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Soraka Rework Guide: Bananas And Roots
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Did Someone Call An Ambulance?
The new Soraka rework is one of my favorite recent reworks, and I think that it makes her into a unique and dynamic support. She no longer feels like a "battery", just supplying your team with health and mana. She brings zone control, very powerful spot healing, and most importantly, FUN ways to outplay your opponents.
The other rune page, and my personal favorite once you learn the ins and outs of the champion, focuses entirely on Movement Speed and regen, both health and mana. The Ambulance build enhances your ability to run in, heal correct targets, and book it out of the front lines.
Your role is to protect the carry and provide zone control, in that order. Utility items are very good, which is why Talisman of Ascension is perfect for you. You don't need aggressive AP items, but if you want to provide more catching potential for your team, then Rylai's and Twin Shadows are very powerful when combined with your slows/root. Aegis provides more group benefits to the people you are rushing to heal, and Banshee's/Frozen Heart give you some much needed defensive stats to be able to survive your ambulance runs.
Alternatively you can go into a much more aggressive start. If this is the case, start with Q for that harass early in lane and get a Frostfang into Frost Queen's Claim. This build will be squishy, but your slows will be unforgiving. Stack AP items such as Rylai's, Morellonomicon, and Twin Shadows for great chase and catch potential.
Your E is your new fancy tool and it is fantastic for both disengage and engage. It instantly silences, so use it on carries such as Graves, Ezreal, and Lucian who are dependent upon spells. You can also use it to catch people, especially if you snag someone with a slow.
Your E and R are extremely important in team fights, so they deserve a little write up on their own.
First, Soraka's E, Equinox, is a potent tool in your support arsenal. Use it to follow up other CC on your team with a powerful root, silence threats/people running away, or completely stop channels. Here are some scenarios:
Root and silence an already rooted Xerath
Stop a Yi's meditate and watch him panic
Place next to an Anivia/Karthus/Yasuo wall and completely separate the enemy
Soraka's ultimate, Wish, remains relatively unchanged, with two exceptions: It now removes Grievous Wounds beforehand and heals more if people are below 40% health (they will have the Medic icon on their head if so). Depending on your team comp, you'll want to use this to maximum efficiency rather than saving one person. Ideally, you want to heal everyone with it, but don't wait so long that some of your targets are dead. I've found that activating it immediately after the first burst of a team fight is best; this spot heals some people who need it and saves whoever the first target was.
Alternatively, if you're in a team comp which has one major carry, such as Kogmaw, Trist, or Vayne, save it in a teamfight for when they are threatened. It provides an additional burst of healing that, when combined with any other peel your team has, can 100% turn the tide in a fight.