When you go into a game, everyone has their idea of what should and shouldn't be selected. Ignore them. They're retarded. The best team is a well-balanced team. This means you want a tank (AD or AP) and an off-tank. You want ranged and melee. In the end, you should have your tank, plus 2 AP plus 2 AD. When you toss supports into the mix, you generally want to do this when your tank is AP-ish. If your tank is AD (Garen), subbing one of your AP's for a support can cause an enemy team to stack armor and negate your team. You want your off-tank to be able to take hits, assist with the tank in intiating and be extremely annoying. For example, if you have an Amumu tank, Garen could be your off-tank. You could have a Malphite tank, and a Nunu off-tank. Many times, off-tanks are perfectly capable of being tanks, but they pick a more aggressive item route. AP Cho-Gath makes a great off-tank, but he's also a devastating main tank when built for damage reduction. The last thing you want is to have one tank and four squishies. You need people to protect your squishies, who are most likely your carries as well.
If main tank is AP, it is ok to grab an AP support (Soraka/Kayle/Nidalee/Sona/Karma/etc)
Auto-locking is done by idiots. Ask anyone who I play with here on DSLR. I'll frequently be the last person to select my champ. Many people have a preference of who they want to play. I let them pick, and then I adapt. Nobody wants to tank? Fine, I'll tank. Missing an off-tank? I'll cover it. Good opportunity for a support? I'll rock Karma. Be THAT guy and you'll win a lot more games.
last modified: 2011-09-19 11:26:45