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Can you Carry as Support League of Legends?

Updated on May 1, 2013

A lot of people ask me if they can carry as support in League of Legends and the answer is yes. I am going to get into the logistics of it later, but the simple fact of the matter is that you can carry with basically any role as long as you are extremely competent in the role.

Carrying with support requires a different kind of approach than other roles and you aid your team in different ways. You have so much sway on the game from this role but it is important that you are maximizing your efficiency and in turn greatly increasing your chances of winning.

Carrying as Support

If you are still skeptical of if you can carry I will provide you with proof. The rating system in League of Legends is a complicated algorithm that is used to determine skill and value of a player. Simply winning more games than losing will raise your rating because you are adding value to a team and your skill as a player is reflected in rating. Simple as that.

There are plenty of factors that go into winning a game and supports provide many essential utilities that go into winning. They do this by setting up kills, not dying, warding, and providing proper peel in team fights.

High ranked supports. The leaderboard has no shortage of "main" support players and this is because they are extremely good players that are excellent at their role. The team composition in the current meta requires a support. Just like it require the other four roles.

How Supports Influence Games

Map control. In League of Legends gaining good map control can be the difference between winning and losing the game. Supports influence this by buying pink wards and oracles to deny vision, as well as green wards to provide vision in key places on the map. People tend to underestimate that one ward can lead to a catch which can lead to a baron or crucial objection, then to winning the game.

  • Wards are key and can be the difference in winning and losing a game. This is why it is important that you always ward as support.
  • Try to keep vision on baron and dragon and pink ward them or buy and oracles
  • Only ward as the game and map allows you. Do not ward to deep when your team is behind. You risk getting caught

Bottom Lane. Ranged carries have some of the best scaling of any other champion in the game. This essentially means that as the game progresses they become more and more powerful. Supports can set up kills and also deny the enemy from getting kills on your carry. The better off your carry is the more likely you are going to be to win the game.

  • Trading and protecting your carry is key. Pick a champion based on the strengths of your carry. There are kill lanes and lanes for late game. Pick accordingly.

Peeling or protecting the carry. Carries, due to their high damage, are quite fragile. This is why it is so important that they lane with a support in order to get as much farm as possible. This also means that they need a lot of protection or "peel." Keeping a carry alive can easily be the difference between winning and losing a game.

  • In team fights your carry is your main source of damage. This is why you must try to keep them alive as long as possible.

As you can see most things supports do is in order to increase the efficiency of the players on the team. By doing this they make the game more favorable to their team and increase their chances of winning. Gaining rank in League of Legends is all about winning more games than losing. It really doesn't matter what role you are playing as long as your are maximize your potential to win. This can be a support warding more or a top lane roaming and setting up kills. Both sway the game and both increase the chance of winning.


The main point I wanted to get across is that you should not limit yourself to what you think you can and cannot carry with. It is possible if you are at the top of your game you will win games. What I recommend for players who want to get to the top is to main one role and one or two champions in each role that they are extremely good with.


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