What are the current things to be banning? I hate doing the bans because I just wind up doing the popular bans I see but don't feel they necessarily need banning/picking. I suppose some consideration needs to be made for the level of play. Not many scary Elise's at my level (although I don't think she gets banned much anymore, anyway) and while I might feel that Malphite isn't scary, if my level can't deal with him (even if I think I can) perhaps I should just be banning him anyway. Which I usually do just because I can't think of anything worthwhile to ban :/
I dunno, maybe I shouldn't care too much. Leaving Shen open usually baits people who can't play him into picking him just because he's Shen.