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Soraka Build Guide by KingNaki

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By KingNaki | Updated on July 3, 2020
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Runes: γ€ŒSustain」Summon Aery

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Sorcery
Summon Aery
Manaflow Band
Absolute Focus
Scorch

Resolve
Bone Plating
Revitalize
Bonus:

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Barrier

Barrier

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

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Win 53%
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By KingNaki

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Introduction

A U T H O R


Hey everyone! I'm King Naki, a high diamond elo player and content creator for all things mid/support. I'm streaming daily on twitch so feel free to catch me on there! I've been playing LoL since late-2017 and have managed to climb the ladder due to my previous background in competitive play. I really enjoy creating guides and helping newer players get a grasp on the champions they want to play and also League in general. Thank you for checking out my guides and I hope they'll help you skyrocket through ranked or simply give you a better understanding of a champion you'd like to try out! :)


Role

S U P P O R T


The support role in League of Legends is probably the most underrated role in terms of popularity, but in terms of importance and play-making this role truly shines. Supports are almost always the kings/queens of mid to late game team-fighting and can literally turn the tides of battle in seconds through their heavy crowd-control abilities and team-buffs.

Your main objective as a support player is to seek out a win-condition on your team and do everything in your power to get them to carry your team to victory. This win-condition is usually your ADC (attack damage carry), but can also very much be your mid-laner, top-laner, and also your jungler (depending on the class they are playing (obviously an assassin will have significantly higher carry potential than a tank).
Because of this, it is sometimes your duty to choose who you want to support in your team’s struggle to victory. If your ADC is feeding and not performing admirably, do not dump your key-ability buffs or items on them as effects will be negligible, instead use your items/abilities on your mid-laner, top-laner, or jungler in a skirmish or team-fight. Ex. If your Jhin is 0/3/0 and your Katarina is 3/0/0, you want to prioritize getting her to carry the game as she already has a lead.

Your side-objectives as a support include shot-calling objectives and warding. Warding is difficult to learn and keep tabs on so I highly recommend you Youtube high elo support warding guides that will help you create vision and opportunity for your team. Shot-calling objectives is a difficult task initially that you will learn as you learn the macro (map knowledge and control of the map) in League of Legends. Generally speaking, you always want to be looking to make Baron, Dragon, and Turret shot-calls based on the situation at hand.

The priority is usually inhibitor > turret > baron > dragon (higher depending on type) > scuttle.

Always keep this in mind and direct your team to victory by using anonymous pings (simply click the ping button without selecting an option on the map), as pinging anonymously takes away stigma from your score/where you are standing as a player. Watching high-level Korean play, it can be inferred that spam-pinging is highly effective and you will literally see your teammates move to the objective you are anonymously spam pinging if you do this in the correct time-window and manner. Do NOT spam-ping randomly or too often as this will confuse your team and decrease your chance of getting them to converge on objectives later in the game.

This guide will teach you the individual abilities, runes, and items of the support you are playing so that you can build in an advanced way that will improve your chances of victory.


Ranked

C L I M B I N G


If you wish to climb with the support role you will need to follow simple measures that all slightly increase your chance of victory, forming a bigger percentage that increases your victory in the end.

First and foremost, if your team is toxic even in the slightest, mute them. You can either do /muteall or just mute the individual affecting your mental. You do not need chat to communicate to your team, all you need is pings, especially in lower elos where not many players call out enemy summoner spells.

Keep your champion pool small when climbing, usually ranging from 2-3 champions so that you are not constantly learning/readjusting to playstyles and keeping your winrates consistent. This isn’t just a random tip either, it is literally fact that maintaining small champion pools helps you climb. Usually these champions should be meta-oriented even in the slightest, so look up some tier-lists to help you get an idea of what champions are doing well in the current meta. If you disregard the meta, you can still climb but only if you are consistently proficient on said champion.

Try not to tilt whatsoever as that mental carries on to future games and statistically decreases your performance. If you feel tilted, take a break and come back to your climbing sessions later on.

Now without further ado, let's jump into the builds!
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Runes

S O R C E R Y

  • KEYSTONE
  • Summon Aery: Vital rune for most enchanters. Provides necessary harass/sustain in lane and throughout the game. Due to this rune's versatility, it will mostly be utilized as a harass rune early and a sustain rune late.
  • RUNE
  • Absolute Focus: This rune works as it gives you a minor AP boost in lane and scales well into late game, providing you further AP. Since Wish and Astral Infusion scale well off of raw AP, this rune provides additional healing power all game as long as you're at high HP. Boosting your own HP over 70% is not difficult for Soraka as Wish and Redemption apply to her and her team.
  • RUNE
  • Scorch: Excellent harass rune in lane. Not that useful late game. Equinox activates this rune instantly and is very difficult to miss. Abuse this in lane.


Runes

R E S O L V E


  • RUNE
  • Bone Plating: Provides protection in lane, making it easier to follow through with trades.





Summoner

S P E L L S


  • SPELL
  • Flash: Key summoner spell on every champion.
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Abilities

B R E A K D O W N

  • PASSIVE
  • Salvation: Provides Soraka with massive bursts of movement speed towards hurt allies. This ability allows Soraka to quickly navigate teamfights and fly to the back or front-line, depending on who is hurt and in need of healing. Alternatively, this ability can be used to kite and zone enemies chasing your hurt ally. Position yourself in the middle of the enemy and your ally and use Starcall and Equinox to zone off the enemies in a teamfight, while staying safe due to the movement speed of Salvation.
  • ABILITY
  • Starcall: : Soraka's main poke tool in lane. This ability grants vision, so use it to check fog of war areas. The slow on this ability is not to be underestimated and allows for easier Equinox setups by layering the two abilities on top of each other. This ability also has a healing component that can be transferred to an ally with Astral Infusion, just be mindful that the heal portion of Starcall has a travel time and you need to wait for it to travel to you before passing it onto an ally.
  • ABILITY
  • Astral Infusion: Soraka's bread and butter ability. This ability can also transfer the Starcall healing buff, further increasing Soraka's healing.
  • ABILITY
  • Equinox Completely non-interactive ability in the sense that it can be cast instantly and provides an instantaneous silence followed by a snare. Use Equinox to poke enemies out in lane. To make sure the snare (root) portion of the ability connects, pair Equinox with Starcall.
  • ULTIMATE
  • Wish: Soraka can use this ability at map-wide range, letting her help allies in ANY lane. Make sure to use your ally focusing keys to see if they will need it in a teamfight. Don't forget that Wish's power is significantly increased to allies with low health, use this to your advantage. During teamfighting, save this ability as a trump card as using it too early has much weaker results.
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Items

C O R E

  • CORE
  • Boots of Mobility: Allows you to zoom around the map and works well with Soraka's passive, Salvation. Also allows you to roam and pressure other lanes if your lane is winning. This build allows you to have 40% (max) cool down reduction, so Ionian Boots of Lucidity aren't a necessity.
  • CORE
  • Ardent Censer: Not as strong as it used to be, but still a necessary item for almost every team composition. This item procs on Summon Aery and Redemption, making it a key party buff for late game teamfighting.
  • CORE
  • Redemption: This item is a key teamfighting item for most enchanters. It has a whopping 3x scaling on heal and shield power bonuses, making Ardent Censer, Mikael's Crucible, and Revitalize especially powerful paired with it. With Soraka’s late game power, you can heal full health bars with this item and your ultimate combined.


Items

O P T I O N A L

  • OPTIONAL
  • Boots of Mobility: Allows you to zoom around the map. Also allows you to roam and pressure other lanes if your lane is winning.
  • OPTIONAL
  • Ninja Tabi: Strong boots choice against AD (Attack Damage) dominated teams.
  • OPTIONAL
  • Zhonya's Hourglass: Almost always the better choice over Banshee's Veil, one reason being that you can skip your Redemption wind-up with this item and still receive the heal. Works especially well for AD assassins who dive you. Do you not use too early as the key is to get the enemy AD to waste crucial skills on you.
  • OPTIONAL
  • Morellonomicon: Rare opportunity item that works well in negating the enemy’s team healing. Only get this item if your AP mage is not buying it, otherwise it’s a waste.
  • OPTIONAL
  • Mikael's Crucible: Situational item that is best used against CC heavy compositions to dispell CC off of your carries. Example: Effective against Lux, Neeko, and Morgana.
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