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League of Legends (LoL) Question: Is there a ranged support that can reasonably be built as a tank?

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  • JohnnyBaggins

    Is there a ranged support that can reasonably be built as a tank?

    Hey everyone,
    I'm fairly new to playing the game myself, but I've seen a lot of LCS in the last few years, so I know my way around fairly well. I main support at the moment, and I als enjoy playing toplane tanks. Is there a support that can currently be played as a clear tank? If so, who?

    If not, is there a a melee support champion, that can reasonably be played into the heavy ranged support meta? It looks to me like I'm not (yet?) good enough to play a melee champ against almost only opposing supports that will heavily punish you by poking when you're melee?

    Thank you all,
  • Answers (9)

    skelestus (20) | April 1, 2017 10:10am
    BARD! He has great poke in lane through his meep auto-attacks and can use his Q to make plays. And the most successful Bard build is building the tanky support items. He will be eable to survive prolonged teamfights whilst aiding his team. I think he'd be a good fit for you but requires a decent amount of practice!
    JohnnyBaggins (1) | April 12, 2017 5:16pm
    If only I was any good at Bard. No matter how I play him, I'm just miles behind where I am with other supports. It sucks so much, I love Bard but I can't help realising that no matter how good (which rarely even is the case) I'm doing, I'd still be doing better on Karma or Morgana. But I'll keep trying.
    RocketPockets | April 1, 2017 7:42am
    An unusual pick but one that actually helped me climb when I first started playing ranked:
    Tank Karma. She has high base damage and shielding (with a movespeed buff), and provides utility with slows and an (unreliable) root. Building her tanky allows you to continually apply her utility spells. As you get a couple of items you become increasingly difficult to kill, and with your slows/speeds/sheilds you can normally walk away from a fight. After support item (and possibly redemption/ardent) try things like locket, frozen heart, spirit visage and even guardian angel. Make sure to hit max CDR and spam that AOE sheild for your team to soak up damage and reposition in teamfights! :)
    JohnnyBaggins (1) | April 12, 2017 5:14pm
    Thanks, I have tried that a lot and I really enjoy the more tanky interpretation of Karama. I've renctly ran with Eye, Redemption, Locket, Shoes dempending on the game state (Either Mobi or fitting resistance), and then I've added ZZ'Rot Portals, Spirit Visage, Dead Man's Plate, Hourglass and Omen depending on how the game looked, and it's fantastic. Karma has quickly become my favourite champion!
    Ekki (86) | March 31, 2017 7:27pm
    As said above, Thresh is practically the only example of a "ranged" support that reasonably builds full tank. He's also a great support for learning a lot of stuff and has some way of playing against range with his Death Sentence.

    Also any champion with a grab should be good or at least playable against mages. The other two are Nautilus and Blitzcrank. Naut is really strong top lane and you should be able to play him similarly as a support to great success.
    Vort (56) | April 13, 2017 2:59pm
    Can confirm. He has a disgusting amount of sustain as well.
    OTGBionicArm (415) | April 12, 2017 6:43pm
    The new champion Rakan is similarly set up to Thresh I believe. At 300 range, and clearly meant to be more of a tank/CC bot than a mage.
    King Crash | April 24, 2017 10:43am
    Thresh is the first that comes to mind.

    Other than that, Soraka can be built as a tank (particularly with Warmogs / Spirit Visage having decent synergy) although you aren't exactly a 'front line' tank, as your priority is still to stay in range of carries n keep them alive.

    One Champion that I don't believe has been mentioned though is Annie. In lane you play as an aggressive poke support both to zone the opposing team from CS and to proc Spellthief Edge (Frostqueen claim) and pickpocket mastery (if you take it, I would personally recommend it). Mid game you want to get Frostfang, Sightstone, and then start getting tank and CDR items. At 40% CDR you can basically have your E up permanently, which when maxed gives 60 armor and MR. This also gives you a bit of choice to build some extra AP and really carry games with heavy burst and decent hard CC with your passive. Again though, you don't play as a 'front line' tank until later in the game once you get multiple tank items.
    Mantar0ff (2) | April 19, 2017 12:42pm
    I think the only one is Thresh but it rly doesnt matter if ur range on mele if u know how to position urself in lane and in team fights.
    Hingushu (1) | March 31, 2017 1:51pm
    In technicality Thresh's auto is ranged and he is a tank support. But Relic shield's execution won't work unless you last hit since he is ranged. Tank supports are having a very hard time against ranged supports but the best tank for the job in my opinion would be Braum because of his E.
    Jurriyen Bot (1) | April 2, 2017 9:17pm
    There really aren't many tanky ranged supports. If you're looking for a support who can dish out a lot in teamfights, I would suggest a shielding support like Janna or Nami. My personal favorite, would be Janna. When upgraded, her shield will absorb around 250 damage and also give whoever you are shielding some extra attack damage. The best part though is when you are losing the fight, you have so much disengage.
    Right now, melee supports are just getting destroyed by ranged supports it's depressing. The best supports right now, in my opinion are Lulu, Janna, Nami, Morgana or Leona.
    Check out some of my guides. There's an Ivern support guide that may be of interest. He has shields and lots of cc so he can be built tanky easily. - Jurriyen Bot
    Freedeym | April 7, 2017 2:36am
    You may go for a tank soraka, although you'll need to go for the ardent censer compensate for lesser healings from your abilities.
    MobaFireReyn (2) | April 14, 2017 8:58am
    i think it will get a late game in 45 minutes.
    but sometimes it is be good in the player to build what upon on his climb.
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