too! I understand these champions may not be good picks in every game, you have to balance the team out, but there's not such thing as a worthless champion in my opinion.
And then there's these so called "must have". I've been told that if you want to support, you have to own Leona. I don't own Leona, nor do I plan to anytime soon. Her playstyle is just not appealing to me. I like playing solo Top but I don't own Singed either.
Is it not possible to play this game competitively without being forced to play the Flavor of the Month? I'm not trying to go AD Janna or something equally weird, I just wish I could play champions that I feel comfortable playing without pissing people off