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League Judgement

Candidate
Date
  • 21 September, 20 CLE
Observation
Sona Render old

Sona glides forward on harmonious winds, her elegant robe billowing softly behind her as she enters the Great Hall. Her hair fans out on an invisible breeze, swaths of aqua dissolving into golden strands at the ends of her long ponytails. She could easily be a fair maiden of magic anywhere on Runeterra, if not for Power Chord.png the strange instrument floating before her, appearing to simultaneously protect and guide her.

The building creaks ever so slightly, the foundations resettling themselves on the bonds of strong magic. She angles her ear towards the sound, holding still for a moment after the sound has long since faded. One can tell that the sound still resonates in her head, being analyzed for tonality, intent, and above all, danger. She doesn't even bother to glance at her surroundings; the building's own internal symphony tells her all that she needs to know about this place.

With the faintest movement, she expertly plucks a single string on her instrument and the double doors in front of her blast open. She enters without hesitation.

Reflection

The darkness unfurled around her, as deep as the endless chasm of silence that afflicted her. She felt no fear so long as the Power Chord.png etwahl was in her grasp. Her arms curled lovingly around the instrument, her fingers expertly trailing along the hammered brass and taut strings. Pressing it against her cheek, she closed her eyes and waited. It was at times like this that she could feel the instrument alive in her arms, taking slow and measured breaths as it guarded its master. She treasured these moments, when she could be alone in the world with her beloved instrument, wrapped in its protective cocoon.

Suddenly, the etwahl stiffened. She caressed the smooth curve of metal questioningly. Before she could cull an answer, a husky voice rang out.

"Sona!"

Sona's eyes flew open at the only sound she loved more than music itself. She found herself at the doorstep of a Demacian estate, staring into the open doorway with the same wonder on her face as on the day she was brought to her new home. Lestara Buvelle stood before her, adorned in a handsome velvet robe. Dripping in jewels and her usual heavy perfume, Lestara moved forward, her round face bright with happiness.

"My darling, look at you! You are a grown woman now, and you have made much of yourself."

Lestara embraced Sona and leaned back to appraise her.

"Truly, you have made me proud. My heart sings when I look upon you. Come in and sit with me awhile."

Lestara turned to walk down the long hallway, her footsteps clicking a Hymn of Valor.png staccato rhythm on the tile floor. Sona's heart swelled with happiness, and she reached for her instrument's reassuring steel.

Her hands clutched nothing but air.

Sona turned, looking for the etwahl. Had she mindlessly placed it aside just now?

Suddenly, a chord rang out, piercingly askew. Sona spun around to see the etwahl drifting swiftly down the hallway. Sona called the instrument back to her, but for the first time, it paid no heed. The single note played over and over as it drew closer to Lestara's back.

It was out for blood.

Sona flew frantically into the hallway, but she was too far away to reach Lestara in time. Her only chance was to scream a warning. She strained her throat, but no sound would come forth, just as it never had in her entire life.

The etwahl's strings strummed a terrible noise that would forever be embedded in her memory. A vibration trembled through the air, and a rush of Hymn of Valor.png razor-thin air scythes tore through Lestara's body.

Sona reached Lestara's side in time to catch her as the body fell to the ground in a pool of blood. Tears streamed down Sona's face as she tried to scream, but no sound would come out.

The hallway dissolved into blackness, leaving Sona crumpled around Lestara's body, with the etwahl lying innocently at her side. Lestara's eyes rolled open, and she asked weakly, "Why do you want to join the League?"

Sona's mind reeled, unable to comprehend what was happening. Suddenly, she felt the tingle of arcane magic in her throat, an overwhelming sensation that brought tears to her eyes. The breath passing in and out of her body tickled inside her, trying to draw sounds out with every exhale. Sona stared incredulously at Lestara, who nodded at her and bade her to speak.

Opening her mouth, she began to speak for the first time in her life. Her breath caught in her throat, short of uttering her first sound, when a booming voice from the recesses of her dim memory resounded in her mind.

This instrument will be the key to unlocking the world. It will speak for you more truly than a voice ever could. Nothing else – not us, them, or any magic in this world will ever own you again.

Almost of its own accord, her hand flung outwards and slammed down on the etwahl next to her. Dissonance erupted, deafeningly loud, drowning out any sounds that might have spilled forth from her lips. As the tones faded away, so did the foreign tingling in her throat. The enchantment was gone, never to return.

Lestara's voice grew loud, booming into the ether. "Why do you want to join the League, Sona?"

The etwahl's strings shivered and began to play on its own, but Sona pressed down with her palm to silence the instrument. It resisted for a tense moment and fell quiet. Slowly, her fingers began to trickle across the strings. Hesitantly at first, testing her instrument's yield, she played a defiant progression in response to her question.

"How does it feel, exposing your mind?"

Her fingers danced across the strings, urging forth a melody of loneliness and isolation. It was the song of those who had lived their lives hidden in plain sight, always passed over despite trying desperately to be noticed. It began pensively, mournfully sad, and gradually grew to a crashing, raging Crescendo.png Crescendo. The last notes echoed with a tone of quiet acceptance, but above all, catharsis.

A smile raked across Lestara's face. "Welcome to the League, Maven of the Strings."

Lestara disappeared, and the darkness fell away to reveal Sona floating in front of ornate double doors. She knew they led to the League of Legends.

Her etwahl molded reassuringly to her hands, lying in wait for its master's command. Sona moved through the doors without a second glance.

Previous Abilities

Previous Splash Art



Patch History

V6.16
  • General
    • Bug Fix: Arcade and DJ Sona aura VFX have been increased in size to match her recent gameplay changes.
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Self movement speed reduced to 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14% from 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17%.
    • Aura movement speed AP ratio reduced to 6% per 100 AP from 8% per 100 AP.
  • Crescendo.png Crescendo
    • Basic ability cooldown reduction reduced to 10 / 25 / 40% from 20 / 30 / 40%.
V6.15
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where Aria of Perseverance could be cast instantly after Song of Celerity, rather than being gated behind Sona's brief "global cooldown" after casting a basic ability.
V6.14 July 20th Hotfix
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Heal reduced to 35 / 55 / 75 / 95 / 115 from 40 / 65 / 90 / 115 / 140.
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Bonus movement speed reduced to 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17% from 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20%.
V6.14
  • General
    • Aura radius increased to 400 from 350.
    • Aura duration no longer extends for up to 2 seconds when affecting allies.
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • Damage increased to 15 - 235 (based on level) from 13 - 192 (based on level).
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • Base damage reduced to 40 / 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 from 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200.
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Base heal increased to 40 / 65 / 90 / 115 / 140 from 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 / 110.
    • Heal AP ratio increased to 25% AP from 20% AP.
    • Base shield health increased to 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 from 35 / 55 / 75 / 95 / 115.
    • Shield AP ratio increased to 30% AP from 20% AP.
    • Removed: Increased healing based on missing health.
    • Aria of Perseverance.png Diminuendo
      • Target now deals 25% less damage for 3 seconds, up from 20%.
      • AP scaling increased to 4% AP per 100 AP from 2% AP per 100 AP.
      • New Effect: Now shrinks targets for duration of debuff.
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Active self movement speed increased to 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20% movement speed for 3 seconds (and up to 7 seconds if Sona is out of combat) from 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17% decaying over 3 seconds.
    • Aura movement speed AP ratio increased to 6% per 100 AP from 4% per 100 AP.
    • Aura movement speed duration increased to 3 seconds from 1.5.
  • Crescendo.png Crescendo
    • Removed: Increases potency of basic abilities.
    • New Effect: Grants 20 / 30 / 40% base cooldown reduction on basic abilities. Stacks multiplicatively with cooldown reduction.
V5.22
  • Stats
    • Mana regen increased to 11.5 from 9.
V5.5
V5.1
  • Stats
    • Movement speed reduced to 325 from 330.
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • Hymn of Valor.png Staccato damage reduced to 40% from 50.
V4.21
V4.20
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • On-hit damage AP ratio reduced to 20% from 25%.
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Heal increased to 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 / 110 from 25 / 45 / 65 / 85 / 105.
      • Modifier reduced to 0.5% of ally's missing health from 1.
    • Cost increased to 80 / 85 / 90 / 95 / 100 from 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90.
V4.17
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • Fixed a bug where the damage range was 700 instead of the intended 850.
V4.13
  • General
    • Visual and Gameplay update.
    • All auras' radius reduced to 350 from 1000.
    • Aura duration changed to 3 seconds from indefinite.
      • New Effect: Aura duration increased by 0.5 seconds each time Sona tags an ally.
    • Texture update to all skins.
  • Stats
    • Armor increased to 15 from 12.
    • Health lowered to 353 from 380.
    • Health growth increased to 77 from 70.
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • Hymn of Valor.png Staccato damage reduced to 50% from 100.
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • Damage reduced to 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 from 50 / 100 / 150 / 200 / 250.
    • Revised Aura: Sona and allies touched by the aura will deal 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 (+ 25% AP) bonus magic damage on their next autoattack within the next 5 seconds.
    • Cooldown increased to 8 seconds from 7.
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Heal changed to 25 / 45 / 65 / 85 / 105 (+ 20% AP) from 40 / 55 / 70 / 85 / 100 (+ 25% AP).
      • New Effect: Heal increases by 1% for every 1% of ally's missing health.
    • New Aura: Sona and allies touched by the aura gain a shield that mitigates the next 35 / 55 / 75 / 95 / 115 (+ 20% AP) damage for up to 1.5 seconds.
    • Cost increased to 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90 from 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80.
    • Cooldown increased to 10 seconds from 7.
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Revised Active: Sona gains 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17% (+ 7.5% per 100 AP) bonus movement speed, decaying to the aura bonus over 3 seconds.
    • New Aura: Allies touched by the aura gain 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14% (+ 3.5% per 100 AP) bonus movement speed for 1.5 seconds.
    • Cooldown increased to 12 seconds from 7.
  • Crescendo.png Crescendo
    • New Passive: Ranking up increases the strength of Sona's auras and Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity's self bonus movement speed.
    • Clarity: Animation updated to reflect both skillshot targeting and area of effect.
V4.5
  • Stats
    • Armor increased to 12 from 11.3
V4.2
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Fixed a bug where the tooltip showed a +4% per 100 AP ratio for both haste and slow.
    • Fixed a bug where the haste was only using 1% of Sona's AP instead of 2.
    • Fixed a bug where the slow was only using 2% of Sona's AP instead of 4.
V3.14
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • AP ratio reduced to (+50% AP) from (+70% AP)
    • New Effect: Power Chord.png Staccato has a (+20% AP) ratio.
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Heal reduced to 40 / 55 / 70 / 85 / 100 from 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120.
    • New Effect: Power Chord.png Diminuendo has a (+2% per 100 AP) ratio.
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Bonus movement speed changed to 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12% (+2% per 100 AP) from 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 14.
    • New Effect: Power Chord.png Tempo has a (+4% per 100 AP) ratio.
  • Crescendo.png Crescendo
    • AP ratio reduced to (+50% AP) from (+80% AP)
V3.8
  • Stats
    • Health increased to 450 from 410.
    • Armor increased to 11.3 from 9.3
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
  • Damage changed to 13 - 192 (based on level) from 8 + (10  × level)
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Fixed a bug where Power Chord.png Diminuendo was not reducing the target's damage.
    • Power Chord.png Diminuendo duration reduced to 3 seconds from 4.
    • Self and allied bonus resistances reduced to 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 from 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20.
      • Aura bonus resistances aura changed to 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 from 3 / 6 / 9 / 12 / 15.
V3.02
  • Removed: Power Chord.png Power Chord being consumed when attacking wards.
V1.0.0.152
  • Stats
    • Movement speed increased to 330 from 305.
V1.0.0.150
  • Stats
    • Health reduced to 410 from 450.
    • Armor reduced to 9 from 11.
V1.0.0.148
  • Ability tooltips updated
V1.0.0.143
  • General
    • All auras persistence durations reduced to 1 from 2.
    • Global cooldown reduced to 0.5 seconds from 2.
  • Stats
    • Basic attack and Power Chord.png Power Chord projectile speeds increased to 2000 from 1500.
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • New Effect: Resets Sona's basic attack timer.
  • Crescendo.png Crescendo
V1.0.0.142
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • Cost changed to 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 from 65 at all ranks.
    • Champion prioritization range slightly increased to match her attack range.
V1.0.0.136
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • Damage increased to 8 + (10  × level) from (10  × level)
V1.0.0.134
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • Damage changed to (10  × level) from 14 + (9  × level)
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • Bonus AD and AP reduced to 4 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 20 from 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20.
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Bonus resistances reduced to 3 / 6 / 9 / 12 / 15 from 7 / 9 / 11 / 13 / 15.
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Bonus movement speed reduced to 4 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 20% from 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20.
V1.0.0.133
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • Fixed a bug where it did not trigger while taunted or silenced.
V1.0.0.132
  • Guqin resized to match the other skins.
V1.0.0.131
  • No longer automatically acquires attack targets when idle while Power Chord.png Power Chord is active.
V1.0.0.129
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Cost changed to 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 from 65 at all ranks.
    • Bonus resistances reduced to 7 / 9 / 11 / 13 / 15 from 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20.
V1.0.0.125
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Heal changed to 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 from 25 / 50 / 75 / 100 / 125.
V1.0.0.124
  • Lockout time while casting Sona's songs reduced to make them more responsive.
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Heal reduced to 25 / 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 from 35 / 70 / 105 / 140 / 175.
    • AP ratio reduced to (+25% AP) from (+35% AP)
    • New Effect: Grants passive aura bonus to both her heal target and herself again as an extra bonus for 3 seconds.
  • Bug Fix: Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor and Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance caused Sona to deal 20% reduced damage.
V1.0.0.123
  • Ability tooltips updated
V1.0.0.120
  • Fixed a bug where shields and Ignite.png Ignite could sometimes cause her spell sounds to get cut off early.
V1.0.0.118
  • Sona will no longer automatically acquire attack targets when Power Chord.png Power Chord is charged.
V1.0.0.116
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • Aria of Perseverance.png Diminuendo duration increased to 4 seconds from 3.
    • Song of Celerity.png Tempo slow increased to 40% from 35.
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • Bonus AD and AP increased to 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20 from 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 14.
V1.0.0.115
  • General
    • Stances cost reduced to 65 from 75.
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • Fixed a bug where Aria of Perseverance.png Diminuendo was reducing true damage.
V1.0.0.113
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord
    • Damage reduced to 14 + (9  × level) from 24 + (12  × level)
    • New Effect: Has a bonus effect based on Sona's last song played.
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • Damage reduced to 50 / 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 from 60 / 110 / 160 / 210 / 260.
    • AP ratio increased to (+70% AP) from (+50% AP)
    • Cost changed to 75 at all ranks from 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85.
    • Power Chord.png New Effect: Staccato
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Heal increased to 35 / 70 / 105 / 140 / 175 from 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130.
    • AP ratio reduced to (+35% AP) from (+50% AP)
    • Cost changed to 75 at all ranks from 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85.
    • Power Chord.png New Effect: Diminuendo
      • The target deals 20% reduced damage for 3 seconds.
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Cost changed to 75 at all ranks from 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85.
    • Power Chord.png New Effect: Tempo
      • Slows the target by 25% for 2 seconds.
  • Crescendo.png Crescendo
    • Cooldown decreased to 140 / 120 / 100 seconds from 170 / 150 / 130.
    • AP ratio increased to (+80% AP) from (+70% AP)
V1.0.0.106
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • Damage reduced to 60 / 110 / 160 / 210 / 260 from 70 / 120 / 170 / 220 / 270.
    • AP ratio reduced to (+50% AP) from (+60% AP)
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Heal reduced to 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 from 40 / 65 / 90 / 115 / 140.
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Bonus movement speed reduced to 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 14% from 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16.
V1.0.0.105
  • General
    • All auras persistence durations reduced to 2 seconds from 3.
    • All auras buff durations for allies that exit range reduced to 0.25 seconds from 1.
  • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor
    • Bonus AD and AP reduced to 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 from 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20.
    • Cost increased to 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 from 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75.
  • Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity
    • Bonus movement speed reduced to 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16% from 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20.
    • Cost increased to 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 from 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75.
  • Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance
    • Cost increased to 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 from 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75.
  • Crescendo.png Crescendo
    • Range reduced to 1000 from 1100.
V1.0.0.104
  • Crescendo.png Crescendo
    • Cooldown increased to 170 / 150 / 130 seconds from 160 / 140 / 120.
  • Fixed a bug where Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity was granting more movement speed than intended.
V1.0.0.101
  • Added

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