Originally Posted by cwcriner
See I disagree here. You can buck the meta all the time; the problem is most players DO NOT THINK IT THROUGH. You can throw a tank mid and down right crush an ap; but then your ap either faces down a duo or tank which isn't that great either; so you need to pick an AP that can survive that situation, like say akali or kennen. want to take it farther? Put an AD mid, pick Alistair and enjoy the kill lane bottom. Just make sure the AD can survive the mid match up. we have the standard lanes we do because it's so versatile: team comp doesn't really matter: buck it and it does.
Most lane swaps go bad because it layers "they're a kill + 1 wave cs ahead of you" with "and it's a bad match up to boot" on top each other.
Even pro players stick to the meta, if there was another efficient way to play, they'd be the first playing it.
About the variations you describe, congratz, the first one is just a swap of mid and top, the second, I don't get what you mean by "pick Alistair and enjoy the kill lane bottom".
At the end, you still have nearly exactly the same team comp every time.. Even if there are a few viable variations, that's only a few compared to the dozens dota allows.
and in dota too lane swaps layer "they're a kill + 1 wave cs ahead of you", plus they have the chicken to immediately convert their advantages into items without going back to the fountain, yet lane swaps don't go as bad as in LoL.