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Support Types / Categories for Picking and Counter-picking  Patch 11.20

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Last updated on October 14, 2021
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Just a support main's attempt at organizing the types of supports and trying to get good at filling out team compositions and counter picking. I'm someone that loves giving every champ a shot and getting really intense about the draft phase and what's needed of me.

Organized left to right, row by row, strong to weak.

In the current iteration, each support is organized into each category they have minor strengths in. A champion with multiple talents may be lower down in multiple categories, but thus being strong overall (like Lulu). However, I don't include champions that technically fit the category without it being at all a strength (like Morgana in sustain)

I also don't include champions I haven't tried enough to evaluate with a certain amount of confidence, which is why you'll see SOME of the more off-meta picks and not others.

Feel free to let me know where I've left champions out or where you disagree!

Thanks for reading!



Whittling down (or chunking down) the enemy. In a poke vs. poke matchup, range will play a big factor. Brand does the most damage, but will be outranged by Zyra, who would be outranged by Xerath. 



Made to peel off engagers, typically from your ADC. When to pick: The enemy has several divers/assassins/juggernauts, enemy bot lane has major engage potential. Peel is the most common utility brought to the table by the support.



Made to mitigate damage or negate it entirely. Anti-poke rather than anti-engage peel. Pick into Poke lanes with mages and ADCs like MF, Sivir, or Ezreal



Able to start a fight and go all-in, putting themselves in danger, when it's advantageous for your team.



Has safer CC capabilities that don't require going All-In. Prevents enemy escape.



Sustaining them and their ADC through poke, often trying to go even in lane and shine later in the game. Pick into poke lanes and scaling enemy comps. 



Tries to go even in lane, scales well late game with either more levels or gold.



Champions that have the most frequent opportunities to confer buffs from Shurelya's Reverie / Ardent Censer / Staff of Flowing Water and/or heals from Moonstone.



When your team has no other frontline or is entirely squishy champions and you need somebody who can take some heat.


Blind Picks

For one reason or another, these champions function well without knowing what they're headed into, and it's highly suggested to have one in your arsenal when you don't know the enemy composition. 


AD / Lethality

Riot is slowly growing design space for Ad in the support role, especially with the expansion of lethality items that offer unique utility like Umbral Glaive's vision control or Serpent's Fang being the only "shield greivous wounds" item. Consider one of these if your entire team went AP for some reason or the enemy comp lets you get away with being a double ADC bot lane.


The waiting room

Champs that are waiting on one good buff to reach viability or one good nerf to fall out of the role, OR have a particular mechanic keeping them around or holding them back. I put some champions here without evaluating them in the rest of the guide since they're likely to be disagreed with.

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Metallichydra (10) | October 15, 2021 1:49pm
This is a very useful and well-made.
Majestueux (10) | October 15, 2021 8:36pm
Thanks! :-)
vvv23 | October 15, 2021 1:42am
Finally, now i know which champ should i choose when i have 1st pick. It's so hard to choose when i don't know who i will have to face with
Majestueux (10) | October 15, 2021 8:37pm
Best to pick one as a comfort pick for those situations. :-)
Mazzl | October 14, 2021 4:18pm
Amumu? 🙃
Frappessb | October 13, 2021 5:07pm
This guide is very accurate but I personally feel that Swain could and should be included in the Tank section as well as the Engage section. With his passive stacking at a semi decent rate in bot lane, they can have around 25 to 35 stacks which is around 350 plus 200 max hp when using his ultimate. If swain chooses too build demonic embrace or morellonomicon as a second or 3rd item, Swain can be quite the tank in team fight scenarios. Not to mention the healing he does as well, making him have a form of pseudo-HP. Couple this with the fact that Swain wants to be right in the center of team fights to make the most out of his ultimate, it makes sense to put him in the engage and tank sections in my opinion.
Majestueux (10) | October 14, 2021 10:13am
Yeah I missed Swain there.
TheImmortalEye (12) | October 14, 2021 12:21am
true especially the demonic embrace/ spirit visage builds.
lyu narros (5) | October 12, 2021 2:47am
To be honest this guide is very accurate nice guide mate.
Majestueux (10) | October 12, 2021 7:40am
Thanks! Glad you like.
tha soup (3) | October 7, 2021 4:57am
What about Sion? he can be on the waiting room?
Majestueux (10) | October 7, 2021 7:38am
I'd need to dedicate some time to trying him out. I think since part of his kit is explicitly built around farming (W passive), a part of his power budget just evaporates when he's supporting.

That said, I do see him from time to time and just feel like the player should've picked Thresh instead.
TheImmortalEye (12) | October 6, 2021 11:46pm
i think taliyah could move from the bench , yes her playrate is very low but her winrate in support is actually better than her jungle winrate and she has way better poke due to the q worked ground buffs. like ivern shes just always unpopular. add Vex there shes the definition of bench , not bad but her ult and w feel so weak as support. otherwise love your guide
Majestueux (10) | October 7, 2021 7:34am
My problem with Vex (so far, she's still new) is the same as my problem with Amumu: there are champions who are designed to do the same things (dive in and CC or CC for peel) who are also designed much better for support. But I think it possible Vex's support possibilities might be found against a double-dash lane.
TheImmortalEye (12) | October 7, 2021 8:31am
if your interrested im trying it currently and its in my opinion not bad but underwhelming, the champs you expect her to counter shes not that good against, as an example she counters rakan same way a zyra does, but atleast zyra can throw out her abilities, since u will lose u antidash fear and he will engage with r or w if he didnt bait it out first.leona will still dash as her root functions but then be feared often, naut hook applies first, most adc dashes are out of reach or very very quick. Vex passifies engage but can only autopoke often to hold her fear, but engagers often scale better than her and get picks anyway. shes a mage, that unlike brand , vel koz or taliyah doesnt do more than slight poke as shes more low base stats and high ap ratios . her threat is just a bit low and u can easily play around her support, once behind its even worse as ur ult and w are close range while scaling badly without ap. so id say till now as excited i was to main her support, sadly shes a niche counterpick at best like poppy.

i guess since u didnt mention it taliyah has to sit in the bench, sad but i guess thats how most even riot generally see her . thx for the reply anyway XD.
Karinutsa (7) | October 6, 2021 1:23am
This tier list is awesome! Maybe you can update it for today's patch, please? <3
Majestueux (10) | October 6, 2021 4:52pm
Haha, I've been off for a bit, so it might be a while before I can feel comfortable updating. Glad you like it though!
Mazzl | September 17, 2021 6:39pm
Hey, thanks for the guide!
Mazzl | September 17, 2021 6:48pm
Also ik Seraphine is already all over the place but I think she needs a spot in the enchanter class as she is basically built on moonstone
Majestueux (10) | October 6, 2021 4:55pm
Huh, yeah, not sure why she's not there. Oops!
Mazzl | September 17, 2021 7:02pm
One final addition would be pantheon, as he is always my first choice when it comes to supporting a Samira or other engagers with his super safe hard cc. He works just as well with the ad support items as your picks and can be opted in the powerful Panth/Taliyah combo if your team gets too ad heavy. Anyway, I really appreciate your work here and will try to consider your list in all my future picks.
maxwell redbaron | August 29, 2021 11:06pm
I imagine this took a lot of work. thanks
knif (2) | July 22, 2021 9:25am
Do you think Kench's role as a support might change now that he's received his mini-rework? Because I feel like he's got some great engage potential with his new W.
Majestueux (10) | July 22, 2021 12:26pm
Yeah, I think things will shift for him, but I can't say I know TK super well. He still feels clunky to me with big impact, but I kind of like that since he IS a bumbling catfish. I strangely find myself doing a lot of poke damage in lane now. I've been playing him a bit like Taric: guard the ADC and followup engages and fights, which has been working pretty well.
knif (2) | July 24, 2021 1:33pm
Yeah, I definitely agree! I'm not sure how I feel about the changes but I do concede that they feel really good and do a good job of removing at least some of the clunky vibes that he had pre-rework!
itinyi | July 17, 2021 5:29pm
Omg I love thissss. Where's Rell at though?
Majestueux (10) | July 18, 2021 8:26am
Just haven't managed to play her.... :P I'll add in a rough Idea based on what Ive sen around the interwebs.
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