Ok this page will attempt to cover the most basic strategies I employ to climb with support. From time to time my support strategies will be updated but I’ll try to keep the timestamps on my pages so you know when they were last updated. My strats won’t sit well or suit everyone but for those looking for stuff to try, you might just gain some LP!
My choice of support over S6 and S7 have been limited to ranged defensive supports. To me, the most important supports to cover are Janna, Nami, Morgana and Soraka. These champions do not take a lot of games to master and are usually true to their role as champions who naturally defend and support their carries.
When playing seriously, and in order to climb at support I do 3 things.
- Build the core support items for max cdr and the best choice from each for healing, peeling or shielding from game to game. Any mixture of max cdr on these supports will make you pretty useful. Nomads Medallion, Forbidden idol, Boots of Lucidity, and Glacial Shroud.
- Avoid careless deaths- All careless play must come to an end. If you die it must be to the 4 or 5 man dive bot or make an eventful trade after which you can type “worth”.
- Save lives!- A good support must make the laning phase as playable as possible and must always deny the enemy team gold. Your adc must be able to farm at your expense. As one support main once mentioned to me its like a dance on the edge. You want to keep the enemy team focused on you without actually dying. This makes STOPWATCH an invaluable tool for play making early.
- Uhhh anyone noted how I said nothing about sightstone? Well believe it or not, its not absolutely necessary every game in soloq and slows down the max cdr rush. In fact, most games you can get away with a blue trinket and pinks. Don’t believe me? You can try it yourself or just head over to op.gg and check out my game history. Sightstone is an INVALUABLE tool when setting up and denying vision. However rushing sightstone every game is NOT the way to climb. When evaluating if sightstone is necessary early or not, you’ll have to think about quite a few things which I will note later.
With just these 4 tips one can within a few games and with a few champs be on the path to escaping elo hell! (It’s true). I will be back to cover some important details but am currently pressed for time. This is my first update in 2018. Look forward to big things this season. You can always add me to ask questions or let me know how it goes. In game name: xliftredsaturn. Until next time, “Best of luck on the fields of justice!”.