Monday, April 25, 2016

League of Legends - 10 simple support tips to help you improve by burghbo

  1. When a wave is pushed to your tower, help your ADC by hitting caster minions once. This allows the minion to take one hit from the tower and the let your ADC last hit. If you win a fight and there are no enemies in the bot lane, help kill minions to push the wave to their tower before you go back to base. This will reset the lane and put a little damage on their turret.
  2. Don't use all of your sight stone wards when not needed. If you are being pushed hard, there really isnt a reason for you to get back to lane and ward their tri bush, the river bush and the lane bush while you are on your turret. If/when you are able push back a little, then you can ward as needed. Also, after getting your sight stone, you may not want to necessarily upgrade your yellow and/or buy sweeper every time. If your team fails to help you ward, it may be best for you to upgrade to blue trinket and at least ward all bushes on your side. Keeping the yellow during the early lane phase can let you stay in lane a bit longer with up to five wards available.
  3. As a melee engaging support, let your ADC know your intentions. Don't randomly E with Leona and leave your ADC behind with no chance to follow up. Ping the target and ping again to notify that you are engaging. Don't Blitz hook a Leona or Nautilus into your ADC. If you do hook them, try and grab them away from your carry.
  4. Stop taking unnecessary poke damage. Don't just stand around, especially early levels, and get poked down while having no way to trade damage back. If you are melee support and your ADC is not helping poke back, you really shouldn't be taking Cait autos. Also, don't feel obligated to take all damage for your ADC. Let them take some of the burden.
  5. If you are playing vs an Akali, Shaco, Rengar, Teemo, Talon, Kha'zix you should always have a pink ward on hand. There is no greater pleasure than having a Rengar's ult absolutely nullified by you dropping a pink as soon as you see his ! pop up and having him instantly "WTF" deleted in a team fight.
  6. Don't die in vain. If you have to die, make sure it was worth. Don't die for a pink ward. Don't die trying to last hit a dragon when you are outnumbered. Don't die for a mate if they are probably going to die anyways. GTFO.
  7. Be your team's mini map. Ping when you see their jungler appear. Ping MIA laners. Ping for help if its 4-5 bot. Ping engages before you do them. Ping your retreats before you leave. Ask your team to help you ward. Ask your team to each get pink wards. Ping your team back if they are over staying a fight. Also, let your ADC know your intentions at all times. When I really need to go to base and they are still trying for CS, I sometimes stand right next to them and press B so that they 100% know I am leaving them. Some people get tunnel vision in farming and may not have seen you hop in that bush and go back.
  8. When returning to lane, consider coming up through your jungle path towards your blue everytime in the chance you could be of some help in a midlane gank, warding of your jungle or a dragon skirmish. Also, when moving between lanes, take a route through your jungle if the river isnt warded. You never know what lurks in the fog.
  9. Consider roaming mid lane or river if there is good chance to get a kill. Make sure to spam ping your ADC to be careful and ping your movement intentions. I even type in chat to ask them to let the enemy push a bit so that you can roam/gank for a minute or two.
  10. For items, it is never a bad choice to take utility and CDR items that go with your build type. For instance, AP supports consider taking items like Athlenes, Banner of Command, Ardent Censer. All provide AP and some sort of utility for your team. For melee tanks and such, Locket, Frozen Heart, Randuins. Zz'Rot can be built on all support champs late in the game.

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