General Guide by EpilepticTurdle
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An Introduction to the role.
The first thing you need to realise is that, when you play support in laning phase, your ADC is more important than you. You are doing exactly what your title says; supporting. Do everything in your power to let your ADC farm, whilst stopping the opposing carry from farming. You must ward to give vision of potential ganks/roams, again, as a way of keeping the ADC safe. Out of lane, it's your job to hard engage, disengage, make picks, and do the majority of the warding. Don't expect much from the rest of your team in terms of warding, especially in solo queue, it just will not happen.
That was a brief overview, now onto the bulk of the guide.
Types of support.
There are many different types of Support. I will break them all down with their own chapters in order to describe fully how to play the role.
- Hard Engage
- Poke and/or catch potential
- Front-line Tank
Hard Engage Supports.
This constitutes support champions such as Leona, Alistar, and Jarvan IV (J4 is perfectly viable in my opinion :P). This type of support relies heavily on keeping the enemy threats away from your 'Squishies', ADC, Mid, etc. These supports also tend to be the ones who peel for their ADC for effectively as they tend to have stuns or similar CC-styled abilities. You are incredibly oppressive in lane, threatening a strong engage into a potential double-kill, and out of lane offer a strong teamfight engage and presence. If you are on your toes you can effectively render a Warwick ultimate useless, removing his key strength. You can take a beating and can keep the damage dealers safe while they blow the enemy team to pieces. Just keep them safe so they can do their job.