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Something you don't really see ever any more. I think it's very viable though, it just depends on how you play.

Let's look at the PROS first:

Can harass nicely in early levels with Q and E.
Has a slow.
Her heal gives a speed buff.
Helps out partners damage with her armour/mr shredding.
Her ultimate is pretty amazing in many different situations. Especially since they buffed cleanse.

The CONS:

The heal, heals for a very small amount compared to other supports.
Probable mana issues from too much harassing/healing.


I think that she is pretty underrated as a support, especially now many of the summoner spell changes have come out. I think if played correctly she can be very viable. I think it depends mostly on your AD's play style. I am not 100% on the runes and masteries to use. I was thinking mostly armour and mana regeneration runes, AP would help out a lot with harassing and your rather weak healing.

What do you guys think as Kayle as a support in general? Going to test out a few games with different runes and masteries. Will let you know how I get on.
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Alot of people do support Kayle. It works, but her heal is a little weaker than somebody like Soraka and Sona. That's because they give a buff for protection. Kayle's just gives movement speed. The main problem with a solely support Kayle is that she's centered more towards a damage dealer instead of mainly being able to keep other people in the fight. Her Ultimate makes for great supporting but it's not effected by anything, so it would be a bit of a waste to use such fighting potential as a supporter. It's kinda like Support Nidalee, cus she can do a hell of alot of damage, too.
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Support Kayle is worse than support Zilean. Just because a champion has an ultimate with incredible utility doesn't mean that they have to be shoved into bot lane and get no CS. Kayle's kit is quite supportive (late game, not as much in laning phase), but her Q and E are geared towards heavy damage dealing. Jungle is the only place I'd play her, personally.
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Sona and Soraka just do it better than Kayle so why would I pick someone lower.
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tombotron wrote:

I think that she is pretty underrated as a support, especially now many of the summoner spell changes have come out. I think if played correctly she can be very viable. I think it depends mostly on your AD's play style. I am not 100% on the runes and masteries to use. I was thinking mostly armour and mana regeneration runes, AP would help out a lot with harassing and your rather weak healing.

What do you guys think as Kayle as a support in general? Going to test out a few games with different runes and masteries. Will let you know how I get on.


Shes not bad, but there are better supports.
Sona can harass well, slow, heal+defense boost, mov speed boost
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Good points. ^

Except the slow :P
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It's like going support Zilean.

When you are going support Kayle, you ignore everything else and focus on the support abilities.

You could do the support things as well as you could when playing as anything but a support (E.G. ult/speed boost/slow or in Zil's case, speed boost/revive) due to the fact you'll get little to no AP or whatever, but ignore the most important parts of the character (Kayle's passive/Q damage boost/E or Zil's 1.8 ratio Q factoring in his W/crazy ratio R).



Why do one when you can do both?
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DuffTime wrote:

Good points. ^

Except the slow :P


What? Sona has an amazing slow.
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DuffTime wrote:

Good points. ^


40% slow for 2 secs, so fixed
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