Nami Build Guide by 76923
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Power Support Nami
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Not Updated For Current Season
The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.
Embrace The Inner Koi
Cat-fishing is a lot of what Nami does. You are the best kind of bait, and you will heal like a mother lover. Nami benefits largely from Cooldown Reduction, Mana and Regen, and importantly- Ability Power. This allows you to quickly heal your team to keep on the push, and to just as quickly facilitate the escape.
This guide aims to provide Nami's most optimized items above for many tastes, leaving room for your own interpretation of this item set. Kois for Dummies, I suppose.
Teaming Up & When To Cast
As a Support, you're not going to do much without your team... Nami has a good range of options for helping out your buddies to the victory, and there are many opportunities to save your team from death.
One should always keep Nami's passive in mind when casting- a Tidecaller's Blessing is just as good a disengage as Ebb and Flow; even Aqua Bubble is a final resort for a struggling team, whether it's cast on an ally or enemy. A useful tool for signalling a disengage cast is, of course, your v ping. Ping dat V, V your team :)
Offensively, Aqua Bubble should generally be fired in anticipation or to disengage, when the enemy is most dogmatic. Never forget that you can cast Ebb and Flow on allies or yourself at key moments to get a free chain, such as on your front line, the tank. You'll want to identify who will best use Tidecaller's Blessing, such as the obvious ADC. Nami's Tidal Wave is a great defensive and offensive spell, speeding and slowing relevant champions, and setting you up for an easy combo, beginning with your Aqua Bubble and Tidecaller's Blessing.
Try not to expect too many minion kills- catch a few here and there, but helping your ADC to a serve of minions can go a longer way in the game, and you're a champion for going support anyway!
Supports can afford a little more time to monitor the map behind their friends. Using wards is always a good idea, and your extra time knowing what's going on is useful for a handy ping, which could save anyone! You may have noticed that Smite was included. My reasoning it that your extra time warding jungles and leashing for the Jungler makes it viable as a way of catching the Smite bonuses for utility. If you don't like this idea, try another weird one- use Clairvoyance to catch the enemy team's start items (time it for about when the gates open, naturally).
Don't Forget To Have Fun!
Winning a game is all very nice, but the best games are played in good spirit and are close matches. While we can't always choose which matches will be close, our attitudes contribute much to the game!!
You will also find yourself winning more often as a squishy by not pushing too hard! Have fun: Nami's dance transitions smoothly into her laugh, and her joke and Tidal Wave look sweet used along the river.
As a support, you might also want to extend this to the game's attitude- crack a joke or give your team morale support- whatever tickles your fancy, friendly players have better games!