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League of Legends (LoL) Question: Doran's Shield on Supports?

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  • Darealone

    Doran's Shield on Supports?

    I've been watching some LCS and OGN and have seen that sometimes supports start with a Doran's Shield instead of a gold income item. Also rather than getting wards they get pots instead. I understand that you have a Warding Totem but for me personally is that enough?

    In essence...why are they getting it and should players in Solo Q also start Doran's Shield?
  • Answers (0)

    Janitsu (559) | January 19, 2014 2:58am
    What Vynertje said. It makes you so much tankier and it is essential if you are against all-in combos or if you are against high poke bot. You can still get the support item Ancient Coin/ Nomad's Medallion on your first back, so it won't leave you behind the enemy support. With that item, you can easily tank something like 7 autoattacks more than you would with Ancient Coin, making it a great buy. I take it on supports who are melee/initiating ones ( Leona, Thresh) but I don't always get it on supports like Soraka. Sona is also good with it afaik.
    Vynertje (386) | January 19, 2014 2:09am
    It makes you so much more tanky that if you don't start with it, you have such a big disadvantage over your lane in terms of all-out potential that you're nearly guaranteed to lose your lane.
    EdisonKhoo (74) | January 18, 2014 6:28pm
    Doran's Shield is used for trading in early game, it helps you block some AA while you are attacking them.
    Fousek (4) | January 19, 2014 4:06pm
    It depends on your Elo and matchup. You wont face good poke players in bronze and silver division and since your AD could be pushing idiot you really need wards. But if you are Gold and higher you should probably get it against poking rangeds who can have AD or Hybrid pene marks especialy Annie with her crazy range could poke you to low hp and than Flash stun for kill.
    Fousek (4) | January 31, 2014 6:18pm
    Also really good against long range ADC who is easy managing last hiting and poking. Like Caitlyn
    Edward from Gambit tweeted about incoming nerf and called that passive as broken so I guess it is/was worth it.
    Fat_fast (11) | January 18, 2014 9:03pm
    I have no idea why would they pick doran shield, beside the obvious effect, in terms of tactic. And I don't believe solo Q should pick doran up, since solo Q tend not to take advantage of such small early stat boost, you're better off with the usual gold income start.
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