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The best support champions in League of Legends

If you want to climb the ranked ladder, you need to pick up these support champions.

When it comes to playing support in League of Legends, there’s a lot to keep track of. The best support for each patch can change based on the meta, the type of support you play, and even the patch updates.

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Supports can be divided into three categories: enchanters, engagers, and poke supports. Some champions cross over into multiple categories, so it’s a pretty safe golden triangle to follow. But there are supports in Patch 14.9 you should pick that fall into these categories. 

Understanding the different support categories, their purpose in the bot lane, and their strengths and weaknesses is key to choosing the best champions for your team, your playstyle, and against enemy compositions. You can learn more about these categories further in the article. But for now, these are the five best League supports in Patch 14.9. 

Best LoL support champions in Patch 14.9

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Lux is one of the most beginner friendly supports. Image via Riot Games

The best support champions in LoL Patch 14.9 are: 

  • Lux
  • Thresh
  • Morgana
  • Lulu
  • Nami

Lux

Lux's Faerie Court splash art league of legends
Lux’s Q can bind multiple enemies. Image via Riot Games.

Lux is one of those champions who can excel in almost any lane. Right now, she‘s one of the best supports due to her damage, binding abilities, and support build. But like all champions, Lux has her pros and cons.

ProsCons
– Versatile kit.
– She can go full support or full damage.
– Great lane poke.
– Perfect at binding multiple champions.
– Long cooldowns.
– Squishy.
– Must land skill shots.

If the cons don’t scare you away, and if you’re after an easy-to-play yet versatile support champ who has an above-average win rate across all ranks⁠—at least according to U.GG, the League stat tracker⁠—then Lux is an excellent choice if you use these runes, items, and build path. 

She also needs an ADC that meshes well with her abilities, and while you can build Lux, so she’s the best support and is paired with an ADC that meshes with her abilities, some matchups are still tough for her.

Areas of InterestBest options for Lux
Best runesRune tree one: Sorcery
– Arcane Comet.
– Manaflow Band.
– Transcendence.
– Scorch.

Rune tree two: Domination
-Cheap Shot.
– Ultimate Hunter.
–Offense: Adaptive force.
– Flex: Adaptive force.
– Defense: Health.
Best items– Zaz’Zak’s Realmspike.
– Luden’s Companion.
– Sorcerer’s Shoes.

From here, your items will be situational. For more AP, choose Shadowflame and Rabadon’s Deathcap.

For AP and move speed, choose Stormsurge, for ability haste and more mana, choose Malignance; or for ability power and armor, choose Zhonya’s Hourglass.
Best summoner spells– Flash.
I- gnite.
Best skill order– Lucent Singularity (E).
– Light Binding (Q).
– Prismatic Barrier (W).

Once you’ve unlocked these three, max E, Q, R, and W.
Best ADCs to pair with Lux– Jhin.
– Jinx.
– Ashe.
– Caitlyn.
– Miss Fortune.
Toughest support matchups for Lux– Soraka.
– Sona.
– Nami.
– Zyra.
– Milio.

Thresh

Thresh skin for TFT Set 11
Thresh is a solid tank choice. Image via Riot Games

Thresh is the only tank on our support list to play in Patch 14.9 because he is the best and one of the best supports overall. Despite his cons, he is solid in the early game, especially in the laning phase, and his hook provides incredible engage opportunities. But landing them is the most challenging part.

ProsCons
– Strong early game.
– Great engage and disengage kit.
– Flexible.
– Tanky.
– Hard to land hooks.
– Players don’t know how to use lanterns.
– Struggles with weak ADCs.

Like all champions, there are specific runes, items, and summoner spells you’ll want to take to ensure Thresh is tanky, armored, and can survive well. In addition, you need to know about the supports he doesn’t fair well against and ADCs he should be paired with because his kit synergizes well with their high-damage abilities.

Ares of InterestBest options for Thresh
Best runesRune tree one: Resolve
– Guardian.
– Font of Life.
– Bone Plating.
– Unflinching.

Rune tree two: Inspiration
– Biscuit delivery.
– Cosmic Insight.
– Offense: Ability haste.
– Flex: Health.
– Defense: Health.
Best items– Mobility boots (will be removed in Patch 14.10).
– Solstice Sleight.
– Locket of the Iron Solari.

Although the items from this point are situational, three of the best ones include:
– Frozen Heart: Armor, mana, and ability haste.
– Zeke’s Convergence: Health, mana, armor, and ability haste.
– Thornmail: Health and armor.

Another good option is Knight’s Vow, which gives health, mana, and ability haste.
Best summoner spells– Flash.
– Ignite.
Best build path– Death Sentence (Q).
– Flay (E).
– Dark Passage (W).

Once you’ve unlocked all three, max out your hook (Q), E, R, and W.
Best ADCs to pair with Thresh– Jinx.
– Ashe.
– Lucian.
– Miss Fortune.
– Draven.
Toughest support matchups for ThreshBrand.
Taric.
Zyra.
Renata Glasc.
Zilean.

Morgana

Morgana skin in TFT Set 11
Her Shadow and Bind combo is deadly. Image via Riot Games

Morgana the Fallen is one of the best supports for her binding abilities, after Lux, and because of her crowd control. Although she is squishy and has long cooldowns, her kit is easy to master if you can land the binding skill shot.

ProsCons
– Great ability range.
– Strong crowd control.
– Incredible damage.
– Lane bully.
– Squishy.
– Long cooldowns.
– Slow.

As there are only a few things more terrifying than a full-build Morgana, it’s easy to see why she has a 20.77 percent ban rate, according to OP.GG, the League champion and player tracker. But in saying that, if you have a chance to pick her and build her with the best runes, items, and summoner spells alongside the best ADC, you’ll find she is a lane bully who can help you take control of not only the bot lane but also team fights with her CC.

Areas of InterestBest options for Morgana
Best runesRune tree one: Sorcery
– Arcane Comet.
– Manaflow Band.
– Transcendence.
– Scorch.

Rune tree two: Domination
– Cheap Shot.
– Ultimate Hunter.
– Offense: Adaptive force.
– Flex: Adaptive force.
– Defense: Health.
Best items– Zaz’Zak’s Realmspike.
– Sorcerer’s Shoes.
– Liandry’s Torment.

From here, choose the best of the following items, depending on what you need:
– Zhonya’s Hourglass: Ability power, and armor.
– Rabadon’s Deathcap: Ability power
– Rylai’s Crystal Scepter: Ability power, and health.
– Morellonomicon: Ability power and ability haste.
Best summoner spells– Flash.
– Ignite.
Best build path– Dark Binding (Q).
– Tormented Shadow (W).
– Black Shield (E).

Once you’ve unlocked all three, max your bind (Q), W, R, and E. 
Best ADCs to pair with Morgana– Jhin.
– Jinx.
– Caitlyn.
– Ashe.
– Miss Fortune.
Toughest support matchups for Morgana– Zyra.
– Milio.
– Sona.
– Nami.
– Janna.

Lulu

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Lulu is the best buffing support champion. Image via Riot Games

Despite her yordle size, Lulu, the Fae Sorceress, is one of the best buffing and assisting supports in League. Her kit revolves around supporting her teammates. While she doesn’t have much in the way of damaging abilities and is quite squishy, her pros sometimes outweigh the cons.

ProsCons
– Great at poking.
– Offers crowd control.
– Excellent assist and buff support.
– Low cooldowns.
– Lots of utility.
– Barely any damage.
– Her kit isn’t for fighting.
– She relies heavily on her teammates.
– Mana management.
– Squishy.

Because Lulu is quite squishy, she’s an easy target, and with her little legs, she often can’t get away fast enough. But with specific runes, items, and summoner spells, she has a little more survivability, and when paired with the best ADCs that mesh well with her kit, she can buff them so much that they become a damage-dealing God.

Area of InterestBest options for Lulu
Best runesRune tree one: Sorcery
– Summon Aery.
– Manaflow Band.
– Transcendence.
– Scorch.

Rune tree two (option one): Resolve (Survivability)
– Bone Plating.
– Revitalize.
– Offense: Ability haste.
– Flex: Adaptive force.
– Defense: Health.

Rune tree two (option two): Inspiration (Haste)
– Biscuit Delivery.
– Cosmic Insight.
– Offense: Adaptive force.
– Flex: Adaptive force.
– Defense: Health.
Best items– Dream Maker.
– Ionian Boots of Lucidity.
– Ardent Censer.

After this, two of the best items to get are Moonstone Renewer (ability power, ability haste, mana, and mana regeneration) and Staff of Flowing Water (ability power, ability haste, heal and shield power, and mana regeneration).

Redemption or Mikael’s Blessing are good healing and shielding options if you need a sixth item.
Best summoner spells– Flash.
– Ignite.
Best build path– Help, Pix! (E).
– Glitterlance (Q).
– Whimsy (W).

Once you’ve unlocked all three, max out your E, W, R, and Q. 
Best ADCs to pair with Lulu– Kog’Maw.
– Ashe.
– Jinx.
– Twitch.
– Vayne.
Toughest support matchups for Lulu– Zyra.
– Leona.
– Sona.
– Braum.
– Taric.

Nami

Nami smiling and projecting stars from her hand.
Nami has good poke and strong CC. Image via Riot Games

Regardless of the patch, Nami will always be one of the best supports in League due to her innate healing and damage buffing ability and her crowd control. She struggles with mana management and is quite mana-hungry, but her advantages in the laning phase and teamfights are worth the cons.

ProsCons
– Provides crowd control.
– Great lane poke.
– Provides damage buffs and healing without items.
– Mana management and mana regeneration.
– Must land bubbles.
– Ebb and Flow isn’t too strong out of the laning phase.
– Squishy.

She has innate healing, crowd control, and damage buffs, and specific items can help buff these even more, making her quite an advantageous member to have not only in the laning phase (with the right ADC) but in teamfights too. With her 51.64 percent win rate, according to U.GG, you can’t go wrong with Nami this patch.

Area of InterestBest options for Nami
Best runesRune tree one: Sorcery
– Summon Aery.
– Manaflow Band.
– Transcendence.
– Scorch.

Rune tree two (option one): Resolve (Survivability)
– Bone Plating.
– Revitalize.
– Offense: Adaptive force.
– Flex: Adaptive force.
– Defense: Health.

Rune tree two (option two): Inspiration (Haste)
– Biscuit Delivery.
– Cosmic Insight.
– Offense: Adaptive force.
– Flex: Adaptive force.
– Defense: Health.
Best items– Ionian Boots of Lucidity.
– Imperial Mandate.
– Dream Maker.

From here, the three items you should consider getting include:
– Ardent Censer: Ability power, movement speed, mana regeneration, and heal and shield power.
– Moonstone Renewer: Ability power, ability haste, mana, and mana regeneration. 
– Staff of Flowing Water: Ability power, ability haste, heal and shield power, and mana regeneration. 
Best summoner spells– Flash.
– Heal.
Best build path– Ebb and Flow (W).
– Tidecaller’s Blessing (E).
– Aqua Prison (Q).

Once you’ve unlocked all three, you’ll want to max your W, E, R, and Q.
Best ADCs to pair with Nami– Vayne.
– Jinx.
– Lucian.
– Jhin.
– Ashe.
Toughest support matchups for Nami– Rakan.
– Sona.
– Janna.
– Zyra.
– Blitzcrank.

Support categories and their roles in the bot lane

Enchanter supports

Faerie Court Soraka in a radiating summer light
Soraka is one of the best healing supports. Image by Riot Games

Enchanter supports, like Soraka or Nami, focus on keeping the bot lane carry alive through the laning phase with heals and shields. Enchanter supports usually go well into poke supports because they can out-sustain the poke but struggle into engagers due to a lack of mobility and relative squishiness.

Engage supports

Crystalis Motus Leona holding her shield and sword.
Leona is a good all-in engage support. Image via Riot Games

Engage supports, like Alistar or Leona, look to all-in the enemy bot lane during the laning phase with crowd control and significant early-game damage. Because of their lack of poke, they can capitalize on enchanters during the laning phase but can’t deal effectively with poke supports since they whittle down your health before you can even consider engaging.

Poke supports

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Zyra and her plants provide incredible lane poke. Image via Riot Games

Poke supports, like Zyra or Brand, succeed by annoying the enemy laners as much as possible with long-range abilities, forcing them to waste their potions or heals. If an enemy gets greedy, they also have a fair amount of burst in their kits to delete them from Summoner’s Rift. Because of this, they can deal with engage supports. But enchanters can usually out-sustain a poke support’s mana pool, rendering their poke ineffective.

If you’re having trouble picking a support champion for you or your team or simply want to know which supports are crushing it in the meta, these are the five best supports in Patch 14.9.


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