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[7.18] Bubble Pop - Nami Support

MissMaw Last updated on September 15, 2017
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Hi friends, I'm MissMaw, a mod here. I've been playing Nami since her release in 2013. I remember watching her teasers and thinking she'd be amazing - and I was right. Nami's always been a consistently good pick, and she's been in great standing during season 7. I think she's a very strong, safe and versatile champion and she's among my favourites to pick for ranked!

Nami's strengths are her ability to heal and protecc, but also attacc. She has loads of CC, solid range and she can empower her own (and her ally's) auto-attacks to deal extra damage (and slow). Her heal is one of the most potent in the game, though it can be a bit expensive in terms of mana, and it also doubles as a poking tool too.

Her biggest drawback is that she's really squishy. She has a heal but outside of that she's really easy to bop. She's also immobile almost entirely, aside from her passive which grants her a brief movement speed boost when she self-casts an ability. This makes her weak against bursty champions like Leona, Blitz - they can get to her easily (or get her to them) and detonate her before she can blink.










I think 00-18-12 is the best mastery setup for Nami as is gives you a bit of defense (since you're squishy) and a lot of utility still.

In the resolve tree, the two most important masteries are Runic Armor and Insight . The latter decreases the CD of your summoner spells (usually Flash and Exhaust) which is very helpful bot lane, since these two spells are crucial in fights. Especially since Nami doesn't have any gap closers. Runic armour increases healing on you, thus it makes Ebb and Flow stronger when self-cast.



In cunning I take Secret Stash for improved health potions (aka health sustain) and Meditation (aka mana sustain). Bandit is a neat spell which is kinda like Spellthief's Edge and rewards you with gold when you poke enemies. You also gain money when your ADC last-hits or a minion otherwise dies (not by your fin) in your vicinity. Intelligence raises your CDR cap to 45% and grants you 5% from the start of the game. Lastly your keystone mastery is Windspeaker's Blessing and it increases the potency of your heals and shields by 10% and briefly grants armour and magic resistance to units healed by you.






In Marks you have Magic Penetration; this stat makes your abilities deal more damage as it will ignore a part of your enemy's magic resistance.

With Seals I go for armour. It's an invaluable stat since you will be laning against a Marksman in the bottom lane. Very often you will end up playing versus an AD mid, top or jungler as well, so these come in handy after laning phase too. Everyone has auto-attacks anyway too.

For Glyphs, magic resistance. These come in handy versus AP supports or most supports in general (most deal AP damage with their abilities). Also handy later since the mid laner is often an AP carry.

Finally with Quints I like to take AP to increase the damage of your abilities and also the strength of your heal.




|| In addition to Nami not having an escape mechanism of her own, Flash is good with Nami because it enables her to get in range for her ult/Q/or AA + for chasing and securing kills.

|| Ignite is good with aggressive supports such as Nami. You lose your Exhaust for late game but you gain a lot of kill potential in lane. The idea of it is to get your AD fed that way and get him to snowball so that late game not having Exhaust wouldn't be an issue.

|| Exhaust is Ignite's alternative. It's a good spell for support but I don't grab it every game. The situations in which I'd recommend Exhaust over Ignite is 1) vs high burst assassins (ie Zed) 2) vs AS-based champions (ie Vayne, Tryndamere) or 3) vs an unfavorable match-up.




When Nami's abilities hit allied champions they gain 60 (+20% of ability power) Movement Speed for 1.5 seconds. This effect is doubled for allies hit by Tidal Wave.

Surging Tides is a pretty simple passive. All your abilities (even your ult) will speed up your allies (and you). If you heal someone for example they're not only healed but also sped up for 1.5 seconds. Same with Q and E, and with your ultimate (if they're walking in the wave basically), the effect doubles and they gain double the speed.



Sends a bubble into the air towards a targeted area. When it lands, it deals 75 / 130 / 185 / 240 / 295 (+50% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies in the area of impact and encases them into bubbles. Enemies hit by the bubble are lifted into the air and stunned for 1.5 seconds before being dropped to the ground.

Aqua Prison is your most important engage tool outside of your ult. I mentioned before it's a pretty tricky skillshot and a lot of people have trouble with it because it's slow moving. You get better at it with practice. A way to make sure you hit is to first use your E and AA the enemy - that way they are slowed and they'll have more trouble dodging the Q.




Heals an ally for 65 / 95 / 125 / 155 / 185 (+30% of ability power) and bounces to a nearby enemy champion, who is damaged by 70 / 110 / 150 / 190 / 230 (+50% of ability power. Ebb and Flow can only bounce to each target once and hits up to 3 targets. The damage or healing value is reduced by 15%(-7.5% per 100 AP) with each bounce.

Ebb and Flow is Nami's bread and butter. It's a dual ability as it acts as both a heal and a poking tool like I've mentioned in the introduction. The poke isn't bad and you should always aim to hit your enemy when you want to heal yourself. It's a waste to just heal yourself and not use the poking aspect as well, since there's no reason not to (unless they're just too far away). It doesn't do a lot of damage, but the heal is super strong. Just be careful spamming it in lane as the mana cost is pretty high and it can cause you to go OOM if used too much. A small tip is to self-cast W within the range of an enemy (alt+W) and then it'll bounce back onto the enemy after you've been healed. It's the quickest way to do this.




Empowers an allied champion for 6 seconds or until they have attacked 3 times. During this time, their basic attacks deal 25 / 40 / 55 / 70 / 85 (+20% of ability power) bonus magic damage and slow the target hit by 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 (+5% of ability power) % for 1 second.

Tidecaller's Blessing basically makes your ally's, or your own, auto-attacks stronger. It slows the enemy and it also does extra magic damage (based on YOUR AP, not your ally's). So this is a pretty straight-foward ability in terms of when to use it; just any time your ally is using his auto-attacks. Bot lane that's pretty much every trade and every fight. You can also use it on yourself though, keeping in mind your passive, it will speed you up and allow you to catch up to enemies and to slow them, thus engaging a fight (since it'll be easier to Q at that point too).




The Tidal Wave briefly knocks up enemies that it comes in contact with, slowing them by 50 / 60 / 70% and dealing 150 / 250 / 350 (+60% of ability power) magic damage. The slow duration increases based on how far the Tidal Wave has traveled, with a minimum duration of 2 seconds and a maximum of 4 seconds.

Tidal Wave is Nami's ultimate ability and it is strong as heck. First of all it's incredibly wide (like about half a lane's width). It does damage and it has two forms of CCs on it since it both knock-ups enemies and slows them. It also applies your passive (double the worth of it, too) on your allies who walk into it. It's an incredibly strong engage and disengage tool. The only drawback is that it's a little bit slow, but it's nevertheless quite easy to hit especially at closer range. You'll want to use the ult in combo with your allies usually - with Bullet Time or Last Breath for example (really any AoE CC/damaging ability).





Gives the highest amount of gold which is why I recommend it over Spellthief's now. The stats are still good and I really like the mana coin drops as they will allow you to use W a bit more freely and not go OOM as soon as you would normally.


On your first back aim to have at least 800 gold so you can purchase Sightstone. This is the most important item you get as a support and it's non negotiable since you're the primary source of vision on your team.

Also don't forget to exchange your Warding Totem for a Sweeping Lens sometime after getting Sightstone - immediately or on the next back. And upgrade that to Oracle Alteration at level 9.

If you have 1300 gold or so you can also purchase the upgrade to Ancient Coin, or if you're somewhere in between 800 and 1300 you can buy the component - Rejuvenation Bead. You can also get Boots of Speed now, and it's a good idea to when you're against something you want to dodge - Death Sentence, Rocket Grab or Grand Entrance.

Ionian's are great boots for Nami but considering your build it's best to go with Mobis so as to avoid going over the cooldown reduction cap. Mobis make it easier for you to roam, ward, engage, get to lane and dodge abilities.


Ardent Censer and Redemption are your two best friend items. I don't think you'll go a game without getting both. They both have great stats which synergize with Nami well, and they also have good synergy since they amplify eachother basically. It's pretty simple to use Ardent, just heal your ADC in teamfights and they'll gain the bonuses - extra AS and lifesteal.

Redemption can be a bit trickier to use. Usually you'll want to pop it mid-teamfight, around a cluster of your allies who at that point would be around half HP. You can also use Redemption on just one teammate if he's about to die (to something like Zed or Karthus ult) or an ally who's in a 1v1 situation far away and who otherwise could not be helped. Also remember that you can use Redemption even after you die.



At this point you should choose what you want to do with your Sightstone. You can:

1) Upgrade to Eye of the Watcher - I prefer to do this because EotW gives you a lot of nice stats and gives you an extra slot to fill in your build.

2) Upgrade to Ruby Sightstone - this alternative can be good in some scenarios since both of these items give you a lot of nice stats. Ruby in particular is a great item imo since it gives you 500 health, and you're really squish squish + it'll increase the shielding on your Solari AND lower your itemactives.

If you've gone with the Ruby route, you have to buy Talisman of Ascension (or Frost Queen's Claim) next. And you will be left with only one more item to purchase.

think Ascension is a pretty good item and the only reason I'd consider starting Ancient Coin. It can be used for engaging and disengaging fights since the burst of speed is applied to everyone on your team. You can also pop it to get to objectives faster (like Baron/Drake).

Overall I recommend buying the Eye items because you will have an extra slot for Control Wards at first, and then an extra slot for a full item later on in the game. I recommend buying Eye quickly, probably before your 3rd item so right after Ardent Censer, to make warding easier. Eye of the Oasis is only 250 so there's no reason not to rush it!


There are several options for your final or final two items and they're generally dependant on the kind of team you're playing against. Here are some items you might consider getting:

Solari is a great item especially if you've gone the Ruby route, since then you'll have more HP and the shield will be stronger (it scales with max HP). Pop this baby mid teamfight and it'll increase your team's chances a lot. You can also use it pre-teamfight-changing ultimate like Karthus ult or Bullet Time to negate a lot of the damage.

Mikael's is more situational as it's only built against teams with some tricky hard CC. It's a good buy against Leona, Thresh anyone else with a hard-to-dodge stun. Generally best to save it for your ADC, but use it as you think is best.

Athene's is a great pick-up in terms of stats, as it has great synergy with Nami. The passive will make your heal stronger. It works like so: any damage you deal to enemy champions gives you "blood chargers" (up to 250 max), which will then be added to your next heal later on.

Banshee's a good pick-up against teams with hooks/grabs and other nasty skillshots. It's a good pick against magic damage dealing teams since it grants a lot of MR. It also increases the strength of your heal and damage of your abilities.

First you designate your ADC as your partner. Knight's Vow deters 6% off your partner and returns it to you as true damage. However, you also heal 6% of the damage your partner does. Ordinarily it's 12% for both but ranged champions like Nami get it halved, which is why I don't think this is a particularly effective item to buy. But it's an ok item if your jungler doesn't buy it.


When it comes to the support role, there's more to it than just playing the champion. You need to be a great communicator, you need to know where and when to ward and you need to understand wave management. So to start off the gameplay chapter which will also include details about laning phase, roaming, teamfighting, trading, combos and god knows what else, I will talk about wave management.

Managing the minion wave ensures that your ADC gets as much farm as he can. This is important because farming = money and money = good items which in turn = strong ADC. And as the old proverb goes, happy ADC = happy life.



First Wave In bot lane you'll get level 2 after 9 minions die (so mid second wave, 6 melee and 3 ranged minions in total). By helping your ADC during the first wave, you can get an edge and get level 2 before your enemy laners do.

You do this by simply auto-attacking the minions down to low HP (so that the ADC needs only to last-hit it). If you start attacking a minion that's already half HP or less, you risk ruining it for the ADC (AKA it might die before the ADC has a chance to last hit) so you have to be careful not to make your ADC lose out on gold for nothing.

Whichever side's 9 minions die first is the side that will get level 2, which is why you want to accelerate the process by auto-attacking. Once you get level 2, you'll have higher stats and an ability extra and that might be enough to land you a level 2 kill.



Under Tower Although as a support you won't need to last-hit minions almost ever, it's still important for you to help your ADC do it. Especially under towers.

Tower shots will kill a full health melee minion in 3 hits, and a ranged minion in 2. After 2 hits, the melee minion will have but a sliver of health, and thus it'd only take one AA from your ADC to kill it. If the minion is full HP, don't interfere here. For ranged minions though, the tower will hit it once and leave it at around 30%, and an ADC (pre first back) won't be able to kill it with one shot, and won't have time to kill it with two. This is where you come in to AA it once.

That's about it. When they're not at full HP, you just have to wing it. You'll get good at it with practice.


Holding the wave If you're in lane and your ADC isn't, you can hold the minion wave for him so that the minions don't die to the tower. You do this by simply standing in the way of the minions and making yourself their target. If your minions are around, you can hold the wave by only last-hitting minions (so they don't go to waste), but don't attack them or you'll push the wave/kill most of the minions and your ADC won't get anything out of that.

If you're low level, don't tank the minions for too long because they can pack a punch and you don't want to get too low and then not be able to engage or fight the enemy laners. If there are enemy champions nearby you should be careful as well.


Pushing the Wave You generally push the wave with your ADC when the enemy bot laners aren't there (AKA they died or just recalled). This is done by continously auto-attacking (but making sure not to ruin the last-hits) the minions and you can also cast your E and Q on them of course. Once they all die, your minions can journey onwards to the enemy turret and die. This way the enemy bot laners will lose out on the gold & exp they'd normally get from killing that wave.

If the wave is too close to your tower or in the middle of the lane, you won't be able to push it all the way to their tower before they're back so it's best to freeze it in that position and recall yourselves. If you do push it anyway, there's a good chance they'll arrive in time and freeze the minion wave near their tower thus forcing you to be nearby their tower so your ADC can CS, leaving you vulnerable to ganks.





League of Legends is a team game and it requires good rapport between you and your fellow teammates. But bot lane especially is the lane which requires the most trust & communication, since you are two people working together towards the same goal, like the symbiotic relationship between some fishies and sea anemones. You keep your ADC safe, farmed and happy and they'll reward you with a nice victory screen.


Of course in order to achieve this you need to have good synergy with your ADC and good communication. Synergy can be hard to come by, and it's usually best for you to adjust your playstyle slightly depending on the ADC (both champion and person). If they're playing passively, rushing in on risky fights might result in some fish dinner for the enemy. This is why a lot of people play DuoQ bot lane, since then they are always aware of the limits of their partner.

When you are playing solo though, you'll need to rely on the chat and the pings. Chatting in the middle of the game is probably ill-advised, as it's not a particularly slow moving game, especially in laning phase, this is why you will have to learn to use your pings properly. The help ping when you are trying to escape (it'll notify your ADC to come to you so you can E off him or counter-engage), the danger ping or retreat ping when you notice a foreigner near bot lane. Most importantly you'll want to notify your ADC about the cooldowns of your spells and abilities (alt+click on ability/spell). If you notify your ADC that your exhaust isn't up for another 20 seconds, they'll know to patiently wait before an engage, or to play safe.


When it comes to games like these, you will occasionally get frustrated. Perhaps at yourself, more often at your ADC. I won't tell people how to play their games, but I will advise against flaming either way. Disregarding the fact that it's real people behind these screens, controlling those champions, with real feelings and all, flaming is unconstructive and will lead to more mistakes, possibly AFK situations or intentional feeding from a disgruntled teammate. Instead, be nice. ADC got a kill? "Wow nice" "damn, good job" "wp". Short, sweet, to the point, doesn't even need to be true. Positive comments makes people feel good and play good :)





Nami's great at all stages of the game. In laning phase she can play the part of the babysitter and keep her ADC safe and fed throughout the first 15ish minutes. Or she can play the part of the poker and land the ADC many kills with her Q, E and ultimate. Usually you'll want be both, unless you are behind or have a very passive ADC or hyper-aggressive enemies in which case you should stick to trying to stay alive and hope for ganks.

Level 1 Level 1 is fairly insignificant, outside of trying to reach level 2 first which I've discussed above.

Level 2 At 2 however you can start getting some picks. If you get level 2 first you can try to catch the enemy ADC or support (especially if they're squishy) in a Q and then try to kill them or burn their flash. If the enemy gets level 2 first (especially if it's an aggressive bot lane) you need to pull back and play safe until you reach level 2 yourselves.

Level 6 The next lane changer is level 6 when you and your enemies have your ultimates. Nami's ult is great because it automatically makes you both deadlier but also harder to deaden. Your general kill combo is Q into ult, but you can also ult them straight-up, though you'd need to be somewhat close to do that and hit the ultimate. Better yet use your E first to slow them, making it easier to hit both Q and ult. Your ult leaves them really vulnerable because they can't dodge it, they'll be knocked up and then slowed and it's also super easy to Q them after they get affected by the ult slow.

So some of your combos are:

Q R E (on ADC), W* EXH*

EXH* R Q E (on ADC), W*

E (on self) Q R, W*

*All the asterisks basically mean "when/if necessary". W boosts your trades a lot so generally you want to cast it whenever your ADC is below ~90% health since he'll be in range of the enemy and hurt them and heal you too. As for exhaust, you use it to lower the damage output of the enemy ADC and you also use it as a slow, which is why I mention it in combo #2, as it can be used for engage.





Teamfights start occuring once the first couple towers go down and people stop laning properly. It can be pretty chaotic and they'll happen over objectives, towers and around picks. Picks are when you pick off an enemy that's mispositioned, they'll usually either end up in 1 or 2 kills or a full-blown teamfight.

Anyway so assuming you're not the one who got picked off, here's what you do in a teamfight:

1) Engage: Usually you don't want to be the engager because you're very squishy. Unless you're making a pick with your Q, it's better to let your tank/jungler engage for you. Having done that, you can use your ultimate or Q to follow up.

2) Disengage: If a teamfight is going awry, Nami is really good at disengaging fights. This basically means getting everyone out of a fight safely. Your ult is your best disengage tool since it'll knock-up then slow the enemy, making it really hard for them to catch up afterwards. Your Q can stop several people if they're bundled, and using your E and W, you can speed up your teammates due to your passive.

3) PEEL: Peeling is generally reserved for your ADC, but you can do this for everyone. It's basically keeping off sticky enemies from your carry and trying to keep them alive. Nami is great at this because of her heal and all the CC, and her E is handy too because she makes your ADC a stronger kiter. Kiting is attacking the enemy while escaping from him at the same time.

4) Empower: In general Nami can heal several teammates in a fight, empower their auto-attacks and you also have a lot of active items to boost your team's chances of winning. You want to use your E on ranged champions (usually your ADC) and you want to heal either your tank (so he can sponge longer) or whoever is being focused by the enemy in general.




Warding is a very complicated aspect of playing support that would be really hard to explain in a few sentences. There are some general things I can relay here that might help you become better at vision control, and I'll try to do that, but I can't tell you exactly where to put what ward and when, since that'll depend on a million different in-game factors.

Wards grant vision and vision grants your team different advantages. Wards can help your team by telling them where a particular enemy is - OR where they are not. Both are equally useful. If you are bot lane and a ward spots the enemy jungler in their jungle top lane, you'll know it is safe to engage, for example. If you have a ward top side but you do not see Lee Sin anywhere on the map, you should play cautiously as it might mean that he is bot side instead.

A long time ago when I started playing league, you could buy any amount of wards and there was no limit as to how many you could place on the map. Supports were kinda just ward-bots for the most part. Now supports have a greater role in games but they have lost the ability to completely control the map. As of getting sightstone, you will have 3 or 4 wards in your inventory at a time and you will only be able to have 3 wards on the map at any given point.



This is where people often make mistakes. Wards last 3 minutes, but that doesn't mean that a particular ward needs to stay where it is for 3 minutes or up until an enemy kills it. You might have wards bot lane, sitting there and still alive, with 1 and a half minute until they expire. But that doesn't mean they should stay there. When you only have 3 wards at your disposal, you'll need to make decisions as to whether or not you need wards there or whether them sitting there for another minute will be a waste. This is especially important when it comes to Control Wards, which can last an infinite amount of time, but will be useless sitting in bot lane tri-brush the whole game.

Sometimes wards SHOULD stay in a particular location until they expire. These are usually wards that are covering the River, Dragon, Baron etc. These wards are always useful because they will alert you if an enemy is moving through the River (AKA attempting to gank) or if the enemy team wants to do an objective. I'm gonna call these wards "general wards".

But these wards are TOO general. There are many paths an enemy can take to get to their destination. So when you are bot lane, you don't only ward River and hope they pass there. You ward their tri-brush, your tri-brush, their blue/red buff, the river bush... etc. When you are laning bot lane this isn't too hard since you are only expected to control this portion of the map. But after laning phase it can get very tricky because you will need more wards than you can carry. Where you should place wards will depend on many different factors, and I'll call these wards "situational wards". When the particular situation arises - you are about to fight or try to take an objective or turret; get rid of general wards. It's more important to have vision in the moment than to have some wards covering objectives and stuff.


Situational Wards - When doing Baron


Blue Team



When you are doing Baron you want to have wards that will give away the enemy team if they try to come near Baron. As a member of blue team, the enemy will usually come from behind the Baron pit since that's where their base is. I've placed 6 wards on this map, which obviously you can't, but hopefully someone on your team will help you out or ultimately they won't be necessary. These wards are effective as there is no direction from which the enemy can come near Baron without alerting you.

Red Team



As red team it's a little harder to ward or do Baron safely because it is sort of facing the enemy team's base. But on the plus side you can easily ward over-the-wall behind Baron to make sure they aren't doing it. This ward spot is also useful when your team is behind and you can't safely ward on the outside of the pit. When doing it, you want to ward out their entire top side jungle, on their Blue buff and the brush near the entrance to the river especially.



Situational Wards - When doing Dragon


Blue Team



As blue team you will have the option of over-the-wall warding Dragon, like how red can do so with Baron. Helpful for the same reasons as above; makes it easier to keep it safely warded without having to go into the river. When doing Dragon, you want a lot of deep wards into the bot side jungle as that's usually where they'll be coming from. Also be sure to ward over the wall near the enemy tri-brush, as there will be a blast plant there which they can abuse. If you placing a control ward, it's better to place it a bit further from the pit so that it can catch more wards, as they will rarely go far into the pit to ward it (since it's safer not to).

Red Team



On red team you will be facing the Dragon pit which makes it safer for you to ward it. When doing it, place wards directly behind the pit as there is a blast plant there with which they could jump into the pit. If you use a control ward, put it closer to the pit to make sure you can clear or disable wards that are inside; ones they might have placed over the wall. If their bot lane tower is still there, it's necessary to ward the tri brush as well.


Situational Wards - Sieging

Sieging AKA going after turrets. When you and your team try to take turrets, you will need to expect resistance. Sometimes you'll just siege under the turret against a couple enemies who are next to said turret. But usually they will attempt to flank you from the sides and try to kill you for your attempt. These wards will prevent that.


Blue Team



Above map shows warding spots when you are attempting to get red team's inner turrets. The light blue dots are wards to place when you are sieging the inner mid turret, and the dark blue spots are for the respective side lanes.

Mid lane, the most important locations will be the side lane bushes. This will prevent their top/bot lanes from coming mid, as well as of course the jungler who can come from anywhere. Wards around jungle entrances to mid lane are also important since the jungler could appear from there too.

When sieging top lane there are only three entrances from which the enemy could appear. The tri brush, Krugs bush and River.

In bot lane you will want to ward the enemy blue buff to prevent the jungler from surprising you, and river for the mid laner. The mid laner could come from your tri-brush as well. You will want to ward the enemy tri-brush as well, because it's possible for them to attempt to blast-plant over the wall and flank you from behind.



When sieging the second turret the enemy is almost certainly in their base, so you shouldn't usually expect flanking unless it's from the side.

Red Team



No explanation really necessary because it is the same situation but with the map flipped. The only different is that usually you will have more people bot lane than top lane, so deeper wards bot lane are good when sieging the first/second turret, though as blue side sieging top lane they might not be.




Bot Lane Wards



Blue Team



Red Team




General tips/tricks/info on warding

  • Buy a lot of Control Wards. Usually less experienced supports will only have 1-2 per game because they will place 1 and leave it there all game. Always buy 1 or 2 control wards per recall if you can afford it, they're always useful. Even if they get removed as soon as you've placed them, they've fulfilled their purpose of revealing an enemy. Use them almost interchangeably with Sightstone wards. Think of it like this: If you could prevent a gank for 75 gold, would you?
  • Control Wards disable other wards. If you are doing Dragon/Baron or sitting in a bush with a control ward there, you don't need to clear any wards that might be in the same location since they will be disabled - the enemy cannot see you. If you do try to attack the ward that is there, they will briefly get vision of you which defeats the purpose of a control ward.
  • Utilize Scyrer's Bloom when warding the river. Pop it so it goes over the area you want to ward to make sure there are no enemies around that will kill you if you try to ward. It's also useful as a ward-sweeping tool.
  • When using Oracle's Lens or any other ward-removing device, think about where you would have warded were you in the enemy team's situation. This way you will be able to find a lot of wards, provided the enemy support knows what they are doing anyway.
  • As blue team, always have a control ward in tri-brush during laning phase since it's very hard for the red team bot lane to remove it unless they are ahead of have their jungler/mid laner with them.
  • As red team, have the little bush near the lane control warded as it's harder blue team to clear it unless the minions are pushed to your tower. This makes it easy for your jungler to gank via blast plant.





Nami's all-around a great support and synergizes well with every ADC in my opinion, since she can cater to both more passive and more aggressive playstyles. The best ADCs for her are, imo, the following:

Jhin's my fave ADC to go with Nami. Jhin's 4th auto-attack deals a lot of damage, and coupled with your E is super strong. You can also keep people CC'd long enough for him to hit his ultimate a lot easier, and his root will be easier for him to land after you've hit your Q making it easy for you two to CC lock enemies.

Xayah's a good ADC for you because she needs someone to make up for her lack of mobility. Nami's great at peeling so there you have it. Your CC also aids her a lot because she needs people to stand still to pull off her E.

Lucian's great because of his passive which effectively makes him auto-attack twice instead of once. This means he can get two of your empowered auto-attacks (your E) within a moment and deal a lot of damage that way. Your CC makes it easy for him to land most if not all of his ultimate's shots too.

Caitlyn's range makes your E really good. She can hit enemies from long range with your E making them slowed (and setting up for a good gank) and dealing a lot of damage, especially with Headshot. I'd use your E on her whenever she targets someone with her passive to deal a lot of damage.

Ashe Nami are good in the way Xayah Nami are, you bring a lot of safety to Ashe's laning. These two also have a lot of CC together making it a great lane to gank for your jungler.

Your ultimate and Q are a great setup for Miss Fortune's ult which is why they're a great lane together. You also protect her well since she's immobile herself like Ashe and Xayah are. Also, your E works on her Q which makes them extra deadly.



As for as enemy ADC match-ups go, Nami will do worse against long-ranged enemies (who can stay out of her poke range), enemies who deal burst damage and enemies with high mobility, who can dodge her spells.

Lucian is annoying to deal with because he does a lot of damage and he's quite mobile. It's effortless for him to dodge Q because he can see the radius before it drops and he can E out of it quickly. He can also dodge your ult in a similar way.

Draven hits like a truck and you're incredibly squishy and immobile. After he hits his power spike, the best thing you can do is stay the hell out of his range. If you manage to chain-CC him, he's immobile himself so you could kill him like that.

Caitlyn is very annoying because she has incredibly long range with which to poke you. If you sit on her trap you will take major damage due to how squishy you are. She can also dodge your Q with her E. The good thing is is that you can negate some of her poke with your W, but it'll be a very tough lane since you'll have to waste a lot of mana doing this.





In general Nami does well in most lanes. I think burst supports are her biggest problem however, as well as supports with strong CC. Hard match-ups for Nami are the following:

Blitz is probably your worst match-up because you're immobile and squishy, and just begging for a Rocket Grab. The knock-up, silence and burst that come after the grab aren't fun either. Basically the way you play against him is to dodge pretty much every grab and only fight them after he misses his Q, since that removes a lot of his pressure.

Leona is incredibly tough to deal with because of many reasons. For one, she's tanky and even if you hit your combo on her she can survive the burst/poke that you do to her. For two, if she locks you down with her Q or ult, you're probably dead due to the amount of burst damage she and her AD unleash. The good thing about the match-up is that she can be poked down in early levels and rendered unable to engage, so poke her lots when she uses her E and try to always dodge her E.

Braum gives all his allies a stun with his passive, so if you get Q'd or auto'd by Braum, you need to get out of range fast so you don't get stunned. A stun from Braum will usually following a knock-up and a lot of damage. His E can also completely block your ultimate, so don't use it unless his E is down. To win, stay back and disengage his fights and try to poke him down early levels.

Brand has a stun and deals a million damage to you, so you have to dodge all his Qs or you're going to die a lot. On the bright side he's very squishy unlike the supports I've listed above, so you can blow him up with your ADC by chain CC-ing him. Careful for his counter-engage though and don't cluster with your ADC if you can help it. You can negate his poke with W.

Thresh is a mix of Blitzcrank and some heavy-damage ranged support. If he misses his hook on you, he's still a problem because of his flay, unlike Blitz who will be too far away to engage if he misses his Q. Thresh isn't that tanky until he gets some items in, so you'll have to shut him down early by poking him, and be sure to dodge all his Qs. You can negate his poke with W.




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