Support Tier List Update May 6th

Supports:

Tier 1: Janna, Soraka, Taric, Alistar, Lulu

Tier 2: Blitzcrank, Nunu, Sona, Leona, Lux,

Tier 3: Yorick, Galio, Kayle, Gangplank, Annie, Karma,

Change Log:

Alistar moved down in tier 1: Alistar was a bit too high for my liking. He's a great champ but I just feel that a few supports are better then him in terms of being a competitive pick for a support.

Leona moved down to tier 2: When I changed this over into tier Leona seemed a bit too high. Her burst is amazing and so is her initiation but that's also one of her biggest problems. She's an all in Support with a high margin of error. If you choose to go in you're stuck going in. As a support I don't find her to be that tanky either to really do her role the way she should be. Alistar, Taric, even Soraka provide much more tanking ability while also providing support utility outside of CC. She's a decent support and provides great burst but is lacking in other area's.

Lulu moved up to tier 1: Her laning phase is "decent" but that's not why I moved her up to tier 1. I moved her up to tier 1 because of her outstanding kit for team fights. The only thing Lulu can't do is heal someone but instead turns them into a giant monster with an AoE slow haha. She's great for initiation, kiting, and overall a fantastic team fighting champion and the only champion I see who adds that much to a team fight is Janna and I really find them to be similar when it comes to providing great support. Not the best laning phases but when it comes time to team fight they're the best supports to have imo.

Blitzcrank moved up in tier 2: I feel Blitz has been underappreciated for a long time. I feel that he's actually quite good and is a viable support. His laning phase is really good, his team fight is decent, his initiations can win games all on their own if you hook the right target but at the same time can make you lose a game by hooking the wrong target. He takes a lot of skill to use properly but I think when utilized correctly he's one hell of a good support.

Kayle added to tier 3: I left out Kayle from this list but she is a half decent support. She's been added to tier 3 as she's not the best but she's still a viable choice is some situations.

Definition of a support:

- A champion who often duo lanes bottom with a ranged AD carry who helps protect allied champions, zone enemy champions in the laning phase, or provides team utility later in the game.

- These champions get gold per 10 items to make their gold as they won't be taking any gold from last hitting minions as their job is to make sure their AD carry gets farmed.

- Supports will be buying the most wards for the team and will often carry the summoner spell Clairvoyance for added vision across the map.

- Some of these champions are also quite good at roaming and will often leave the AD carry alone to roam the map and gank.

Don't see a champion listed in the tier list who you consider a good competitive support? It's probably because I don't and other competitive teams don't value them as competitive picks. Want to raise an argument for why a certain champion should be considered for the competitive list just post below and let me know why in a constructive way!

"No one, not even pros, can presume to know everything. Whether they promote or discourage a character is subject to debate at all times. These debates are encouraged in a respectful manner as we're trying to create the best tier lists possible for your enjoyment." Stonewall - Elementz

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  • #7 sardonicjoe1

    Quote from srks »

    why is annie in this list XD?

    Well, Annie support does actually work, but I think the primary reason Elementz included her is to point out the fact that even Annie is better than Karma.

  • #8 vibeus

    I'd guess that this is a step to show just how bad karma currently is.

  • #4 imeLastChance

    Hey Elementz, 

    I just wanted to make a case for Sona being moved further up the tier list (to the top of tier 2 / ahead of Blitz and Nunu).  Outside of specific team comps, most teams lean towards 'safer' champions in tourny play (not really all in, such as an EZ or LB who rely on a strong early game while falling off late).  Because of this, Sona is still a really strong competitive pick.  Her laning harass and sustain is strong...while not the strongest it is, however, strong enough to be noticeable.  Her ult is also an aoe stun that can secure a kill, aid an escape, or really help in a team fight.  She is an overall solid pick with no real weaknesses in her game...the only issue is that she isn't overtly powerful (which is why I don't think she is tier 1...just should be moved up a bit in tier 2)

    Blitz, on the otherhand, is very hit and miss.  As stated, a good pull can win the fight...a bad one can lose.  Even players who are super comfortable with the champion will not pick Blitz outside of a specific setup for the reason that you are just NOT guarenteed to do well with him.  I do think that he is strong, and perhaps undervalued, but, while his reward factor is high, I think that his risk factor should be accounted for and, as such, he should not be above the safer pick, Sona.

    Nunu is a decent support with a recent buff to his MR/lvl.  I think he is a very viable support, however I do not feel that he brings as much to the fight as Sona.  In the laning phase, Nunu is EXTREMELY reliable on his AD carry to play the lane as other supports usually have the ability to out harass him (Lulu) or just outsustain him (almost any).  His attack speed debuff on his iceball is really strong, but the slow isn't too noticable until later lvls of the spell.  His ult can be really strong in certain situations, but in other situations it is easily disrupted, or just doesn't deal much dmg.  The debuff it provides is great, but it relies on Nunu being in the middle of the fight when he doesn't have a lot of defensive abilities to make him get back out alive.   

    In all, I think that Sona should be moved up due to her solid abilities throughout the game and a strong ult to boot.  Also, I'd really like to thank you for updating these tier lists and sharing your thoughts with the community! 

  • #12 RemedyRx

    I actually made an account just to agree with this post. As a dedicated support player who is fairly comfortable with unconventional supports such as Blitz and Nunu, I generally prefer Sona over either of them. Sona isn't my first pick, but if I am playing with an Amumu or Kennen, or laning with a Miss Fortune, I always go Sona. Also, if the enemy team has more than one AoE champions, she's a strong pick. Her ult, if properly timed (i.e. when you're close enough to get the majority of the enemy team/your teammates are prepared to immediately engage) just dominates teamfights.

    When I want to play it safe, I play Janna or Soraka, but when I feel like being aggressive I play Sona. She gives me an aggressive playstyle without having to risk being in melee and having no sustain. When you play champs like Nunu/Blitz/Leona, you have the potential to dominate your lane hard, but you are really relying on your enemy to make mistakes, and a smart player is going to ward the bush and stay behind their minions, Rocket McGrabberson.

  • #2 Velhelm

    I like the way the new tier lists are looking!

    I do not have any particular experience with Zilean but is he essentially not viable as a support? He is somewhat of a forgotten champion and I wanted to know your point of view on him as support.

  • #1 A2ZOMG

    I'm not seeing why Taric is valued competitively. Especially over Blitzcrank.  Blitzcrank is harder to kill and does more damage and has better roam ganks.  He's also can zone people under their turret much better than most supports. When I look at Taric, he just seems a lot more mana inefficient in general and it's entirely possible to play passive sucessfully against a Taric lane because he doesn't have much range.

    And Soraka seems pretty overrated.  She has good laning phase that can be countered by say Blitz due to how squishy she is, but she doesn't have nearly as much utility in teamfights as most other supports. Take Sona, she actually has very similar if not better sustain potential than Soraka if she's consistently using her heal to sustain two targets, but also transitions much better offensively than Soraka due to Power Chord utility and her ultimate at level 6, and she also dominates more lanes in ones where she can be aggressive.  What does Soraka do when the team's jungler comes to gank?  Silence lol?  Almost every other support actually matters during ganks.

    Galio support I feel is at least as good as Leona.  He's very iffy in the laning phase, but if he can land his skillshots consistently his initiation and damage are both reallly strong, and his W is one of the best defensive steroids in the game by a landslide. And then of course Galio ult is Galio ult.

  • #3 lutzj

     

    Quote from A2ZOMG »

    I'm not seeing why Taric is valued competitively. Especially over Blitzcrank.  Blitzcrank is harder to kill and does more damage and has better roam ganks.  He's also can zone people under their turret much better than most supports. When I look at Taric, he just seems a lot more mana inefficient in general and it's entirely possible to play passive sucessfully against a Taric lane because he doesn't have much range.

     

    The main problem with Blitz is that he doesn't bring any useful sustain or buffs for the carry. Alistar also has two hard CCs on shortish cooldowns but he can heal. Taric has a great stun and gives his carry heals and a huge armor aura. Blitz is a strong laner but supports that can heal/buff just make much better laners. 

  • #22 zene

    In my opinion, even if they are not top tier, orianna and nidalee are mising.

    not the very best, but in some combinations and teams are still viable, both off them can be quite good. both can ward the bottom brushes for free, both have a good harrass and still can heal/shield. 

    orianna has a strong ult cc, nida good escape qualities

    and another thing: if yorick is in this list, why not pantheon? thx to his passiv he has a good sustain, the spear as harrass, the jump for stun and his ulti, he can do quite much even without farm

    Last edited by zene: 5/13/2012 8:21:21 AM
  • #5 imeLastChance

    I'm not seeing why Taric is valued competitively. Especially over Blitzcrank.  Blitzcrank is harder to kill and does more damage and has better roam ganks.  He's also can zone people under their turret much better than most supports. When I look at Taric, he just seems a lot more mana inefficient in general and it's entirely possible to play passive sucessfully against aTaric lane because he doesn't have much range.

    Taric is a lot safer champion than Blitz.  He provides sustain in lane through his heal, and he also has a GUARENTEED CC.  Blitz relies on a skillshot grab and auto attack knockup.  The skillshot can be dodged (flashed) or spell shielded on reaction and is also usually prevented by good positioning (being behind creeps / out of range) as well as good movement.  This is the reason why people are usually looked upon as 'bad' when they get grabbed by a Blitz, it is usually easily preventable.  Taric, on the other hand, just has to run in range to stun...and it always stuns.  He also gives his lane a heal, armor buff, and an armor debuff to the enemy with some okay burst to boot.  

    And Soraka seems pretty overrated.  She has good laning phase that can be countered by say Blitz due to how squishy she is, but she doesn't have nearly as much utility in teamfights as most other supports. Take Sona, she actually has very similar if not better sustain potential than Soraka if she's consistently using her heal to sustain two targets, but also transitions much better offensively than Soraka due to Power Chord utility and her ultimate at level 6, and she also dominates more lanes in ones where she can be aggressive.  What does Sorakado when the team's jungler comes to gank?  Silence lol?  Almost every other support actually matters during ganks.

    Soraka's ult provides a global heal.  That means she can help her teammates in a close fight REGARDLESS of her position / their position on a map.  Her sustain is also unmatched in the game, the amount of healing she provides her lane on top of mana just gives them an almost infinite ability to stay in lane.  She also does extremely well going into team fights / late game where her healing / utility stay as strong as the best supports through her silence, sustain, and buffs / debuffs.  I think that Soraka is tier 1 material without a doubt.

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