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[S11] Rakan Support and The Art of Poke (1st Edition)By Hawaiianshirtadmin | Updated on January 19, 2021
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
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1. Your placement matters, and why you should always be in the perfect spot.
2. Taking charge in situations you know can guarantee a kill.
3. All should fear Rakan, and if they aren't, you aren't doing this right.
You are sitting with your adc near tower, the enemy bot lane is more pushed up than you and your jungler comes in for a gank, even though the enemies didn't ward they still see him in time and can retreat. Although your jungler inflicted minor injuries you just lost a gank you could have gotten much more out of, but it wasn't your fault right?
From the moment a gank is established you should be in position to support and cc your enemy, if you are pressed up against a tower leave and reposition yourself with the jungler. If they are that extended try to knock them up while they are retreating then dash to your jungler to follow them if you don't kill them immediatly, at worst you get both flashes, at best you just cleaned house.
This situation is but a fraction of the overall game time but regardless it has a huge impact on your team, if your adc just got two kills ahead bot lane could be as good as ahead. Really what I'm trying to get at is that were you are standing impacts how an entire situation can go down, and once you start your path to subconsciously placing yourself it will become habit and you can make more scenarios go down the way you want. In theory and practice it would just become a stepping stone on your way to personal growth, and once it goes like clockwork it will sync with the others sections of this text.
You and your adc are in a stand off with the enemy bot lane, both are csing equally and nobody dares to make a first move, however you see an opening. It's a small one but you know it's a calculated risk and you are in the best position to do so. Without your adc even knowing what happened you W in launch your Q and then dash back to them before they finally register it, that took 1/3 of their health and you just got them on their feet. That's a proper poke.
Although this section is the most self explanatory of them all it shows how you can poke safely and without the need of your adc, that's not saying never go in with them. On the contrary, be sure to go in when they do, just always be one step ahead and know when is the best time to support them. Whether it be a straight forward knock up or maybe a well placed shield, it all adds up in the end, and that sort of poke is what helps in the long run. This next section will tell you what the next step in poke is and using this newfound idea to instill fear in your lane and get a mental grasp on your opponents.
You and your adc just hit level 6, the enemy adc just backed and now it's just you guys and a Thresh who is taking potshots at you, but you as the intelligent Rakan player you are know something. That Thresh wants a quick all in kill, and he is looking at a squishy looking Rakan he could beat in a 1v1, and you aren't going to back out of that. You purposely let yourself get hooked only for you to dash when he right before uses his ult, now while he is confused you W in and knock him up allowing your adc to get free damage on him, in a panic he flashes to escape but you follow suit flashing and ulting and allowing your adc a kill. In short what you did was putting your lane ahead a kill, but it's much more than that, you just instilled fear into the enemy support, next time he will hesitate before engaging you even with his adc next to him. Those crucial moments mean everything in a all in and it will result in what will hopefully be your victory and now both the adc and support will be scared just as you want.
As I established earlier you are the shot caller bot lane despite what your adc might think, and in this segment I will teach you the mentality behind crushing your opponents and building your own. You are the King, and your team is your court. Although the enemy team doesn't realize it yet they are on borrowed time because you are going to demolish them. Sure your court might be made out of inting 13 year olds, but that is outside of your control. Really what this overly long hypothetical is getting at is just one way of getting into your opponents head, maybe warding before them, taking a dragon, or just good ol' poke damage. Everything takes a toll on them until eventually they are checking for your Rakan support under their beds every night, or something like that. What you want most is to draw out that hesitation as long as you can then spread it to other lanes as well. The nature of Rakan allows for high movement around the map, get bot lane pushed as far as you can then go visit the other lanes in your kingdom. Get them ahead, make their laners fear you as well. Also if you see a jungler coming in for a gank make sure to poke them before dashing off, you would be surprised at how much less they will gank if they know you will get damage off AND still escape. From then on they will be more afraid and you will be sitting on your throne, after all, the enemy team knows not to mess with you snd that means more than kill or two could ever mean in the long run.