The support role is often one of the most overlooked in League of Legends, which is unfortunate. Supports provide sustain for the rest of the team, and their role in teamfights is among the most important. Without them, the team falls apart. A great support Champion boasts a mixture of abilities that keeps their team alive while helping them gain an advantage. For the 2022 season, support Champions are in a slightly different place than they were last year. Since bot lane has gotten stronger in general, so have supports! There’s no true best type of support right now, so we have plenty of options.
Let’s get started!
LoL Support Champion Tier List
First, let’s break things down with a tier list outlining all the best supports in League. The stats provided are all from U.GG (Plat+).
- 1. Blitzcrank (52.45% win rate)
- 2. Janna (51.85% win rate)
- 3. Lulu (50.56% win rate)
- 4. Soraka (52.58% win rate))
These four are the best of the best right now. Blitzcrank rounds out the best aggressive supports due to his ridiculous game-changing abilities, and the other three are each strong healers. Deciding which healer is the best depends largely on the meta and what you have available at the moment, but these are our picks for the overall best ones.
- 5. Nami (50.57% win rate)
- 6. Zyra (51.45% win rate)
- 7. Senna (51.86% win rate)
- 8. Pyke (49.70% win rate)
While not as excellent as the S-tier Champions, these are all very strong picks. Here you get a good variety of different types of supports, so if the S-tier picks get banned these are great go-tos. You can also play these as your mains if you want–they’re honestly great picks regardless.
- 9. Sona (52.74% win rate)
- 10. Leona (49.10% win rate)
- 11. Nautilus (49.43% win rate)
- 12. Thresh (48.03% win rate) rate)
These Champions are in the middle of the pack because they’re so similar to options in higher tiers. They’re all good picks, but if one of the others is available, why not go with the better option?
We classify these as backup picks if your preferred S- or A-tier Champions get banned. They aren’t bad, though, so don’t go into a match with a negative mindset about playing them!
- 13. Lux (49.27% win rate)
- 14. Morgana (49.53% win rate)
- 15. Xerath (49.30% win rate)
- 16. Brand (49.10% win rate)
I wouldn’t call these Champions bad, but they are very situational. They can all be okay, but you need to really know what you’re doing. Don’t completely avoid these, but I also wouldn’t recommend choosing them blindly unless you’re very confident.
- 17. Braum (48.86% win rate)
- 18. Taric (50.71% win rate)
- 19. Pantheon (47.40% win rate)
- 20. Seraphine (47.77% win rate)
These are some of the worst supports to play at the moment. They are either very underpowered or require a level of team coordination that just isn’t common unless you’re with a premade team. You would be best off avoiding these, or at least being very careful with how/when you play them.
10 Best Support Champions in LoL
We hope our tier list gave you a brief overview of the best support Champions in Season 12. From here, we’re going to go a little more in-depth for each of the top 10 Champions.
Win Rate: 49.10% | Pick Rate: 7.6% | Ban Rate: Seraphine, Nautilus, Thresh | Countered By: Tahm Kench, Soraka, Bard
Ability Order: W-E-Q
Leona seems to have fallen a bit in popularity over the last year, but she still remains one of the best supports in the game. What makes her good is simple: her crowd control. Almost every one of Leona’s abilities has some form of crowd control, from stuns to roots. She is good alongside pretty much any ADC, but excels most with aggressive ones. Someone like a Draven or Miss Fortune are great with Leona because they benefit from her constant stuns. She’s a really great pick for supports who want to be aggressive without risking becoming useless late game if their laner doesn’t do well.
Win Rate: 52.74% | Pick Rate: 3.5% | Ban Rate: 0.3% | Counters: Nautilus, Morgana, Senna | Countered By: Blitzcrank, Janna, Alistar
Ability Order: Q-W-E
Sona is another great healing support, but also with solid damage output. Sona’s damage comes mostly from her Q-ability, but her ultimate also does a solid chunk as well as stunning whoever it hits. And in addition to having generally good abilities, she’s also the easiest support in the game to play. Sona requires very little critical thought to play competently, but there are a lot of higher skill level strategies that can be used. For players new to support, Sona can be a great way to learn. However, she is also a support that can be mastered and used at a higher level.
Win Rate: 49.70% | Pick Rate: 8.9% | Ban Rate: 9.3% | Counters: Xerath, Pantheon, Karma | Countered By: Maokai, Sona, Blitzcrank
Ability Order: Q-E-W
Pyke is one of the most aggressive supports, and the fact that he’s an assassin makes that even more frightening than usual. In reality, Pyke does not feel like a support at all. He feels like he should be in mid-lane assassinating squishy mages. But, for various reasons, he has found a home in bot lane. Pyke forces enemy laners to constantly be on alert and play safe, which usually results in mistakes that allow him to get easy kills (especially at lower elo). If you want to get a lot of kills even though you’re a support, Pyke is the pick.
Win Rate: 51.86% | Pick Rate: 9.8% | Ban Rate: 5.9% | Counters: Braum, Rakan, Thresh | Countered By: Tahm Kench, Zyra, Maokai
Ability Order: Q-W-E
Going from Pyke to another support that doesn’t feel like a support at all, Senna is probably the best marksman support (and also the only one). There are a lot of ways you can play Senna, but it’s usually best to follow your ADC’s lead. If the ADC goes in, you should too. If they play safe, you should just try and poke enemies away and let the ADC farm. Senna is a lot of fun to play once you get a feel for how strange she is. Also, landing cross-map ultimates and saving teammates is incredibly fun.
Win Rate: 51.45% | Pick Rate: 3.2% | Ban Rate: 1.1% | Counters: Bard, Brand, Pyke | Countered By: Shaco, Sona, Janna
Ability Order: E-Q-W
Zyra is amongst the most annoying supports to play against, which means she’s excellent. Playing Zyra almost entirely boils down to making the lane as annoying as possible for opponents. Zyra is fully capable of forcing opponents away from their lane and even killing them, so make sure and take advantage of those abilities. She’s very similar to someone like Brand, but more effective overall. Just be ready for some very mean messages in all-chat if you play Zyra.
Win Rate: 50.57% | Pick Rate: 9.8% | Ban Rate: 1.7% | Counters: Swain, Rakan, Thresh | Countered By: Blitzcrank, Sona, Zyra
Ability Order: W-E-Q
Nami has been a popular support choice for years, and it’s likely this will change any time in the near future. The healing she offers is great as usual, but even better is her ability to zone lane. Her stun ability and ultimate are both incredible at forcing opponents to move wherever she wants them, thus lining up her ADC to get a potentially easy kill. Due to this, though, I do think Nami is better if you have voice comms with your ADC. However, this isn’t a requirement. If you wanna take control of the lane without playing one of the high-damage supports, Nami is a really good choice.
Win Rate: 52.58% | Pick Rate: 6.9% | Ban Rate: 4.2% | Counters: Soraka Counters: Swain, Rell, Leona | Countered By: Blitzcrank, Sona, Senna | Countered By: Blitzcrank, Sona, Senna
Ability Order: W-Q-E
Soraka’s healing abilities are easily amongst the best in the game, largely due to her ultimate. Her ability to heal every ally on the map at any time is unmatchable. In addition to this, though, Soraka also has fairly solid damage output and other healing abilities to use on her nearby allies. Plus she has good zoning abilities, similar to Nami. Her zoning abilities might not be quite as good as Nami’s, but they’re easier to use and complement the rest of her kit really well. She might be an old pick, but she’s been around for a long time for a reason.
Win Rate: 50.56% | Pick Rate: 14.5% | Ban Rate: 25.3% | Counters: Seraphine, Alistar, Pyke | Countered By: Sona, Senna, Tahm Kench
Ability Order: E-W-Q
Lulu gets third place here because she, just like the second place pick, specializes in keep her carry alive. This is a vital ability to have this season, and Lulu’s ultimate is maybe the best single ability that does that. She also has a versatile kit with a variety of heals, shields, and crowd control. Polymorph is one of the best abilities for shutting down a single opponent, and the damage boost Lulu can give her ADC also factors into how good she is. Plus she has really fun skins so you can’t go wrong here.
Win Rate: 51.79% | Pick Rate: 6.5% | Ban Rate: 4.9% | Counters: Swain, Seraphine, Yummi | Countered By: Vel’Koz, Soraka, Blitzcrank
Ability Order: E-W-Q
Janna is my pick for best healing support for a few reasons. One of these is her ridiculous ability kit. Janna’s tornadoes are a nightmare to lane against, her ultimate is excellent in a lot of situations, and her healing/shielding abilities are just as good as any other supports’. Janna excels primarily alongside bot laners that scale into late game and benefit from excessive protection.
Janna is one of the best at keeping her ADC alive, so someone like a Kog or Vayne have the potential to ace enemy teams with a Janna at their side. All around, Janna is likely the safest pick you can make as a support, unlike our top pick.
Win Rate: 52.45% | Pick Rate: 9.4% | Ban Rate: 22.8% | Counters: Lux, Karma, Yummi | Countered By: Taric, Rell, Alistar
Ability Order: Q-W-E
What makes Blitzcrank the best support in League of Legends right now is his versatility (and the hook). With the bot lane meta being like it is right now, having a support that’s capable of shutting down any ADC is incredible. Blitzcrank’s entire kit is perfectly designed for ending enemy killing sprees and getting early kills that ruin the enemy’s entire plan. Blitz can easily kill level 1 kills, thus putting his victim far enough behind where they likely can’t recover through the rest of the game. If you want a support that locks down games, Blitzcrank is easily the best pick.
The High Ground View
That takes care of our ranking for the best support champions in League of Legends! We hope our breakdown has helped you find the best champion for your playstyle. Have fun, and don’t forget to subscribe to our email list for more recommendations!