Every League of Legends player eventually gets auto-filled into support, so it is best to be prepared for that eventuality. This list will go over five easy-to-pick-up champions for players stuck in that scenario.
Janna is more of a classic type of support: she doesn’t want to focus on dealing a lot of damage and doesn’t make many flashy engages, but she makes up for that with her versatile kit. During the laning phase, ADCs need a support that can help carry them into the late game where they can start winning game-ending fights, which is not a problem for Janna.
She can cast a large shield onto an ally with her E, protecting them from a barrage of incoming attacks. Her ultimate also allows her to heal allies in the midst of a teamfight while repositioning opponents into an unfavorable situation. Her Q ability casts a tornado that knocks up enemies in its path, making for easy disengage from an unwanted squabble.
Karma is similar to Janna in the aspect of shielding but can offer a lot more when it comes to damage. Getting to start the game with her ultimate gives her user a huge advantage early on, allowing for easy poking in the early stages of the game which will set back opponents due to the pressure.
Karma can tether down enemies with her W and give her allies an opportunity to swing in for an easy kill. The key to winning with Karma is to be unrelenting when using her abilities. Her fair mana base early on allows for bullying in lane and can easily be expanded on her first back from a successful fight.
When it comes to tanks, Nautilus can fill a lot of key components that a team needs to succeed. He can easily lock down opponents with his crowd-control-centric kit, soak up damage for his team with his tanky nature and initiate team fights that can win his team the game.
In order to win with Nautilus, it is important to know when it is appropriate to make an all-in attempt. The key is to wait until his opponents are out from under their tower and to land a Q on the more immobile of the two and use everything to take them out. After that, it is easy to clean up the fight or take tower plates to accelerate his ADC forward into the game.
Shen is mostly seen as a top lane champion but has untold potential when used as a support. He may not have the same heavy stats as Nautilus, but can still provide for his team at any stage of the game.
It is important for Shen in the early stages to work with his ADC to know when to go in and make initiations. By using his E to dash into a fight and crowd control his opponents he can set up a play for his ADC to move in for a kill. He can also use his ultimate ability to help allies across the map when they are in a pinch, or can even use it simply to be an extra body in a team fight.
Pantheon is a champion who was recently added to the support list after his rework and has shown a lot of potential in his new role. He can easily jump onto enemies with his W to crowd control them for his ADC to take them out and can make good pokes in lane with his Q. And, if used properly, his ultimate can be a devastating ability that can help win his team the game.
Note that while Pantheon has protection with his E, he has little disengage, therefore it is important to make safe all-in attempts with the help of a jungler or an ADC. Pantheon can also dish out a lot of damage, so it is acceptable to take enough kills to make him a carry, just in case his team is in need of more damage.