I don't think I would buy such a selfish item for a support. You add so much more to your team with Aegis, Frozen Heart, Reverie or other aura items.
I generally agree here as well, but I'm sure there are benefits to supports like lulu, jana, and soraka to pick one up. Certainly feels selfish as all get out if you do that, though. If I get bored, I might just fire up a bot game and pick up a meja and see how much of a heal or shield you get on sork or janna.
Ok - some more feedback on our last team game. So, we played 3 games. We got worked over in game one and, like I said, played some pretty weak enemies in games 2 and 3.
Things that we did really well (and in some cases improved over our 1st team night)
- No raging at our teammates. zen got his balls busted on our 1st game night over a few mistakes. While I and a few others still made some mistakes on game night 2, there was no ball busting. Folks just owned up to mistakes, etc, when we discussed the game afterwards
- People owned up to mistakes. Repeating myself a little here, but this is a big deal imo. After the game 1 (our loss), the first thing I did was address where I screwed up and let everyone provide some feedback. Then we went through each player a little bit, discussed mistakes, etc, and hopefully all learned a little bit from it.
- We discussed ways to improve communication. For instance, in game 1, I had an idiotic moment when karl came to gank my lane and my mind was... elsewhere, so I didn't see him. Granted, we all should be good enough players to be looking at the mini map and keeping tabs on our jungler, but if we are in voice chat, there's no reason why we can't communicate a little more with words. So, I expect in the future we'll be a smidge more vocal here and there.
Anyway, just a few of the things I can think of. I was really glad that McShane was around and was willing to join us as an alternate. Everyone on the team - in as much as is possible, try to give us notice if you can't play on one of our scheduled game nights. That way, I can hopefully get mcshane or someone else (if we get a 2nd alt) to fill in. I don't want to get into a situation ever where we are wondering if someone is going to show up or not, so please do your best to communicate. So far, so good though.
Thanks again to everyone that showed upon our "canceled" team night and of course, to McShane for filling in as an alternate. Gave us a chance to get some ranked games in and it was a lot of fun. Thanks!