League of Legends continues into the second half of Season 6 and the Support Champions have received a bit of love in the past few patches. Zyra especially in the Midsummer Magic patch and more recently Sona and Leona in Patch 6.14 got some huge all around buffs. Let's see which champs are topping the charts as the best of the best in the support role.
Note that we took our rankings from Champion.gg's chart which pulls from Riot's API which was current at the time of this writing. Also be sure to check out our ranked guides to the best Champions for Top lane, Midlane, Junglers, and ADCs. We also have Tips and Tricks to Be the Best Jungler and our Guide to the Baron and Guardian Dragon Buffs.
Janna's crowd control is unparalleled when it comes to top support champions except maybe Nami. On top of that she has a large mana pool, excellent mana scaling, and great mobility. Just remember that she is better at preventing damage than healing so keep your eye on incoming ganks and play more actively than reactively. Being aggressive pays off with this one as she ranks in as the number one top support of Season 6.
With knock ups, slows, and heals you'd think that would be enough for a support to shine, but Nami has a lot of offensive utility to offer as well. Her heals can bounce and damage an enemy, her damage ability can stun, and she has a buff that can enhance the damage of her allies. Plus, her ultimate knocks up, slows, and damages all at once while buffing allies with movement speed. This allows Tidecaller to initiate fights and chase down opponents with her team like no one else can.
Originally designed as a tanky mage, Blitzcrank has been hacked by players into one the top support roles due to his ability to consistently disrupt and destroy the other side. His ability to grab a squishy enemy support or ADC at range, stun them, silence them, and knock them up in the air leaving them at half health or less and at the not-so-tender mercy of his team's ADC has made him a favorite in the bottom lane. Just don't look to him for heals or any kind of sustain.
Besides the usual single target healing, silences and knock ups, she's the only got the only global heal in the game. You heard me. Map. Wide. Team. Wide. Heal. Now, that's what we call an ultimate support ability. And she's not just support. She's also a lane bully with her AOE damage that slows the enemy and heals herself at the same time keeping them under their turret and her ready to silence and root them if they step out of line.
Zyra got such a boost with the Midsummer Magic patch that Riot spent the next few patches rolling back some of her buffs, but she still has a lot of power left as a Season 6 support pick. She has high burst damage as well as high sustained damage plus great zone control. This makes her one of those "non-heal" supports but one that harasses and destroys the bottom lane competition so thoroughly that they don't bother much with the ADCs.
Morgana is more of a semi-support with only one ability that can help a fellow teammate, her Black Shield, but her roots, slows, and stuns make up for the rest as well as her overall damage output.
One of the more tanky Season 6 supports, Braum excels at preventing damage to his teammates by getting between them and the incoming damage with his low cooldown dash ability and his projectile-absorbing shielding. He can also dish out the damage at range with an added slow and his passive stacks for a stun as well.
With reliable stuns and slows, Zilean keeps the enemy locked down tight and with his movement speed buff for his allies he can keep them out of harm's way. But what makes Zilean unique is his ultimate which brings a fallen ally back to life with a good chunk of health restored after taking lethal damage. And now that the enemy has wasted their cooldowns on a kill that didn't take one of your own out of the fight, it's time for some payback.
Leona has been strong and she just got stronger in Patch 6.14. Before the buff she could disrupt like nobody else at the beginning of a fight, but she didn't have much to do after that. Now her damaging Shield of Daybreak has a lower cooldown and her ranged Zenith Blade has a longer root plus her ultimate kicks in a new passive that adds more damage to her next 3-5 auto attacks making her a beast past her initiation efforts. Any ADC paired with her is going to find that no one is able to get near them.
Bard's unique kit took awhile for players to wrap their heads around, but now that they've seen the light, this Wandering Caretaker has been making plays on the pro scene as a strong Season 6 support champion. His one damaging ability can slow and stun while his portaling ability can either start a fight or help get away from one. And his stasis ultimate can not only protect his friends, but save turrets as well.
Karma is one of those supports that does it all. She heals, she shields, she damages, she crowd controls, she grants movement speed, she waveclears, and she does it all with style and grace. She even gets her ultimate at level 1. The trick is knowing when to empower which of many abilities.
Don't let this number 12 ranking fool you. With the just announced 6.14 patch, Sona got a large buff to her abilities that allows her to slash her cooldowns 64% by the late game. She'll be laying down the heals and run speed buffs even faster and harder than ever before. Expect her to shoot up to the top of the charts quicker than an unannounced Beyonce single.
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