Sadly true, at least for me. Every game I chose Surge, someone on my team said "troooll". (I used surge /w cait btw).
On support, promote helps you getting a few (really few) minion kills assuming that your carry is a pro. And if he/she is a pro, you can get the tower at 3:00 min after the start with that.
When you reach late game, do promote some lane while you go teamfighing other lane, and sometimes you get some extra tower.
But usually I only see teamates with Ignite+Flash (Its up to you to choose, right?)