League of Legends: The 5 Best Supports on Patch 10.17

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This is a list of the 5 best supports in League of Legends on Patch 10.17

Is support the most powerful role in the bot lane? Is it the most powerful role in League of Legends? On Patch 10.17, the 5 best supports excel at shutting down opposing bot lanes and building a gold lead early on from which to snowball.

The smallest patch of 2020 so far, Patch 10.17 (or Patch 10.16b) contained just 2 support changes.

Everyone’s least favorite bot lane duo, Lux and Sona, were heavily targeted by the balance team on the most recent patch with one nerf each. Lux’s Prismatic Barrier saw its base shield reduced and mana cost increased, while three of Sona’s abilities saw their AP ratios decreased.

Here are the 5 best supports on Patch 10.17 along with their main strengths and weaknesses:

5) Sona

54.32% Win Rate | 6.5% Pick Rate | 4.3% Ban Rate

Strengths: Sona offers one of the most effective and lowest effort healing abilities in League of Legends making her an ideal candidate for those new to the support role. Even the least coordinated of players can handle the responsibility of spamming Aria of Perseverance during late game teamfights to keep their teammates topped up with HP.

Weaknesses: Among the current crop of meta supports, Sona possesses by far the least peel tools for her ADC. As a result, marksman players will be forced to self-peel and keep themselves alive during vital skirmishes while Sona applies buff after buff.

4) Lux

53.09% Win Rate | 12.1% Pick Rate | 6.1% Ban Rate

Strengths: Even when playing as a support, Lux’s damage output is incredible. During the laning phase, the Lady of Luminosity can constantly harass her opponents with endless casts of Lucent Singularity, whittling down their HP bars, and establishing an early lead.

Weaknesses: Lux support can often be viewed as a troll pick by solo queue players due to her real lack of support tools. She is extremely vulnerable, plays very offensively, and offers little in terms of enchanting and peeling for her carry.

3) Blitzcrank

50.91% Win Rate | 8.1% Pick Rate | 18.6% Ban Rate

Strengths: Rocket Grab is arguably the most annoying ability in League of Legends and can be used throughout the game to snowball a gold lead through countless picks.

Weaknesses: Blitzcrank can often be caught out after missing his Rocket Grab due to the movement speed reduction on Overdrive. Obviously, this can be avoided by not casting the ability, but not all players possess that level of restraint.

2) Morgana

50.68% Win Rate | 10.8% Pick Rate | 31.9% Ban Rate

Strengths: At max rank, Morgana’s Dark Binding has a 3 second root duration, which is long enough to kill most champions, read a book, and learn a new language.

Weaknesses: Generally, supports can either poke their opponents or deal strong DPS in a 2v2 in the bot lane. Morgana struggles with both and is very dependent on the utility of Dark Binding and Black Shield during the laning phase.

1) Lulu

51.62% Win Rate | 16.1% Pick Rate | 22.3% Ban Rate

Strengths: Lulu’s kit has it all. A slow, an attack speed buff, a polymorph, a shield, a health buff, and a knock-up. Lulu is the ultimate support and can guide even the worst carries to success in the right hands.

Weaknesses: The Fae Sorceress ideally links up with a hyper scaling carry like Jinx, Kog’Maw, or Tristana to make the most of her kit. When paired with the likes of Draven, Miss Fortune, or a mage bot laner, Lulu is far less effective as these champions don’t benefit from the buffs as much.

Next. Patch 10.17 Tier List. dark

Which support do you think is strongest on Patch 10.17? Which supports would you like to see buffed on Patch 10.18?