General Guide by OdenApocolypse
Not Updated For Current Season
Alright guys/gals. I decided to drum up a bit of love for the supports in our League Division. I know many of you might be more experienced then me, or less. Whichever way you are I wanna give you a bit of advice i've learned from Higher tier people, and streams that I have watched.
Okay! So! Lets get started.
What I love to run with runes as a support are armor, gold, and mr. maybe a little AP if you feel it would help. For instance. 9 marks of greater magic pen. 8 greater seal of armor, 1 one greater seal of mana regen. Glyphs for my Nami are 4 Greater Glyph of Armor, 2 Greater Glyphs of MR, 2 Greater Scaling CDR, and 1 Greater Glyph of AP. Run the quints as Two Greater Quints of Gold
Masteries should be at least 16 in utility. The other 14 you can choose where ever you want. For instance. My Leona build is 1/13/16.
Offense- One in Summoners Wrath, I use this for exhaust on my supports, or ghost depending who I'm playing.
Defense- Four in Durability, Two in Hardiness, Two in Resistance, Two in Unyielding, One in Veteran's Scars, One for Safe Guard, and One for Block.
Lastly Utility- One in Summoners Insight, Three in Wanderer, Three in Mastermind, One in Artificer, One in Biscuiteer, One in Explorer, Four in Greed, and Two in Wealth
My Utility skills are the Supports bread and butter. the Explorer ward is a 60 second ward you can place at 0:55-1:00 on the opposing teams jungle, to try and prevent/detect an invade.
Now, on to warding.
First thing you buy as a support is two Green wards, and a Pink. Maybe a fairy charm/bead. depending on what you will build into first. Then choose the opposite. Like Leona I go my wards, a bead, and two mana pots. Vice versa.
Okay! Onto Leashing for your jungle.
If you have a Tank support I.e. Taric, Leona, Thresh(at times) then take the first few hits from blue for your jungler so he can get going quicker. Remember to ward the opposite sides bush to keep yourself from being invaded.
Alrighty, So! Lane Phase. You still have A. Biscuit, B. Your bead/charm C. All of your wards/pots. What I would suggest is at about 3 ish mins into the game place your two green wards in both bushes. I.e. One in the far bush first, then about thirty seconds after that place your next in the one you are standing in. Afterwards. If you keep a tab on the other support. You will know when they have placed a Pink ward. The you tell your adc.
"Hey, they placed a pink, imma pink now, and let you have it"
By doing this, you get 15 Gold, and your ADC gets 15 gold as well.
What is exactly is map control? Map control is being able to control the map in a manner which allows your allies to roam the map safetly and disabling the enemy from doing the same. Getting towers also gives you more control of the map but in this guide i'll only focus on the warding aspect.
Green represents that your team is winning, and pushing the enemy team right back to their base. Yellow represents an even game and red means that your team has been forced back to their base.
For early map control I usually grab 3 sight wards and 2 vision wards, I tend to ward the enemy red if they are starting blue and vice versa if they are starting red if my jungle is planning to invade. If the enemy jungle is a strong counter jungler (e.g nunu, shyvana, udyr, mundo, shaco, etc) or our jungle has a weak early (e.g amumu, naut, rammus, maokai, etc) who are vulnerable to invades I ward the buff they aren't starting at and alert my team to be ready to close in on the buff if an enemy is seen trying to steal it.
Blue Side Support
As the minions reach each other and the laning phase beings, remember to sight ward the area outside dragon around 2:05 or the brush further down along the wall (this is less safe but useful for jungles who can bypass wards outside drag by using gap closers to go straight to this brush and sometimes supports pink drag) to prevent ganks and begin to pink your tri bush around the 4 minute mark or when you see the enemy support move to ward your tribush, pinking the tribush is benefical in three ways, it allows your jungle to gank from there therefore allowing easy kills if they continue to play aggressive, the other benefical way is that it makes the enemy bot lane to play more passive as they will be constantly wary of ganks due to lank of vision allowing you to play more aggressive and make plays, the third is it also allerts you of ganks from the enemy jungler or enemy mid lane if they decide to take the long route passing through your jungle, increasing your chance of survival from the gank due to being alerted early.
Purple Side Support
There is two ways of warding this lane, you can ward the enemy tribush and your dragon to stop ganks or just put one ward in between the two but that gives around 1-3 seconds less time for you to react to ganks. Usually pink your dragon unless you see the enemy support ward the brush along the wall then pink that brush instead to allow ganks from your jungle. If leashing your jungle at blue, NEVER EVER walk down via dragon toward your lane (remind your adc as well) as it can be very easy for the enemy bot to snag a kill or two as they have the advantage of brushes and you do not, getting killed early can allow the enemy bot lane to snowball, let it be your adc or you who gets caught it doesn't matter as the adc cannot 1v2 and will get zoned, if your adc gets caught then you will be forced to play passive or generally lose trades as the enemy bot lane will have more gold and be ahead in levels. It is possible for the enemy to gank from behind especially when you are low and hiding behind your tower and the enemy minions are pushed up to your tower or you are extremely pushed, these two situations could happen and putting a ward in the brush above your turret can give you 2-3 seconds heads up and could potentially save your life, always do this when you are being sieged and are forced to last hit at the tower.
For the bottom brushes, I then continue to ward the second brush once the support goes in there, it alerts you from initiates by the enemy support, when fights break out it also allows your adc and you to continue auto attacking, using spells which require vision and also lets you continue to aim skillshots with more chance of hitting due to vision instead of doing blind ones and relying on luck, warding the 2nd brush also alerts you from lane ganks by the enemy jungle. The enemy jungle will probably ward your first brush and try and stop you from initiating/free harassing the enemy bot lane hence you should use your second pink to eliminate the enemy ward, many people laugh when you take out their explorers but let them laugh as it prevents further wards placed and allows free action in that brush for 3mins. This stops supports like blitzcrank and thresh from landing easy hooks and grabs as they will be blind of your position in the bush. Buy an extra vision ward or two if you are facing champions with stealth like evelyn, twitch and rengar in the jungle or up against a twitch in lane so you can prevent ganks or surprise attacks from twitch, also make sure you aquire pinks when facing a vayne and they are nearing 6 as having vision of him whilst he is invisible can help you win the trade.
Global Ults/Fast Ganks
Ults such as pantheon, twisted fate, shen and nocturne which allow enemies to travel from a far these ults give you only a few seconds to react and are relatively hard to escape, if you see one of these champions on the enemy team, make sure you play with a more passive mindset than you usually do and as soon as you see them away from their lane walk back asap as their ults except for shen's ult have a radius which are not wide enough to be used from one lane to the other, they actually need to walk a certain distance (around 1/5th of the distance to the other lane) therefore giving you a few more seconds to react, you can ward further up or down from where you normally ward alerting you earlier as you'll see their ults windup animation but only do this if you are still wanting to play aggressive also this can save you from ganks such as rammus and hecarim who can reach and initiate ganks on you faster and usually come too fast for you to react and escape by the time you realise they reach your door step if you ward in the normal spots which work efficiently against other less mobile junglers.
Mid Game +
Either you or your jungle should always have an oracles on them (remember it no longer disappears on death), ensure you ward the map to control larger amounts of it and always remember to ward dragon and pink it if your team wants to do it in the next 3 minutes, baron should also be warded once mid game starts to ensure the enemy team does not sneak an early baron to gain an advantage, dragon spawns at 2:30 and baron spawns at 15:00 always remember to keep timers on dragon and baron so you can prepare and be there for the next one as it spawns (dragon respawn time is 6 minutes and baron is 7 minutes).
First back, carrying into late game.
By this time, you should have a few assists granted your ADC isn't terrible, and you are supporting as you should.
I usually get my set of three wards again 1 pink, 2 green, and usually get my Philosopher Stone. that way you have gold per 10 seconds, and you can keep up to speed with the rest of the supports.
So, you can take the PS, and build (My favorite item as a support) Shurelya's Reverie. That or you can use it to build Mikael's Crucible.
_QUICK REMINDER_ NEVER BE AFRAID TO DIE FOR YOUR ADC, For instance Davy, I support him rather well, and If I get him a double kill at 5:00 Into the game, at my death. That's perfectly fine with me. Now, Late game. DON'T over commit, and you will end up killing yourself, AKA feeding the other team.
Remember to ask EVERYONE in the team to spend 75 GOLD for one ward.
Okay continuing now. Mid game, just farm up, ward up (remember to ward jungle and pink dragon).
Late game, you just have to have basic support items, Such as the Crucible, and Reverie, Ruby SightStone. boots of choice, and whatever else you would prefer.
So, in closing, Remember to ward, Remember to ask for warding from team. Don't be afraid to die early for your adc. So, Hope everyone enjoys the support guide!.