10 Tips on How to Effectively Play Support in League of Legends
Due to the traditional “Healer” or “White Mage” class in most role-playing games, players usually assume that a “Support” character is only good for healing and casting buffs. And for the most part, that’s usually true. But not in League of Legends. A Support character in League of Legends is the most important member of the team, and the second-most difficult role to play as. The Jungler only edges out the Support in terms of usage difficulty by virtue of the Jungler’s freelancing nature.
Playing as the Support is one of the most rewarding in League of Legends. And it’s also a great way to practice your teamwork skills. However, there’s no shortcut to learning how to play Support. To make sure that you get off to a good start, here are 10 tips on how to effectively play as the Support.
First and foremost, aside from protecting the “carry” (either ADC or APC), your main duty is setting up wards. Set up a ward at the enemies’ wraith camps to monitor their Jungler. It’s imperative that you do this at the start of the game. Next is to make sure that the river has wards. It will be your first line of defense against gankers and will allow you to further monitor the map. Buy a tri-bush for the river and keep one ward for end-game scenarios. And learn how to use Pink wards, too, and make sure that your team always has control of the dragon. Lastly, invest in an oracle as early as possible. It’s a big help to counter enemy wards.
Only last-hit minions if the carry is at the base. You need to make sure that the carry gets as much gold as possible. On that end, don’t play around while the carry is killing minions, even if you really have no intention of last-hitting them. You’ll mess up the carry’s timing, which may lead to losing out on precious gold. In regard to kill-steal, don’t do it unless really, really, really, really necessary. Which is especially hard to do if you’re playing as Sona.
When given the choice to protect your carry or dive an enemy carry, always choose the former. Don’t take the risk; the safety of your carry is your primary objective. If you have to sacrifice your life to clear an escape path and ensure that your carry gets away, don’t hesitate. Your movement must be in conjunction with your carry, as if the two of you are on a string. If he moves forward, you move forward. If he retreats, you retreat without question. Even if you think your carry is foolishly engaging enemies, go with him nonetheless and protect him at all costs.
Don’t clumsily take damage. Make sure that every damage that you receive has a purpose, like keeping the damage away from your carry. And try your best to always be in position to counter-attack an enemy blow. If you’re going to get hit anyway, make it count for something. But it’s best to stay away from the damage as much as possible. Also, do not engage if the enemy carry is a melee. Just don’t. If you’re constantly getting killed, your carry will not be able to properly perform his duty. Which is to farm and farm and farm.
Help out your Jungler in surveying the map at all times. Glance at the mini-map every now and then, but not too much. After all, a few seconds of distraction might prove costly for your carry. Later in the game, a Support usually becomes the shot-caller, after the carry is fully geared up and ready to lay waste on enemies. It’s only during this time that you can focus your attention more on the mini-map and everything else happening in the game. If you want to know just how important a map or a radar is, buy a Pokemon Go account and get a load of the questionable Nearby & Sightings feature.
Memorize the cooldowns of your abilities, your carry’s abilities and your wards. It can be a lot to take in at first, though. The latter is the most important because, as mentioned, you need to make sure you have a ward at all times. And when you think you can handle more, memorize your enemies’ cooldowns, too. Well, at least the enemies in your lane. This allows you to monitor when it’s safe to attack and when to keep your distance. You should relay the information to your carry, too. And speaking of which…
If possible, try to set up a Skype call with your carry. It will make the two of you more coordinated and less likely to screw up and eventually bicker. You don’t have to socialize and all. Just relay the information that you think is useful to you carry and keep quiet in between. This can sometimes be a game-changer as it allows your hands to be constantly glued to the mouse and keyboard.
Since you practically have no reliable source of gold, the best thing you can do is buy gold per five items. It’s not much, but it will allow you to further support your team with wards and other support items. And don’t think about stealing neutral monster kills from your Jungler, too. In regard to runes and masteries, always aim for defensive ones. As important your carry’s survival is, you need to make sure that you also have great survivability. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using a paper-thin Support, durability-wise, or a more tank-like Support. Go for defensive all the way.
Get used to a whiny carry. You’ll encounter many players that are quick to blame a Support for their deaths, regardless whether it’s your fault or not. Don’t pay heed to them as long as you’re doing your job properly. Just focus on keeping your carry alive through thick and thin. But if it’s really your fault, just make sure to apologize to keep the situation from getting out of hand.
Be prepared to die a lot. Seriously. Especially if the carry is the Daredevil kind of player. But just make sure your deaths are never in vain.
These 10 tips should be enough to get you started when you buy a League of Legends account and play as a Support. Well, actually, these are all you really need to keep in mind, aside from Champion-specific guidelines. It can be quite disorienting at first, having to constantly keep an eye on your poor little carry and keep track on wards. But once you learn how to balance out the two, you’ll be on your way to becoming a great Support.
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