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How to Play Support in "League of Legends"

Learn how to play the support class in "League of Legends."

Learn how to play the support class in "League of Legends."

Support Is Vital

Although some people may disagree, support is a vital role, if not one of the most important roles, in the game. Support players control the flow of the game and a great deal of map control. Supporting may seem like sitting in a bottom brush daydreaming, but it is a lot more than that. In this article, I will explain the viability of playing support, as well as tips and tricks to carry your team when playing support.

Why Play Support?

Supporting is an extremely fun role that allows you to obtain the mindset of aiding your team. If you struggle with being a team player, playing a few support games can really enlighten you on how important supporting your team is. Often people believe that support don't make a difference in a game, but this is far from the truth. Supports control ward coverage and can buy early oracles to clear wards. Also, supports control bot lane and vision on dragon. Dragon gives the team a global 190 gold that can sway the odds of the game in your favor.

Can I Carry as Support?

The answer to the question is absolute. Most people that play supports get discouraged when their team feeds, and they lose a game, and they instantly think, "Supports suck. I can't carry with support."

I encourage you to step away from this ignorance and take a look at this logically. There is no way to get around feeders. It is just part of the game. Although you can't get around the feeders, playing a good support provides you an extremely good advantage that will cause you to win more games than lose. This, in turn, will raise elo. Pretty good deal, right?

As a support player, it is your job to always have the river warded when your lane is exposed.

As a support player, it is your job to always have the river warded when your lane is exposed.

Tips and Tricks in Playing Support

  • Always ward the river. As a support player, it is your job to always have the river warded when your lane is exposed. I say when your lane is exposed because if your lane is being pushed there is no threat of a river gank. This means dragon should be warded, but tri-bush can go without a ward. You will want to conserve your ward so you can use it later in the game.
  • Counter dragon wards with pink wards. Pink wards allow vision and the ability to kill enemy wards. This will not only give your team control over dragon, but it will also blind them to ganks by your jungler. If the enemy goes back and buys a pink ward to kill yours, go back. Never lose control of dragon.
  • Ward the enemy wraith camp at the start of the game. This lets you know where the jungler is so you can either go aggressive or fall back and know when a gank is coming. This helps everyone on your team and can really be helpful in setting up and preventing kills.
  • Do not take free damage in lane. Keep an eye on your positioning and make sure you are never in a position to take damage. You always want to trade damage and never want to get hit without responding.
  • Buy an early oracles to counter enemy wards. An early oracle will give your team a huge advantage. Killing enemy wards basically is like breaking their legs. They will be crippled for the rest of the game.
  • Stack gold per 5 items. Since you won't be taking the minion kills in the lane, you will need a source of income. This is why you need to buy gold per five items. Try to get these items as soon as possible. Also, set up your runes and masteries to get you gold per five as well. This will help you buy more wards and support items to help your team.
  • Run defensive runes and masteries to help your durability in lane. Even on the more squishy support champions like Janna and Soraka, you still want to run armor runes and masteries. This will prevent you from dying and feeding the enemy. Remember, good support players never die. We are the immortals!
  • Only trade with ranged carry. Try to avoid going commando on the enemies in the bottom lane. Watch and protect your ad like a guardian. Engage when he does and make sure he does not die.
  • Don't last hit unless your ad is at base! This is elementary support, but just in case you do not know, never take minion kills. The meta is designed so that the ad carries can get as much gold as possible so they can do tons of damage late game. If you take cs from your carry bot lane, you will surely lose.
  • Time abilities, wards, and neutral monsters. Timing the cooldowns in League of Legends can give you a huge advantage, and not many people do it. It really makes a difference and can really carry games.
Timing the cooldowns in League of Legends can give you a huge advantage, and not many people do it.

Timing the cooldowns in League of Legends can give you a huge advantage, and not many people do it.

Common Mistakes of Inexperienced Supports

  • They die too much. For the most part, supports tend to be extremely squishy. This makes them targets and easy to die. Be better than noobs. Do not feed and win games. If you have trouble dying a lot as supports, play tank-like supports like Taric, Alistar, and Leona.
  • They rage at their team. I have covered this before in my other guides. Raging loses games. The guy who never plays support and always thinks he loses when he plays support is probably the same guy who is yelling at his ad carry every time he misses a last hit. Raging at his team every time they die. You are there to support your team, not cut them down. Don't rage. Win games!
  • They do not ward enough. Many games can be lost because there wasn't good vision. Vision leads to map control, and map control leads to wins. Never underestimate the importance of wards, and always try to have a few in your inventory.
Lifetime goals and per-game averages

Lifetime goals and per-game averages

Good supports don't kill minions.

Good supports don't kill minions.

Protecting Your Carry or Going After the Enemy Carry?

A common question with newer supports is if they should go after the enemy carries or if they should stay back and protect their carry. The answer is almost always to protect your carry. If you do not protect your carries, then they will die rather easily, and it will put your team at an extreme disadvantage. Supporting revolves more around making your carry strong than trying to shut their carry down.

  • Think of your ad carry as you would a baby. They are very delicate, and you have to protect them from anything that could hurt them.
  • Use your exhaust on the champion going after your carry so he can stay alive.

© 2012 passthejelly


Diatche on September 29, 2018:

Another point I'd like to make is that it is worthwhile to watch higher level games (preferably with commentary) just to see what proper gameplay should look like. That way you have something to base your goals off of.

You can always just watch the tournaments and pro matches, but there's also obviously streamers which can offer very useful content. One person that comes to mind is Lohpally, a support coach that streams on Twitch.

Pixop on August 28, 2018:

hm it was updated this year but.. there are points that are not suited for this season.. because some of the stuff despriced doesnt exist anymore.

Example: There is no oracles anymore. Only the red trinked and you dont get it as early as possible, you get it the moment you can ward with your support item.


there are no golditems outside of the 3 Support items (1 tank, 1 ap, 1 sustain). You have to buy the golditem suited to your champion.

Maybe have a link to it would help people deside what support item to buy on the champion they want to play.

You prop should mention that your golditem counts the amount of gold you get from useing it, and when it hits 500gold its "upgrates" automaticly into a mix of the supportitem and a sightstone. Which means you use it to ward. So basicly you want to get the most out of your support item and try to hit the 500 at 11minutes, so you can switch your yellow trinked for the red one.

Im sorry if the comment was so long xD im just very passionate about the support role and want more people to play it properly. I am a Dia4 main support atm so i think you can trust my statement on these points too.

Robat on June 18, 2018:

This post has some of the basics to being a good support. It says, "Updated June 8, 2018" right now. If this post was actually updated then the person who did it hasn't played since the new rune system... which was quite a while ago.

ERROR on February 04, 2018:

what if u play suport and ur adc have a leona in stun range on and my adc have low hp shud i go for the adc and try to make him faill to kill my adc or try to stop leona from the adc and enemy team got full hp bot

ee on February 01, 2018:

Gonna be honest it's a good guide,but doesn't really account for aggro suports like singed and such

Foob on November 17, 2016:

Nice Tips

kimi17 on February 18, 2015:

i can't fix rads error please help me i tried evrething from you tube and i can't play HELP

Samuel Franklin on August 22, 2014:

I like how bot lane plays so I generally find myself in either the support or AD carry role and I wish more supports used the tips you've got here. You've got some good records with my favourite supports also!

Hooker on April 19, 2014:

A support I find very fun to use is thresh, because your enemies tend to not want to (don't know how) poke you considering your ability to drag them to their demise. It's also amazing how many people don't get that thresh is stronger when the enemy is out of position, because a hook will land on a minion if they're using them properly. Not only that, but I throw intentionally missed hooks out in the direction of the enemy ad, not to waste mana, but to give them a scare, because they always run back when I play, never forward knowing my main disable is gone for a bit. he's great for in your face supports at lower elo's considering the enemy is either out of position or really scared by his presence.

Sarah Forester from Australia on February 01, 2014:

Great Hub, I really like the support role and I needed to touch up on my strategy alittle, maybe it's time for me to make the jump into ranked play!

TwerkZerker on December 31, 2013:

I like your suggestion to get defence-heavy masteries. I'll have to give that a try. Right now I only do that with Leona (probs why she's about the only champ I can reliably support with...). I always shunned certain supports like Raka, Janna, and Sona because I couldn't stand being so squishy--even with heals. Great article!

Richard Beane on October 27, 2013:

Great information - thanks for sharing. Now I want to play supports more often!

passthejelly (author) from Lakewood Colorado on August 14, 2013:

No problem :D

Alon on August 13, 2013:

So Mach tips tnx (:

Heasboy on June 17, 2013:

Very nice guild man! keep it up!

Logan on May 17, 2013:

@meralic5000 why did you write in Greek lol

Main support on April 08, 2013:

It's a great guide! But I'm not agree in one thing. A support should die for their team, like Lulu. She just flash in, ulti their team, and polymorph adc. Anyone agreed? Get flamed a lot for dying cause of that, i carry as her, so i think I'm rigth!

msplinte on September 21, 2012:

eu nao gostei do lol br porque os caras sao muito nube

robes on July 29, 2012:

Pretty good tips!

SageBias on July 27, 2012:

I liked it. I also main support and can't fathom why people dislike it so much. I find support and jungle to be the easiest roles to carry solo queue in, because I can ensure that people get fed. As support, I can basically choose whether or not my AD carry is farmed enough to kill people late game. I think the most important thing to note is that bot lane has two equally important champions, not one champion and a heal bot. Too many people just sit in the bushes doing nothing while the AD carries passively last hit minions. The trick is to do things, as a support. Playing Alistar? Heal a minion just before it dies so that the enemy AD doesn't get the CS. Playing Soraka? Auto-attack the enemy team. So what if their AD hits you three times; maybe he missed CS because he stopped to attack you, and you'll get the health back with Wish, but that CS is gone forever. There are innumerable little things you can do to get ahead in bot lane; you just have to find them.