League of Legends meta can be challenging. You can be successful by sticking to strategies, or you can wander away from it and see where the bumpy path takes you. Just because a champion isn’t “meta,” this doesn’t mean he/she cannot be useful.
With those thoughts in mind, let’s step outside and take a look at the five best off-meta support.
Before we begin, these aren’t any esoteric champions…over the years, there have been mains in specific roles, and never really turned into a mainstream support pick. Some of these picks have an atypical playstyle, and that may be one of the issues.
If you’re the type of support player who is passive, this list might not be for you. We’re telling you right now; these champions are so aggressive that they can single-handedly take care of business. When compared to AD carries, they’re much more capable early on in the match. If you manage to master either one of these support champions, you can create a whole lot of chaos in the bottom lane, especially if the enemy players aren’t familiar with how to play against our off-metal picks.
Now that we said all that, let’s move forward and look at the five off-meta support picks (these are listed in no particular order)
Many people seem to love Poppy, and we can understand why. Poppy is known for taking an occasional walk through the jungle and well-known as a top laner. If you have confidence in your mechanical skill and you’re willing to give it your all, then Poppy would be a tremendous off-meta support champion for you.
Her Q has a slow, and her E offers a nice little stun, but the caveat here is you’ll need to land it first. Her W (Steadfast Presence) can come in handy because regardless of whether the target is outside or inside, it can block any dash.
Apart from having an impact on the lane, you’ll also be able to neutralize some junglers. The W will prevent ganks from Nautilus, Jarvan, Gragas, Sejuiani, Kha’Zix, Rengar, and so on. All of them have dashes or jumps, and if you do your W correctly, you’ll be able to prevent those potent engages.
If you do it just right, her ulti can be very powerful. “Keeper’s Verdict” can do a whole lot of damage, and if you had ever played Poppy before or faced her on an opposing team, you probably already know this.
Her Q does a nice amount of damage as well, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not that huge.
Many people turn away from Poppy because she does take some time to learn – she’s not the type of champion you just pick up and play. She doesn’t have a built-in shield, but if you land your passive and pick up her buckler, you can still shield yourself. Poppu also lacks point-and-click- CC.
Anivia is an old champion, yet many people still choose her as their main. In mid-lane, Anivia is at the top of the list when it comes to dealing damage. Her Q (Flash Frost), E (Frostbite), and Glacial Storm combo offer a nice mixture of CC and AOE damage. She’s not the toughest champion in the game, but she can force trades thanks to her Rebirth Passive.
Anivia is an ice-themed champion, so it’s relatively safe to assume she has some nice CC under her belt. Take her Flash Frost as an example; she uses this to stun enemies, even during minion waves. Then her Glacial Storm is an AOE slow that is nearly spammable – it does a decent amount of damage as well.
As a support champ, the most exciting part of Anivia would be her synergy with Vayne. Crystalize can be cast behind an enemy, acting as a wall, and this makes it so that Vayne’s Condemn can be used anywhere.
AP isn’t at the top of the list for a support Anivia, so she can put more focus on her mana regeneration to make her CC abilities more spammable …yes, more spammable than they already are. As a support champion, Anivia can opt for a tanky build so that she can take some of the damage off of her squishier teammates.
Camille, a champion that is well known for her versatility, is number three on our list of the 5 best off-meta supports. Due to her Adaptive Defenses passive, Camillie is a good high-damage bruiser – if you itemize the right, you can turn her playstyle into a bursty assassin. Her Q (Precision Protocol) makes it so that she can quickly eliminate her enemies, regardless of how they are built. Her W (Tactical Sweep) comes in handy for pushing the lane. Her E (Hookshot/Walldive) can be utilized to gain access to the enemy’s backline or to escape.
Compared to some of the other League of Legends off-meta supports, Camille may not have a proper stun. However, due to her Hextech Ultimatum, she has a reliable all-in. This can be used to isolate either the enemy support or the enemy Marksman. Combine this with Hookshot/Walldive, and you have yourself a potent support.
Once Camille has her ultimate ready, she should run with a jungler – this will make for better ganks.
Ashe is a classic beginner champion with a straightforward kit and great range. Her passive, Critical Slow and Frost Shot have given her the reputation as a utility champ. With attack speed items, she is capable of dealing a consistent amount of damage. She also can stun key targets with her Enchanted Crystal Arrow – she can stun them for up to 3.5 seconds.
Ashe involves CC and Vision. As a marksman, she has a lot of utility due to her high-range stun and permanent CC. Her E (Hawkshot) makes her a great support champion. Picking up items focused on ability cooldown and managing regeneration will make her W (Volley) become a spammable AOE slow.
Ashe does great when paired with a short-ranged or melee bot lane champ like Lucian or Yasuo.
Last on our list of the 5 best off-meta supports; we have Ahri – this is one of the most popular champions in LoL. However, we mostly come across her being played as a source of AP damage in the mid-lane. Her W (Fox-fire) and Q (Orb Deception) are her two main forms of damage. Her passive gives her a nice movement bonus, and her Spirit Rush gives her extra mobility during fights.
With Ahri’s mobility, she can easily move close to her enemies, making landing her skill shots a lot easier. However, her CC that her E (Charm) provides makes her a good meta-support champion. Her kit allows her to get close enough to get a 2-second stun in, so anyone that gets hit by her will be at risk of taking damage from two champions.
So there you have it – the top 5 best off-meta support champions in LoL. We hope this list helps you find the off-meta support champion you’ve been looking for. If you know of a good off-meta support champion that you feel deserves his/her spot on this list, please tell us about them in the comment section.