Throughout the forums, players kept complaining about the overpowered champion, begging Riot to nerf her to the ground. The meme "Better nerf Irelia" came about when a new patch was about to release. The whole player base foreshadowed an Orianna nerf, however that was not the case. Riot hit Irelia with a hard nerf.
Even though this champion has been beat beneath the rubble, Irelia is still a very strong pick. Her mechanics are what makes her a terror, not the numbers that she dishes out. Irelia has amazing sustain with her Hiten Style, an on-demand stun, true damage, and built-in tenacity with Ionian Fervor. She can also be built as a pure DPS threat or a beefy tank, with very little difference in damage output.