Soraka Build Guide by Cimcia484
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Q->W->E
Threats & Synergies
One less target for your early game Q, which also means you don't get your Revitalize buff for a free W. Yuumi can freely proc her passive against Soraka in the laning phase.
In the laning phase she pokes Soraka without giving her opportunity to Q her and mitigate the poke with healing. Similar problems with champions like Xerath or Brand. If they missplay and get hit by your Q, the lane changes entirely.
Jhin alongside other long range champions makes it harder for Soraka to hit her Q in the laning phase. If Jhin gets ahead he deals a lot of burst damage which makes it harder to heal allies in between his attacks.
Champions like Camille are easly neutralized with your Everfrost+E combo turning her from a threat to a free kill for your teammates. Just make sure to have your cooldown ready.
Don't get grabbed! The same goes for other champions with similar abilities like Nautilus.
Sona has a slight adventage later in the game with the amount of AOE shielding she provides. Try to punish enemy team for stacking on top of each other with your Everfrost + E combo. If you hit Sona with it she should be dead. If you hit 2+ people you probably won a teamfight.
Champions like Rell or Leona, who need to engage on top of you rather than pull you to themselfs are much easier for Soraka to deal with. Take your E at level 2 to negate any potential engages and harass them with Qs.
Champion Build Guide
Everfrost + Warmogs + Shard of True Ice give you the total of 1125 bonus Health, which makes Soraka much tankier compared to other builds and activates Warmogs passive very early in the game. The reason why Warmogs isn't used as a 2nd item in Moonstone/Shurelya's builds is that they both give Soraka 200 Health each instead of 250 like Everfrost. You can make up for it with Relic Shield start, but that makes your early game much more passive compared to Spellthief's Edge start with bonus Ap/Mana Regen and you don't actually benefit from Relic shield's bonus Health Regen as Soraka has the lowest Health Regen in the entire game of 2.5-11 Health per 5sec. That is why in Moonstone builds Warmogs is usually built after Redemption as 3rd+ item. Warmogs lets you cast your W on cooldown without sacrificing your Health, which makes your Healing scyrocket the moment you buy it. But of course Warmogs is not the only reason why you would pick Everfrost. Everfrost roots enemies in place for 1.5 seconds and Soraka's E duration just so happens to also be 1.5 seconds, which means that on 30 seconds cooldown (Everfrost cooldown) you can create an AOE Silence + Root for 1.5 seconds with a guarantee to also hit your second E for another 1-2 seconds Root depending on your E rank. This combo is a gamechanger for Soraka. This is an AOE 30 seconds cooldown Malzahar ult, but you don't need to channel it. The only downside is you need to hit the combo, but it has a surprisingly long range and enemies can't dodge it with dashes, because your E Silence is instant.
If it is so good why doesn't everyone build it? First off you sacrifice a little bit of what Soraka is best at - her healing. You still heal a lot, even more than Moonstone Soraka outside of combat, but after 5 seconds during combat Everfrost can't compete with the healing from Moonstone. If you are able to hit Q before your every W during those teamfights you aren't going to suffer 10% of your max Health each time you heal someone. In fact building Shurelya's lets you position yourself better and hit those Qs more consistantly. Shurelya's also sacrifices Moonstone healing, but instead of Everfrost's crowd control, it grants Soraka and her allies a little bit more mobility, which is a huge factor in League of Legends. The best example of this is nearly every champion using Flash as their Summoner Spell. The biggest downside of Everfrost + Warmogs start is it's Cost. Both Moonstone and Shurelya's Cost 2500 Gold and the following items in those builds Cost around 2300 Gold. Everfrost costs 3200 Gold and Warmogs Costs 3000 Gold. What it means in practice is Everfrost Soraka gets her powerspikes later - around 14-18 minutes, when she completes Everfrost and 22-28 minutes, when she completes Warmog's Armor compared to 12-16 minute for Moonstone/Shurelya's and 20-24 minute for an item like Ardent Censer/Redemption. In high elo games are generally shorter and a consistant 2-3 minute delay on such big powerspikes every game could set you back a little bit. High elo players also have much better positioning, which lets Soraka survive despite being very squishy without all that bonus Health from Warmog's Armor.