No, this isn’t a rant on customer support, thank God.
I’m talking about playing the role of a Support in team-based games. It seems to be a rather under-appreciated, under-played role, especially amongst the more casual audience. The truth though, is that a good Support is invaluable to the team. You may not always notice them in the midst of battle, but if you have a good Support backing you up, you can safely go in for that risky kill. (Well, your own judgement applies here, but you get the idea.)
Decided to get myself Soraka, a champion in League of Legends, just to see if I’d be any good at playing support. I farmed a bit too much, didn’t get the necessary cooldown reduction, but at the end of the match I had 22 assists on my name, meaning I helped with 22 kills.
I thought I did a rather piss-poor job though, but luckily my team was kind enough to provide some feedback. They were pretty happy with me placing wards here and there, and I did a decent job of silencing the enemies when needed.
In the low tiers I play at I rarely see people playing Support. I think Support characters are more common in higher tiers, due to people seeing their value, but I think it’s important to promote their use in the lower tiers as well. After all, I had a pretty fun playtime, backing up my comrades and whatnot.
So, ever think the Support characters in your games are useless? Try playing one for a change!