In season 12, most high elo players agree that support is one of the best roles to carry games in League of Legends. That’s not so difficult to accept once you realize how much the role has changed in the last couple of seasons. And if you’ve been playing LoL for a while, then you also know how much more powerful the support champions are now than 6 or 7 years ago. But, who are the top 5 best late game supports currently in League of Legends?
Well, that’s not an easy question, by all means. Patches come and go, and tier lists change constantly. However, it’s also true that some support champions are simply designed to excel in the late game. And for them, patches, tier lists, and item tweaks don’t change too much.
So let’s have a deep dive into these 5 best late game supports and explain how you can take advantage of their power!
For many players, Brand is the go-to champion for carrying games as a support. It doesn’t matter which team composition you or your opponents have, Brand is a fantastic pick to main in League of Legends.
First of all, Brand scales extremely well in the late game. It’s often difficult to find ways to defeat him in matches where he’s free to use all of his abilities in a team fight. In fact, it’s often enough for Brand to simply use his R in a chaotic fight and stay away from the trouble. His passive takes care of everything!
Brand’s Blaze is simply a recipe for disaster in the late game. It allows Brand to burn the enemies he damages with his abilities for a couple of seconds. And the burn damage is equal to 3% of the enemy’s maximum HP.
However, if Brand hits a single champion with three separate abilities (any combination), he will also set them Ablaze. And after 2 seconds, they will explode, dealing up to 14% of their maximum HP as AoE magic damage.
Well, if we consider that all 5 of Brand’s opponents in a given game work towards more damage and HP as the game goes on, we understand how OP his passive is. Because it often doesn’t matter whether you’re winning the early game as Brand or not. You simply need to spread your Blaze in a late game team fight, and you’ll slay your enemies alone!
That’s why experienced Brand players often go for a tanky build. This includes items like Demonic Embrace, Morellonomicon, and Rylai’s Crystal Scepter, over items like Rabadon’s Deathcap. And this build makes Brand extremely difficult to kill, even though he doesn’t have any defensive ability!
Senna is one of those champions that does as much (sometimes more) harm to you than the ADC when you’re playing against her. She’s an awfully aggressive champion that scales to insane powers in the late game. And the biggest reason for that is also her passive, Absolution.
You see, when minions, monsters, and champions die near Senna, they leave their souls. Senna can take these souls as Mist stacks. Each Mist stack grants her 0.75 bonus attack damage that lasts until the end of the game.
However, every 20 Mist stacks that Senna collects also grant her 20 bonus attack range and 10% critical strike. When she reaches 100% crit chance, the extra stacks are converted into lifesteal instead. But the attack range can scale up to infinity. And this means that Senna can have the longest auto-attack range in League of Legends!
So like Brand, Senna doesn’t need to worry particularly much about winning the early game. Sure, more stacks in the laning phase mean faster scaling, but she doesn’t depend on them too much.
Most Senna players go for a tanky build, something that could keep her alive in the team fights. Her passive gives her all the damage and crit chance she needs for being a practical pick, so going for tank items is a no-brainer.
As a result, Senna becomes a monster in the late game. She can usually slay an enemy mid laner or ADC with a couple of basic attacks, even though she’s a support herself. She can also heal allies with her Q and hide them in her E.
All of this makes Senna of the best late game supports in LoL. And she’s also one of the best champions to climb as a support in the game!
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Yuumi may be a boring pick for many players, but she’s incredibly effective in the late game. She has quite a unique playstyle and carries games totally different from all other support champions in the game.
When we think of Yuumi, we usually think of her as a nuisance. When she’s against us, she’s this unbelievably difficult problem to solve. And most of us can’t even deal with her.
Now, let’s ask ourselves why is that the case? You see, the fact that Yuumi can hide herself into an ally champion and become untargetable for 100% of the time she stays there is totally broken. She can use all of her abilities freely, and you can’t do anything to stop her from doing so.
And that’s where the problem lies! If you’re a Yuumi player yourself, then you have only one choice in the late game – pick the strongest champion in your team and abandon all the rest. Seriously, this tactic works all the time.
For example, let’s say Yuumi’s ADC is Ashe and her mid laner is Kassadin. Even if Ashe is fed, she’s still a squishy immobile champion that could get one shot. But Kassadin is a monster in the late game. And with the help of Yuumi, he can effectively 1v5 everyone on the Rift.
Yuumi’s greatest strength is her heal. She’s excellent at healing her allies and keeping them alive. But she also has a slow effect and a root effect. And this is helpful to nearly all champions she might be attached to.
That’s why Yuumi is one the easiest and the best late game supports in League.
Lulu is a support in every sense of the word. While most champions on this list are great in the late game because of their insane damage, Lulu is the very opposite. Her shields scale to fantastic proportions the longer the match goes on, making her the perfect pick for defending your allies.
One of Lulu’s advantages is that she isn’t a weak champion in the early game too. She’s pretty useful in the laning phase because not only can she deal damage and poke her opponents, but her E also saves her ADC from dying.
In the late game, Lulu makes it almost impossible for you to slay one of her teammates. Her shield grows to 50% of the target’s maximum health. Her ultimate knocks enemies up and grants her ally bonus health (which is also a heal). And on top of that, Lulu has her W, Whimsy!
Now, Whimsy has two effects. If used on an ally, it grants them movement speed. But if Lulu uses it on an enemy, she polymorphs them! This is one of her biggest strengths as a late game support because she can make any champion completely useless.
For example, let’s say that Lulu is facing a fed Zed. So when Zed comes to assassinate Lulu’s ADC, she can simply turn him into a critter and stop 100% of his damage. This is often enough time for the ADC, or the other teammates, to turn on Zed and slay him.
So if you’re enjoying the “real” support playstyle, Lulu is one of the best champions to go for!
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And lastly, we have Pyke, the executioner. This champion can be your ticket out of low elo if you dedicate enough time to practicing him. True, he requires knowledge of his mechanics and a bit of skill, but’s he is very rewarding!
As a support, Pyke has a couple of great ways to set up kills for his teammates. One of the best combos that he can do is to fling someone back with his Q and then stun them with his E. This works perfectly as it is, but Pyke’s true late game strength is his ultimate, Death from Below.
Death from Below allows Pyke to execute his opponents once their HP is below 50 or 40%. It is a ground-target type of ability that resets with each successful kill Pyke does with it. It’s useful throughout the match, but especially later on.
So in the late game, Pyke’s playstyle can be reduced to – wait for your teammates to deal a bit of damage and then execute everyone! His R actually scales insanely high with damage, which appears as totally OP.
But the best part about Pyke’s R is the fact that his opponents can’t do much about it. Sure they can Flash away or use Zhonya’s Hourglass, but that’s pretty much it. There is no way to endure the damage once Pyke goes for the kill.
All in all, Pyke is a fantastic champion, and you should definitely try him out!
Those are the top 5 best late game supports in LoL!