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Soraka Passive Ability
Threats & Synergies
He cant do much to u, this will be a easy lane. Try to dodge his Q and dont go near enough for his autoattacks but if u got a stack of his passive go back, they will try to land the stun on u and ur adc has free dmg while u kite to prevent the stun. U can autoattack him a lot for extra money and damage. After hit 6 make sure u silence him in fight so he cant use his ult and shield.
She is a easy match up, make sure u dont get poked while she gave her shield to her adc and stop her ult with silence on lane. Keep an eye on her when she is walking straight into u guys, she will try to split u with her ult, silence her or stay with ur mates. Try to keep the healer-distance in trades on lane cause she has a right-click slow that makes an escape harder.
Stay splittet with ur adc so when he engages he only hits on of u. He is only annoying, dont fight them without gank and farm ur adc up. If u have fast reactions than use silence to the one he is running to, so he cant knockup and only kick the one he wanted to combo away.
Same things like Janna. Dont get poked while Lulu casted any buff on her adc. Try to poke them down befor u fight them cause of her ult. Keep her silenced while u fight them on lane and keep distance to her in fights cause she will try to change u with W.
She is annoying but a whole skill shot depending champ so u just need to train dodge skills. If she gets ur adcs rooted after lvl 6 dont run, silence her asap, keep ur adc full life befor she ults. Even if u have to run into her ult too to safe ur adc, use barrier.
U cant root her or her adc with her shield up, u cant slow them too and if she gots u in her Q she pokes u hard or even kills u. Dodge the Q and stay behind minnions. If they come for u silence her befor she has the chance to ult and if she ult anyway, go out of it, ignore ur adc, u cant help him stunned too. U should have enough time to safe him if u r out of her ult. But most times she will shield her adc so maybe its the better choice to go for her while u get a gank from ur jung.
Dont get poked while the adc or she has her E buff because of the slow. Keep space between u and her and between u and ur adc, because of her W swaping around and if she lands a bubble only one of u is in it. When she bubbled ur adc silence her so she cant use Ult. Try to poke with ur adc after she used the bubble and the E Buff, she got high cds.
One of the best matchups u can have with Raka that way. Just stay behind minnions and dont get hooked, care if he runs straight on u cause he will try to knockup u without hooking. If ur jungler is on the way and almost on ur lane, go straight into them so he hooks u or knockups u. Put silence into tresh or the adc if it is a unterruptable adc like MF with ult, Q on them, Redemption out in the fight and than do autoattacks on them while using a pot and ur sums. They will focus u so ur jung and adc have free dmg. Stay in treshs ult so u dont get the wall damage of his ult and just go back when the ult has ended ur jungler should be in the middle of the fight with u at this time and u can go b and let ur adc and jung end it. Use heal first if they have ignite, so u have the full heal befor they use ignite and u can take the ignite with barrier. Use barrier first if they have exhaust, so u have the heal for maybe ur adc or jung if they have exh and it takes longer but tank the first burst with barrier. Heal ur adc only if he rly needs it, cause u need the hp on ur own.
The only thing u have to keep in mind vs a Trundle is to dont go deep. U wont be able to escape with his disgusting slow skills. If u stay behind and safe ur adc while he tries to escape from Trundle u will be fine. If the enemy adc doesnt counter ur adc hard u should have a easy lane.
The little Devil Son.... Dont fight this lane, he will blind ur adc and poke u guys down. Make sure ur adc takes the mushrooms around the main laning places so u can heal him and u dont get the damage, its the best way to safe hp for u both. In best case stay back and let the minnions take the mushrooms. When ur jung comes or u wanna start a trade go near teemo so he waste his blind on u.
Just stay splitted with ur adc and dodge the stun. After 6 only fight them if u have a real advantage because of his ult otherwise disengege while his ult is on.
U can poke him for extra gold but dodge his skills so he cant get stacks on u to eat u. Keep him silenced while fight and make sure u take the stacks while a fight and u r the one he will eat. Cause u give ur adc a real nice free dmg, cause they first tried to focus u and now u will be safed by tahm while ur adc can do dmg.
He cant do much vs u but be carefull with going all in... With his ult and his spot u may will loose cause ur adc cant focus the other adc.
The same like with Tresh. Stay behind minnions and dont get grabbed. But if ur adc cant dodge it anymore, u should try to take the grab for him. U can use blitz as ur engager, just position urself far away from minnions and get grabbed if he has exhaust u can stay and do damage after u used ur Q and E and Redemption procced, go b if u dont have ur sums anymore too. So u bait them to stay cause they try to kill u and ignore ur adc who got free dmg. If he got ignite u go back as soon as u can move again after the knockup, with ignite u only should use this engage when ur jungler comes to gank. Use heal first if they have ignite, so u have the full heal befor they use ignite and u can take the ignite with barrier. Use barrier first if they have exhaust, so u have the heal for maybe ur adc or jung if they have exh and it takes longer but tank the first burst with barrier. Heal ur adc only if he rly needs it, cause u need the hp on ur own. But be carefull with that engage, he has a high damage silence with his ult. So only fight them if u r sure u will win or when ur jung comes.
This is an amazing annoying lane. But u should be able to farm with ur adc, just stay away from terrain turrets included. If she tries to disengage while ur jungler ganks, try to take her ult so ur adc and jung still can do damage.
Nunu & Willump
He is a really easy lane cause u can take away the most usefull on him - his ult. Save ur Silence till he use his ult. Be carefull with facechecking bushes, he may already wait in there with ult on and u will be done.
He cant do very much. Just stay safe the first levels till u got ult. After this u should be able to fight them but poke them first, because of his dmg reduce ult. Try to keep the lane depushed, cause when their jung comes he can root u and has also two slows.
Easy to handle in early but when he reached lvl6 it will be annoying, stay splitted with ur adc so he cant ult u both at the same time. But if the enemy adc doesnt counter ur adc hard it should be an easy lane.
Stay behind and make sure u dodge her E but if ur adc takes it, silence the place he stands, so she cant use any skills when she is at him. Also Q the adc, so he is slowed. Than do autoattacks to her, so she get poked and u get extra money.
A uncommon supp pick but also played. With ignite u shouldnt figth this lane, except u got an advantage. If she has exhaust its a easy lane, go for the adc and when he is half life silence Kayle so she cant ult him.
Karma is a bitch :P Here it is the same like with a few others... Dodging is all u need. If she got ignite dont face them in early, with her shiled and ignite she got the hard advantage. With exhaust it should be a good fight for u lvl6+ U cant unterrupt her W-bind when its already castet with silence. So make sure u dont take it and try to silence-root her when she tries to do it to ur adc but for sure Q-slow the enemy adc so he is slowed and cant reach ur adc that fast to poke after the karma root.
This matchup depends on ur plays. Keep running if his ult is following u but dont run from ur mates, cause they may need heal. Especially his root u should dodge. If he hit it while a gank from his jung u r probably dead cause melee enemies can jump directly to u.
It will be one of the hardest lanes u wont be able to heal ur adc in the early game if he takes ignite too and ur adc got stunned. And after lvl6 he will rezz his adc so u play a 2vs3 lane. Dont force it, make a chilling farmlane and try to keep the lane depushed because of his slow when they get a gank.
This will be an adc depending lane. If Zyra comes with a Cait itll be hell. U will stay under ur turret and just run from one trap to another one and back to a Zyra root. With a Sivir its a hard poking lane and u will feel like a running potion. Anyway, make ur jungler gank u a few times so u got an advantage. Keep her silenced in every fight, even after laning. And dont stand around in the range of her flowers and destroy the flowers u can use ur Q-dmg for that too.
In early she is easy to handle, just stay on range cause she got a low range for a mage. But after she got 6 she will be able to flash ult u and ur adc. Stay far behind so she only have the chance to ult ur adc and silence her straight after she put out her ult, than help ur adc to disengage. Make sure ur jungler will help u at this lane as much as he can.
Stay splitted with ur adc, maybe u have the chance to couter pick with a sivir. Silence Anivia whenever she tries to engage and make sure u guys run out of her stun. But anyway, she will be a harrassing lane so u should play safe and just farm up ur adc till ur jungler comes to gank. Dont focus her while a gank, cause she got her passive and u give a real hard free dmg to her adc.
All u have to do is dont get poked and dont be focus. Stay behind enough so he only is able to go for ur adc. If ur adc is a bit bad at dodging, u will have a problem at this lane but make sure u silence brand always when he goes for ur adc so he cant finish his rofl-combo.
Most times bard player r playing with ignite. Thats the most annoying thing at him. Dont stay near minnions u only can loose with staying in minnions with him as lane enemy, also dont stay to any walls so he cant stun u. While fight make sure u r away from ur adc so u cant get double stunned. If he wanna engage with his e just wait one or two seconds after u see the portal and put silence in front of it. If he ults u and ur adc cause his jungler comes for gank its better to stand in his ult if it is more near ur tower than theirs. Cause if he only hits ur adc, u will have to take the damage of three while they dont loose hp. But if ur adc wont be hitted by his ult, try to dont stand in it too. Ur adc is dead for sure if he has to take the damage of three alone.
He can poke u. But all is dodgeable just make ur positioning. The most important thing is - silence him when he ult ur adc and stay away so u dont get ulted with ur adc.
Its a sick champ but who plays him as supporter makes her useless, cause she doesnt have the damage she could have and she needs to put pressure into the game. Just care about her late game. Kill the tentacles and poke her as much as u can on lane.
She becomes a common support pick, thats why I list her up here. Just walk out of her slow every time and when she ults silence her, if u cant reach her cause u r too far away but ur adc or jung stands in her ult press ur barrier run straight through her ult and silence her. But only if u can make sure ur adc doesnt die dont do it just because u can^^
Everyone hates laning vs Sona cause her early poke potential. But if u went safe through the first levels she will be useless till she got her ult. While gank u can keep her silenced and if the silence ended u stay splitted to ur mates so she cant hit u all with the ult or she already is that low she cant even cast something cause she needs to escape.
Its a good lane for you, cause u can make him useless. Sure his poke is annoying but u can heal it. Stay far behind, only forward enough to get the XP of the minnions. Then ur adc can take the poke and u can heal against it. When he uses his ult, cancel it with silence. Stay beside ur mates in tfs so u dont get silenced by him.
He is as support pretty strong. Stay behind minnions to prevent his heal. His ult will be annoying, try to silence him befor he reaches u guys to ult. When he is with Xayah in Duo bot lane just disengage - dont try to fight them when they start their comb, just disengage. After that try to ping ur jung down for a gank.
Threats & Synergies
It will be the hardest lanes u can get. The only thing u can do is keep mooving, clear the traps whenever Cait isnt near enough and silence Zyra while they try to go for u. Also clear her seeds and kill the flowers as soon as possible after they spawn. For flowers clean u can use Q-dmg too.
Kalista will be a very annoying lane with a tanky supp like Alistar, Blitz or Leona. If u can face them cause ur adc is with high mobility and poke than force her to waste her ult to safe her supp. Most times u should be able to poke a tanky supp enough for that. So u cant be surprised by a ult engage from her.
Taliyah and Jarvan r two guys who can make u cry. Taliyah may comes from mid with her ult and u wont be able to escape cause u cant flash the wall to ur turret. Ping ur adc to fight them till the wall is despawned if u dont get behind the wall in time.
When Jarvan is Jungler or in Teamfights and ult u, stay in the ult, Q into him and silence into the most dangerous enemy around and in range. If u r alone with him wait in his ult two secs, do the silence in it, Q on him and run away when the ult desapwn. He should be rooted in ur silence.
Renga, Kha and Zed r champs for classic oneshots. Try to dont face them alone and if u have some of them in the enemy match up only stay with ur mates. They will try to go for u and with ur heal and barrier u wont die if u stay but they will be done by ur mates. Maybe they kill u cause they r really hard feed but they r dead anyway and in mid and late game they cant do anything vs u because of ur tankiness.
If a Tryn goes for u dont try to run. Stay to him, do ur silence, wait one second, Q and run. Its the only way to escape from him. Also if no one else took a exhaust for him silence him in the tf befor he uses his ult. Except there r some real hard silence-needs like Ryze.
There is a Katarina in the enemy team? We love Katarinas as Raka. She jumps into ur team to ult? Silence right after she started ult and ciao Kitty ;)
The second hardest lane u can get. Just dont get stunned by Zil and u´ll be fine. But if there is no way to prevent it try to take the stun alone for ur adc cause u have the highest chances to survive the burst from stun and trap with ur sums. Especially if they have a ignite u wont be able the first time to safe ur adc from this burst.
Raka is one of the supp picks that never ever will be wrong even when hell is freezing.
First of all I have to excuse me for my English, Im no native speaker but I hope u guys will know what I wanna say.
I dont want to say this it is the one and only way. And please note maybe master/challenger and lcs players do it in a different way. But Im no high elo coach and everyone knows its almost a totally different game u play if u go solo queue < Master ;-)
The good thing I really like in this way to play her - u have almost no counters. Only some annoying matchups and u fit in in almost all matchups in ur team too. This build fits in a team without tanks too.
Okay, they r not common picks for Raka Sums. But I`ll explain u why they r the best - for that build and playstyle.
Barrier A Soraka never should be that deep that she has to use a flash. That simple it is. And if she needs a flash, she played wrong - my oppinion. The only two cases I may miss flash from time to time is in the drake place or the baron place cause most of ur mates wont have the overview to help u with a slow or a stun to escape and flash or jump over the wall and u r for real the last lonely unicorn.
U r no dmg Dealer, u r no Tank ur job is to heal, to slow and to put the silence into the enemies. It will take some practise and experience to learn how to stay far behind, passiv but tough usefull. And keep in mind - if u r the front or in ur teammates u give a free won teamfight to the enemies. Cause most of the enemies will try to reach u to put u out of the game and if u stay behind, they first have to go through all of ur mates ur adc and apc included. Even if they reach u or u have something like a Zac or a Renekton in the enemyteam who dont give a .... about others to reach u, u r more tanky and bait them to stay in the middle of ur team. U will be able to stay alive much longer and it is great for engages too. In laning phase u shouldnt die except they come as four or five. But for sure u never should die while a tower dive from bot and maybe with jung and they will try it many times, cause noob Raka without flash ;) And btw... since the mobile jungle u also have some exploding seeds u can use for ur escape. Every seed - one non-needed Flash.
But I think the most important fact about barrier is u will face a lot of Ignite ur whole life as a Raka will burn in ignites. So what shall u wanna flash? Their ignites? U can tank the ignite even on lvl 1 with ur barrier. Most times u force the enemy supp to take an ignite vs u so ur adc has free dmg cause no Exh. Now u think - yeah but u dont have an Exhaust too. Let me show u why.
Heal Yeah no Exhaust. I play her only with heal for two years now. U can expect what kind of mass flaming this was befor it became common as support to pick heal.
Only thing I have to say for that - a heal has heal, basta.
Depending on the game situation u get sightstone or already Redemption. If u r still in laning go for Redemption, if u r already out of ur lane or go deeper buy Sightstone first. Buy the Sweeping Lens when u got Sightstone but only when u have Sightstone and with lvl9 go for Farsight Alteration.
Now u should build Locket of the Iron Solari. If u see u cant outheal the oneshot potential of a fed enemy and they one shot ur mates u may could only buy the Forbidden Idol from Redem and do Locket befor finishing Redem.
After finishing Redem and Locket go on with ending ur support item and fill ur build. Buy an Elixir of Iron too.
Starcall Try to precast it, so u try to hit the enemies at the place where they will walk and dont cast it to the place they r standing. In the first level u should only cast it when u have less than 75% hp to heal urself cause u need to care about ur mana. But when u got an ADC with his power strike in the early game, use it to poke cause with Benefee its a strong poke. Keep in mind, the longer the cast way the longer it needs to hit. After u cast it, try to walk some steps away from the enemy, so u get the movement speed too. The Buff will work when the starlight animation hits u, not befor. So keep in mind u dont get the buff immediately when Q hits.
Astral Infusion Ur quint essence. In the early game take care u dont cast it unnessecaryly cause itll be a much more powerfull poke to u than the enemies could ever do. Heal urself with ur Q and pots. When enemies go for all in and u r about to die try to give a last heal to ur adc.
While trading u should try to land a Q and heal ur adc after that so he gets the regen-buff from ur Q too. Keep in mind - it takes some time till Q-buff is activated on u.
Equinox This skill makes teamfights. U pref to cast it to the mages in a teamfight. In laning most times its most effectiv if u do it on the support.
U can unterrupt some ults too, like the ult of MF or Nunu. Lucians Ult u cant unterrupt.
Thats only the first of the OP skill section in Rakas E. The root is the other one. A good point is if u run right behind a enemy u have to be at the same high on the map like him, than cast a Q to slow and silence on max range in front of him --> safe root. U will have to practise this a few times till u got a feeling for it.
The most obvisous but still often not known fact - it only does damage to champions. Minnions, Baron or Drake wont get damage by ur E.
Salvation Sure the most obvisously thing - u can run faster to ur mates who need help. But thats not all. If a teamfight failed or a gank or a dive by ur team u also can use it to escape. Ur mates can help u with ur passive if they r low life they will stay in range and run in the direction u need to run to escape so u got the running boost.
U also can safe ur mates with that skill to run faster in front of them to safe them from a cait Ult with barrier even if u r low life too.
Wish Ur ult is the spell which makes ur enemies hate u. If u have a good and freezing lane or when u r even under turret - but safe - u can give ur ult to ur mid, jung or top if they got a gank or do a gank. But make sure u cast it when they r lower than half life to get the max heal of it. If it is a small fight 1vs2 on top or mid u also can cast ur ult befor ur mate makes a kill, if he needs the heal or not, cause u will get the money from the assist, farming with style ;)
I did some tryouts with the new runes and in my oppinion the runes above are the most effective. I dont think there is any explanation need.
The tank tree - too less sustain for ur mates.
Insparation second tree - too less heal supporting. But its a good sustain path for urself. Look the second build page.
But its only my thinking. Tryout too ;-)
Take a look at the matchup description to get some details about ur laning enemies.
As Raka u will stay many times under ur turret. If ur adc wants/needs farm preparation: The melee Minnions: do one Q and one autoattack.
The canon Minnions: do one Q and two autoattacks.
The caster Minnions: one autoattack
After this one tower hit and its enough to last hit.
Warding Controll Ward: use an uncommon place to ward it. Like lower bush of red (left side).
With my build u have to save wards in the early game cause sightstone will be a later item. So learn to watch the map. Place the ward after the enemy lanes left or u r the only good option for a gank for the enemy jung.
With level 9 use ur blue ward as much as u can but please not to give free money. Put it in important areas but not too obvisously.
Ganks: If u dont have a jungler with high cc for engage u will engage. Most times it works if u just run in the middle of the lane not near the bushes, near the river and wait. The most enemies will go for u, just keep urself alive with pots, Q and use ur two Sums and if already finished Redemption. Timing is all, dont go in too early or u wasted all for nothing. When ur jungler is at the end of the drake cave u can go in or when he is in ur jungle bush (from the left map side). Thats why I love laning against Blitzcrank and Tresh , they have ur engage, just get hooked or grabbed. Look in the matchup explanation for more details how to do it.
Get ganked: It depends on the enemy who comes. For example ganks from a Lissandra r easy to handle. Silence to her spawn point and she has to go again or is a free kill for ur adc. Also a Tf, just a Silence to his ult point. Ryze and Swain from a TP r easy to handle too. Make sure ur top pushes the top tower and dont come with tp too. U should be able to safe the situation anyway so its more worth to push the tower on top while the enemy has tp. If a jungler with hard cc is coming, like Gragas, Sejuani, Skarner or Nocturne make sure u and ur adc dont stand beside each other, keep space between u, so they go on ur adc and u will be able to safe him or they go on u so he can kill at least one or two till u r dead. Try to unterrupt a dmg ult if u can. Like MF ult, Nunu or maybe a Janna ult.
Tipp: if the enemy has a Nocturne jungle and he use his ult, count to two and cast ur Ult too. Or if u saw one of ur mates was low life cast it asap. Some ganks can end in a double kill for ur mates.
Also counter-ult is with Karthus. If he casts his ult use urs too.
Teamfights: Some simple rules:
- Q on CD
- W on CD
- Use a Pot for urself
- Dont forget ur items to use but dont waste them
- E in the most fed enemies, caster or highest cc ones
Yeah but I think its not the best idea to send a soraka facecheck the jungle and bushes. Ur adc or ur jungler can buy a red trinket instead.
- Why no exhaust? Why such selfish sums?
Soraka is a healer. Why the adc should take the heal if he has a healer? Just logic the healer takes heal while the carry takes a sum to put pressure into the game or safe his own *** #ADC2017. It also became the norm that top or mid taking Exhaust vs some matchups and many times the enemy team wont have an Exhaust too cause u force them to burn ur team in ignites ;)
- Why pick Raka in a counter or into a hard lane like Annie or Zyra if u know it befor u have to pick?
If u mastered the gameplay with Soraka u dont have any hard counter. The only thing u may have is a hard lane. But even if u only can hold the lane, its more than other supps may could do vs a real hard harrassing lane. U can prevent feeding on the enemy adc. The game isnt only laning too u have a Team and in a Teamfight a Soraka is a real hard Support. She can make a fight to a 8vs5 with her heals and let the enemy mess up with her silence.
I hope I were able to show some of u a good way to rock Soraka. Of course this playstyle isnt nice for everyone but maybe u try it some games to learn more about ur Raka.
And if u mastered that kind of playstyle u will notice a different gaming niveau with all other champions too.
As a Support u r one of the two real Carries with the jungler. U have to carry the lane and the jungler is the supp of all lanes. And the Starchild helps all in the team even if she isnt near.
So Wish u a good game and
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