A support does exactly what it sounds like. They support their team. Supports have kits that are geared toward protecting their carry and team using crowd-control, shields and healing. Supports reside in the bottom lane with a marksman, whom they protect and facilitate the earning of kills on minions and champions. Each support excels at something different, whether that be crowd-control, damage or healing. Whatever it is, their goal is to help the team.
One of the most popular supports is Janna, the Storm’s Fury. Janna specializes in disengaging from fights, healing her entire team, locking down enemies and shielding and boosting the damage of her carry. That’s right. She does it all. It should be no surprise to hear that she has always had one of the highest win-rates the game. She is fairly easy to play and goes well with any team composition. She is a staple in the champion pool of any support player.
Thresh, the Chain Warden, is support of a completely different type. Thresh excels at applying single target and area of effect crowd control and saving allies from tight spots. His ability to hook an enemy and then drag them into his team makes him a force to be reckoned with. He also has the ability to throw a lantern that an ally can click in order to be brought to Thresh’s side, which can be used offensively and defensively. He is a ton of fun and has been my main champion for over three years now.
If protecting a carry, securing map vision and laning with a friend sound like fun to you, try playing support!
To learn more about another role, check out this guide on marksmen!