These are, statistically, the best support champions in Season 12, patch 12.9. As before, the best support strategy relies on making an overpowered champion even worse with some top-of-the-line enchanters and carrying the game that way. Not even necessarily via an ADC.
Support Tier List: Who to Play in LoL Patch 12.9?
Bard actually received some buffs in Patch 12.8, he just needed a little time to come online. Luckily for us, who actually play him, the buffs worked and Bard got transported into the S-Tier instantly.
Bard might seem like a very easy and straightforward champion, but he needs some practice and getting used to. You need to know what to do with him, like when to use your ulti and on who/what. Simply running around the rift and collecting your chimes won't do, unfortunately.
There won't ever be a day where Blitzcrank isn't OP. His hooks, his knock-up, his speed, his shield... this champion really has everything. And we hate it... but only when playing against him. When being the one to play him, it's a lot of fun!
His ban rate is out of this world, though, so these days, you'll need to be lucky to be able to lock him in. Once you do, though, you better hit your hooks, or your team will flame you for the rest of the game. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about.
Champions are not made or broken by their win rates. There are still a couple of factors to take into account, such as player preference, player skill, matchup, and even their pick rate. So, let's take a look at where the rest of the support picks lie in Patch 12.9.
The A-Tier Support Picks of Patch 12.9
These are the picks you go for when the S-Tier are banned. They're solid picks and will get you the W, but it won't be as strong as the S-Tier. So if you want a good win/loss rate, then these are some of the best picks you can choose in the current League of Legends support meta.
- Renata Glasc - Win Rate: 51.48% Pick Rate: 4.45%
- Sona - Win Rate: 53.32%, Pick Rate: 3.2%
- Soraka - Win Rate: 51.15%, Pick Rate: 4.88%
- Leona - Win Rate: 49.60% Pick Rate: 9.13%
- Zyra - Win Rate : 52.06%, Pick Rate: 2.10%
- Nami - Win Rate: 50.99%, Pick Rate: 8.47%
- Nautilus - Win Rate: 50.97%, Pick Rate: 9.32%
- Alistar - Win Rate: 51.06%, Pick Rate: 9.32%
- Senna - Win Rate: 51.95%, Pick Rate: 9.32%
The difference between the various champions among the A-tier is not even remotely vast, with some of them capable of threatening the S-tier champions' places, as most of them are still enchanters. However, the main difference lies in the fact that these champions don't work as well with a wide variety of team compositions in the current meta, the way the S-tier champions do.
Leona is always a viable pick, no matter the meta. If you know how to play her right, your team will win because of you. She also got a legendary High Noon Skin with Patch 12.9, and it's one of the best in the skin line.
The F-Tier Support Picks of Patch 12.9
On the opposite side of overpowered, we have the following picks. Whether they are part of a long-forgotten off-meta or have just fallen out of favor with the current meta we find ourselves in, these are the champion that you pull out only when playing normal games with a five-man premade. They, at least, will not mind you initing their game with your pick.
- Gragas - Win Rate: 47.33%, Pick Rate: 0.76%
- Sett - Win Rate: 46.66%, Pick Rate: 1.40%
- Veigar - Win Rate: 47.49%, Pick Rate: 0.62%
- Pantheon - Win Rate: 47.55% Pick Rate: 2.60%
If one thing is for sure, it's the fact that kill lanes are a thing of the past, with every support champion whose sole purpose is setting up a secure kill, finding a difficult time in the support role. It seems that League of Legends is experiencing a power creep problem everywhere, except for in the support role, where it's overshadowed by the miracles enchanters can do, with champions such as Swain being repurposed for other lanes.