Originally Posted by redhead1183
I usually end up playing support in ranked games. My go to champs are taric and soraka. As of now I am at 1000 elo. I do my job as support pretty well. I buy lots of wards, provide many heals, allow the adc to get all cs and kills, and stun or silence appropriately. My question is...
How can I further improve my game play as support in ranked games?
I am just looking to get better. Any tips or helpful hints would be appreciated.
My first suggestion is to learn Nunu and Janna in addition to Taric and Soraka that you already play. There are team comps that benefit heavily from a Nunu or Janna that don't benefit as much from Taric and Soraka.
Once you know more champions, you'll be able to pick a support that gels well with the rest of the team, not just for bot lane synergy. For example, Janna is great when you have a fast jungler like Lee Sin or Olaf because her passive helps them get around the jungle faster and her shield works super well on them if you're helping a jungle gank. Nunu is awesome if you have someone like Jax top lane or Rengar in the jungle.
Roaming a bit and helping mid lane with wards is a great way to expand your influence beyond just bot lane. If their bot lane went back and your ADC is safe farming, you can roam up to mid to help a jungle gank, or just help a fight. A Taric stun+heal or a Janna slow+shield can make a 1v1 mid lane trade turn into a kill or a big advantage for your mid.
You can put wards in the enemy jungle on bottom right half of the map. Warding enemy buff is a good way to set up a steal later. You can also help your jungler gank the enemy jungler in their own jungle.
Get oracles. At our elo, junglers very rarely get oracles. If you have oracles you can deny enemy vision if they were smart enough to get wards. Often this causes them to stop buying wards until your oracles is destroyed. In my experience people sometimes forget to start buying wards again, especially if your team got ahead a little.
The last thing is to help your ADC last hit at tower when enemy lane is pushing you to tower. That means hitting enemy minions so that it only takes one hit or two to finish them off. You push back, but do this without getting cs. Taric Shatter and Soraka Q are great for this.