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Carrying my way with a support in Elo madness

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Not too long ago I made a thread about playing 100 ranked games in a row. I mostly played mid, top or jungle since it is easier to handle solo play. I started well and carried from the low 900 to mid 1k until I got bored, starting to use ranked as a testing ground. Obviously I am not skilled enough to do just that and I dropped. Hard. To around 800.

I had a few days off this week and gf was out of town. So I went for ranked again. As usual I asked for carry roles and often got them. Some games I carried hard and others I wasn't good enough. Some 14 games later my elo hadn't moved. Here something happened and I started losing again hard. Down to just over 700.

Here starts the magic. I was forced to support a game, ad picked vayne and Ali was banned so I picked Taric. I had played Taric some before, but only 2 losses this season. Few games with him in a 5v5 team last season in EUNE. Something happened, again, and I found my playstyle with Taric (AND in vombo combo with Vayne) suited the lane and we rocked a soraka/cait out of lane and I got my ad fed. Next game I played with the same cait we just rocked, we duo:ed and she went vayne. Another lane rocked, mostly (I felt) due to my plays. Stun, burst, heal ma niggah, stun again, heal, aa aa aa all the time. Oh and don't forget the exhaust.

Now I have gone 8 games Taric in 2 days. I won 7 of them and mostly I have felt that I have set up great plays, healed the right persons and done my way. Lots of KS:ing too, went 6/3/20+ in two games straight.

Now I have decided that I will go support as much as I can through ELO and will get back above 1k ELO. I won't go as much stupid plays as support since I never go alone. Not as much chasing alone since I never walk alone. And I like to make sure that our ad isn't snowballed against but fed. Damn that damage!

Now my question is this: Is Taric op right now or do I just suit his playstyle?
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He is just a very strong support for the laning phase with some pretty ridiculous damage, too. If you duo'd with a good AD, it's no surprise you won your lane hard, allowing for the AD to carry from there.

Is he OP? No, I wouldn't say so. Is he a very strong choice for the laning phase (arguably the best)? Definitely.

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Taric is the first support I go to every time I have to play the role. He can hang back and be sustain with all the armor and heals or he can zone enemies with the threat of that stun. If I am in verbal communication with the AD Carry, it's almost a guaranteed win. I have about 70% win rate ranked with him.

The only other support I will play right now is Nidalee. She lacks the CC, but has more damage so I can aggressively carry once we get to mid-game (even with almost no farm).
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Wayne3100 wrote:

He is just a very strong support for the laning phase with some pretty ridiculous damage, too. If you duo'd with a good AD, it's no surprise you won your lane hard, allowing for the AD to carry from there.

Is he OP? No, I wouldn't say so. Is he a very strong choice for the laning phase (arguably the best)? Definitely.


Funny thing is that I was about as effective in teamfights as I was in lane. Stuns on right targets, pop ulti for burst and their damage, maybe burst from shield if they have no ad left.

Oh and the exhaust. I feel like I was as useful midgame and late as early. I even got enemy team to focus me a few times cause they didn't want me around in the fights.
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It's also always awesome having the stun prepared for any opponent necessary. I destroy Katarina, Miss Fortune, Fiddlesticks, and basically anything else that has to channel anything.

You, just like myself, probably suit his playstyle better than most other champions. Others seem to fail with him more often than not. You seem like you are doing fine.
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Evildice hasn't lost a ranked game with Taric yet as I recall
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Crows foot » July 13, 2012 7:35am | Report
Quoted:

Evildice hasn't lost a ranked game with Taric yet as I recall

Has he played any? ;) ED you are welcome to contribute to this conversation :-)

Edit ; one thing I am curious about is when to pop w for damage and when to keep it up for protection?
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Babit » July 13, 2012 7:48am | Report
Taric is number one support now imo.

So much burst, some of the strongest sustain in the game, and an armor buff which is insanely useful in bottom lane.

Me and my friend have been running taric-ezreal botlane in ranked and we are undefeated with it.

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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by animorte » July 13, 2012 9:38am | Report
I always keep the armor up for defense when we are outnumbered, get ganked, playing a more sustain/defensive lane, or any situation that we have an obvious disadvantage.

I activate for burst during ganks and situations that I know it will put the fight in our favor. Or at any point when enemy AD isn't there or not even a threat.

A friend and I run Poppy/Taric bottom. It's not traditional, but it's highly destructive and extremely difficult to beat.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Luther3000 » July 13, 2012 9:40am | Report
Activating W only removes Taric's personal bonus and not the aura, so there's no reason not to use it unless you're getting focused.

And who the hell focuses Taric? :P
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