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The best support builds in League of Legends’ 2021 preseason




The recent item system rework in the League of Legends preseason has required players to learn the ropes of each archetype from scratch.

There are plenty of support champions viable thanks to some of the new items, so finding out the champ that best fits your playstyle shouldn’t be too hard. There’s no best-in-slot archetype right now with various playstyles and archetypes fitting better in certain compositions.

Here are some of the best preseason builds for the support role to help you win your games. We’ve included plenty of builds for various archetypes to help you decide which items to rush so you can dominate your games and get that sweet LP once season 11 starts.



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As a tanky support, you’re mostly focused on providing crowd control for your team while also being a beefy frontline to ensure they have the time to do damage. As a result, going for the Resolve tree is crucial to give you health and resists. The keystone rune taken is Aftershock, which will give you bonus armor and magic resist when you engage onto an opposing champion, making you difficult, if not impossible to kill during the first couple of seconds.

The secondary tree is much more flexible with some players going for the Legend: Tenacity in the Precision tree, while others prefer to pick up Inspiration for the Item Haste and Stopwatch instead.


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A new core item for all supports has been introduced during the item rework. Stirring Wardstone is a 1,100-gold item that holds up to three control wards, making it a must-have in the long periods of the game when you need to have as many wards as possible on you.

Mobility Boots: These boots help you move around the map quickly and aid your side lanes or jungle when they need your help. They should be your primary goal unless there’s a lot of crowd control on the opposing team, which would force you to buy Mercury’s Treads instead.

Steel Shoulderguards: This tanky support item is a must-purchase as soon as you leave the base to ensure that you get the additional gold income, which is going to slowly upgrade your item to provide free stealth wards later on. If you have a lot of AP ratios, you can go for Relic Shield instead.

Locket of the Iron Solari: This is the best tank Mythic item for a support. It provides you and your allies a shield on a 90-second cooldown, which can be scaled down due to item haste. The new passive to give your allies armor and magic resist is great as well, ensuring your allies don’t get burst down by enemies who have a lot of lethality or magic penetration.

Knight’s Vow: While the item was slightly nerfed and no longer grants armor, it is still a great pickup to boost an ally from your team. The redirected damage can be a life-saver and can serve as the reason you might have won that last teamfight.

Zeke’s Convergence: Zeke’s Convergence has been slightly reworked to no longer be activated on ultimate. Instead, it is activated after you have immobilize a champion. It no longer has the area-of-effect slow, but the damage it does now is much higher, making it a worthwhile investment.

Stirring Wardstone: This new support item is a must-have in the later stages of the game. It increases your control ward limit, allowing you to have great vision coverage when you need to acquire late-game objectives such as Baron, Dragon Soul, or Elder Dragon.

AP utility


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As an AP utility-oriented support, you want to max out in runes on the utility effects and the Sorcery tree is best-fitted for that. It grants you access to the keystone Summon Aery which is a small shield or damaging effect depending on what you’re doing in the lane. Other notable runes are Manaflow Band and Transcendence to increase your mana cap and ability haste.

The secondary recommended tree is Inspiration for Biscuit Delivery and Cosmic Insight. The first one will give you additional sustain during the laning phase, while the second one will increase your overall item haste to ensure you can get a benefit from your itemization more often.


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While the mid-game build looks mostly the same, the addition of Moonstone Renewer alongside Stirring Wardstone will force you to acquire both items if you want to be effective in the earlier or later stages of the game.

Ionian Boots of Lucidity: While there are some exceptions, you can never go wrong with these boots in this archetype. They’ll grant you ability haste, which you’ll be lacking from your other items.

Relic Shield: This is the best utility-oriented starting support item you can get. It heals your ally with each stack, allowing you to share lane income while also providing great sustain to your duo partner.

Moonstone Renewer: This is a new and interesting Mythic-tier item. It provides sustain on a low cooldown while also providing you with ability haste for each Legendary item in your inventory. During the combat, the sustain is increased up to 150 percent, which can be the deciding factor in a late-game teamfight.

Ardent’s Censer: Ardent’s Censer has been a core support item since its introduction to the game. It gives your ally attack speed on top of some on-hit damage. This is a great item to rush after you complete Moonstone Renewer.

Mikael’s Blessing: Targeted cleanse with a small mini-heal, the item went through a build-path rework but is still a requirement to get against champions who want to lock your carry down.

Stirring Wardstone: A requirement support item regardless of archetypes. It increases your control ward limit, allowing you to have great vision coverage in the later stages of the game where basing at the wrong time can cost you the game.

AP control/burst


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AP control or burst champions in the support positions aim to get Sorcery just like the utility-oriented champions to fix their mana and ability haste issues. But one key difference is the keystone Arcane Comet instead of Summon Aery. It helps you poke hard early on and zone enemies away from gold and experience.

The secondary tree is flexible, with either Domination or Inspiration being mostly preferred due to the additional ability power or item haste.


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The build path has slightly changed following the item rework, giving you the possibility to acquire ability power items which deal maximum health percent damage to enemies early on.

Sorcerer’s Shoes: This is a great boots choice to increase your overall damage output.

Spellthief’s Edge: Spellthief’s Edge is the best burst or control support starting item. It allows you to do more damage during your small trades early on, forcing opponents to back more often. It converts into an upgraded version once you earn 500 gold with it, allowing you to put wards for your team as well.

Liandry’s Anguish: This is the Mythic item that you’ll be getting in most of your games. It doesn’t require you to invest in a lot of ability power to make yourself useful. This item deals percent maximum health damage, making you a huge threat against tanks throughout the entire game.

Demonic Embrace: This item is mostly aimed for battlemages, however, when combined with Liandry’s, anyone can benefit from it. It allows you to do maximum health percent damage per second twice, rendering most tanks useless against you.

Morellonomicon: This is a great anti-healing tool against all healing sources in the game currently. It is cheap and you can rush it early on if the enemy has a lot of healing-based champions such as Soraka or Nami who keep topping up their team’s health bars.

Stirring Wardstone: Stirring Wardstone is a required support item regardless of archetypes. It increases your control ward limit, allowing you to have great vision coverage and help your team control the late-game objectives.



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AD champions have a place in the bottom lane as well. The most notorious AD support champions are Pantheon, Pyke, and Senna. While Senna is special in most aspects and has a strange build which focuses on picking Glacial Augment as the keystone, both Pyke and Pantheon aim to get the maximum damage benefit from Precision and Domination.

Press the Attack is the keystone taken to ensure that you have a lot of damage early on to zone out enemies when they try to go for creep kills. The secondary tree is Domination with an aim to get Cheap Shot for the additional damage early on and Relentless Hunter for additional movement speed to roam easier on the map.


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Boots of Mobility: These are the best boots to ensure that you can move swiftly around and gank side laners or invade the enemy jungler. If the enemy has a lot of crowd control, go for Mercury’s Treads instead.

Spectral Sickle: As an offensive AD starting support item, this item allows you to do a lot of additional poke damage during your early trades.

Eclipse: The Mythic item you should be aiming to acquire, Eclipse has a great effect allowing you to kill tanks due to the maximum health percent damage done.

Umbral Glaive: This item was and remained strong. It allows you to completely nullify the vision around an objective, forcing the enemy champions to walk into fog of war.

Stirring Wardstone: While in the past, you’d aim to get as much damage as possible on offensive supports, now you have to invest into this item to ensure you have enough vision coverage in the later stages of the game.

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LEC announces 2021 casting team with the additions of Caedrel and Foxdrop




With the start of the Spring Split only a few days away, today the League of Legends European Championship announced their full casting lineup for the 2021 season. The announcement comes after a challenging year for esports broadcasting across the globe, and sees the return of some of the LEC’s most recognisable faces, along with a few new additions to the talent team. 

2020 was a year that saw esports broadcast teams challenged to produce remote broadcasts with little to no turnaround time due to the COVID-19 pandemic–with the LEC in particular forced to move online with little to no notice after a member of the onsite crew became exposed to the virus back in March of 2020. 

However, the LEC adapted quickly and were praised by many for their handling of the unfortunate situation, maintaining a high level of production (albeit with a few mishaps in the split’s first few weeks.) Due to the changing of lockdown restrictions in Berlin, the LEC was able to return to an in-person broadcast in the first week of the Summer Split. Players continued to play from remote setups, but broadcast and production staff were able to return to the studio in order to continue delivering a high standard of production to fans across the globe. 

After such a turbulent year, the broadcast team has seen some shakeups in the offseason- most notably with the departure of analyst Froskurinn. Stepping in as analysts alongside Vedius and Ender are previous LEC guest casters Foxdrop and Caedrel, with Caedrel having retired from professional play earlier this year in order to pursue a career in content creation. 

The remainder of the LEC team will remain unchanged–with Sjokz and Quickshot both boasting their ninth consecutive years as prominent faces of European League of Legends broadcasting. Joining them will be an impressive roster of play-by-play casters, analysts and interviewers, with Medic, Vedius, Drakos, Ender and Laure all returning for 2021. 

The LEC will return on Jan. 22.


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degster: “I really want to play constantly against the best teams in the world”




Abdul “⁠degster⁠” Gasanov will grind CS:GO as much as he can while waiting for the right offer, the 19-year-old told after Espada made him and Robert “⁠Patsi⁠” Isyanov available for transfer and released the rest of the team last week. The Russian AWPer averaged a 1.25 rating in 2020, but is this enough to convince the top teams, including the ones in his own region, to sign him?

degster is on the market after Espada decided to disband the team

“in my mind, if I grow and show that my level of play is higher than that of the rest, then any team could have a place for me,”degster told “I understand that all this is conditional, but I believe that I need to continue to work on myself with even more diligence, and then people who want to win will want to play with me.”

The 19-year-old had been playing for Espada since May 2019, helping the team to cement a stop inside the top 30, but that was not enough to keep the roster together. degster said that the team had been in regular contact with the management before the disbandment was announced and that the players understood why the organisation pulled the plug on the project.

The Russian AWPer added that he feels ready to make the jump to the top flight, reaffirming the same winning mentality that he had displayed when interviewed for our One for the future article.

“I really want to play constantly against the best teams in the world,” he said. “I have already played against them in practice and official games, and some adaptation is necessary, but I am confident that I can do it and I will work even harder for this.”

With no official matches on the horizon, it’s presumably harder for a player to stay motivated, but degster already has a plan. “I’m going to play FPL and watch all the games from best teams when the season starts,” degster said. On Sunday, he helped Sprout to win ESL Meisterschaft Autumn, putting up a series-high 1.34 rating in the nail-biting final against BIG.

Teams should soon be lining up to sign degster, but they will first need to reach an agreement with Espada. Smaller CIS organisations usually demand huge buyouts, but the 19-year-old has assured that Espada will not keep him from joining another team in case an interesting offer arrives. His faith will soon be put to the test as the player break is about to end.


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How to fix freezing and crashing in Apex Legends




Freezing and crashing are the last things you want when playing Apex Legends.

Apex has improved leaps and bounds since its release in 2019—from both a gameplay and narrative perspective—but despite Respawn Entertainment’s best efforts unstable FPS and lag are still all too frequent in the award-winning battle royale.

Widespread reports of freezing and crashing have littered the forums with some players experiencing game-jittering, and others complaining that they can’t join a match.

Why you can’t run Apex

If Apex isn’t loading and you’re stuck on a loading screen, first check if your system meets the game’s minimum requirements.

You most certainly don’t need to break the bank to play Apex, but there a few requirements to take into consideration. If you’re running an AMD Phenom processor, for example, you’ll have to upgrade your CPU.

Apex freezing and crashing checklist

If you’ve met all of Apex’s minimum requirements and you’re still scratching your head unable to join the game, there are a few tweaks that you can make to your system that could help solve the issue.

Update your driver

Keeping your driver up to date is crucial when playing Apex. AMD and Nvidia have released drivers for their video cards that optimize and fix issues related to the game. Install them and see if they take effect.

Downgrade your driver

If you updated your driver to the most recent versions mentioned above and it’s still not working, rolling back to the previous version of the driver is advised.

Disable Freesync, G-Sync, and others

Some video cards have sync options that could cause issues with Apex when paired with the game’s own Vertical Sync. Disabling this feature may solve freezing and crashing.

AMD processors

A few players on the forums have reported issues with AMD’s FX-6000 series processors. Some say small tweaks, like playing in windowed mode, solved their problem, while several others claim that disabling two out of the six processor cores through your BIOS fixes the issue.

Please note that doing the former will drastically reduce your PC’s performance and may cause issues in other software.

Make changes to your game and PC

Repair the game files

Repairing your game files is often a quick and simple fix to freezing and crashing.

When you launch Origin, go to your library, select Apex Legends, and click on the gear icon right of the orange play button. This will open a menu with a repair option.

Reinstall Origin and Apex

If freezing and crashing continue to plague your game, reinstalling Origin and Apex won’t hurt. The issues could stem from Origin, a program that is often unreliable.

Add firewall exceptions for both Origin and Apex

A few players have reported their Windows firewall had been preventing access to Origin and Apex. Try disabling it manually.

Disable Origin’s FPS overlay

It seems like Origin’s overlay that shows your FPS counter might affect the performance of your PC. Follow our guide on how to enable the FPS overlay, but uncheck the box on Origin instead.

“My game keeps freezing”

EA’s Support Forums have a topic called Community Crashing Troubleshooting Guide with additional suggestions to try out if you continue to have issues with freezing and crashing.


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The biggest prize money winners in esports history




In 2020, esports stars are hardly strapped for cash. While pro gamers were fighting for minuscule amounts of money and peripherals just a decade or so ago, today’s players at the highest level fight for millions of dollars each year.

In the last decade, thanks in large part to the popularization of Twitch, fans have started tuning into esports events at a prodigious rate. The growth has been impressive for each consecutive year since and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. That growth in viewership has gone hand in hand with a massive increase in prize money on offer.

In 2019 alone, more than $215 million was awarded across more than 4,600 tournaments. That’s compared to just $13.8 million recorded by tracking website Esports Earnings in 2012.

Nearly a quarter of the 2019 total was awarded at the ninth edition of Valve’s annual Dota 2 event, The International. A whopping $34.3 million was shared across the 18 participating teams, with eventual champions OG netting a total of $15.6 million.

Of course, these sums have inflated the overall top earners—in fact, the top 11 entries on Esports Earnings are Dota 2 players. But it’s not just Dota that has enjoyed this massive growth.

Here are the players with the biggest prize money totals in esports history, from the current leading games to the top titles from the past.

Johan “N0tail” Sundstein – $6.9 million (Dota 2)

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The Danish Dota 2 veteran became the top earner in all of esports in 2019 after leading OG to victory at The International for the second year in a row. But even aside from his impressive payday at TI8 and TI9, N0Tail enjoyed incredible success alongside both OG and Team Secret prior to TI, which sets him at the top of this list.

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf – $3.2 million (Fortnite)

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Fortnite exploded in 2018. It quickly became one of the most played games in the world and it was only a matter of time before esports followed suit. The developer of the building frenzy, children-friendly bonanza invested millions of dollars into funding tournaments for the game—and one player, in particular, came out on top. Sentinels Bugha’s dominant performance at the Fortnite World Cup pushed the player into esports supremacy in 2019, earning himself an astonishing $3 million.

Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen – $1.9 million (CS:GO)

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Danish frag master and Astralis rifler Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen won his fourth Valve Major with the greatest CS:GO team of all time in 2019. Dupreeh played a big part in the team’s rise to fame, cleaning up their act, and helping them push to the top of the standings in modern-day Counter-Strike.

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok – $1.3 million (League of Legends)

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The most celebrated pro gamer of all time, Faker is the one constant on the three-time world championship-winning roster, T1. The 23-year-old won the world championship in his debut season and he’s still regarded as the greatest player to ever compete in League.

Ian “C6” Porter – $1.2 million (Call of Duty)

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The North American Call of Duty star C6 has remained at the top of his game for years. Winning three world championships and 37 major tournaments over the course of his career, C6 has earned more than $1 million in winnings.

Feg – $1 million (Shadowverse)

Making a second appearance at the Shadowverse World Grand Prix in 2018, Japanese representative feg proved himself on the big stage and earned the right to call himself a champion. The somewhat unknown entity entered the digital card game tournament as the underdog, but instead of toppling under the pressure, he won the whole thing.

Cho “Maru” Seong Ju – $889,000 (Starcraft 2)

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Asserting his dominance in the world of SC2, Maru has quickly risen up to become one of the game’s most successful players in terms of prize winnings. Maru bolstered his earnings by taking winning the $200,000 World Electronic Sports Games in 2018.

Park “Loki” Jeong Yeong – $705,000 (PUBG)

The 22-year-old South Korean PUBG player has gone on a tear over the last couple of years. He secured multiple top-three finishes, won the PUBG Global Invitational 2018, and dominated in the MET Asia Series in 2019.

Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom – $684,000 (Halo)

The Halo player from North America has performed consistently across four of the franchise’s titles, with most of his success coming in Halo 5: Guardians. This includes his victory at the 2016 Halo World Championship, where Frosty and CLG took home $1 million.

To add to his prize winnings, Frosty also competed in Call of Duty last year, winning three events with the Flordia Mutineers. The player, however, has since switched back to Halo.

Lee “Flash” Young Ho – $668,000 (Starcraft: Brood War)

Starcraft: Brood War is regarded as one of the most prestigious and longest-standing examples of the first era of esports. Played almost exclusively in Korea, the level of competition rose to such a degree that it was rare to see new players rise up and dominate the old guard. But Flash was one of them. The Terran player succeeded in setting an entirely new benchmark for how to perform with the race and grew to become the main rival of Brood War’s top star, Lee “Jaedong” Jae Dong.


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