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Mar 18, 2015

Weird Picks #4: Support Ashe

This week's weird pick brings the spotlight back on an oldie but a goodie, support Ashe! With her world famous initiation technique on her ultimate, she's definitely an interesting selection as a support, if not fully accepted.


As a whole, Ashe is a champion with undeniably amazing utility. However, without escapes, she can be too squishy to be effective in a world full of assassins. As a support, teams can take advantage of her utility while building her to be quite tanky, eliminating her weaknesses while still taking strong advantage of her skillset.

How It Works

Ashe's skillset as a whole lends itself to support in a manner very similar to Annie, but with more poke, more spell range, and less burst. She provides specifically the following:
  • 100% crit chance every 25 seconds at level 1, or 50%+ every 12.5 seconds via her passive;
  • 15%~35% slow on hit in AOE or single target form every 4 to 2.4 seconds at max level;(depending on cooldown reduction);
  • Free scrying orb via hawkshot; and
  • The ever useful full map stun once every 48 seconds at max CDR.

Items to Pick Up

As a support, I think that both blue trinket and yellow support items are viable choices on her depending on your playstyle. Although she won't be able to fully utilize the blue trinket's AP until later on in the game (100% AP ratio on her ultimate), her poking ability allows her to use its gold generation property very well.

Key items include Sightstone, Frozen Heart, Locket, and possibly Zeke's Herald. If you want to take on more of a damage role, Blade of the Ruined King is a good choice.

I wouldn't recommend getting Morello on her, as it only procs under 40% via magic damage, which is only available to her using her ultimate.


All in all, I'd say that support Ashe is likely much more viable than it sounds, especially in a world of tank junglers coming back into play. With her kiting abilities, a late blade of the ruined king would also work wonders as a peeling method to keep your ADCs alive. Her enchanted arrow can also be used as an amazing initiation or follow-up tool that chains very well with pretty much anybody.

Although lacking hard CC early on, she definitely makes up for it after level 6.

Thoughts? Comment below!

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  1. Morello + BotRK xD
    Sound fun

  2. DazedandDeadMarch 18, 2015

    Yeah, blue and yellow support item is what he meant. Threw me off for a second trying to figure out why the blue 'trinket' has anything to do with AP scaling lol.

  3. SSJSuntasticMarch 18, 2015

    Fixed that :P

  4. Mack NelsonMarch 18, 2015

    I've used Ashe Support in the past. It's a good pick if the other team isn't playing with assasins.

  5. Xan GrigusMarch 18, 2015

    I once carried thanks to an Ashe support, wish they could allow it more

  6. I remember a game I played almost a year ago where I got my Vayne fed with the most absurdly lucky ult stuns from the fountain or some other place across the map. Morellonomicon is bad but IIRC Ashe's W will proc Liandries.

  7. Dr. PoopsnugletMarch 18, 2015

    Hey you should do a weird pick for Cho'Gath mid?

  8. Even DybevikMarch 18, 2015

    That's not weird

  9. Black Cleaver might be fine for her if her team has much AD imo

  10. Mac MorrisMarch 18, 2015

    yeah it should honestly be bumped up to tier 3 imo... it is much stronger because of the past two patches and will probably be even stronger next patch if rito keeps on buffing tanks and nerfing assassins

  11. Jim PaponettiMarch 18, 2015

    Ashe support literally has 0 chance against supports like blitz, thresh, and leona. Pretty much has 0 chance against anything really unless you are playing a brain dead bot lane.

  12. TerrowinMagikenMarch 18, 2015

    Hey, you should try AD assassin Rammus top. With his naturally high mobility, he can easily run down opponents and hold them in place via his taunt (which also reduces armor) as he smashes them with a few crits.

  13. TerrowinMagikenMarch 18, 2015

    That's why she's tier 4, and Leona and Blitz are God tier.

  14. Mac MorrisMarch 18, 2015

    SSJ can you recommend runes and masteries that I can try with it?

  15. Exevier EtcheverryMarch 18, 2015

    Runaan + Black Cleaver can works very well with Ashe support.

  16. Nicolas CageMarch 18, 2015

    It was only really viable when Sword of the Divine was an item, IMO.

  17. Sword of divine Rammus was such a fun troll build with IE, thorn mail and atma's if you liked that.

  18. So much better after they fixed the CC overlap bug so people couldn't escape in between the knock up and the silence.

  19. wukong onlyMarch 19, 2015

    Wukong mid would be a pretty good idea for the next edition of weird picks don't you think ssj?

  20. You aren't weird wukong only. You are god.

  21. works pretty fine if the enemy has not many assassin and not all in Supports like Leona.

  22. onii swagchanMarch 20, 2015

    Still no support Amumu. ZZZ are you guys serious

  23. BobfranklyMarch 20, 2015

    Blitz and Thresh's engages can be countered with smart positioning (keep behind minions, watch the minion's health). That said, Leona with a capable ADC would crush her.

  24. SilverDonoMarch 26, 2015

    support amumu is not weird pick, i play him all the time

  25. support elise pelase!

  26. Poh Xuan QingMay 22, 2015

    Update pls! :D

  27. MarbleWolf GamingJune 25, 2015

    That's not a weird pick at all.. I see more cho'gath mid than supp'gath or top'gath


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