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    Gods who aren't Guardians but can play support

    Ok guys, I'm hoping after the SWC people will maybe be more compelled to get over the meta. I remember back in the day the idea of having an assassin in solo lane would get you flamed, now that enough pros have done it people shut up about it and I can finally enjoy having ne zha and baka in solo lane without dealing with getting flamed.

    So, let's talk about support? Smite is the only MOBA I have played where it feels like each god has such a strict role with the exception of a few (Neith solo sounded insane to me once, till I laned against her and realized she's a bloody nightmare). This is especially applied to support role. The role meant to babysit the adc till they're strong enough to fend for themselves and push towers.

    Naturally that role fits all guardians very well. Lots of crowd control and high defense for bodyblocking. But what about more aggressive supports? Like Isis, for example. She has a lot of CC, a powerful ultimate that can turn the tide of a teamfight if used correctly, and a passive that's handy. She does decent damage too, which is something some supports struggle with(Athena uses too much mana to do damage, for example). Hel also seems a viable support. She has a good heal and can remove CC, which is common in duo lane since you tend to lane against guardians. Anubis does too much damage to be support but maybe if you maxed his 2 first the adc could take advantage of that.

    So who are the gods who aren't guardians that you guys think would be viable as support? Last night I had a Thor on duo lane playing support while I solo'd as Nu Wa and Thor did a fantastic job. I never expected it. I really do think it's time people become more open to experimenting with the meta.


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    Fenrir is an assassin that is basically forced into the support role to keep up in high level competitive play. It's the way his kit is designed.

    People raged at me hard for picking him support back in the day before everyone realized he is better with tank items than he is with offensive ones.

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    Aphrodite is the only one I can think of,she's classified as a mage but she's a good legit support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazaqMzale View Post
    Ok guys, I'm hoping after the SWC people will maybe be more compelled to get over the meta.
    if anything SWC showed that the teams that follow the meta:
    Duo: guardian+hunter
    mid: mage
    jungle: assassin (yes...titan also played athena to great effect, but that was as much down to andinster play like poo in that match)
    solo: warrior
    AND understand how to pick/ban will win most of the matches.
    Look at prime, how many times did they "break" meta, or Red for that matter, well Red broke the meta for the last match vs prime and that went really well with chronos mid and Tyr solo.

    Quote Originally Posted by RazaqMzale View Post
    Like Isis, for example. She has a lot of CC.
    She has one stun and one slow...thats not a lot of cc. Anhur/apollo got more and better cc, just saying.


    Quote Originally Posted by RazaqMzale View Post
    So who are the gods who aren't guardians that you guys think would be viable as support? Last night I had a Thor on duo lane playing support while I solo'd as Nu Wa and Thor did a fantastic job. I never expected it. I really do think it's time people become more open to experimenting with the meta.
    Outside non-hades guardians? Herc is viable, but weak. Same with aphro. Well thats pretty much it. yes in casual you can run with rama support if you want, but then its not support, but a kill lane.
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    In the end of the day support needs to do 2 things:
    a) aoe hard cc on a respectable short cd, preferably access to multiple hard aoe cc.
    b) tank/body block or in aphro's case make other gods able to tank.
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    Outside a guardians no one can really do that effectively.

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    You did a wrong argument at the start. Actually the SWC showed how important is a guardian. Basically he`s not only carrying his adc. In finals the support was barely on the lane. Just going everywhere, helping as much as he can, rotating a lot. Titan's 3 and 4 match in finals were carried by their support, Ares. In normals I have nothing with trying new things. For me you can go anything anywhere but...just no KKK jungle. Had one and died at first camp :|.

    I love Aphro support. Never lost the lane with Aphro support.

    Coming back to my first point, Guardians are op.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Konfuzfanten View Post
    Outside non-hades guardians? Herc is viable, but weak. Same with aphro. Well thats pretty much it. yes in casual you can run with rama support if you want, but then its not support, but a kill lane.
    .
    In the end of the day support needs to do 2 things:
    a) aoe hard cc on a respectable short cd, preferably access to multiple hard aoe cc.
    b) tank/body block or in aphro's case make other gods able to tank.
    .
    Outside a guardians no one can really do that effectively.
    Finally someone I can agree with.
    There's a reason why mostly Guardians are used as supports.
    CC, bodyblock, iniate, stand as a frontliner, tank towers etc are things that most non-guardians can't do effectively.
    If you somehow had succesful games as weird supports, it's just because you played well as a no-support team. Being in lane next to a hunter does not make you a support.
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    ANY god can be suport , u just need to have Guardian jungle like : Ymir , Athena, Cabra, after they buy boots , there placement in map is not important, cuz they are not in duo lane anyway . So Guardian jungle , or solo: Ymir, Kumba, Syl, Athena, Cabra u get point !

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