EDIT: People seem to be missing the point. I made this topic out of concerns that the numerous gold nerfs have affected the supports ability to support. Not because I think supports (x,y,z reasoning). Also, if you're going to insult Riot members, please, don't. I would prefer actual discussion in this topic.
Something that was brought up in another topic:
|It's funny cause these gold changes are making it even more difficult on supports. This meta already forces them to get no items basically. And then they barely earn any gold since the assist gold nerfs and g/per 5 nerfs. And now they're making supports actually worth gold again when you kill them. But they never give anything back to supports so they can earn gold they need. Riot loves to **** on them.|
(EDIT: These statements involving Shurelia I have since learned aren't entirely what she believes or wants to do, so excuse some of this point)
My main point is I worry with the current design direction, it'll make it impossible for supports to truly be anything more than be a ward-bot(when warding should be the responsibility of the team- and if not the team at least the jungler should be helping the support as well with map control), get one or maybe two aura items if they're lucky, and throw out incredibly weak heals/stuns/sheilds or what have you, since they were unable to build any ap to make their abilities more powerful.
With these constant changes, it'll eventually make only a support like Janna, who has a lot of CC, the only useful support in the game. And then she'll be OP in comparison to other supports and nerfed down to their level too. Or maybe not, since I do remember Morello stating somewhere Janna was a support whose design he absolutely loved. That last part is more or less a"ridiculous" prediction, but eh.
It's funny how this whole emergence has happened. Because months ago, back when this wasn't the popular playstyle, everyone still got their items effectively and supports were able to get items that made their abilities stronger for better support capabilities AND get aura items. And were still able to ward effectively as well. And their lane partners were still able to get their builds off in a decently quick time as well. We've sacrificed that equilibrium for a mentality which essentially make supports aura/ward bots.
I'm not claiming supports have been made useless by any means, I'm just saying their overall potential has been vastly reduced. They still have the ability to support now, it's just inherently weaker. And while the mentality changes have made their lane partners stronger overall (arguably not so since the gold nerfs have also affected them as well, but I won't get into that here), it still makes for a game with a weakened ally.
My question would be, rhetoric or not, are these changes, both direct and indirect, that have limited a supports potential, worth the benefits it has given to the other players? I'd argue not, since that support has now had their abilities, which are a huge part of their support, weakened.
Good points brought up by other posters that I hope Riot will read:
Let me tell you about assists. Beyond the first couple it becomes almost completely worthless. Ive played support many many times and I can tell you towards then middle of the game im feeling absolutely starved because Assists im getting only nets me MAYBE 20 gold if that. By that time you get more with a single minion kill. Assists mean sooooooooo little you can not possibly get any kind of build with only assists and no CS.
God I hate this meta. Support does not mean complete push-over who does nothing for half the game. ****it we need more supports who can actually feel like they are making a big difference like Janna. At least with her you know when you are making an impact.
NO they are making it so that assists after however many reset your death counter so you will be worth 300 gold again which is going to suck ass because it give them ven more incentive to target you for free gold. Assists are easy to pile up with Supports BUT supports themselfs are very very squishy with little to no damage (at least not is this ******ed no CS meta bull). They rely completely on their team to protect them. But with the number of Gap Closers, Flash, and CCs nowadays that is going to become next to impossible.
They are gona hurt Supports even more by making them and even bigger target than they already are.
Instead of targeting that squishy caster with damage and CC, they will instead attack soraka with no escapes, and who is just as squishy. I don't think I have ever seen riot do so much to nerf an entire team role.
When riot nerfed gold per 5, I was like "meh, I only started doing it after dream hack anyhow, even though it let me be a better player." However later I realized how rude that was, maybe we should increase the cost and lower the effectiveness of brutalizer then, since soooo many AD champions pick it. But that is just a gripe I will let go.
With the nerf to assists I was pretty upset. I really noticed how it hurt. Instead of getting a full build, I only got boots, and half my normal progression on my build. It really made me feel useless.
Now that champions with assists(who themselves have no gold) are worth so much more, I am really going to stop playing supports, there will be no reason to if I am only going to be a hazard to my team.
so what has riot done to supports?
-nerf gold gain items so they have to farm(which is hard for them)
-nerf assist kills, their main means of gold
-make them worth way more if killed with assists
what does riot plan to do next?
-nerf sustain, AKA ruin every aspect of supports minus CC.