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Soraka - Will the real Cleric, please stand up?
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This guide is updated as soon as possible, but since I'm also a person who is busy at times, I can only do so much, I apologize if it's not to your standards, however giving feedback to help improve it for others would be appreciated.
12/9/2012: Since the Season 3 Patch, which caused many changes, including new items & removing items such as Force of Nature, many things have needed to be redone, so please be patient while I edit the guide to fit.
Hello, & thank you for taking the time to read & check-out my first guide. I'm Audio Tuned, & I consider myself a utility player (someone who covers multiple positions, & fills in the spots that need to be filled.) I chose Soraka as my first build to publish because I found her to be amazingly useful for early game support, & great at annoying the enemy. She has many useful characteristics & I am here to cover them all with you, to the best of my ability. Please feel free to give me any feedback & criticism.
Although after all the patches that effected Soraka, losing her ability to restore her own mana from Infuse, the doubled cooldown for Astral Blessing, you can still find her to become the loathed thorn in the side of the enemy.
In an attempt to find many different paths to build Soraka, I've stumbled across a few routes & endings I personally favored, so allow me to share as much as I can with you all, in hopes you can (not just copy, but) build off & find your own favored paths.
So here you'll see me cut up many chapters into sections that describe that chapters relation to each build. This is so that I can give out the specific information pertaining to each build properly. I'll be sure to break them up into visible sections in case you want to skip certain sections that aren't directed towards what you seek.
What I'll be coveringInvisible text!
The areas I plan to cover are:
Masteries: The paths I enjoy using, & the ones I suggest, along with alternative routes that can be used. Including detailed explanations.
Summoner Spells: Which summoner spells I suggest bringing along, & the ones I really think you should avoid, & why.
Skills: An informative section about each of Soraka's skills & the sequences I suggest investing points into.
Runes: The painfully expensive tier 3 runes that I believe should be invested in, for dedicated Soraka users, & more in-depth talk on the subject.
Pro's & Con's: The ups & downs to using Soraka
Items: A long section about items... Got to love that section
Supporting 101: The basics about Supporting
Early Game Laning: Helping take care of that early game lane control
Yay for this
Here are some details I need to give out before you continue on. As far as pro's & con's go, there are many of both, but I'm just highlighting a few I know well. Don't use these as a guideline to decide if you should or shouldn't choose this character. If you'd like, at the end I'll give detailed Pro's & Con's at the end of the guide.
Pro's & Con's
Flash is just a necessity spell, its useful for all characters. In the case of Soraka its found most useful escaping the enemy. I'd always consider bringing this along just in case. Remember if you're using it, chances are the enemy is too, so know when to flash & where.
A support's common spell, Exhaust is used for many purposes. Mostly to keep the enemy from getting away when you & your ADC is are going in for the kill.
A debatable spell; Clarity can be found useful during the early game, when you want to control your lane by outlasting the enemy. Soraka uses a decent amount of mana, so having this as a safeguard can even become helpful late game, although not as likely.
One of the few characters I use that has a focus in Utilities, Soraka is really reliant on the CDR bonus as well as the starting gold & gold gained over time, that is awarded from focusing points into this category. In short: Utility gives Soraka's much needed Cooldown Reduction + Gold Gained Per 10 Seconds (since a supporting Soraka won't be seen farming much, this is crucial for building)
However a Soraka playing Mid can take the utility route, but I strongly suggest focusing 21/0/9 instead. Due to the problem with Soraka's early game, her damage is pretty pitiful at the start, however Starcall is a formidable foe.