Hello, it's me, AlexHawks.

I'm going to talk about Challenging the Meta with unconventional picks for mid lane, particulary in this case, supports. Keep in mind that this will be only PART 1, since I can't write everything in one post that quick.

I guess it's rather obvious that some potentional supports (LuxSquare LuxNidaleeSquare Nidalee , EliseSquare Elise and even AnnieSquare Annie) can go mid and perform very well. However though, practicly all supports can make an awesome performance at the MID lane.

I was presented to "Support in a mid" idea by a friend a year ago, and it took me a while to really get used to it. Supports in mid have their owns advantages and flaws, so lets get moved to it.



NunuSquare Nunu

Nunu is quite well known mid laner to some people, but alot of people haven't discovered it yet. Nunu has consistent damage output thanks to his Ice Blast Ice Blast, which also slows, and makes a good synergy with his Blood Boil Blood Boil. It allows to catch up to opponents pretty quick, but keep in mind that Mid is a really short lane, and you can't expect long chases to happen there. Playing in Top lane, you need stillness, stability and consistency, while in Mid quick reaction and concentration on little things bring you to the victory. Keep in mind, that NunuSquare Nunu has a great passive for Mid lane, called Visionary Visionary. (After 5 autoattacks, Nunu's next spell will have no mana cost.) Which can allow you to have a sustained harrassment with his Ice Blast Ice Blast, and provide sustain in lane allowing him to use his Consume Consume more oftenly. You should obviously be maxing Ice Blast Ice Blast first. People often undervalue Nunu's damage output, while they shouldn't. Why? Ice Blast Ice Blast has a 100% AP scaling, while his ultimate, Absolute Zero Absolute Zero has 250% AP scaling. So, when you think that you can't kill the opponent, you most likely can.

Who is NunuSquare Nunu good against in the mid lane?

You should pick him against squishy short range champions, who don't have consistent sustain in lane, like KatarinaSquare Katarina or   EvelynnSquare Evelynn. Thanks to the damage of his Ice Blast Ice Blast, you should easily be able to harass them and deny their CS.

'Who should you avoid while playing him Mid?'

Champions who can outrange/outharass you. You're going to have hard time against LuxSquare LuxKarthusSquare Karthus or JayceSquare Jayce. Also, you should play safely against champions who have stuns/silences or similar disables that can interrupt your ultimate. In example: KassadinSquare Kassadin or EliseSquare Elise. However, later on, you might considering getting a Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil later on, to prevent this.

'What should you buy as a Mid Nunu?'

SorakaSquare Soraka

My personal favorite support in the Mid lane, Soraka is a great Mid laner overall, since her passive, Consecration Consecration gives her additional Magic Resist. Whitout that, she also has her Starcall Starcall, which reduces opponent's Magic Resist every single time he gets hit by Starcall Starcall. Even though her Infuse Infuse can't be used to restore mana for herself anymore, it silences the opponent, which is really good at the Mid lane. To crown everything at the end, she has two really strong heals from her Astral Blessing Astral Blessing and Wish Wish. She is generaly squishy though, and has no escapes, so when playing Soraka Mid, you have to do two things at the same time, be aggressive, and play safe and the same time. A couple of wards can also help obviously. You should be maxing  your Starcall Starcall first, while her second spell is rather situational, if you're doing very well, max Infuse Infuse, and if you're a bit behind, you should consider leveling up your Astral Blessing Astral Blessing instead.

Who is SorakaSquare Soraka good against in the mid lane?

You should pick soraka against short ranged AP champions, like KatarinaSquare KatarinaDianaSquare Diana , AkaliSquare Akali or EvelynnSquare Evelynn, and she also is quite good against mid range casters, like RyzeSquare Ryze.

'Who should you avoid while playing her Mid?'

AD casters likZedSquare Zed or Kha'ZixSquare Kha'Zix should be a problem, 'cause your bonus magic resist won't help that much, and both of them have gapclosers. Keep in mind that with the recent buffs of Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon, while fighting against this item, her power is greatly reduced.

'What should you buy as a Mid Soraka?'


ThreshSquare Thresh

ThreshSquare Thresh Is an extremely good mid laner, since he's naturally tanky, and has quite nice ammount of magic damage.  Damnation Damnation provides alot of extra AP (and armor) and makes his late game very strong. Death Sentence Death Sentence's (Later Flay Flay's) passive alows him to constantly harrass his lane opponents, while making him able to lasthit more easily. His Flay Flay can clear minion waves really quick, which makes him a great mid laner. He has a 100% AP scaling on his ultimate, The Box The Box, which is great to improve your damage output. You should max your Flay Flay first 'cause it provides alot of wave clearing potential, and Death Sentence Death Sentence's passive will be transfered to Flay FlayDeath Sentence Death Sentence should be maxed second. Even when not dominating your lane, you can still farm thanks to your AA range, and you can collect the Souls from Damnation Damnation by throwing your Dark Passage Dark Passage. Also, your teammates can click on your Dark Passage Dark Passage to dash to you, so Mid lane ganks can become quite easy, if you do it properly.

Who is ThreshSquare Thresh good against in the mid lane?

He is godly against AD casters, like ZedSquare Zed , PantheonSquare Pantheon , Kha'ZixSquare Kha'Zix or TalonSquare Talon. He has a huge ammount of CC and he gets bonus Armor from his passive Damnation Damnation.

'Who should you avoid while playing him Mid?'

Champions with high mobility and range can easily outharass you, and dodge your spells with their mobility. In Example:  AhriSquare Ahri , KassadinSquare Kassadin.

'What should you buy as a Mid Thresh?'

  • Double Doran's Blade item Doran's Blades (Yes, Doran's Blade item Blades) are great on thresh, it provides him more sustain in lane, and also increases his harrassing potential.
  • Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment Is great on ThreshSquare Thresh , since his every damaging spell interrupts opponent's movement.
  • Hextech Gunblade item Hextech Gunblade Should also be bought, it gives you more spellvamp/lifesteal, while producing you with a slowing active.
  • Abyssal Scepter item Abyssal Scepter gives you alot of damage, and helps you to sustain against bursty mid champions.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap Is also quite good on Thresh, since you'll be getting even more AP from your passive.
  • Nashor's Tooth item Nashor's Tooth and Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King are also quite good, but very situational, and if bought, should be bought together. (You won't need Hextech Gunblade item Hextech Gunblade anymore)


Typical reaction when players play against perfectly executed support in a Mid lane.

NA:

(01:05)Opponent: WTF soraka mid? are you a troll lol?

(12:37)Opponent: omg this is so retarded, going to feed

EUW:

(00:58)Opponent: soraka mid jajajaja idioto

(09:22)Opponent: per queeee? p*ta el madre!

SEA:

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Possibly included in the upcoming parts.

Part 2BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank,  LuluSquare LuluNamiSquare Nami

Part 3  - LeonaSquare Leona,  TaricSquare TaricSonaSquare Sona

Part 4  - JannaSquare JannaKarmaSquare KarmaZileanSquare Zilean