What was league like, when it was in it's most "balanced" state?

Alot of people say this meta has too much damage and everybody one shots everyone, however as an player that only started playing this game in season 8, this is the only league of legends that I know of. What exactly was league like when it wasn't this damage meta? What was lol like in it's most optimal and balanced state?

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