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With three big visual updates now tinkering, poisoning, and death-defying their way through the Rift, it’s time to take a look at the next of our coming gameplay-oriented updates! We’re talking about Sona, a champion whose kit made her one of the most passive champs on the Rift... outside of her game-changing ultimate. We’ll fully get into the why of the update later, but first here’s a rundown of her new abilities and intended play patterns to give you a feeling of how we’re updating her. 
- Power Chord
After casting three basic abilities, Sona’s next basic attack deals extra magic damage and applies an effect based on the song she last played.
- Hymn of Valor
Sona plays a melody that deals magic damage to the nearest two enemies. Additionally, Sona briefly creates an aura around herself that empowers her and her allies, charging their next basic attack with extra magic damage. Tagging an ally with the aura briefly increases its duration.
- Power Chord – Hymn of Valor’s Power Chord deals even more magic damage.
- Aria of Perseverance
Sona performs a tune that heals both her and the most wounded nearby allied champion. Additionally, Sona creates an aura around herself that briefly shields her and her allies. Tagging an ally with the aura briefly increases its duration.
- Power Chord – Aria of Perseverance’s Power Chord briefly reduces the target’s damage output.
- Song of Celerity
Sona plays a song that accelerates her movement speed. Additionally, Sona creates an aura around herself that briefly speeds up all allied units. Tagging an ally with the aura briefly increases her movement speed boost along with the aura’s duration.
- Passive: Crescendo passively empowers each of Sona’s auras, giving Hymn of Valor increased damage, Aria of Perseverance an increased shield, and Song of Celerity increased movement speed.
- Active: Sona fires out an irresistible chord in a broad straight-line skillshot. Enemies caught by the chord take damage and are briefly forced to dance.
From the start of the game, Sona works best operating close to her allies. Here her auras help them trade effectively, with Hymn of Valor boosting her marksman’s attacks while empowering her own poke. Aria of Perseverance heals more on low health friends, so while topping off an ally’s health is relatively inefficient (particularly with its high mana cost and low base values), saving her heal for later in fights grants markedly more health and makes baiting all the more effective. Power Chord offers some tactical options, too: Aria of Perseverance’s Power Chord effectively reduces the enemy marksman’s attacks when timed correctly, while Sona can chase down fleeing enemies or escape from ganking junglers with the slow from Song of Celerity’s Power Chord.
In teamfights, the smaller auras encourage Sona to stay mobile enough to heal, shield and empower her allies as needed. Song of Celerity gives her plenty of movement speed, and tagging allies with the edge of her aura gives them the same buff while extending the duration of her own. And while she previously relied on Flash to position for her ult, her new E’s sudden surge of mobility is significant enough to get Sona into position to use Crescendo, which is just as potent and game-changing as before. Once it’s been cast, Sona works best healing and shielding her squishier allies with Aria of Perseverance while using Hymn of Valor to amp up her allies’ damage.
- Champion Spotlight
- Recommended Items
- Playing As Sona
- Playing Against Sona
- Ability Usage
- Power Chord has three distinct effects based on the last basic ability Sona used. All of these effects scale with AP.
- It will reset your auto attack, so use it after an initial attack for maximum output.
- By charging it before a fight, you can gain the advantage from any of the effects at the very start.
- Power Chord - Staccato will deal 40% more damage than Power Chord's base damage.
- Power Chord - Diminuendo will apply a 20% (+ 2% per 100 AP) damage reduction debuff upon a target.
- Power Chord - Tempo will apply a 40% (+ 4% per 100 AP) slow for 2 seconds.
- Sona's Hymn of Valor is very strong if leveled up quickly. However, because of her lack of escape mechanisms or survivability abilities, she should still be played as a support champion.
- In a passive support lane, encourage your carry to trade blows with the opponent, as using both your Hymn of Valor and Aria of Perseverance lets the both of you make easy and effective winning trades.
- Use Aria of Perseverance when an ally is being focused in order to take advantage of the aura's shield.
- Stay with your team. Sona's auras are most effective when the team groups up. Sona makes an excellent healer, Crescendo is best used when the whole team can take advantage of it, and Song of Celerity lets the entire team kite. Without a teammate around, Sona is little more than an easy gank.
- Early game, be wary of constant spell rotation, as it will quickly drain her mana. However, this can also be a large problem mid to late game without proper itemization. Sona. is a valuable mana regeneration item for
- Crescendo is a powerful CC that can stun an entire team. Strive not to waste it, use it to counter-engage for the highest chance of success.
- Item Usage
- Being a support, Sona should focus on supporting her AD carry early game by warding and keeping them safe. This means getting by with less gold and building so as to benefit your team.
- Your ideal support item is . Your natural playstyle focuses on harass, and this greatly complements the damage output with an easy method of gold generation.
- is also quite beneficial, as you can safely sustain and create a passive laning environment that zones out the enemy.
- If you go Sona midlane, you usually need to keep your wards up, as your chances of escaping ganks, when not warded, is limited, and basically impossible if both the wards and your flash is down. Getting a fast is recommended, as well as getting right afterwards. You also want to rotate your abilities, in order to have 2 stacks of your passive always ready to punish any overextending champion with Hymn of Valor + + Power Chord.
- Aura items are available that benefit Sona's playstyle.
- With her Song of Celerity and a , Sona can make it nearly impossible for the enemy to catch a dying teammate or escape from her team during a chase. These two also allow her team to traverse great distances very quickly, such as running to a structure after an ace to take it down before the enemy team revives or moving to a friendly structure to prevent it from being taken.
- 's debuff to enemies' attack speed decreases the DPS of auto attacks from the enemy team while giving you more CDR and armor.
- 's debuff to enemies' magic resist increases the magic damage output of your team while giving you more magic resist and AP.
- CC and healing them.
is a powerful item because it's capable of saving an important teammate, letting them continue fighting by removing
- The massive mana regeneration is also extremely useful.
- All of Sona's abilities (including her passive) scale with AP, but support Sona should prioritize CDR over AP as to maximize the utility of her abilities and passive.
- CDR in fact raises her damage output faster than AP does, and more cheaply.
- Sona can realistically use them. , , , , , , , , , and all have CDR and
- With 40% cooldown reduction, the cooldown of Hymn of Valor is 4.8 seconds, Aria of Perseverance is 6 seconds, Song of Celerity is 7.2 seconds, and level 3 Crescendo cooldown is 60 seconds.
- Sona is extremely valuable in teamfights and group pushes, but sustained aura rotation can deplete her mana pool quickly if not equipped properly. Use any available mana sources to extend the duration of your presence on the battle field.
- The only possible way to go overboard on your mana is using both and at the same time.
- Power Chord it can provide incredible burst damage. can add a significant amount of damage to her spell rotations. Combined with
- Sona's Aria of Perseverance can shield multiple allies at once. This makes a very good item on her, providing a slew of useful stats alongside an attack speed and magic damage buff for allies which, no matter the composition, will improve her team's objective taking. Also, you can further extend the duration of 's buff on a single most wounded nearby ally by approaching them no more than 3 seconds after activating Aria of Perseverance, thus refreshing 's buff's duration for up to 9 seconds total.
- Although unconventional, Sona can make great use of in the middle lane. As a champion who tends to auto-attack a lot, she can make use of the AD it provides, while gaining a substantial amount of AP and sustain. Being a champion lacking a lot of natural, easy-to-use CC, Sona can make use of the active very well.
- Sona is fairly squishy throughout the game, especially at level 1. Work with your allies to kill her fast.
- Just be careful not to give her the upper hand through your aggressiveness. Being a support, her allies are her main survivability, and making the mistake in ignoring them can prove to be more fatal than ignoring Sona.
- Constantly try to harass Sona and her lane partner. Doing so forces her to use Aria of Perseverance, and it takes up a lot of mana in the early game.
- When laning against Sona, remember how she can boost her partner with her supporting spells. When focusing either of them, you're really going to be fighting both of them, so account for it by removing either from the equation with CC or zoning.
- Sona's harass is targeted, which means that to avoid her damage, you need to either block the damage or not be there to take it in the first place.
- Hymn of Valor cannot auto-target enemies not in vision, so take advantage of brush and control vision.
- Magic Resist in general can counter a Sona focusing on damage. and are the recommended items for this.
- Do not overextend when chasing an enemy that is accompanied with Sona. Her Song of Celerity allows her to outrun you very quickly.
- Sona is a rewarding target to remove quickly from the fight. If the opportunity presents itself, remove her from the equation.
- Sona is best countered by using an aggressive support with heavy CC, such as Blitzcrank, Thresh, or Leona. Keep in mind that you must play very aggressively against Sona and not give her time to recover her spells; otherwise she will just end up harassing and out sustaining your aggressor of choice.