Sona Build Guide by moon827
Moon's AP Sona Support (When your ADC needs carrying)By moon827 | Updated on July 17, 2019
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AP Sona Support
Actual Sona Support
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
Alistar is extremely tanky, so you can't really do anything to him damage wise, unless you run ignite for the true damage in combination with a q chord, which will do some damage. His kit has a lot of CC, which is something that you need to be careful of in the mid - late game, or otherwise, he can easily catch you out even if you're barely out of position.
Ashe is kind of mediocre, but still a decent ADC that sona might have to watch out for if the Ashe has experience.
Bard is mildly annoying to deal with, but he is not a challenge what at all. The only thing you need to do is stay away from walls, and towers, if bard is around you.
If you can manage to dodge the hook, you should be fine, but if he lands it, you might die.
Brand has a lot of burst damage, combined with the cc he has, makes an annoying laning phase.
Braum's passive is annoying to deal with on sona, due to the fact that most adc's try to kill the support first. He is more than likely going to try to engage on you lvl 1, and if you are not careful, you are going to be far behind. His shield will also block out any poke you try to hit him with, making laning against him that much harder. His shield will also negate your ult if he is in front of his team.
With Caitlyn's strong burst, she is kind of a pain to deal with, especially with a support with cc, such as a Morgana, or a Karma. With the changes to conqueror, she will start running it over fleet, which will buff her damage on her q and e. This will make laning phase a lot stronger for her, which is something you need to watch out for, considering she already has a strong lvl 2.
Youre' probably not going to have to deal with him, but if you do, it's not a challenge, corki is one of the weakest adcs around, and if he is ever picked, it should be a free lane, unless he has a super aggressive support like a leona.
Draven can one or two shot most champs, especially late game.
Ezreal is actually really strong and oppressive with the new runes, so just be careful of him trying to all in you. Although the new changes nerfed him, he is still a force to be reckoned with, and you should watch out for him.
If you see an ivern support, which i highly doubt you will, you should have a near free laning phase against him, due to the fact he is near useless.
Janna is not as good as she used to be when censer was op, but she is still good at peeling for her team. She has a strong shields, which can be annoying, but as long as you can get your adc on her, you should have no problem killing her.
Jhin can deal a lot of damage in a short burst, so try not to get caught out with his root, or else you have a pretty high chance of dying. Since Stormrazor was released, jhin can literally one shot you if he is fed enough (3-5 kills positive)
Jinx should not be too much of a problem, unless she gets up a kill or 2, then you're going to have a hard time trying to shut her down.
Kai'sa has a bit of an interesting kit, having a combination of a few champions in her kit. She is abusive in lane, being able to poke in lane with her q and w. Sona's main problem facing her is that Kai'sa has way more poke than sona does, and she just gets bullied out of lane, especially if the enemy has something like braum or soraka for support, who can just poke you even harder Synergy with Sona - 5/10
Kalista is extremely lethal on her own, with such a high amount of burst damage, let alone with a thresh. If she has a thresh as a support. Her high attack speed, combined with her high mobility will make it hard to shut her down if she gets fed early on, but once your cooldowns are low (30%-40% CDR), you shouldnt have a problem killing her, unless she is massively fed.
Karma is kind of annoying to deal with pre 6, due to the fact that she has ult a lvl 1, and her ult + q combo can do a good amount of burst early on, so just be ready for karma to do a good amount of damage early, but her poke doesnt scale as well as yours does, so you should have an easier time as the game goes on.
Kog'Maw is one of the strongest, and hardest to mitigate, ADCs around right now, being able to deal both AD and AP damage, and has such a fast burst, that he is almost impossible to counter
Leona has so much cc to the point where its almost infinite, or to the point when the adc can kill you. Sona's e kind of helps, but only later on when you have 2-3 points in it.
Lucian has a lot of burst damage, but is a very difficult champ mechanically. He has a strong lvl 4 all in, which will hurt, and maybe result in a kill or 2 if the enemy support has cc, such as morgana or braum.
Lulu is one of the most oppressive supports for sona to lane against, having a lot of cc in her kit, with a slow, and a polymorph,which is basically a silence which makes you squishier.
I'm going to preface this by saying she's not a real support. She's a mid laner. Besides that, as long as you can dodge the root, you should be fine, but if she lands it, there is a pretty good chance that you are going to be dead.
Again, another mid laner that was turned into a support. Malzahar is an extremely lethal support, regardless of what he builds, with the damage from his silence, and his ultimate, which locks you in place while he does a good chunk of damage, and also suppresses you, which pretty much guarantees your death.
Maokai support is not very common, but when you see one, you should not be super afraid of him. Given he does have a lot of cc, he can't do much, unless he has a strong burst adc to follow up.
With the new runes, Miss Fortune has become very dominant in the bot lane, because of the keystone rune, Dark Harvest. She has a lot of burst damage, and can easily 1v2 or 1v3, depending on how fed she is.
Morgana will destroy you. Also she can make your team report you for AFK if she lands a Q. Whatever you do, try to dodge as many of her Qs as possible.
As a support, Nami can't do much, besides a little bit of poke with her W, and a knock up with her Q, and ult. Otherwise, it should be a fairly easy time into her.
Nautilus is a very uncommon pick in general, but if you see him, he is extremely tanky, and is hard to burst down, which could be a reason for you to take ignite, but it won't do a ton. He also has a lot of cc, which could be rather annoying to deal with.
Ornn support is a very uncommon pick, however if you see him, he has a lot of cc, and is a very disruptive support, so be careful of his Q + E combo, which will both knock you up, and apply the brittle effect, which makes you take more damage.
As of right now, I am going to treat Pyke like an assassin jg, such as a Rengar or Kha'zix. His pull range is smaller than most supports, but he can deal much more damage than they can, and he has a stun, which the other hook users dont. This makes him extremely lethal, and is going to be one of your biggest threats.
If you see Quinn, she is most likely going top, but on the off chance you see her as an adc, you should have a pretty average lane, until she hits 6, and then she becomes hard to keep track of, due to her ult allowing her to get across the map super quickly.
Rakan is a pain to deal with, due to the sheer amount of cc he has, with a knock up, a charm, and the constant shields and heals he provides for his team.
Sion is one of the most abusive supports, when he is taken support, due to his passive, how tanky he is, and how much cc he has. His passive is also annoying, due to the fact that it can soak up hits, that the adc would otherwise take, such as an ashe ultimate, a sona q, and much more.
Sivir is by far the Best ADC for sona to lane with. I main both champs, and I absolutely love both ends of the duo. They synergize so well together, due to the way that sivir can follow up a sona ultimate, as long as the person on sivir has some experience on her, you should have the easiest lane of your life. As for going against her, Sona can outburst and outpoke sivir, but with a support such as morgana, you might be caught out, and get killed quite easily by sivir. Synergy with Sona - 10/10
Skill matchup, but you should win if you'.re following this guide
Soraka is not too difficult to deal with. The only part of her kit that is semi annoying is how consistently she can slow you, which gives her a large amount of health regeneration.
Tahm kench is your run of the mill tank support, with a kind of unique kit. He has cc, which almost every tank support has, but his passive is what makes him unique, allowing for him to apply an increasing slow, per each stack, which sona will struggle to deal with, but if you can avoid the tongue lash, you should be fine
Taric is not an extremely difficult support to deal with pre 6, but after he hits level 6, he can basically save his adc at any given point
If you are dealing with a teemo adc, then you should be fine, because he probably won't be going into stealth that often, but if its teemo support, then you might have a little trouble, due to the fact that he will be hiding in bushes constantly, and poking with his q.
As long as you can dodge thresh's hook, you should be fine, but if he lands the hook, and he has a burst adc to follow up, you might have trouble playing against him.
Tristana is probably one of the best adcs around right now, so she is going to be a threat if you see her. Synergy with Sona - 4/10
Twitch is a high burst adc, yet doing his burst through attack speed. Try not to let him get his ultimate off, if you can ult him when he ults, forcing the amount of time he has to use his ult dwindle down. Synergy with Sona - 6/10
Varus can tend to be a problem if you let him. If he gets all 3 stacks of blight on to you, then he will do a lot of damage on his next attack, allowing for him to burst you down. Synergy with Sona - 5/10
Vayne is always going to be a pain to deal with, it doesn't matter who you are playing, vayne is going to be a problem. Due to her sheer damage output, if she has lifesteal she can 1v5, if she is remotely fed, or has any experience. Just be careful of her burst, and the lifesteal she builds.
Veigar is kind of weird to deal with, due to the fact that he only has 1 supportive ability, which is easy to not get cc'd by, and the rest is based around his infinitely scaling ap burst damage.
Vel'koz is yet another mid laner that became weak, so he became a support. He has 2 forms of cc, a slow with his q, and a knock up with his e. If you can dodge his cc, than you should have an extremely easy lane, barring you their adc is someone like twitch or vayne.
Xayah is a hard burst adc, due to the sheer amount of attack speed she has, and the fact that she can root you, if she can place her feathers right. Synergy with Sona - 6/10
Yasuo hurts, but he isn't the hardest to beat. Just make sure that can not get any tornados off post lvl 6, because if he does and he isn't feeding his ass off, you will more than likely die, unless you use a sum or 2.
Ziggs ADC was a weird time for league, but every now and then I still see people taking it. If you do come across one, which will be pretty rare,the only thing you need to watch out for is if you see a tanky support with a lot of cc, such as taric or leona. If you let ziggs push tower, then he will more than likely be able to take tower a lot quicker than you and your adc can. Otherwise, you will have a free lane. Synergy with Sona - 0/10
Zilean is going to be really annoying to deal with in the early game for you, due to his level 2 power spike. If you can avoid allowing him to get off his combo, it should be easier, but even if he gets 1 bomb on you, that is going to hurt.
Zoe should not be too much of a challenge to deal with. If you can manage to consistently dodge her sleep, then you should be fine to deal with her in lane, unless she has an adc with cc, such as draven.
Zyra will be a pain to deal with, due to the sheer amount of cc she has. Her plants also will deal a lot of damage if you are not careful, or not paying attention to them.
Ashe has a lot of early game poke, similar to sona, which lets you be aggressive in lane, giving you more use out of spell thief's. Once both you and your adc get ults up, then you can combo, initiating with a flash ult, with ashe following up onto the adc.
Cait's traps are good for setting up strong poke for both of you, but she doesnt have much combo potential.
Corki is very weak with Sona, the AP build is used mainly for the champs like Corki that cant do anything, so you have to do it yourself.
Draven already pretty much does what you do, but better, which makes it hard for you to seem like youre doing anything, unless the draven is feeding, then youre going to be carrying his ass.
In lane you and your Ezreal have a lot of poke, allowing you to have a lot of pressure, and if he builds AP the flash ult into ezreal ult combo deals a lot of damage
Sona's poke sets up Jhin perfectly to land his root onto the enemies, allowing for more damage. Your ult also sets up for Jhin to ult, more than likely resulting in a kill or 2.
Jinx does not have any abilities that synergize with sona's, but she does not have anything that has negative synergy. Laning with Jinx heavily depends on the matchup, since she has a lot of the same flaws sona does.
Kai'sa benefits from Sona's aggressive play style, allowing her to use her abilities without having to worry about being punished for trying to use her abilities. Sona's ult allows for Kai'sa to land her w easier, allowing her to ult into fights more often if she is trying to get there
Kalista's laning phase makes sona awkward to lane with, due to the fact that she is trying to play super aggressive, and super passive immediately after. There is some synergy with ults, if you and the Kalista are on the same page about when she is going to ult, allowing for you to chain your ult after knocking up the enemies.
Lucian has the aggressive play style that Sona benefits from, allowing for you to poke freely without having to worry too much about taking damage.
Miss Fortune has by far the best ult for sona to combo with, due to the fact that her ult already does a lot of damage, having enemies stunned while it is going off will more than likely guarantee a kill, unless the enemy is someone like a sion who has close to 5000 health late game.
Quinn is very strong by herself, so she does not need as much support as most other adcs. Where quinn excels is gaining an xp advantage and getting 6 as fast as possible. With you being there as a support, this slows her down, making her less potent than she is as a top laner, or jungler.
If you can find a Sivir in solo queue, its literally the perfect bot lane. You can provide her enough poke to let her farm up as much as she needs, and when you ult for a kill, then she can follow up so well with her ult, giving you both chase potential, and an attack speed buff, which you can use to get more power chords off.
Tristana has a good early game, which helps negate your weak early game. Her ult has no synergy with yours, but your ult will help her stack her e, since the enemies will be stunned.
Twitch has poor synergy with heal / shield supports, and sona is no exception. His stealth is difficult to effectively play around as sona, due to the fact that your heal animation showing the enemies where twitch is.