Support Tier List - Updated after MLG, GESL, and DH - June 19th

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Supports:

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

Tier 2: Blitzcrank, Nunu, Yorick, Morgana, Lux,

Tier 3Lulu, Sona, Fiddlesticks, Galio, Kayle, Gangplank, Annie, Karma,

Change Log:

Alistar moved up in tier 1 -I firmly believe that he's the #1 support right now. He's got AoE sustained heal which is not only spammable in lane but even for pushing towers. He's got the ability to initiate team fights or disengage them. He's a pseudo tank for your team just by pressing R and he can zone out enemy carries from a team fight quite easily with him Headbutt + Pulv combos. The only thing bad thing about Alistar is that he's not a ranged champion and he's a melee. That's literally his only downfall. His passive even allows him to push harder vs towers, hold the wave when your AD carry has to go back to base with easy last hitting and AoE clearing. I think that if you're not first picking him for support in competitive play in almost every situation you're doing something wrong because he's just so valuable as a pick and picking him early also allows you to hide your AP, Top lane, and Jungler picks so you can counter those other roles. While Alistar really has no counter for the most part. The only way to counter him is to burst him down with someone like Leona or maybe a Taric who have high bursts for support but even then you can go heavy into the defensive tree and stack armor and just have a trigger finger ready on your R button and you'll be fine. He's the all in one support covering everything you'll ever need. Hence his spot on the list now.

Lulu moved down to tier 3 - Since her nerfs I don't believe she's as good as a support. I think she's still a very good AP mid / support similar to a Soraka or a Janna middle for a protect the AD carry comps but I feel like they nerfed her maybe a bit too much for her intended role which was supposed to be a support. I think possible more AP nerfs to her ratio's but buffing her support kit in some ways could really benefit her in ways of being a "True" support champion.

Leona has been moved up to tier 1 - You wanna kill things as support <--- Pick this girl then. But Elementz girls are weak and they don't kill things.. DO YOU NOT WATCH GAME OF THRONES? HAVE YOU NOT SEEN LADY BRIENNE OF TARTH MURDERING MEN LIKE IT'S HER JOB? Well that's basically what Leona was based off of. Her kit allows her to be naturally tanky with only really having to stack HP to be a true tank gaining massive armor and MR from her W. In lane combined with someone like Corki or Graves at level 6 it's almost a free kill every time. Her passive damage bonus helps you burst harder then any other support / ad combo out there. Her initiation is also the best out of any support combined with a heavy amount of CC this champ was made kill lanes and that's exactly what she does. She's a true tanky support and she's worthy of tier 1 in my opinion.

Janna moved down in tier 1 - I like Janna. I think she's pretty good. What I don't like about Janna is her laning phase which I feel is pretty weak and I have to say that winning your 2v2 battle bot lane and getting your AD carry fed is a BIG part of doing your job as a support. Now granted Janna has great peeling and kiting and is basically built for protecting people but when a Leona/Taric/Alistar jumps on you in lane regardless if you're in your own tower or not Janna WILL die. This is my issue with her. She's a FANTASTIC team fighting support. I think she's actually the best support for team fighting actually as her counters to melee champions and any champion with high AoE damage (Kennen, Nunu etc..) she just stops them in their tracks with the best disengaging kit in the game. That's why I am going to keep her in tier 1 but I feel she's incredibly weak vs any kill lane combo and kill lane combo's are what's winning bottom lane I am finding. If you're not extremely careful you'll fall behind and your AD carry will be getting fed on rather then feeding on the enemy. Again though I feel she's really good outside of lane and isn't THAT bad in the laning phase but I do feel the need to move her down a bit due to her laning phase not being the strongest.

Sona has been moved down to tier 3 - I think she's actually kinda bad now.. She's like the last resort when you absolutely need sustain for a poke comp or something. I feel like her base stats are so low that she's a 100% free kill for any kill lane and not like in theory she's 100% kill I mean if you land any kind of chain CC on her combined with any sort of damage she will die because she's so weak stat wise and has no real peel or escapes on demand other then summoner flash if you so choose to take it (you should it's good on her :p) I feel that her sustain is still super good and the damage from her passive and Q is quite strong but the stats and no escape just urks me to no end. I almost feel that E should be changed to a dash sort of ability and whatever she hits when she dash's is either slowed, or sped up, depending on what she hits friend or foe. Not only would this make her a lot more fun, I think it would solve her current issues for being a truly viable support.

Yorick has been moved up to tier 2 - YORICK OVER SONA? THIS IS MADNESS! Well I have a good reason for this actually. You see I think Yorick is the ultimate counter to non sustain lanes (except Sona he can beat her). His damage output and self sustain is very high for just his base abilities. Meaning when you don't really have any items yet he's gonna poo poo all over your face and I can tell you that's not something you want to have on your face. Even vs sustain lanes like Soraka and Taric he does not bad either. Soraka is a bit harder to beat then Taric, Alistar is impossible to beat if he has armor reds and yellows, but he really can poke almost every support out of the lane and you'll be surprised how many kills you can pick up bot lane with him. Now ontop of a great overall laning phase his team fight is good too. He can peel and kite with his W for anyone that dives your carries and then guess what if they die..? JUST REZ EM UP WITH THAT ULTI! And they come back for 10 seconds of win. I think his ultimate is really underrated for what it can do and if you have a fed carry from that laning phase it makes them all that much deadlier. Now granted you must correctly use this ultimate before they die to utilize it correctly but when you do you'll see the greatness that is Supporick. I actually have a guide up on www.lolpro.com which you can check out by simply clicking on his name here (Yorick) and going to the support guide by me and you can actually check out lots of guides on lolpro for the champions on my tier list!

Morgana has been added as a support and placed in tier 2 - Now tier 2 might be a bit high for this gal but I think she's pretty decent as a support. Q binds are great for stopping initations / poking, W is a good lane control and sustain for herself, E is a magic denying shield.. It's made to support haha. R is great for initiation or even peeling for your carries that are getting dived on. I really think Morgana could step into the competitive scene but no one has the balls to do it yet.. Not even me haha. I am going to start playing her more in solo queue and see how she fairs but I think she has the potential to be a good support in the right situation.

Fiddlesticks has been added as a support and placed in tier 3 - I actually saw M5 have great success with a Fiddlesupport in a tournament match a few weeks ago and it really got me thinking. His kit is great for peeling and surviving. His damage isn't half bad either base. I will be experimenting more with him just like Morgana but I believe he can be viable in the right situation just like Morgana.

Galio has been added as a support and placed in tier 3 - CLG used to run Galio support from time to time and I think it still has it's niche. I am trying to get all the somewhat supports added to this list as it's looking kinda small so inc Galio to the support tier list!

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!

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Comments

  • #51 Fldandtooton

    Male a new tier list... almost 2 years old

  • #49 OfficialTISFurasshu

    Where's Nami?

  • #50 bagmangood

    ... this was posted over a year ago (aka before she was released, and middle of season 2)

    Do not take this as a reasonable current tier list

  • #48 xXiPwnerXx

    Zyra is mostly used as support and is seen VERY often in ranked matches. I would like to see her added. Anyone else agree?

  • #47 Ubie

    Update?  :D

  • #45 Nekrocow

    Can someone explain how come Morgana, who only haves a magic damage shield and a skillshot snare, is better than Kayle, who can put up with more damage, who also deals twice Morgs damage with her AAs, has an aimed slow, a heal which also gives a speed burst and an invincibility ult?

  • #44 tothemax99

    Would shen be a viable support? He has a taunt, he can tank, he can heal his allies, he can shield them. And if shen is viable, then would rammus also be viable?

  • #43 OverKingBahamut

    Could we get an updated support tier list, especially after the end of Season 2 (unless I am just blind and can't see it)?

    I feel that Sona is definitely out of place after what we all saw during the finals. Just a thought.

  • #46 Nekrocow

    +1

  • #42 bagmangood

    I can has updated list?

  • #41 den3erwtinabalw

    I think you could also add sejuani as a support. She pretty much works like leona

  • #39 mellored

    How does lulu's ability power nerf affect her at support, which likely won't get much ability power?

    She's still got massive utility.  I would say tier 2, right above yorick.

  • #38 nilof

    How about support Gragas? Ha has a fairly stong Attack speed debuff + Slow + Janna ult that can be cast anywhere. It works wonder for kill lanes where you can separate both laners and get a guarenteed kill. His ult and E is also quite amazing during jungle ganks.

  • #37 Wolfpackdragon

    Okay so, I am going to suggest a champ for support and you can go ahead an just ignore it. I just want you to consider it, even if just for a moment. Amumu support for those AD's with magic damage.

    Only reason I though of it is because in the jungle he is almost always behind anyways but his utility and % damage makes him useful anyways. So why not support with GP5 items and stuff. Kinda like Leona but with a different passive. Probably not that great unless the rest of your team has other peals and your AP doesn't want Void staff for some reason. Just a thought that I would like to share.

     

    EDIT: His ult is bigger, scales better with any AP, and is a longer stun than Leona's and his tankyness is more consistent. 

    Last edited by Wolfpackdragon: 7/27/2012 3:44:52 PM
  • #36 grimman65

    Alright so im going to talk about something that will make sense to some people and other people it won't. I want to talk about Nautilus support. I know, I know, Nautilus is a jungler bla bla bla, but think about it. That much cc packed into one champ would make for a great kill lane comp. Stick him with a graves or any other ad for that matter and its pretty much a kill everytime. He is essentially the male version of Leona. Plus his early game damage with his w is not that bad. I think he could fill a niche like an alistar. I mean, alistar jungle is very viable and he i also a viable support. Why can't nautilus be the same. Now, I'm not a theorycrafter or anything and there is probably some reason I haven't heard this talked about but I think it could work.

  • #35 SteveO

    Can you please explain why Nidalee isn't included?  Very strong heal, two high damage zoning skills, and free wards?  Maybe I just play against bad people, but I win hard with support Nid about 3 out of 4 times.

  • #33 Rozol

    Taric should be put higher because o fhis passive armor boost to the ADC.  Maxing out W is key (everyone does this) and Q should be second.  I'm just reiterating that you can easily allow a boots + 3 pots ADC to have up to 80 armor in the beginning of the game which easily cuts the enemy ADC's damage close to half (which is ridiculous).  Even when facing a Soraka / (any ADC) combo, you can outdamage them because of they target Taric then you just back off and heal and once Soraka blows her heal on herself / ADC you just target the other one without the armor buff and you will come out ahead because of Taric's passive...

    Try it out it's ridiculous.

  • #31 jsteele11

    Just wondering why Zilean isn't on the list?  His Q is an awesome harassment tool that, if you have the mana, can be spammed for lots of damage with his W even with virtually no AP.  On top of that, his E functions as a pseudo-exhaust that can catch your carry up to the fleeing enemy, or slow down someone coming in for a gank.  Once he hits 6, mistakes can easily be forgiven and even turned to your favor with his ultimate and it makes tower diving a breeze.  Not to mention his passive is just a tiny bonus for the whole team.  The main reason I like support Zilean is because it leaves you free to run a flash/cv combo instead of a flash/exhaust or a cv/exhaust because of his E.  IMO, Zilean is a solid support that, at the very least, deserves to be placed somewhere on this list.

  • #32 Sreimund

    Maybe he deserves to be put on the list but considering zilean support is so poor it would be at the bottom. The thing is his Q damage is actually pretty mediocre considering the rate at which you gain levels as a support. It also drains his mana like mad, if you compare zilean directly with other supports you will see they are much better at enabling their carry to farm or kill, leona has a ton of stuns, so does alistar, soraka can heal a ton of health and nunu provides a steroid attack speed buff and is also pretty good at slowing. overall he has a poor ability to cc. His ult is pretty nice but just like GA it often puts you in a position where you will simply die again.

    On top of that his late game is pretty much moot, just as it would be when he's playing ap mid. I like zilean but his abilites are just not on par with other supports to ever be considered. Also he's a really easy target for kills considering his poor defensive stats.

  • #30 rada3

    spot on Elementz. I don't even have 1 single thing to complain about!

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