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With three big visual updates now Heimerdinger tinkering, Twitch poisoning, and Karthus 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 Sona, a champion whose kit made her one of the most passive champs on the Rift... outside of her game-changing Crescendo.png 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. [1]

Abilities

Power Chord
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
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.png Power Chord – Hymn of Valor’s Power Chord deals even more magic damage.

Aria of Perseverance
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.png Power Chord – Aria of Perseverance’s Power Chord briefly reduces the target’s damage output.

Song of Celerity
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.

  • Power Chord.png Power Chord – Song of Celerity’s Power Chord briefly Slow icon slows the target’s movement speed.

Crescendo
Crescendo
  • Passive: Crescendo passively empowers each of Sona’s auras, giving Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor increased damage, Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance an increased shield, and Song of Celerity.png 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.

Laning

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.png Hymn of Valor boosting her marksman’s attacks while empowering her own poke. Aria of Perseverance.png 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 Aria of Perseverance.png heal for later in fights grants markedly more health and makes baiting all the more effective. Power Chord.png Power Chord offers some tactical options, too: Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance’s Power Chord.png 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.png Song of Celerity’s Power Chord.png Power Chord.

Teamfights

In teamfights, the smaller auras encourage Sona to stay mobile enough to Aria of Perseverance.png heal, shield and Hymn of Valor.png empower her allies as needed. Song of Celerity.png 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.png Flash to position for her Crescendo.png ult, her new Song of Celerity.png E’s sudden surge of mobility is significant enough to get Sona into position to use Crescendo.png 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.png Aria of Perseverance while using Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor to amp up her allies’ damage.

Champion Spotlight
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Sona Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
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Howling Abyss
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Crystal Scar
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Twisted Treeline
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Tips

Playing As Sona Sona
Playing Against Sona Sona

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Power Chord.png Power Chord has three distinct effects based on the last basic ability Sona Sona used. All of these effects scale with AP.
  • Sona Sona's Hymn of Valor.png 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.png Hymn of Valor and Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance lets the both of you make easy and effective winning trades.
  • Use Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance when an ally is being focused in order to take advantage of the aura's shield.
  • Stay with your team. Sona Sona's auras are most effective when the team groups up. Sona Sona makes an excellent healer, Crescendo.png Crescendo is best used when the whole team can take advantage of it, and Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity lets the entire team kite. Without a teammate around, Sona 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. Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony is a valuable mana regeneration item for Sona Sona.
  • Crescendo.png 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.
    • Flash.png Flash can be used to quickly reposition for a maximum target Crescendo.png Crescendo.
Item Usage
  • Being a support, Sona 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 Spellthief&#039;s Edge item.png Spellthief's Edge. Your natural playstyle focuses on harass, and this greatly complements the damage output with an easy method of gold generation.
    • Ancient Coin item.png Ancient Coin is also quite beneficial, as you can safely sustain and create a passive laning environment that zones out the enemy.
  • If you go Sona 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 Sheen item.png Sheen is recommended, as well as getting Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony 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.png Hymn of Valor + Sheen item.png Sheen + Power Chord.png Power Chord.
  • Aura items are available that benefit Sona Sona's playstyle.
    • With her Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity and a Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension, Sona 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.
    • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart's debuff to enemies' attack speed decreases the DPS of auto attacks from the enemy team while giving you more CDR and armor.
    • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter's debuff to enemies' magic resist increases the magic damage output of your team while giving you more magic resist and AP.
  • Mikael&#039;s Crucible item.png Mikael's Crucible is a powerful item because it's capable of saving an important teammate, letting them continue fighting by removing CC and healing them.
    • The massive mana regeneration is also extremely useful.
  • All of Sona Sona's abilities (including her passive) scale with AP, but support Sona Sona should prioritize CDR over AP as to maximize the utility of her abilities and passive.
  • Sona 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.
  • Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane can add a significant amount of damage to her spell rotations. Combined with Power Chord.png Power Chord it can provide incredible burst damage.
    • As an alternative, a more supportive Sona Sona player might want to get Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet. The CC it provides is something Sona Sona lacks, and the stats are just as beneficial.
  • Sona Sona's Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance can shield multiple allies at once. This makes Ardent Censer item.png Ardent Censer 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 Ardent Censer item.png Ardent Censer's buff on a single most wounded nearby ally by approaching them no more than 3 seconds after activating Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance, thus refreshing Ardent Censer item.png Ardent Censer's buff's duration for up to 9 seconds total.
  • Although unconventional, Sona Sona can make great use of Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade 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 Sona can make use of the active very well.
Countering
  • Sona 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 Sona.
  • Constantly try to harass Sona Sona and her lane partner. Doing so forces her to use Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance, and it takes up a lot of mana in the early game.
  • When laning against Sona 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 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.png 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 Sona focusing on damage. Locket of the Iron Solari item.png Locket of the Iron Solari and Spectre&#039;s Cowl item.png Spectre's Cowl are the recommended items for this.
  • Do not overextend when chasing an enemy that is accompanied with Sona Sona. Her Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity allows her to outrun you very quickly.
  • Sona Sona is a rewarding target to remove quickly from the fight. If the opportunity presents itself, remove her from the equation.
    • Avoid grouping against a Sona Sona. Otherwise she can end up hitting as much members of your team as possible with Crescendo.png Crescendo.
  • Sona Sona is best countered by using an aggressive support with heavy CC, such as Blitzcrank Blitzcrank, Thresh Thresh, or Leona Leona. Keep in mind that you must play very aggressively against Sona Sona and not give her time to recover her spells; otherwise she will just end up harassing and out sustaining your aggressor of choice.
    • Alternatively, using a support with similar healing and harass, such as Nami Nami or Soraka Soraka, can be a good choice for stalling the lane and at least not letting the enemy snowball.

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