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A lot can happen in four hours. I don't know about the rest of you, but I can: make lunch, eat lunch, go take a shit, watch Fight Club, do school work, check my mail, check my email, browse forums, organize my tackle box of 'Mechs, etc. Now I'm sure there are more things people can do, but that's just me. However, I know for a fact something you can't do in four hours:
CALL A CHAMPION USELESS
I might be delusional, but I'm pretty sure it takes more than four hours worth of gameplay to decide if a champion is underpowered. I say that I might be delusional because it has come to my attention that some people are already claiming that Rumble, the newest addition to the game, is useless and underpowered. According to these paragons of inteligence, Rumble is a trash champion that is a waste of IP/RP, despite the fact that these people have played all of, I don't know, TWO games with him.
Oh but it gets better. The whinning about Gangplank that started last night has continued through to today, just as strong. Apparently, the removal of his ability to deny has made him useless and uninteresting. Here's a quote that examples this:
"Really Riot? You removed the only deny in LoL. In DotA and HoN everyone can deny, which makes Gangplank's ability to do so that much more valuable. How is he ever going to play mid or solo lane again? I really see no point behind this at all, sure you can use it where ever your teams ends up fighting, but the cost is just not worth it. The deny would be better even if it gave no buff in my opinion."
To this person, I say this: Removal of an imbalanced mechaninc with no counter is NOT ruining a champion. It is balancing the game, and frankly it's about damn time that it was removed. Gang was never meant to be played that way in the first place, so this serves to fix the character.
Again, this has all been achieved in the last FOUR HOURS. Apparently that's all the time you need to call a new champion worthless and a reworked champion dead. I may sound delusional again by saying this, but I think that it takes a lot longer than four hours to decide these things. It takes quite a bit of testing to find out if something is worthless/dead.
Cool your jets kids, and give it time. A lot can happen in four hours, but balance decisions are not one of the them.