Support? Carry? These two words arn't often seen next to each other and I used to believe that support was a near useless role thats only role was to play the first 20 mins well and then just sit back and hope your team doesn't throw. It is generally seen as the role that nobody wants to play. At the time it was at the start of season 3 when I mained top when the supporty top tank meta was in full swing (Shen, mundo, mao'kai). When I hit level 30 about half way through season 3 and started to pick up ranked play I began to get frustrated with how Shen was always banned and how I could never really get top. Due to this I was placed in bronze 3. So after that I started to play with Dennis and he played top so I thought "What the hell? I suck at top anyway so I should just start playing support so I get my prefered role 95% of the time".
So just a couple months before the season end I dropped top completely and started playing Sona. She really didn't fit with my play style and on top of that I was still learning support. Unsurprisingly I ended the season in bronze 3 with a 41% win rate. I dedicated preseason to learning support more and unlocking all the support champions, I dedicated an hour a day to watching guides and general league tutorials.
At the start of the season it didn't pay off, I got placed in Bronze 3 again and thought it was all for nothing. It all changed when I picked up thresh, this guy was a monster in bronze. Was never banned and could start and break off fights was ease. I spammed Thresh in Bronze like a mad man and found he really suited my playstyle, I climbed out of bronze in a month with about 40-50 thresh games. When I hit Silver I thought I was good...I was dead wrong. If I couldnt get thresh I was screwed, I couldn't play anyone else to the level I had gotten with thresh.
I decided to hit the normals and get and learn as many supports as possible. It took me almost the entire season but here I am, I can play every support to a good level and carry with ease.
When you get down to it support is a very pivital role, you almost act like team leader with all the CC and buffs you can supply to your team. You don't have to focus on CS or Gank paths so you spend 50% of your time looking at the minimap and pinging to direct your team. Lets not forget about warding, you can prevent so many throws and secure buffs and gold for your team just with your 800G sight stone plus a 100G vision ward thrown in to counter the enemy's vision. Your biggest enemy is the fog of war and with wards you can combat that threat extremely easily.
I climbed from silver 4 to silver 1 in one month. So next time when you are last pick remember, you are playing the most integral part in you're soloq game and it's in your hands to get bot fed, ward objectives and brushes and to lock down their team. "A team often loses a game because of their worst player, rather than win it because of their best player. " If you can make that worst player stronger you are making your whole team stronger,
Your CC is your sword and shield, you're wards are your eyes and you're pings are the winds directing your team.
And just a closer what are you guys opinions on support? Experiences?
Tl;dr: Unlike what people tend to think, Support is a very reliable role to carry from. Getting your carry fed, providing your team with vision and directions and protecting your fed players, are just a couple of the ways a support can carry a game.
You're going to carry that weight.