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Challenge the meta - Support in the MID lane

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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 (Lux LuxNidalee Nidalee , Elise Elise and even Annie 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.



Nunu 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.png Ice Blast, which also slows, and makes a good synergy with his Blood Boil.png 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 Nunu Nunu has a great passive for Mid lane, called Visionary.png 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.png Ice Blast, and provide sustain in lane allowing him to use his Consume.png Consume more oftenly. You should obviously be maxing Ice Blast.png Ice Blast first. People often undervalue Nunu's damage output, while they shouldn't. Why? Ice Blast.png Ice Blast has a 100% AP scaling, while his ultimate, Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero has 250% AP scaling. So, when you think that you can't kill the opponent, you most likely can.

Who is Nunu 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 Katarina Katarina or   Evelynn Evelynn. Thanks to the damage of his Ice Blast.png 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 Lux LuxKarthus Karthus or Jayce Jayce. Also, you should play safely against champions who have stuns/silences or similar disables that can interrupt your ultimate. In example: Kassadin Kassadin or Elise Elise. However, later on, you might considering getting a Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil later on, to prevent this.

'What should you buy as a Mid Nunu?'

Soraka Soraka

My personal favorite support in the Mid lane, Soraka is a great Mid laner overall, since her passive, Consecration.png Consecration gives her additional Magic Resist. Whitout that, she also has her Starcall.png Starcall, which reduces opponent's Magic Resist every single time he gets hit by Starcall.png Starcall. Even though her Infuse.png 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.png Astral Blessing and Wish.png 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.png Starcall first, while her second spell is rather situational, if you're doing very well, max Infuse.png Infuse, and if you're a bit behind, you should consider leveling up your Astral Blessing.png Astral Blessing instead.

Who is Soraka Soraka good against in the mid lane?

You should pick soraka against short ranged AP champions, like Katarina KatarinaDiana Diana , Akali Akali or Evelynn Evelynn, and she also is quite good against mid range casters, like Ryze Ryze.

'Who should you avoid while playing her Mid?'

AD casters likZed Zed or Kha'Zix 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.png Morellonomicon, while fighting against this item, her power is greatly reduced.

'What should you buy as a Mid Soraka?'


Thresh Thresh

Thresh Thresh Is an extremely good mid laner, since he's naturally tanky, and has quite nice ammount of magic damage.  Damnation.png Damnation provides alot of extra AP (and armor) and makes his late game very strong. Death Sentence.png Death Sentence's (Later Flay.png Flay's) passive alows him to constantly harrass his lane opponents, while making him able to lasthit more easily. His Flay.png 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.png The Box, which is great to improve your damage output. You should max your Flay.png Flay first 'cause it provides alot of wave clearing potential, and Death Sentence.png Death Sentence's passive will be transfered to Flay.png FlayDeath Sentence.png 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.png Damnation by throwing your Dark Passage.png Dark Passage. Also, your teammates can click on your Dark Passage.png Dark Passage to dash to you, so Mid lane ganks can become quite easy, if you do it properly.

Who is Thresh Thresh good against in the mid lane?

He is godly against AD casters, like Zed Zed , Pantheon Pantheon , Kha'Zix Kha'Zix or Talon Talon. He has a huge ammount of CC and he gets bonus Armor from his passive Damnation.png 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:  Ahri Ahri , Kassadin Kassadin.

'What should you buy as a Mid Thresh?'

  • Double Doran's Blade item.png Doran's Blades (Yes, Doran's Blade item.png Blades) are great on thresh, it provides him more sustain in lane, and also increases his harrassing potential.
  • Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment Is great on Thresh Thresh , since his every damaging spell interrupts opponent's movement.
  • Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade Should also be bought, it gives you more spellvamp/lifesteal, while producing you with a slowing active.
  • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter gives you alot of damage, and helps you to sustain against bursty mid champions.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap Is also quite good on Thresh, since you'll be getting even more AP from your passive.
  • Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth and Blade of the Ruined King item.png 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.png 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:

(01:00)Opponent: □□□□□□ □□ □ □□□□□□□□□ □□□□□□ □□

(11:45)Opponent: □□□□□□□□ □□□□□□□□□□□□□□ □□ □□□□□□ □□□□□



Possibly included in the upcoming parts.

Part 2Blitzcrank Blitzcrank,  Lulu LuluNami Nami

Part 3  - Leona Leona,  Taric TaricSona Sona

Part 4  - Janna JannaKarma KarmaZilean Zilean

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