How playing support in solo queue can be very rewarding… as well as very frustrating.

by Dr_Kasper on Jan 19th, 2013 (1560 days ago)

To support or not support, that is the question.

 

I’ve been playing League of Legends for about two and a half years now, and have over 1,000 games under my belt in multiple roles. Yet, when I made the change to start playing support when season 2 started, I did so for a myriad of reasons and don’t regret doing it.

This article will attempt to explain the intricacies of playing support in solo ranked play (which I do a lot of); as playing with a team (like I do) or duo-queue (which I also do), is not really indicative of your abilities as an individual.

Support players are looked upon in League of Legends in a variety of ways. Great support players are usually noticed a lot less than their carry counterparts; and while they are acknowledged as being great, a victory won’t be exclusively attributed to the support “carrying” the game. Mediocre support players are usually found in solo-queue, and are either praised for an individual good play, or harassed for virtually any mistake both they AND their ADC make (I would gather they get blamed even more than the jungler does).

That being said, playing support in solo-queue should not be frowned upon by our general population of players. Usually the support is the role left over, or the role nobody wants to play; and there are always exclamations of joy and surprise when somebody claims they main support.

Playing support can over a gamma of possibilities for your team in solo-queue, which I will list in no particular order of importance:

-          Be the ward… sounds obvious to many players. “The support should ward!” Yes, they should. But knowing the HOW, WHERE, and WHY of warding is an art unto itself. Do you know if they have an aggressive jungler that might try to gank your lane level 2-4? Do you have a counter support with an aggressive, initiating nature (Blitz, Leona, etc)?  Do they have an aggressive counter jungler, or is your team looking for a counter jungle themselves, then you probably need to ward either your blue or red to make sure it isn’t counter-jungled. It isn’t easy to ward, and having the proper vision of the map assures your team can the enemy team out of position, providing easy kills, and snowballing any particular role at any instant of the game.

-          Zone out the enemy ADC while protecting your own. This is a lot harder than it sounds, and I’ll go ahead and tell you why. If you have a poke support, then you need to do so, it does your lane no good if you don’t exploit the enemy ADC coming in for a last hit by punishing them with a good poke to the face. You can also influence the lane by healing minions, shielding them, giving them attack speed, and so on. Thus forcing the enemy ADC to venture further up into your lane, so as to give your jungler a better opportunity to gank, your ADC the opportunity to poke even harder than you do, or let you initiate on the enemy support for the kill.

-          Learn where the enemy carry has warded. Look at your counter’s wards, do they suddenly have none in their inventory? Guess what, they probably warded. Time them if they leave lane, and watch were they come in from. They either warded dragon, the tribrush or the brush just by river. That being said, if you think know where they dropped the ward, drop a pink one yourself and take it out !

-          Initiate a teamfight, peel the enemy team from your ADC, sacrifice yourself if it means your ADC can stay in lane and farm, and forego items for wards. The little things that make your team stronger.

-          WATCH THE MINIMAP. You don’t have to CS right? Then take the initiative and watch the minimap at all times. You can ping a retreat for any member of your team, watch for wards placed in other lanes, or see when somebody uses flash, ignite, exhaust and make note of the time on your chat. You should also keep timers of dragon, baron, and if you can the enemies buffs.

Reasons why supporting sometimes stinks:

-          You get blamed for your ADC dying while engaging an unfavorable match up.

-          You get blamed for not warding the entirety of the map.

-          You get blamed for “KS”’ (While on this subject, it’s not terrible for the support to get a kill or two in lane. The whole point of a kill is to let the enemy ADC miss out on farm, and increment the amount of farm your team’s ADC is getting. A support getting first blood usually means an instant GP10 item, and in some cases two! This means more wards, more lane control, and an easier win)

-          You don’t get recognition at all when you win, and get blamed extensively in a loss. (Happens… quite often, but it doesn’t matter in my honest opinion. You can play the best game of your life, but still lose sometimes. It’s okay! Just learn from your mistakes, and analyze where you could have helped more in teamfights. (Maybe, just maybe, you shouldn’t have use exhaust on the enemies support, try the enemy ADC next time.)

tl;dr

Supporting is a fun role, and can be very rewarding if you are looking to get better as an individual. You can have the map awareness that so many players wish they had, you can know when to last hit for CS with almost any champion (This happens over many games, as knowing when the ADC  is coming in for a last hit or will be coming in is the perfect opportunity to either engage or poke), and you acquire a timer in your head for where the enemy team is at all moments (did they start blue, red, are they top or is he in the brush waiting for you to overextend. Is the enemy mid an assassin and coming down for you, did the top lane take teleport and you should expect a gank?) Supports are the unsung heroes of LOL, and the role is a lot more complicated than what most players fathom.

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Cystic Fibrosis Charity Event Fundraiser – LoL Community

by WhatTheMoose on Jan 18th, 2013 (1561 days ago)

I am competing in the Great South Run 2012 to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and my two cousins, Angie and Debbie, who suffer from the disease. I would appreciate your time to check out the video and the fundraiser page and tell your friends to help spread awareness please.

Hey guys,

My cousins Angie and Debbie suffer from a disease called Cystic Fibrosis that affects the lungs and pancreas with both of them being in and out of hospital weekly ever since I remember. The avergae life expectancy as of today is around 30 years and both of my cousins are in their 20′s. Debbie who is the younger on the two had been given 6 months left to live was offered a place on the waiting list for a lung transplant which she initially declined. As she had to make herself permanently available if a donor came, meaning no holidays, no unscheduled trips she had to be within X distance from her hospital. At the time she decided it would be better to enjoy the 6 months because even after a lung transplant the CF would not be cured. However she has since accepted and is now living in a her own flat which was a massive step for her independence. Angie is married in here own house living in Liverpool, but was told she cannot continue to work anymore.

For the last 2 years I have ran the Great South Run to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust raising around £200 in the first year and £550 last year. I had planned to top that figure this year however due to unforseen circumstances, with me moving to my Uni house, arriving to Uni late this term, my family moving and some other family dramas I couldn’t commit to the event and therefore couldn’t fundraise. This frustrated me as I was extremely passionate about entering and spreading awareness for the cause. A few days ago it became apparant that I could enter via a charity place, which I was thrilled at but it has left us very little time to get the donations needed that the charity asks you to pledge.

You can also add me on Skype (mattmcdermott-) if you want any more information. I will leave the page open for a month after the event as the actual race is this Sunday. If you guys have any requests for me for the race (I wore a pink tutu last year – picture in the video) let me know in the comments.

Dont forget to check out the fundraising page here please!

Thank you so much!

♥ Caitlyn Commentary – Ranked Platinum

by Spazie on Jan 17th, 2013 (1562 days ago)

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♥ Thoughts and hints on ELO [Vlog]

by Spazie on Jan 16th, 2013 (1563 days ago)

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♥ Elise Champion Preview

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Looking Forward to Season 3

by Dr_Kasper on Jan 11th, 2013 (1567 days ago)

Predictions for Season 3 changes...

 

First of all, I would like to congratulate Taipei Assassins for defeating Azubu Frost in the grand finals, and earning the Summoner’s Cup trophy. They played an intense final match, with impeccable teamwork and they rightfully earned the title of “World’s best” at League of Legends.

Immediately following the championship, Riot came out with a series announcement of future changes to the game that seeks to balance the game out more, and remove what Riot likes to call “Un-fun game mechanics”. These include nerfs to Sona, Blitz, Ezreal, Jayce, Rengar, and Eve, along with a nerf to a popular caster item “Deathfire grasp”.

Riot also announced that changes would be coming to the jungle, so the stagnant gp10 build is modified in lieu of a more dynamic heavy farming jungle that allows junglers to go for those late game items. Riot stated that the jungle would be similar to Season ones jungle, but with the necessary tweaks to diminish its difficulty, but with an increase gold reward for doing so.

In conjunction, Riot announces massive item overhauls for both melee caster, and supports. Which they hope will diversify the standard builds that are currently the only options viable for many players.

We can infer a few things from the changes that are going on with League of Legends, or rather the announcements that have been made.

1)      Riot intends for melee ADC’s to become viable in the current meta, this might happen due to the jungle being more single target damage friendly, and providing more gold for item optimization; thus allowing for more ADC’s for farm the jungle appropriately and not have to rely on ganks for gold as well as having the income to build those late game damage items.

2)      Mages will now have multiple item builds to reach their full potential, but the new jungle will take away the mid player’s ability to farm their own wraiths and the opponents.

3)      Supports will now have better item builds, most likely with better actives that will allow them to not farm, but still make a huge difference in the latter part of game.

4)      Top lane is going to get an overhaul, no word yet on how this will be accomplished, but Riot has stated that top lane is “anti-fun”, so I’m looking forward to what changes Riot will implement to convert top lane.

5)      I am also predicting that Riot will make changes to Summoner’s rift outside of the jungle. I believe gank points and jungle entries will be modified in some way, in order for invades to become less prevalent and early level ganking to be a lot more difficult (and thus avoiding early snowball lanes).

I for one am extremely excited to see what Riot has in store for us in Season 3. They have already introduced a new Twisted Treeline map for us, as well as a multitude of balance changes, and Season 3 hasn’t even started!