Soraka Build Guide by Obamas Heart
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Hello, and welcome to my first guide!
My name is Obamas Heart, and i have been playing League of Legends a month after it was released. In my time here, i have become proficient with a number of champions. Soraka is a champion i have started playing recently, but i picked up on the Support role very fast. I have played a good number of Ranked games with alot of success, and unfortunately, seen a number of Soraka players fail.
So i decided to share my success as Support Soraka with you all by writing a guide. I hope you all enjoy it, and i look forward to hearing from you. Now on to the guide!
Focuses of this Build
- Major Cooldown Reduction early
- Regenerating your own Health and Mana
- Providing Auras for your team
Major Cooldown ReductionShurelya's Reverie
Reducing your Cooldowns early game is important to sustaining your lane. The faster you can fire Astral Blessing and Infuse, the longer you can stay in lane, and shut down your enemies. Wish is the most powerful heal in the game, and can be the difference between winning and losing a teamfight, and the game. The more times you can fire it off during a group push, the better.
Now the limit for Cooldown Reduction as a stat is 40%. 6% comes from Intelligence in the Utility part of your mastery tree. 5.89% comes from rour Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction, and another 4.92% comes from your Greater Quintessence of Cooldown Reduction. This gives you 16.81% total Cooldown Reduction without buying any items. Soul Shroud gives you and all your allied champs another 10%, and your Shurelya's Reverie gives you another 15%, for a total of 41.81% Cooldown Reduction. Of course, the cap is 40%, and we accomplished this with only 2 items. If you don't have the ip for the runes you need, instead of Boots of Mobility, opt instead for Ionian Boots of Lucidity, and you will still cap your Cooldown Reduction.
Regenerating your Health and ManaShurelya's Reverie
Especially while in lane early game, being able to sustain is key. Buying items with health and mana regen save your from buying pots early game, and also allow you to focus your heals on your team mates. And the longer you sustain your lane, you get more expierence and gold, which could mean the difference between winning and losing a Ranked game. This is why we should not play aggressive, but instead harass our enemies. There is some good tips in the Tips and Tricks section at the end of the guide. But the key idea for Soraka is to stay safe while still gaining exp. Harassing is not the primary objective.
You start out with a Faerie Charm for mana, and build that into a Philosopher's Stone on your first trip home. Philosopher's Stone is a key item of Soraka, as it allows you to sustain your lane and focus your heals on your team mates, as well as giving you the extra gold you need from 0 farm. Mid Game, between your points in Meditation , Soul Shroud, Locket of the Iron Solari, and Shurelya's Reverie, you have 45 Health per 5 secs, and 30 Mana per 5 secs. This will help to keep you alive while healing your team, or while Astral Blessing is on Cooldown.
In your late game with Will of the Ancients and Zeke's Herald, you have some Lifesteal and Spell Vamp, allowing your auto attack, Infuse and Starcall to give you health. This means that you take little to no damage while clearing lanes, and you sustain better in teamfights. Just think, every time you Infuse an enemy, you silence them, and heal yourself. Great, right?
Providing Auras for your TeamConsecration
This is one of the more overlooked parts of being a Support. Most of the other Supports i see build maybe 1 of these items in their core, and focus the rest on items like Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Randuin's Omen. While those items are good, they are out of place. With a decent team, the Support should be in the back, while the tanky characters take the damage. Being a Support is not about your survivability, but the survivability of your team. And a well played Support with good positioning should not need those items. Instead, use item with Auras to buff yourself, and your team. I will discuss the build order a few chapters down, but lets look at the facts. With all of those items in your inventory, you provide the following:
- 31 Magic Resist
- 12 Armor
- 15 Health per 5 secs
- 12 Mana per 5 secs
- 30 Ability Power
- 8 Attack Damage
- 10% Cooldown Reduction
- 20% Attack Speed
- 20% Spell Vamp
- 12% Lifesteal
- -20 Magic Resist of enearby enemies
- 50+ damage shield active with Locket of the Iron Solari
- 40% increased movement speed active with Shurelya's Reverie
Thats for just being near a teamfight. Just imagine, if there was a buff or an item that did that by itself. Now imagine that buff being applied to everybody on your team at once, without killing a neutral monster, wasting gold, or taking up an item slot. Sounds OP to me. This is on top of your heals, silences, and near infinite mana. Oh, the joys of a good Support, amirite?
Greater Mark of Armor
Greater Seal of Scaling Health
Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction
Greater Quintessence of Cooldown Reduction
Now your Greater Seal of Vitality can be switched out for Greater Seal of Health or Greater Seal of Armor, depending on what runes you already have, and your playstyle. Greater Seal of Health helps you early game, stacking with Durability and Veteran's Scars in your Defensive Mastery tree to give you over 500 health at the game start. If you have 5 bars at the start of the game, you are less likely to get jumped for an easy kill.
The Greater Seal of Armor will give you and additional 12.69 armor, stacking with Hardiness for a total of 18.69 armor, in addition to your base. We do this because Consecration gives you and everybody else 16 magic resist in your lane, and in regular play, the Support normally goes bottom with with a ranged AD. And most junglers have a powerful AD early game, meaning 2 of the 3 champions in your lane, even during a gank, will be AD. The flat armor route is good against early game ganks, but like i said earlier, a well played Support with good wards and positioning should see the gank coming, and move accordingly. This is why i choose Greater Seal of Vitality and Greater Mark of Armor, so i have a decent armor bump early game, and my health scales into the late game.
Depending on what runes you already have, you can use Greater Mark of Health or Greater Mark of Vitality paired with the opposite seals, but the standard rune set i give offers the best of them both.
In the Defense Tree:
- 1/3 Resistance : Never hurts.
- 3/3 Hardiness : We stack this due to the 16 Magic Resist we get from Consecration.
- 4/4 Durability : Scaling health into late game is good supplement to Greater Seal of Vitality
: What we really want here. Gives us a big Health bump early game.
In the Utility Tree:
- 1/1 Summoner's Insight : For the additional 2 seconds of Clairvoyance, and the cooldown reduction of Flash
- 3/3 Expanded Mind : Scaling Mana per level is good.
- 3/3 Meditation : Helps along with Faerie Charm to keep your Mana up early game.
- 1/1 Scout : To help with our warding vision.
- 4/4 Greed : Helps get extra gold we need due to 0 farming.
- 2/2 Wealth : For the extra gold to buy 1 more ward at start, for extra sustain early.
- 2/4 Awareness : Gives us the experience bump we need for not always being at the front.
- 1/1 Sage : More experience bump.
- 3/3 Intelligence : Gives you much needed Cooldown reduction.
: Helps us get Clairvoyance up more often, and our escapes out more often.
It is possible to use 0-21-9 Masteries, but i find it is much easier to use this set here. With good positioning and map awareness, you gain more from the Utility Tree.
Skill Sequence Explained
W -> E -> R -> Q
We start off with our W, Astral Blessing, and take our 2nd point in our E, Infuse. This way at level 2, you have infinite Mana, and an already powerful heal. Then in a nutshell, you max your W first, then your E, putting points in your R, Wish, whenever you can. Your Q, Starcall, should have 1 point put in at level 8. This way, you can still max Astral Blessing, while having a damage ability that stacks a debuff on your enemies. In the late game, you can use it to clear lanes quickly, but before that, you should only use it to farm if your lane partner goes B. Im team fights, spam this when everything else is on CD.
Summoner Spells Explained
Viable Summoner Spells
- Flash: The best escape in the game. I prefer this to ghost, as this can get you over walls and away from trouble, or allow you to avoid getting caught completely.
- Ghost: Another viable escape. Can also to be used to keep up with a team fight, or to bail on a bad situation.
- Clairvoyance: Can be used to check the bush before warding, checking Dragon or Baron, and can also be used to set up ganks or counter jungle. Its got a relatively short cooldown, and is standard for Supports.
Not As Viable Summoner Spells
- Heal: A nice supplemental heal, but with a super long cooldown. With Astral Blessing and Wish, you really don't need another heal.
- Exhaust: Good for slowing down an enemy to secure a kill. This ventures away from the Support aspect, but is still viable, especially paired with Ghost.
- Teleport: Great for getting around to where your team needs you, but not prefered. With the right runes, Boots of Mobility and Wish should allow you to heal and move as often as you need to.
- Cleanse: Good for teams with alot of CC, but this only focuses you. Not as good as Ghost or Flash.
- Promote: Really isn't good, but can be used to really keep your lane at bay if your partner goes B. Clairvoyance is always a better pick.
Not At All Viable Summoner Spells
These spells have no use on a support at all. If you see a Soraka going to play with these spells, either A: He's Trollin' you bro, or B: He's an ultra nub, and you should dodge immediately.
Items and Build Order Explained
- Faerie Charm: Helps to regenerate Mana to keep your heals flowing, even in a crunch. Builds into Philosopher's Stone, which we get on our first trip B.
- 1 Health Potion: Heals you if you take some damage, so you can focus your heals on your teammates.
- 4 Sight Ward: Wards are a must! They prevent ganks in your lane, watch for buffs, and can help counter jungle.
First and Second Trip BackPhilosopher's Stone Sight WardSight Ward
- Philosopher's Stone: One of Soraka's core items. It does everything you need early game, for really cheap. Even better, it builds into Shurelya's Reverie.
- Boots of Speed: A must have on any champ.
- Heart of Gold: Generates 5 gold per 10 secs, and builds into Locket of the Iron Solari, which is a core item.
- At least 4 Sight Wards: Even if you divide them up, no matter what, Always grab at least 2 wards every time you go B, if lane phase is active.
Third and Fourth Trip BackKage's Lucky Pick Shurelya's ReverieSight WardSight Ward
- Boots of Mobility: These help you to get around the map to where your needed.
- Kindlegem: Build this before Mana Manipulator for your upcoming Soul Shroud.
- Locket of the Iron Solari: With Health and Armor for you, and Health Regen and the Shield for your team, this is a core support item for sure.
- Soul Shroud: This helps with you and your allies cooldowns, as well as your mana regen. One of the core items for capping Cooldown Reduction.
- Kindlegem: Build another and get ready to lose your Philosopher's Stone.
- Shurelya's Reverie: Massive Health and Mana regen, as well as Cooldown reduction and an awesome Active.
- At least 4 Sight Wards: At this point, the lane phase should be over. Put your wards on Dragon and Baron, and also in defensive spots. Placing wards in the enemy jungle is also good, if you have Clairvoyance, or an escort.
At this point, build into what you need. The regular build is Aegis of the Legion and Will of the Ancients. However, depending on your team composition and how your doing, you may opt for either Zeke's Herald or Abyssal Scepter. For instance, if your team has good ranged/melee AD champions that are carrying hard, drop Will of the Ancients for Zeke's Herald, to help them carry harder. But lets say your AP Caster dominated mid, and is carrying the game, you would drop Aegis of the Legion for Abyssal Scepter, for the drop in enemy Magic Resistance.
Defensive Ward Positioning
Warding Bottom During Lane Phase
This is a picture of where to ward when supporting the bottom lane. I numbered the wards in order of priority. Now keep in mind, this goes for both sides.
- Ward 1: Used to prevent ganks from junglers, and possibly reverse ganks if your jungler is nearby.
- Ward 2: Used in the same fashion as Ward 1. For Blue, it prevents somebody from getting behind you. For Purple, it acts as an extension of Ward 1.
- Ward 3: If their AD or Support comes creeping in the bush, you can see them. This takes priority over the other bush because if you have Wards at 1,2, and 3, the only possible route somebody could gank you is straight through the lane, which is unlikely, if you play smart.
- Ward 4: Is in place to watch Dragon, to keep control of it. No need to place this ward until both junglers are at least level 6. Also acts as an extension of Ward 1.
- Ward 5: I hardly ever Ward here, but its still a viable spot to ward. The more you know, right?
Now remember, bring back at least 2 wards EVERY TIME you go B!. The longer you keep these wards up, the better your lane will sustain, and the better your game will be.
Warding After Lane Phase
These are all the major places to place defensive Wards. The Blue side top tribush and the Purple side bottom tribush are not viable places for defensive Wards. Both of those places come out behind a turret. During lane phase, you will probably not get dove on from behind. The ganker takes to much damage. After the lane phase, there is little to no movement around there. I have preached throughout the guide that good Supporting requires good positioning, and once you see movement, you should already be headed to where you need to be.
The dots are where the Wards should be placed. The lines with horribly drawn arrows (Sorry, my hand isn't that steady!) indicate places ganks can occur from. These wards can be used from either side. On your side, it helps to prevent ganks. On their side, it helps to set them up.
Pink Wards and Oracle's Elixir
The best way to use Vision Ward's is to place them on top of an enemies ward, or a place you know they will ward, such as Baron or Dragon. This way, when you drop it, you can wipe out their ward, eliminating their vision. They last just as long as Sight Ward's, but they cost 50 gold more. A good way to use them early is to place them on top of an enemies ward at the river bush (Marked Ward 1 above) at start, to counter their vision to set up a gank, while preventing theirs.
Now Oracle's Elixir is used for 3 things. First and foremost, shutting down enemy Wards anywhere you go. It wastes their gold, and denies them vision. Talk about a kick in the ***, eh? Secondly, it can be used to detect stealthies in a team fight. You see this most for Shaco and Akali these days. Last, if you have an enemy Teemo in any lane, you can counter his mushrooms/radars/easter eggs/wtfeverelsehedrops, again denying vision, and preventing damage, and a powerful slow from occuring.
Now pay special attention to this section for Ranked play, because vision is key. You cannot get sloppy late game with your wards, and you should always try to deny the enemies wards, if your gold permits. It makes a HUGE difference, and more often than not, a well placed ward can win or lose the game.
Tips and Tricks
- Use Astral Blessing and Infuse as often as possible. The more replenished you and your teammates are, the less your gonna be waiting for those cooldowns when your in a crunch.
- If you see an enemy going in for an attack on your teammate when your in the bush at Ward 3 or Ward 5, hit him with Infuse followed by a quick auto attack from the bush. They take damage, and you shut down their damage attempt.
- If you see somebody going in to initiate a fight, hit em with Infuse. That next 2.5 seconds will be a pain for them, i promise.
- Watch all your teammates to see if you can Wish any of them. F1-F5 are a great way to do this fast.
- Stay behind your Teammates, but not so far back that you cut your own experience. Normally this can be done sitting mid way in the bush, as long as your lane isn't being pushed.
- BUY WARDS!
- Always have good map awareness. Ping whenever you see a gank coming, or whenever the enemy is doing Dragon or Baron. Its the fastest way to let your team know.
- Use Clairvoyance as often as possible. Use it to check neutral buff spots when your Wards are down. Its short cooldown makes this possible.
- Listen to your team, if they need you. You never know when Wish or Clairvoyance could save your allies, or screw over your enemies.
- Place the ones you have, then BUY MORE WARDS!
This guide was really made for Ranked Play. If you didn't catch that in my intro, im putting it down here for ya. Just mind your positioning, keep an eye on the map, and BUY FREAKIN WARDS, OK?!?!?
Thanks a ton for reading my guide! Since this is my first guide, im open to any kind of serious criticism. I just ask that if you downvote, you tell me why, so i can improve it in this guide, and any i may make in the future. If there is something i missed that is sticking out, send me a PM about it, and ill get on it. I check my messages daily. Also, this is all ORIGINAL WORK. Don't steal my stuff, yo'. If you want to use anything of mine, just ask me first. Ill probably say yes, as long as i get my credit. Just put a thank you in your summary for me. Now for my thanks:
Jhoijhoi - For her guide on how to make guides.
BreinRott - For helping me edit the pictures.
Anyways, thanks again for reading my guide, and i look forward to hearing from ya'll :)