We take a look at the League of Legends support meta in Patch 10.3.
With Patch 10.3 taking aim at some of the best supports in League of Legends and Yuumi getting buffed, there was a chance to have a major shakeup at the top of our tier list. Unfortunately, the top of the support meta is basically more of the same in Patch 10.3.
Support Tier List
S tier: Thresh (⇑), Leona, Nautilus, Blitzcrank, Senna (⇑)
A+ tier: Nami (⇓), Bard (⇑)
A tier: Soraka (⇐), Janna (⇐), Morgana, Lulu (⇑)
B tier: Pyke (⇐), Rakan, Taric, Zilean, Swain (⇑), Sona, Braum (⇑), Zyra (⇒)
C tier: Shaco (⇐), Karma (⇐), Fiddlesticks, Yuumi, Vel’Koz, Brand, Xerath (⇑), Lux (⇑), Alistar (⇒)
D tier: Tahm Kench (⇒)
F tier: Galio (*), Maokai (*), Shen (*), Poppy (*), Volibear (*)
Dropped: Neeko, Gragas, Galio, Shen, Volibear, Veigar, Malphite
- * = new to the tier list this patch
- ⇑ = improved (rated at least one tier higher than the previous patch)
- ⇓ = declined (rated at least one tier lower than the previous patch)
- ⇐ = borderline-up (within 10% of being in the next-higher tier)
- ⇒ = borderline-down (within 10% of being in the next-lower tier)
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- Top four champions are all the same as they have been for the last several patches: hook and engage champions. The one big change is that Thresh, who has been on the borderline of the A+/S tier for the start of the year, has jumped to the number one spot. I’m guessing this is just a product of the other big champions getting nerfed in this or the previous patch.
- She got nerfed in her other role, but the changes in Patch 10.3 actually caused Senna to have the biggest boost to her ranking from the last patch. She rose from mid-A tier up to S tier in this patch.
- Sona had the biggest drop in her ranking from patch to patch, going down to low-B tier. It wasn’t a huge drop but definitely seems that the nerfs hit Sona hard.
- The top three champions in terms of win rate among supports are Maokai, Bard, and (ironically) Sona. Bard is the only one of those three who has a pick rate over 5% and a 53.8% win rate.
- The three lowest win rate supports in Patch 10.3 are Lux (44.3%), Rumble (44.5%), and Shen (45.3%). You need to go all the way up to Pyke (47.7%) to find the champion who has the lowest win rate with a pick rate over 5%.
Yuumi got some love to the empowered damage of her Prowling Projectile and the healing on her Zoomies, which gave the Magical Cat a nice bump in our rankings. She’s still only in the high-C tier, but her win rate (47.9%) is the highest it’s been since Patch 9.15 and her pick rate is on the upswing from the last patch.
The buffs to Galio’s Winds of War duration and damage ticks were probably aimed more at his solo lane presence, but they had the effect of bringing him back into the support meta in Patch 10.3. Galio currently has a 49.9% win rate, his highest in the last 10 patches.
Riot tried to dim down Leona’s damage on her Eclipse and Zenith Blade, but her reign as the queen of lockdown is still unchanged. Her win rate is down slightly (52.3%) but still top five among supports with a still-high pick rate of 14.5% and she remains in our S tier.
With nerfs to her Song of Celerity’s movement speed, Sona did experience the biggest drop in our rankings. As noted, though, she is still in a strong spot as far as the win rate goes and the fact she’s now being flexed into top lane might mean that more nerfs are coming.
Methodology: These rankings were determined by finding the average standardized score of a champion from nine different tier lists from sites around the internet. This is done by assigning a certain weight to each different score, rank, or grade given by these sites (for instance, both a “Diamond” rating and “A” grade would be worth a 90 score). The standardized score is then determined by looking at the average score given to all champions in every role by that site as well as the standard deviation of scores given (so that sites that give out more high grades will not have their As be worth the same as a site that gives out very few high grades).
The full, underlying data can be found here. This link also includes the full listing of how the scores are assigned. Champions must be rated by at least half of the sites audited in order to qualify for our tier list.