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Soraka Build Guide by Spection

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Spection's Guide to Soraka [S7 RANK #14 NA, #86 WORLDWIDE]

By Spection | Updated on July 29, 2019
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Wyllyum (2) | December 25, 2018 4:05pm
Great guide! I'm an avid Soraka support, so It's nice to come across a guide that's offering a different way to play her. Gonna try this build later one tonight and see how it works out. Keep up the good-work creating content that is thorough and interesting to read. If this build becomes OP for me to play, I'll definitely come back and leave another comment for you.
Vote+1

Nice job!

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Spection (6) | December 27, 2018 2:02pm
Hope you found success with it! If you didn't on the first go don't be discouraged as it can take time to find success with this playstyle because it's so different than the traditional playstyle.
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Wicked Cherry (108) | November 4, 2018 7:25am
Hey Spection,
I love that you actually spent your time with sharing all your thoughts and experiences to create this guide and help other people. Especially your Ranked section was what intrigued me the most.
However as main Nami in S8 I saw a lot of Sorakas and most of the time I could easily shut them down. Of course you may argue that I'm only playing with people ranged from Bronze to Platinum but I don't really consider a Nami as easy when playing as Soraka. When playing wisely you can easily drain out Soraka by poking her and the enemy ADC and denying her to heal up or gain enough mana again. That's why I'd put Nami somewhere into the yellow section.
Anyway very well done. :)
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Spection (6) | November 4, 2018 11:21am
Generally, as Soraka, if you play the lane properly you should never be in range for nami to use any of her abilities. Your E and Q both outrange her significantly. I'm guessing you're just an experienced nami player who knows how to take advantage of the positioning errors the enemy sorakas make. If you do play against one who positions properly, you will get poked down and will never be able to land any of your abilities.
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Wicked Cherry (108) | November 4, 2018 11:36am
It's possible but I usually use my W on my ADC when she's trying to land a Q since the range of Nami's W is kinda huge and you don't necessarily need to catch Soraka with Nami's Q because if you get the ADC, you can try to starve out Soraka or just immediately use the Ult, Tidal Wave. Even if you don't get a kill, the enemies will have to recall, allowing your ADC to get ahead in farm.
But you're probably right that I'm simply waiting for the other Sorakas to make mistakes to hunt them down then. :d Who knows.
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YomiYori | August 7, 2018 3:11am
Can you please update threat levels? I see that pyke and kai sa is missing
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Spection (6) | September 9, 2018 10:36pm
Done.
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gameboyAdv | June 29, 2018 3:00am
Hi Spection,
Why do you consider Ancient Coin to be so good? and why not start with a Spellthief's Edge as a starting item instead of Ancient Coin... is there an extra amount of gold earned comparing both the starting items ?? (with the extra gold / mana dropped by dead minions when you take Ancient Coin first)
Thank you in advance.
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Spection (6) | June 29, 2018 6:53am
Hey gameboyAdv, I was just playing Donkey Kong Country 2 on one a few days ago. Great device.

As for your question, I think ancient coin is superior because of how strongly reliable the gold generation is in almost every elo. It is very easy to get all the coins that spawn without being punished, and you can almost always get the quest done quicker than the eye of the watchers quest. In addition, ancient coin has health regen which allows you to use your W more frequently. However, in matchups where you intend to max Q and poke as much as possible, Spellthiefs is definitely quite viable and is capable of generating more gold than Ancient Coin (although you would have to be poking almost constantly to achieve this)

Hope this helped!
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gameboyAdv | June 30, 2018 9:34pm
Thank you for you feedback!
Yes I get it now, it all comes down to the play style, when aggressively poking then Spellthiefs otherwise Ancient Coin to play passive support with chance of more gold income :)
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Lexas77 | June 17, 2018 6:47am
Hello, great guide! I just wanted to ask you two things;
First; synergies with ADC
second; Detail the reason for your choice of objects individually ... and your opinion about Athenera's impure grail.

(Sorry for my English so bad)
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Spection (6) | June 17, 2018 11:39am
Hey there Lexas,

Soraka works really great with ADCs that have lack any form of innate health sustain like Caitlyn or Tristana. She really helps overcome a big weakness of those champions. ADCs that she can stay close to and heal are really good later in the game, it can be harder for her to heal a Kai'Sa or a Vayne if they dive into a teamfight and get away from you. Wish can help with this, however. If you mouse over the notes button in my build path, you can find a description of what each item offers and why you should take it. I hope this helped!
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Lexas77 | June 18, 2018 7:35am
Oh! thanks!!!!!
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Chromuro (46) | June 13, 2018 5:03pm
Hi! I was just passing by and I saw some coding mistakes:
- you missed a [/columns] at the end of pros/cons and summoner's spells
- I think there is a formatting mistake when you explain wish (+there is still a piece of information about The Ultimate Hat)
- just a wrong database linking with Manaflow Band inside the rune section

Everything else is ok, nice guide!
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Spection (6) | June 13, 2018 5:46pm
Hey there, thank you so much for catching these mistakes. Hard for me to get all of them! Appreciate your kind feedback as well.
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hinst (1) | June 13, 2018 4:28pm
%heal effect from all % heal items got reduced in latest patch 8.12 NOOOOO #notlikethis
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hinst (1) | May 31, 2018 3:21pm
Ultimate Hat rune is now removed hmmm.......... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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Spection (6) | June 1, 2018 8:10am
Guide has been updated to reflect the change. Rest in peace.
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norbix9 | May 19, 2018 6:04am
Lovely build, frankly, I was afraid of the healing spell which replaced exhaust but found it absolutely amusing utilizing this one. Worth a '+' vote I'm sure of it. Keep up the good work!
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Spection (6) | May 26, 2018 1:34pm
I'm so glad you enjoy the build! Heal is really effective, but it's important to understand when other spells might be a stronger choice for you potentially.

Good luck out there!
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hinst (1) | March 31, 2018 11:06am
I noticed that many champs have 90% win rate vs me whenever I play Soraja. Like Luxe, Brand, blitzcrank, Jhin and other OP champs. Jhin didnt seem very OP before, but in v8.6 Guinsoo item changed, and now whenever I play vs Jhin, I loose. Which is kind of sad. I know that when u play against these champs u supposed to dodge their skillshots. However in reality this does not help me. I can have a situation when I dodged 10 times but 11th time they hit me or my ADC and its over; they r ahead and the game is lost; happens all the time. Also Its somewhat possible to dodge during laning phase, but when ur trying to engage or run away, not so much

I feel that with each subsequent patch soraja falls further and further behind. Or maybe its me, and I suck more and more with each subsequent patch... thats another possibility
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Spection (6) | April 5, 2018 7:09pm
It sounds to me like you should do some work on positioning. Most of the champs you said you have issues with are champions that have a certain threat range, that once learned, makes them much easier to deal with. It's all a question of knowing how close you can safely get.

I get your pain, Jhin does feel very strong right now. The rest of the champs you can learn to overcome by improving your gameplay!

Let me know if I can offer any other words of advice or assistance.

I wish you luck in your journey to improve!
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hinst (1) | April 12, 2018 1:05pm
I wonder what I should do when I run out of HP. I can run out of HP quickly. Like heal 9 times and thats it, right? and HP regeneration is very slow for Soraka (0.5 per second). Should I just recall every time I run out of HP? Or should I try to stay and buy more HP regen items (potions, refillables, Rejuvenation bead and so on)
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semisomniac (12) | March 20, 2018 11:19am
This is a great guide, wow. Thanks so much! A question: What ADCs do you think Soraka suits best? I see things about how Soraka shouldn't have to run frontline to heal ADCs ike Tristana. I generally have trouble deciding if I should play Soraka with a certain ADC or not.
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Spection (6) | March 20, 2018 11:25am
Hey there! I’m glad you liked my guide.

I am planning to write a section of ADCs Soraka works well with. A quick ex Lanation: Soraka likes to play with people who can hang far back and be safe. Caitlyn is a pretty strong example. Ashe is another. ADCs that like to go ham and dive in are harder for her to heal safely. She can still do so by using her R, but this is an important cooldown and should be used when multiple people are low usually. Hope this helped, stay tuned for a new section in the coming weeks, and feel free to ask if you have any more questions.
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Dipzzzz | February 4, 2018 5:32am
Can I take this build to midlane and carry my noob team?
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Spection (6) | February 4, 2018 11:41am
You can definitely try, but I don't recommend​ doing this in ranked. Soraka much stronger in the support role.
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