Champion Impressions – Nami, the Tidecaller

The good thing about a new support is that nobody wants to pick her on day one, which means I can get first impressions out in a semi-reasonable amount of time. Now, it’s been a while since we had our last support, so I know a lot of support mains are excited. If you’re looking for a new super-aggressive support, Nami is what you’ve been waiting for.

Nami is definitely an aggressive support. There’s a good and bad side to this. The good? Aggressive supports are just more fun; being able to actually initiate fights and set up kills definitely beats out just sitting back and spamming heals. The bad part is that you need a laning partner who’s willing to follow your lead. Unfortunately, in every game I’ve played Nami in, I’ve had teammates who were all too content to sit back and farm. Equally unfortunately is that Nami is absolutely awful at just sitting back and spamming heals.

As far as advice goes, you need to take advantage of Nami’s E (Tidecaller’s Blessing). I’d recommend maxing her W (Ebb and Flow) first, because it’s really cool… except for the fact that it doesn’t seem to bounce half the time. I’m not sure if it’s just my incompetence – which it probably is – or if the skill is bugged, but the fact that it doesn’t bounce reliably really hurts its use. (Update: Turns out that you need both an enemy and ally within range for E to properly bounce; thanks to Nhan for letting me know!) Her stun isn’t too bad, but it comes back to the fact that you need a partner who is willing to go in and fight. I haven’t used much of her ultimate, so I can’t really comment on that. It looks good on paper, and it seems like it’ll be great for starting teamfights, but I’ve used it… once? Yeah, once. In order to get away from a gank.

I’m not going to recommend items or anything, as Riot’s finally made those not suck. So, yeah. I’m gonna go ahead and say to pick up Nami if you’ve got a thing for aggressive supports and have a buddy who can lane with you. She’s all about communication, and duo or team-queuing gives you a real chance at teamwork. Otherwise, wait until free week, then decide.

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2 Responses to Champion Impressions – Nami, the Tidecaller

  1. Nhan-Fiction says:

    The only really challenging move of her kit is Q, mainly because the bubble flies out a bit slow and can be dodged. W is buggy, but you have to remember that you need BOTH an ally champion and an enemy champion nearby to make it bounce. The in-game tooltip for W is written incorrectly at the moment. I like E a lot. R is just full of lawl.

  2. Yeah, Q is definitely weird and slow. The hitbox seems a bit strange, too, but it could just have been me attempting to see something on the other side of the screen.

    > W is buggy, but you have to remember that you need BOTH an ally champion and an enemy champion nearby to make it bounce. The in-game tooltip for W is written incorrectly at the moment.

    … Really? Well /that/ explains why it wasn’t bouncing properly. I’ll update the post with that, thanks!

    And seconding the comment about E; it’s easily her most enjoyable skill.

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