Sett support is one of League of Legends’ best picks ⁠— here’s why - Dexerto
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Sett support is one of League of Legends’ best picks ⁠— here’s why

Published: 23/Apr/2020 4:39

by Andrew Amos

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Sett support is rising up as the place to be for The Boss, with League of Legends’ latest top laner being picked more often than not in the bot lane. We’ve broken down why, and how you can pick him up for your own games.

Sett’s home was meant to be the top lane. The latest champion to be dropped into the League of Legends universe has been carving out a name for himself on the other side of the map though.

Pro players and casuals alike are picking up Sett in the bot lane as a support with surprising regularity. With a kit stacked with crowd control, tankiness, and damage, it’s easy to see why though.

Mecha Kingdoms Sett splash art for League of Legends
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Sett is not just the king of top lane, but the king of support too.

Why is Sett so popular?

Sett support has been picked 75 times in top-level professional League of Legends tournaments, including 20 times in China’s LPL, 11 in the LCK, and eight in the LEC. It has a 52% win rate in pro play, and still remained a popular pick despite recent nerfs.

Watch T1’s Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho use Sett support to take down DragonX in the LCK Spring 2020 playoffs.

It’s gotten to the point where Sett has become more popular in support than his intended role of top lane ⁠— at least in solo queue. According to stats site op.gg, 48% of Sett picks on Patch 10.8 were support Sett, compared to 39.2% in top lane.

While his win rate has dropped to below 47%, it’s correlated with an increase in player base, which can have an impact on a champion’s win rate.

Players are picking up Sett support because of his solo carry potential. He is good for tower diving with his W shield, while his engage is one of the strongest in the bot lane. He has enough damage to duel any carry if he can get on top of them too, making him a solid all-rounder.

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While Sett support might have a low win rate in solo queue, more people are playing it in recent patches.

Sett Support runes

Support Sett has found a happy medium with two playstyles. There’s the more consistent Aftershock Sett support, which is used as a primary engage tool, picking up tank items like Gargoyle’s Stoneplate and Dead Man’s Plate to sustain himself through fights.

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Aftershock Sett support was the original build for The Boss in the bot lane.

However, Sett has also become a popular pick with Fasting Senna, taking Prototype: Omnistone as a keystone rune instead. His kit synergizes with a lot of the keystones, each giving him specific advantages in a fight. One fight he might have Aftershock for those much-needed resistances, and then he will have Arcane Comet for just that extra bit of W poke damage.

Running Omnistone also gives Sett access to Hexflash and Minion Dematerializer, two of the strongest runes to take on Sett support. Combine this with Nimbus Cloak and Celerity as secondaries, and it’s easy to see why Omnistone Sett support has risen up to become more than just a pick with Senna support too.

However, in games where Sett needs to reliably be the team’s frontline, Aftershock has proven to be the best option.

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Omnistone Sett has become popular because of runes like Hexflash and Minion Dematerializer.

Sett Support build

The build for Sett support is surprisingly flexible. Items like Dead Man’s Plate are considered top-tier on the pick, but players shouldn’t have to feel locked into a single item path every game compared to some other supports.

You can run a tanky set-up with Gargoyle’s Stoneplate, Righteous Glory, and Abyssal Mask, enabling the rest of your team to do damage while you lock up the enemy. Sunfire Cape is also very strong, as you can easily proc the active with your E or ultimate.

Watch MAD Lions’ Norman ‘Kaiser’ Kaiser use Sett support to dismantle G2 Esports in the LEC Spring 2020 playoffs.

However, if the situation calls for it, don’t be afraid to go for a more traditional top lane Sett build. Trinity Force, Blade of the Ruined King, Sterak’s Gage, and more can all be easily built on Sett, especially if you are in a Fasting Senna lane.

Regardless of whether you go tank Sett or carry Sett, you must take Steel Shoulderguards as a support item. If you are running Fasting Senna though, it’ll be better for you to take Doran’s Shield to survive lane poke.

How to play Sett support

Sett support is all about using the minion wave to your advantage to pressure enemies out of lane with high kill threat. One big stun with E can change the tides of the lane, and in an extended fight, Sett’s effective HP with his massive W shield means he very rarely loses trades.

Blowing your flash to ensure your opponent blows theirs is perfectly acceptable, especially if you run Hexflash. In that five minute window, you might be able to pick up a couple of cheeky kills, running at enemies with Nimbus Cloak and Q activated.

Watch Tristan ‘Zeyzal’ Stidam show off the power of Omnistone Sett against FlyQuest in the LCS Spring 2020 playoffs.

Sett support does, however, struggle into double ranged bot lanes. Like most melee supports, Sett can’t reliably clear minions or get engages off when the enemies poke him down from afar. If he can survive the early game though, he should be able to dominate the mid and late game.

In teamfights, you want to look at keeping the tanks off your backline. Slamming them back into the enemy backline is a sure-fire way to go about it, before stunning everyone with your E. You can also look to go on a cheeky flank to bring the enemy carries into your own team.

If you want to pick up Sett for yourself, go nuts. He’s one of the easiest champs to learn, and with enough time, you’ll be landing Show Stopping ults like no other.

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Caps passing Perkz as greatest western LoL player – Amazing & Munchables

Published: 23/Oct/2020 14:37

by Daniel Cleary

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With the topic of the “greatest Western League of Legends player of all time” heating up once again, Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider and Joseph ‘Munchables’ Fenny have explained why G2 Esports star Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther could be taking the number one spot over teammate Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic, in Dexerto’s recent Worlds 2020 review.

As Worlds 2020 is coming closer to declaring a new set of champions, one of the biggest talking points in the League of Legends community has been the overall performance of Western teams at the international event and the individual players who contribute to them.

After G2 Esports defeated Gen.G in the quarter-finals and cemented themselves as “the last Western hope” following Fnatic’s narrow defeat to Top Esports, it raised the question of who exactly is the best Western player of all time.

Speaking on the matter in our Worlds review, Amazing highlighted that Perkz being around for longer has let him build up a more impressive resume than his teammate, “Caps has the highest highs I would suppose and Perkz has the better career so far, because he has done more in his career so far.”

Is Caps better than Perkz?

Munchables followed up by adding that the success Caps has seen in such a short span of time can not go unnoticed when discussing the pair, making it even more difficult to rank who is truly the best player of all time.

“I honestly think the problem is Caps is too good,” he explained. “The amount of time he has been in the scene, versus the amount of time he has been successful, is such a one-sided ratio on the side of success.”

Munchables also claimed that Caps might have had a greater impact on the region as a whole, comparing the success of Europe internationally before and after his time on teams like G2 and Fnatic, who have both made appearances in the Worlds final with him on the roster.

“European success versus, before Caps and with Caps is so dramatically skewed to Caps being a part of that,” Munchables explained. “At this point, I find it almost unarguable that Caps is the best Western player of all time.”

Amazing later added that Perkz had paved the way for Caps to be the best in the west, after years of putting together a roster that is now helping the mid laner to shine on the biggest stage. “He’s granted Caps the ability to understand what winning really means.”

Only time will tell how each of these remarkable players will fare throughout the rest of their careers as there will be plenty of opportunities to sway public opinion. But for now, it will likely remain up for debate as the two G2 stars continue to perform on the Rift.