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Well in my honest opinion, based on what I've read and seen, supports will cease to exist in the shape we know right now. What riot is doing is actually (again: this is my opinion) creating a "leech" role that can leech cash and experience from a lane for their own selfish purposes, and I don't really think supporting will come anywhere near what a proposed set of mechanics will acomplish.
I have made a little article arguing this point, would love to know what you guys think, we can discuss here if you see some valid points in it:
To put it simply, I agree, by opening up so much the role they will make it lose its identity compared to other roles, Support will be the 'anything goes' role.
I think this article suffers from a completely wrong assumption: that support is completely defined by gold starvation and that reducing this will homogenize the support role. Yes, gold starvation is ONE aspect and is, admittedly, a large aspect, but it's not like support gaining more gold will suddenly erase the role. For one, supports will still probably have less gold than other characters. Secondly, the dual lane does NOT necessarily support all AP champions, even if they had somehow managed to get as much gold as other carries.
For example, take the average AP mid champion. Why would you put them in the dual lane again? You aren't going to get enough gold to necessarily get to "blow up everything status". You probably scale very hard on levels, which you don't get as many in a dual lane. You don't offer your ADC any peel power, so you don't protect your ADC from jungler ganks. Then, further consider the fact that, by the time mid/late game rolls around, you're STILL not going to achieve "blow target squishy up" status very easily, which means that you're playing peel in teamfights, most of the time...in which case, why aren't you playing a traditional support again? And remember, you also have to actually buy a support gold item, with terrible stats and awkward abilities, which further cuts into your AP carry power.
The reason why SOME AP carryish champions can work bottom is because of three reasons (to which I'll use Morgana as an example). 1) They have a support-ish spell. (See Morgana Black Shield). 2) They have comp defining abilities, but it's hard to actually fit them into another lane. (Morgana vs most champions). 3) Their abilities lend themselves to winning lane, making up for their lesser support abilities (Morgana plus mass damage, low escape champions like Draven). That's...not a huge amount of champions, especially when you consider that kill lanes aren't going to be necessarily more successful in S4 then they are now (since both sides will gain the bonus gold). Yes, SOME champions might be able to enter the support role that they couldn't before, but certainly not the to the extent of "OMG, WHY CAN'T I PLAY SONA ANYMORE."
Remember, way back when, GP/5 used to be stackable. No matter how much gold they allow supports to have, I can't imagine that it'll outdo triple HoG by THAT much, and yet, even during those days, supports were very much alive and kicking.