Supports 101

Let’s talk about the Supports. Taking the position has always been a cause of dispute on both Normal and Solo Queues since almost no one wanted to pick it and who ever finally did, had ran out of other choices. But the position itself is very important in any game and on every team. This is why we will make an extensive reference to all of League of Legends support champions on their positive-negatives, their runes/masteries, counter picks, play styles and many more. Mistake, “Taipei Assassins” ‘s  support (Season 2 World Champions) introduces us the supporting world explaining everything we need to know. So let’s start!                                                                                               


•Introduction:  The W-Q combo is pretty hard to be correctly executed and also uses up a lot of mana. If you wish to play defensively, you will never lose your lane aside him.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

•Skills Order: R>Q>W>E
You could also max E if you want to play defensively, but don’t waste too many points on it.                                                                                                       

•Match-ups: Alistar works great with AD Carries that deal burst damage since by achieving his combo the enemy won’t have time to react. Pick Alistar if the enemy team picks Blitzcrank but avoid picking him if the enemy picks Janna because her tornado might prevent your combo.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

•Runes: Use armor runes on both Marks(red) and Seals(yellow), Magic Resist on Glyphs(blue) and Gold/10 on Quintessences(purple).                                

•Masteries: Form a 1/21/8 tree with emphasis on Movement Speed.                                                                                                                                                                                    

•Introduction: Taric works great with Ezreal, Graves and Corki. When using your E you give your carry the chance to get through a lot of burst damage, but also Taric can burst a lot using the E-W-R combo.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

•Skills Order: R>W>Q>E
Keep your stun at one point and max everything else.                                                                                                                                                                         

•Match-ups: Taric works with any AD Carry with burst damage and is viable against enemies with a lot of damage. Avoid picking him when the enemy team picks Sivir since your stun will be useless against her shield.                                                                                                         

•Runes: Magic Penetration Marks since all of his abilities deal magic damage. Armor Seals, Magic Resist Glyphs and Gold/10 Quints.                        

•Masteries: Both 1/21/8 and 0/9/21 trees are equally good.                                                                                                                                             

•Introduction: His grab can provide a perfect level 1 damage scenario either by bringing in a kill or by pulling a buff.                                  

•Skills Order: R>Q>W>E

Upgrade Q and W first. Level 3 Q deals plenty damage and it’s Blitzcrank’s main weapon. Any good grab can possibly lead to a kill.                            

•Match-ups: Avoid picking him against Ezreal or Sivir. His escape and her shield make your best ability, grabbing and pulling, useless. Instead, pick Blitzcrank against Sona or Soraka since they’re squishy and you can most certainly get a kill.

•Runes: Armor Penetration Marks, Armor Seals, Magic Resist Glyphs and Gold/10 Quints. You can also use Mana Seals to boost your passive.

•Masteries: Prefer the 0/9/21 tree.                                                                                                                                                                                              

Introduction: Long range poking is very important for bottom lane and this is why Lux can be of use. Using her E and R she can get a lot of burst damage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

•Skills Order: R>W>Q>E
Level up your W for better shielding and then Q for the snare.                                                                                                                                                           

•Match-ups: Lux is really good either in a burst or a poke lane.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Runes: Magic Penetration Marks, Armor Seals, Mana Regeneration Glyphs and Gold/10 Quints.                                                                                    

•Masteries: 0/9/21 tree will work just fine.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

•Introduction: She can offer vision with her seeds and can burst with her combo especially if she achieves her E.                                                 

•Skills Order: R>E>Q>W
Max your E but use your Q on the seeds.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

•Match-ups: Works very well on any poke-burst lane.                                                                                                                                                                                     

•Runes: Magic Penetration Marks. Armor Seals, Mana Regeneration Glyphs and Gold/10 Quints.                                                                                                 

•Masteries: Prefer the 0/9/21 tree.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

•Introduction: One of the strongest supports, can deal a lot of damage early game and her passive is just amazing. She provides a lot of sustain on the lane and also has a great crowd controlling ultimate spell.                                                                                                                                              

•Spell Order: R>Q>W>E                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Match-ups: Sona works great with poke champs, so always prefer her next to Ezreal, Corki and Caitlyn. Don’t pick Sona against enemy AD Carries with a lot o burst damage or against Blitzcrank.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

•Runes: Armor Marks and Seals, Mana Regeneration Glyphs and Gold/10 Quints.                                                                                                                 

Masteries: The usual 0/9/21.                                                                                                                                                                                                        

•Introduction: Her cool down on W is too long early game and she will easily get targeted. She’s not considered a threat on a 2v1 lane and that’s her biggest weakness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

•Spell Order: R>W>E>Q
Always give a point to W whenever possible, and when you can’t focus on your E.                                                                                                                      

•Match-ups: Soraka is a sustain support, so pick her if you’re not interested in trading with your enemies but instead want your AD to farm like crazy. She’s too squishy so avoid picking her against burst damage enemies.                                                                                                                     

•Runes: Armor Marks and Seals, Mana Regeneration + Magic Resist Glyphs and Gold/10 Quints.                                                                                        

•Masteries: Again, the usual 0/9/21.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

•Introduction: She can easily trade with the enemies without getting much damage in return. Her R is the best protection-like skill for any AD Carry since it instantly provides Health Points and knocks up surrounding enemies.                                                                                                       

•Skill Order: R>Q>E>W                                                                                            
Q can deal a lot of damage and also has a nice long range.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

•Match-ups: She fits best in a poke combo such as Ezreal-Corki-Caitlyn. She is also ideal in 2v1 scenarios.                                                                            

•Masteries: 0/9/21 works fine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

•Introduction:  She has a very good initiation and a lot of burst damage. On the contrary, she has no sustain and depends on the players skills.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

•Skill Order: R>W>E>Q
Her shield is your first priority, followed by gap-closer E.                                                                                                                                                                 

•Match-ups: Leona works great with champions with a lot of burst damage like Ezreal, Graves and Corki. A well executed combo from them alongside Leona’s and you have an easy kill.                                                                                                                                                                                

•Runes: Magic Penetration Marks since all of your abilities deal Magic Damage, Armor Seals, Magic Resist Glyphs anf Gold/10 Quints.                                                                  

•Masteries:  The 1/21/8 tree is the best choice since you are a tanky support.                                                                                                                         

•Introduction: His debuff on both movement and attack speed on his E and R makes him very capable of protecting his ally.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

•Skill Order: R>W>E>Q
Alongside an AD Carry who bases on attack speed, level up W. Instead, next to one who poker a lot, level up E. 

•Match-ups: Nunu is very useful in poke combos. The slow from E and R is very adequate.                                                                                                                           

•Runes: Magic Penetration Marks, Armor Seals, Magic Resist Glyphs and Gold/10 Quints.                                                                                                         

•Masteries: 1/21/8 since you will be tankier.

•Introduction: She has no burst damage and the AD buff ends when the shield times out. The bonus movement speed on her allies is nice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

•Skill Order: R>E>W>Q                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

•Match-ups: Janna works great against Alistar or Leona since she won’t let them finish their combos. She can’t stand in lanes with non-stop trades.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

•Runes: Armor Penetration Marks because witch Janna you will be auto-attacking a lot, Armor Seals, Mana Regeneration Glyphs and Gold/10 Quints.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

•Masteries: The usual 0/9/21.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


For supports used in a poke lane, buy Philosopher’s Stone first.

For supports used in a burst combo prefer Heart of Gold first since you will be the one engaging and you will need to absorb damage.
Get Aegis of the Legion on tanky supports, but on Sona as well since she will have to move close to combat to land a nice R.
If your AD Carry does well, get Zeke’s Herald. If not, get Shurelya’s Reverie especially if you chase or kite a lot.
Don’t buy Randuin’s Omen or Frozen Heart since they are both too expensive.
Get Locket of the Iron Solari if the enemy team has Karthus amongst them.


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