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Soraka Passive Ability
Threats & Synergies
Easy-to-dodge stun. Fair amount of damage. A properly cast Equinox after Zilean's ult is a easy kill secure. Hard CC marksman as Varus can make this lane-mashup hard as fuck, though. He can really take advantage of Varus' strengths towards Soraka and make this lane impossible. His "Q" synergizes with Varus "R". Zilean's OP slow make it easy for Varus to land his skills. His ultimate is good for ummobile marksmans (just as for anyone else).
Focusing you post-six is problematic. Pre-six she only have a snare, so you're able of disabling the enemy team by silencing and healing yourself with Starcall. You heal way more than she can damages you and your carry.
Easy to poke. Soraka represents close to no engage, so alistar will basically sit in lane with a bad heal and using his own body as a wall to protect his carry from the damage. His only way of granting his adc a kill is by Insecs or jungle ganks, what you can gut with your AoE silence. If he tries focusing/insec you, try not being that offensive; You can be burst easily. % hp damage dealers as Kog'maw, Vayne, Twitch, etc. are fairly good against him.
If he focus you and he have a burst damage adc, you are basically useless. As far as he focus your marksman, you are able of dealing well and keeping him, your adc, alive with no big issues. You'll play really defensively, only healing and disengaging. It will be up to your adc to dodge and poke him.
It's a potential threat as far as he know how to play against soraka. You can stop his Q from channeling or him from consuming his AA stacks, but he have really high poke range and if he focus you, lane will be somewhat problematic. He apply grievous wounds and that + burst damage poke is so hard to deal with if you're being focused. This one depends on who is better at outplaying.
High poke damage/range which you can outsustain fairly easily. Still, she also have enough sustain with her heal/shield to deny any of your poke. The easiest way to win her is with an adc that can poke her back as she attempts to do so, such as Ashe or Caitlyn.
Her AA-range nerfs (575 from 650) made Annie's support life really hard. Soraka's high ranged skills make it easy for her to deal with annie without suffering any burst in the process otherwise annie goes for a flash+ult. Predictableness makes it really easy for you to silence/starcall her when she goes all in, meaning you can outdamage/sustain her with ease. Mobile or CC adcs with high lane dominance are the best to deal with her; Jinx, Sivir, Ashe, Caitlyn. As the game goes her potential only guts more considering she'll be building support or, if building ap, she don't have enough gold incoming.
Twitch outranges soraka hardly during lane phase and even more post-six. Going for early game AA poking can end up really badly, so you have to poke by far. He's ummobile so it's not a problem to hit him as far as you use Starcall when he attempts to farm. Mid and late game though, he have one of the highest sustained damages and ranges in the game. A high poke adc can guts him hard anyway; Asking for jungle camp and a cait/corki/quinn adc is the best way to win this lane. You'll play really defensively after level six, only healing and disengaging. It will be up to your adc to poke and trade with him.
If she focus you, your game is pretty much over. She is ridiculously good at locking down targets and you're completely squishy and unmobile. She can and will activate her stun during her dash traveling duration, what means your silence won't be useful at all. Neither used to protect your adc, nor yourself. If the enemy marksman have skill based damage, you can, maybe, make it so your marksman survives by landing your Equinox into the enemies' carry. A mobile/poke adc is the best way to avoid her. Sivir, Vayne, Ezreal. You'll play really defensively after level two, only healing and disengaging. It will be up to your adc to dodge and poke Leona.
Instant silence that stop his ult or any damaging skill he can cast. With a carry able of locking him down, such as ashe, he is useless.
Lucian relies a lot on his skills to deal damage because of his passive. Soraka's Equinox not only stop his burst potential, but his ultimate too.
Draven's speed boost can walk through Soraka's Equinox with ease; It means you have to know how to use it. You can easily predict where he's gonna walk to because of his Q, so it's not hard to sustain yourself and your marksman as far as he don't foucus you. Play safe and pray for your adc to choose a marksman that can poke from distance and disengage as Varus and Ashe. Poke and mobile adcs as Quinn and Cait can also deal well. This lane is all about who outplays better.
Her AA based damage and OP mobility guts Soraka's E. Once kalista reached her auto-attack range, there's no way you'll survive otherwise you have a high utility adc. The fact Soraka works really well with them (sivir, ashe, varus, jinx) is what makes Kalista possible to deal to deal with, but a talented one might be able to dodge their CC too.
She have better poke while having a sustain. You have great sustain while having a good poke. This mashup is all about predicting when she'll attack and avoiding it while poking back. If she's able of dodging your Starcall while poking you back, you'll lose lane hard. Thing is her poke is way easier to land than yours, but she have lower range. The closer she gets to you, the easier to land Starcall. The best moment to poke her is in the right moment she starts walking towards you or your carry.
Same as Karma. However, it's way easier to dodge Lulu's poke if she don't know the E+Q combo. Poke her the right moment she attempt to combing you or your marksman, so you force her to shield herself; dodge glliterlance and you'll have made her spend half of her mana for nothing (she has really hard mana costs).
An instant Equinox after a landed hook or as he attempt to initiate with Flay makes of him pretty much useless, as far as you never allow yourself to be hooked.
Works similar to Lucian, but he don't rely on auto-attacking after every skill he lands, so it's easier for him to burst you down. Try to land a Equinox right after he uses his dash offensively.
Bad poke and all in. Soraka can easily deny any damage him and his carry can bring to hers
Both Soraka and Janna are disengage/sustain supports with high peel and close to no engage potential, meaning that this lane mashup depends much more of their marksmans. However soraka can gut her shield's flat ad and any little damage from skills as well as stopping her ultimate with equinox
Disengage support with middle ranged abilities and close to no engage potential but his ult. Easy pre-six lane phase and balenced after.
Her pre-six is unmobile and she has one of the lowest marksman's base range, meaning it's the easiest adc possible to hit your starcall. However I would highly recommend you not to cast it on her once it would means infinite mana/lane dominance because of her spell shield, otherwise you really need to fill your HP bar as fast as possible. Max heal first against her once she have big poke/burst and she negates any damage from your starcall. Juke her by using starcall to force her spell shield so your adc can all in or poke.
Soraka Passive Ability
Hello and greetings to everyone whose interest towards the mechanics, kits, builds or even aesthetic of Soraka, the Astral Blesser, was enough to cause you to take your time to look through my in-depth guide. My name is Rodrigo, a brazilian Gold IV main support and I'd like to introduce you to my first and single guide made in mobafire, in which I'll be briefly talking about Soraka's
°Pros & Cons
°Abilities discriptions and how to use them
Feel free to leave your opinion, rather you think it's lacking information or simply disagree with something! As any other guide, it's based on my own empiricism and can vary from person to person in really different ways. Maybe your own experiences with her can bring me new perspectives of her I never conceived.
+ Global pressure
+ Great disengage potential
+ Strong Sustain
+ Acceptable poke
|As a dedicated healer, soraka best succeeds in winning damage trades. Despite having a good global presence with Wish and fulfilling an acceptable zoning role during lane phase duo to Starcall vast range, it's in the exchange of damage where her true power lies. With a low cooldown and great burst heal on Astral Infusion, along with a considerably easy-to-land AoE silence on Equinox, she can peel (protect) her carry from any harm during a team fight as long as they stick together.|
+ Lacks Mobility
+ Weak to pokes
+ Demands glorious positioning
+ Mana Hungry
+ No remarkable engaging
+ Relies too much on others
|The fact Soraka lacks any sort of mobility besides Salvation's extra movement speed sets her to a really weak spot against champions that are able of repositioning her teammates such as Blitzcrank. Other than that, the soraka's porcentage maximum health cost on Astral Infusion plus Starcall's high mana costs make her really vunerable to poke. Both downsides together sets her to a spot where she relies too much on her carry positioning and confidence to poke so she can succeed in lane.|
I take Astral Infusion first for giving the jungle a better leash. It helps a lot with his farming, principally if he lacks some sustain. It also spare my adc from losing CS or EXP on early poking. Furthermore, Starcall spends a lot of mana at level one and you will very unlikely hit it precisely or start the game agressive otherwise you're against a level one Leona.
However, which skill you should max first varies a lot on the lane compositions. Sometimes you'll be better off maxing Astral Infusion, others you might prefere going for Starcall.
Salvation (passive):Grants Soraka a 70% movement speed buff when moving towards allied champions who are below 40% of their maximum health and outside of Astral Infusion's range.
note: Not much to talk about here.
Starcall (Q):Soraka calls down a star at a target location for the cost of 70/75/80/85/90 mana, dealing 70/110/150/190/230 (+ 35% AP) magic damage. Enemies standing in the center take an increased damage of 105/165/225/285/345 (+ 52.5% AP) and are slowed by 30/35/40/45/50% for 2 seconds.
note: Disregarding your masteries, runes and itens, this ability, additionally to Astral Infusion's passive, is what gives yourself sustain in lane. By healing you based on the amount of champions you've hitten, landing this skill properly is what guarantees you'll remain in lane longer to support your marksman. However, Starcall's projectile is one of the slowest in game when used in max range and it mana cost's hurts soraka bad, so use it wisely.
Soraka's AA range is actually high and a perfect tool for lane poking. That plus the fact her AA grows bigger the more distant her oponnent is plus the travel speed being fairly slow makes it a perfect tool for you to predict the next steps of your enemy laner and decide rather or not you should use Starcall and where: Pay attention to the banana and use it in the direction it is moving to.
Fun fact: Soraka's AA projectile speed is 1000, close to one of the slowest projectile speeds in the game: Anivia's Flash Frost
Astral Infusion (W):
PASSIVE: Each enemy champion hit by Starcall heals soraka on 25/35/45/55/65 (+40% AP), increased by 1% for every 1% of Soraka's missing health.
ACTIVE: Soraka blesses a friendly unit, restoring 120/150/180/210/240 (+ 60% AP) health by the cost of 10% maximum soraka's health plus 20/25/30/35/40 mana. Astral Infusion cannot be self-cast, and nor can it be cast if Soraka is below 5% of her max health.
note: Her main ability. Has a relatively short 550 range and require good positioning throughout the game ( Salvation help a lot with that in emergencial cases but she still lacks mobility). The % cost means flat health runes/masteries/itens are not useful for her and you should avoid the most.
It has a really low cost early game duo to your low base HP. With the passive life regen. from Ancient Coin and some hp regen. runes you're pretty much capable of ****ing your enemy last hitting.
Fun fact: With the recent HUD changes that have just arrived (link for more information), your team frames are now in a much more accessible place: above the mini-map. For those who don't know, one can cast unit-targed abilities in their allies by clicking in their respective champion frame. The new acessible location makes it possible for you to, at the same time, land your skillshot abilities and kite while moving your cursor fast enough to heal by clicking their frame so you don't have to fear missclicking minions during improper moments if you're fast enough.
Equinox (E): Soraka creates a zone at a target location for 1.5 seconds, enemy champions standing in the zone take 70/110/150/190/230 (+40% AP) magic damage and are silenced until they leave. At the end of the zone's duration, all enemy champions inside are rooted for some seconds and take additional 70/110/150/190/230 (+40% AP) magic damage.
Note: Really strong CC along with high cooldowns, Equinox can give the enemy a 1.5 seconds silence and a 2 seconds snare. It's her key for disengaging and can protect her carries from almost any assassin or AD caster. Having this available whenever you're ganked is essential and spare you and your adc from spending unnecessary Flashes. It means you should not be using Equinox for poking or zoning otherwise you're sure you'll not be ganked.
Imagine how rewarding, to stop a Lee Sin or Alistar insec or even a Akali from bursting your marksman or going invisible. Even more! Imagine you, the most underrated character in the most underrated role of this game making it possible for your team to steal a dragon or baron by silencing the enemy jungler.
For engage situations you can use Equinox after exhausting so they won't be able of walking away from it and also are unable of dashing or flashing out of it. You can use Starcall instead of equinox if you're able of landing it so the slow procs.
Wish (R): Soraka calls upon the stars, first removing Grievous Wounds and then restoring 150/250/350 (+55% AP) health to all allied champions on the field, including untargetable allies.
Wish's healing is increased by 50% on allied champions who are below 40% of their maximum health.
Note: It's high cooldown early on requires a lot of knowledge circa when to use it or not. If laning against champions that are able of applying grievous wounds you'll have to make your mind rather using your ultimate to pressure other lanes or keeping it to ensure bot lane's damage trades will be successful.
Imagine a situation in which your top lane is having an intense fighting and you really think he's gonna lose it otherwise you cast Wish. However, the dragon is up and you know the enemy's jungler is heading bot lane. If you ult, they probably gonna end up with an easy dragon.
HIGH means their kits fits anormally well and they can easly win lane together
GOOD means they have more advantages than disadvantages or they do really well in some specific situations
AVERAGE means they're capable of causing positive impact but require a lot of knowledge/communication from both to work well
Since flat health is no longer a useful stat for soraka, going for Veteran Scars and Juggernaut don't seems like some well invested mastery points. Instead, going for Block and Unyielding to give much more resistence through the game and Recovery , Swiftness and Tenacious for some passive-yet-crucial stats seems much more rewarding.
In the utility section I opted for Phasewalker instead of Scout most of all because the second one doesn't works with Ruby Sightstone's wards, but also to reduce the time I spend out of lane, so I can use my spared time to help my team. If you have the intent of upgrading your Stealth Ward instead of going for Ruby Sightstone though, I would highly recommend to get Scout instead.
Other than that, after the changes to the utility tree in which Expanded Mind changed place with Meditation , Fleet of Foot raised to replace the now kind of useless flat mana in the early point investments and Meditation became an even more crucial mastery for most likely any support.
As a character with unreliable self-healing that is easily dodgable and with a % hp cost spell, potions, Culinary Master , Alchemist and Wealth (for more starting potions) are your best friend. As for the rest, gold masteries are pretty niche for any support considering you shouldn't be farming nor killing anyone through the game.
Soraka is not a roaming champion. She is unmobile, have close to no CC and, therefore, offer nothing to other laners with her ganks. That being said, Wanderer is not as useful for her as it would be for other supports. The points i could put into it and Wealth were instead invested into Sorcery for doing her healing job better early on, that is the moment where her burst heal shines the most.
If you feel like you're too tanky, with unecessary sustain while lacking some damage or if you simply want to play Soraka full agressive, I would recommend you runes like Greater Mark of Magic Penetration, Greater Glyph of Ability Power and Greater Quintessence of Ability Power.
Soraka have really high ratios on her abilities, so going for a more ap based build won't fail you at all. This will require a lot of knowledge of her mechanics though, since all your sustain in lane will be on landing your Starcall. It's like a high risk, high reward building.
I've already tested it some few times and I oftenly found myself either winning with ease or getting into sustain trouble. True is Starcall is easy to dodge and if your enemy manage to avoid it while poking your adc you'll be going base over and over again for the entire lane phase. Against champions you know will have a hard time dodging your abilities such as unmobille marksmans ( Twitch, Kog'Maw, Jinx, Ashe) though, going for an ap raka can surely be viable.
|Talisman of Ascension||The health regeneration over dead creeps is perfect for doing her healing job without getting out of life so fast. Her passive moviment speed, life and mana regeneration also are perfect for Soraka and the active helps a lot your team on follow ups or diseganges. It's like it was made especially for her.|
If you're confident you can land your Starcalls with ease and you don't fear geting out of life to heal your adc by playing agressively, you might enjoy this item better. Along with ap based runes, masteries and itens, you can do decent damage and outsustain your enemies hardly, but remember there are other supports that could do this poking job much better, as Sona. It's not worth upgrading for Frost Queen's Claim, though; This item has a hard-to-land skillshot and some unworthy stats, for a 1335 gold that could be easily used to buy another core item for her, such as Ionian Boots of Lucidity.
As the match proceeds, people exponentially have less slots for buying wards and helping the support to keep the map pressure. Otherwise you have a jungler that make use of them for big plays, such as Lee Sin, you'll rarely see any of them helping you with clarifying the game. That being said, Twin Shadows is the only item that can give you both useful stats and vision and is a perfect alternative for replacing your gold item once it's not useful anymore.
|She doesn't benefits a lot from it's stats since flat health takes her Astral Infusion potential down a little, but is kind of a standard item for supports in general.|
|Sightstone has been a really problematic item for soraka since her Astral Infusion % hp cost came. Facts are it was a necessary item for every support and she was forced into building it even though it gave her nothing but a increase in her healing costs. With the changes to Greater Stealth Totem though soraka is once again able of warding just as much as any other support, but the lack of Oracle's Lens can be really damaging for your team. A good communication with your adc would surely solve it: ask him to buy Oracle's Lens and always bring with you two Vision Wards so you can get rid of some wards anyway. Share with him the job of controling vision.|
|For sure the best boots for her early on. She really relies a lot on 40% cooldown reduction to perform properly and this is the fastest way to achieve it. Later on i recommend changing it for a Ninja Tabi or Mercury's Treads. Talisman of ascension, Fleet of Foot, Wanderer , mov. speed runes and support itens in general already give her the movement speed she needs to make up for Boots of Swiftness or Mobility Boots.|
|Some people rather buy Mobility Boots for being cheaper and giving better movement speed to roam, but this one make up for it with the tenacity and magic resist. I would recommend buying Ionian Boots of Lucidity early on for a really useful cdr. After you've hitten 40% cdr (the max), sale it and go for Mercury's Treads.|
|Soraka is not a roaming support at all. She don't have any engage potential and her ultimate is probably her only way of being useful for the rest of the team during lane phase. In really situational cases where your jungler or mid laner have high CC to engage she can work as a follow up to secure kills with her Equinox, but she would still be better off sticking to her carry in lane.|
|If you still think movement speed is more useful than tankness go for those instead.|
|Gives her every stats she wants and an active that can actually change team fights when you're too far away from someone to use Astral Infusion. Locket of the Iron Solari's active buff made of him a much more attractive item than Mikael. The loss of the CC removals is obviously damaging, but her own over-powered healing coupled with the silence makes it possible to save carries from being bursted by their own. Other than that, QSS is always a possibility for marksmen's builds if suffering in the hands of high CC enemies.P.S: Mikael also have a way higher cooldown (144 vs. 48 with Intelligence ) and can be casted in wrong teammates.|
|The ap it grants certainly fits a lot with her ratios. With a good amount of armor and a perfect active that can save her life after spending all her health healing her team, this is like a core item.|
|Banner of Command used to provide her with much more needed stats than this. The actives were equally good, but the exchange of 200 HP for 60 AP could make all the difference. However the recent nerfs to Aegis of the Legion made both Locket of the Iron Solari and Banner of Command way less attractive for her and any other support in general. As a compensation, Riot buffed Locket of the Iron Solari's active to turn it into a AOE Mikael's Blessing (only without the CC removal). Basically both are cheaper and weaker, but only one of them received some love as indemnification.|
|The flat mana helps a lot to remain longer in team fights among with Mikael's Blessing supreme mana regeneration and the amount of armor is perfect. The decrease on enemies' attack speed almost goes unnoticed but is really game changing. If you see team fights are not lasting long enough for you to spend all your HP with heals this might be more useful than Zhonya's Hourglass.|
|If you want more armor or some decrease on enemies' attack speed, don't go for Randuin's Omen. Not only it's a core item for almost every tank and bruiser there is (making it's unique passive useless), it is also really gold ineffective compared to Frozen Heart. Randuin's flat health is not worth the money spent too.|
|Ardent censer has never been a really good item for her for the simple fact that most of the time it makes you feel forced into healing your allies even when it's not necessary, just so you make use of it's passive. With that in mind, Zeke's update came to give her tankness while providing some great AP and a agressive passive which is just as good as Ardent Censer's one. Keep in mind though that the passive gives you AP based on your current ap, so with an ap-less build it's passive would only appeal the one you binded it to.|
|Despite ardent censer can put you in situations where you see yourself healing allies with no need, it's still the best option to replace Zeke's Harbinger (except for Twin Shadows maybe) for a early game offensive item if you don't have any intent of building more ap oriented items as Banner of Command, Zhonya's Hourglass, Frost Queen's Claim or so on.|
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