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Gameplay

Two years after brushing up her visuals, we’re taking a second look at the goatiest of champions, Soraka! This time the Champion Update team’s focusing on her gameplay, so while her bananas stay the same, we’re updating and tweaking a few of her abilities. Here’s the rundown! [1]

Abilities

Salvation
Salvation

Soraka gains significant movement speed when she moves towards heavily wounded allies.

Starcall
Starcall

Soraka calls down a meteor at a target location, damaging all enemies caught by the explosion and dealing extra damage and a Slow icon slow to enemies directly under the impact.

Astral Infusion
Astral Infusion
  • Passive: Soraka heals herself whenever she hits an enemy champion with Starcall.png Starcall.
  • Active: Soraka sacrifices her own health to heal a nearby ally.

Equinox
Equinox

Soraka briefly conjures a celestial zone at a target location. Enemies standing above the zone are Silence icon silenced until they leave, while if they’re standing above Equinox when it collapses, they’re briefly Root icon rooted.

Wish
Wish

Soraka summons a global heal for all allied champions. Heavily wounded allies gain extra health.

Laning

Soraka Soraka’s a support who works best in the immediate proximity of her marksman. Here she can keep her lane partner healthy with Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion before turning to Starcall.png Starcall to damage the enemy bot lane champions and restore some of her own health. Equinox.png Equinox has serious potential to win trades, too – casting it beneath an enemy AD caster (Graves Graves and Varus Varus, for example) greatly reduces their damage output, while using it beneath the enemy support cuts off their ability to use their array of abilities and summoner spells.

Equinox.png Equinox can be a lifesaver when the enemy jungler comes in to gank, too. Whenever Soraka casts the portal along the jungler’s attack route, she effectively forces them to choose between a longer gank path and the ability’s silence/snare field. Additionally, if her marksman is already close to death but closer to the relative safety of their tower, then the speed boost from Salvation.png Salvation helps Soraka motor away from her enemies. Of course, if all else fails, Soraka can break the emergency glass and hit the big red Wish.png Wish button to buy her allies a few extra seconds of life.

Teamfights

Soraka’s teamfight presence relies on sharp decision-making and making the most of Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion’s extremely low cooldown. Though she’s generally better off sticking close to – and healing up – her team’s backline, Salvation.png Salvation gives her enough movement speed to fly to the frontline and heal her suffering tanks. This presents risks, though: without the extra movement speed, she returns to her team’s backline – and safety – relatively slowly, giving the enemy team plenty of opportunities to wade in and cut her down. Soraka can diminish this threat by casting Equinox.png Equinox on the battle’s frontline, hopefully dissuading all but the most determined assassins from bursting through to kill her.

Finally, Wish.png Wish has enough raw power to turn around seemingly lost fights. Timing is critical: using it early on tops off health and keeps the momentum of a fight in your team’s hands, but saving it until the last moment grants significantly more health and can fully dispirit a confident enemy team.

Champion Spotlight
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Soraka Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Health Potion item3 Ancient Coin item Warding Totem item
Early Sightstone item Nomad&#039;s Medallion item Boots of Speed item
Essential Talisman of Ascension item Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Aggressive Ardent Censer item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Banner of Command item
Protective Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Ancient Coin item Health Potion item4
Essential Talisman of Ascension item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Offensive Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item Ardent Censer item
Defensive Moonflair Spellblade item Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Banner of Command item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Nomad&#039;s Medallion item Health Potion item2
Essential Spirit Visage item Talisman of Ascension item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Offensive Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item Abyssal Scepter item
Defensive Orb of Winter item Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item Warmog&#039;s Armor item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing As Soraka Soraka
  • Soraka Soraka is a powerful ally in battle, using her strong healing to keep the party moving forward.
  • You can use Wish.png Wish on your allies from across the map to save them from otherwise fatal events.
  • Equinox.png Equinox can be used as a powerful zoning tool to keep enemies at bay.
Playing Against Soraka Soraka
  • Focus on attacking Soraka Soraka when she ever ventures to the frontline to heal her allies.
  • Take advantage of Soraka Soraka's long cooldown on Equinox.png Equinox if she uses it to harass.
  • It's easier to focus Soraka Soraka than the ally she is healing.

Tips

Ability Usage
  • Use Salvation.png Salvation to weave in and out of danger and determine which ally needs healing. Be careful not to lead yourself into danger, as some allies may not be able to be saved.
    • Salvation.png Salvation's indicator, which appears on allies below 40% maximum health, also indicates when they will receive the 50% increased heal from Wish.png Wish.
    • Salvation.png Salvation only gives bonus movement speed when approaching low-health allies in range. Thus, it might even be beneficial to leave allies low just long enough to escape danger.
    • Observant enemy players will be able to notice changes in Soraka Soraka's movement speed when a low-health ally is in range. Be sure that your jungler or roaming ally does not enter your vicinity at low health if you need their presence to be elusive.
  • Leveling Starcall.png Starcall at rank 1 is desirable if you and your laning partner seek to reach level 2 first.
    • Maxing it first will give greater poke potential, a larger self-heal, and enable lane dominance. It also extends the duration of Rejuvenation when casting Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion on an ally.
    • Starcall.png Starcall's projectile falls more slowly the longer the distance at which it is cast from.
      • If cast from a long range, you may need to lead your target. Oftentimes in laning, the enemy laner will move back after last-hitting a minion. Try casting the ability behind them. However, keep in mind that moving forward far enough to do so may put you in range of retaliation.
      • In desperate circumstances or situations where you may need to land a faster Starcall.png Starcall consider casting it as close to Soraka Soraka as possible. This is easiest using Flash.png Flash to get on top of an opponent beforehand.
    • Sometimes, it may be unnecessary to use Starcall.png Starcall if Soraka Soraka is at full health, and if Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion is maxed first instead, the damage in early laning may be negligible. In this case, it may better to conserve your mana for more appropriate times.
    • Starcall.png Starcall provides vision of unwarded brush for a brief period. Use this to check bushes rather than warding them or directly facechecking, as this can help prevent unwanted deaths.
  • Leveling Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion at level 1 is desirable if you wish to give your a jungler a "perfect" leash in the support role, need to level it on-point in the case of early jungle invades, and/or seek to play passive in lane. Maxing it first will dramatically buff the heal on an ally.
    • Soraka Soraka should be able to heal her jungler once during the leash, step out of experience range when her jungler Smite.png Smite's the buff, and then heal her jungler a second time while heading to lane with her ADC in a fashionable time frame.
    • Despite its health cost, Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion has a relatively low mana cost. As such, in a support role in lane, Soraka Soraka can remain relevant with only a couple points of extra mana regeneration.
    • Casting Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion many times over a short period can drain a large portion of Soraka Soraka's health. Be mindful of positioning in extended trades.
    • Once both Starcall.png Starcall and Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion are leveled at least once, Soraka Soraka should be seeking to land Starcall.png Starcalls to regain some or all of the health that is lost from casting Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion.
      • If Soraka Soraka fails to land enough sufficient Starcall.png Starcall's, it may be necessary to invest in some alternative health restoration methods through itemization, including health regeneration and consumables.
      • If, however, a Starcall.png Starcall lands on multiple enemy champions, Soraka Soraka can potentially self-heal more than the health cost of Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion. Strive to position your team in a siege composition so that the enemy team is forced to be clustered up under a tower to protect it. This will make it more likely for you to land a multiple-enemy Starcall.png Starcall.
    • Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion can be a powerful, though risky, lane control tool if used effectively.
  • Equinox.png Equinox is rarely leveled first and is typically the last ability to be maxed.
    • Due to Equinox.png Equinox's instantaneous cast time, it can be used to swiftly interrupt channeled abilities, such as Katarina Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus or Janna Janna's Monsoon.png Monsoon.
      • Alternatively, it can also be used as a trap to prevent enemy champions from engaging from a Teleport.png Teleport or other global ability. For example, when placed in the epicenter of Pantheon Pantheon's Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall, it can prevent him from leaping onto an ally with Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia due to the Silence icon silence field and will subsequently Root icon root him, making him vulnerable to a counter-engage.
    • Because the Root icon root from Equinox.png Equinox is extremely difficult to land, consider using it as a crowd-control extension ability instead. When Amumu Amumu, for example, lands a Curse of the Sad Mummy.png Curse of the Sad Mummy on multiple enemies, a slightly delayed Equinox.png Equinox can effectively disable them for an even longer period of time - preventing them from Flash.png Flashing and then Root icon rooting them - allowing your allies to make quick work without fear of retaliation.
    • When escaping from a dangerous situation, lead the path of your enemy and cast Equinox.png Equinox where they would be Root icon rooted.
    • While Equinox.png Equinox never guarantees a Root icon root if any enemy champion simply walks over its entire radius, the Slow icon slow from Starcall.png Starcall will make the Root icon root more likely to occur.
    • Equinox.png Equinox cannot deal damage to lane minions or neutral monsters.
  • Use Wish.png Wish in the early laning phase to make an impact on allied lanes across the map.
    • If you are sure only a single ally will die and that a Wish.png Wish will not be able to save them, it may be wise to conserve it for a more appropriate use.
    • Some enemy champions, like Katarina Katarina with Death Lotus.png Death Lotus, can constantly reapply Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds over a period of time. Be sure to engage them in a more favorable circumstance when possible.
Mastery Usage
  • Windspeaker&#039;s Blessing mastery 2016.png Windspeaker's Blessing is a must, since it will buff the heal and give allies increased resistances for a short time.
  • Bond of Stone mastery 2016.png Bond of Stone is an alternative mastery for a more tanky support build.
Item Usage
Countering
  • Soraka Soraka depletes her own health to heal others. Try dodging her Starcall.png Starcall early on as it is the only way she can replenish health on her own (besides health regeneration and Health Potion item.png Health Potions).
    • Soraka can also restore her own health with Heal.png Heal and Wish.png Wish. However, Starcall.png Starcall is still her primary method of self-healing, and dodging it is very important if you don't have enough burst damage or crowd control to counter her sustain.
  • Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion has a short range (550). Try bursting her down so that she cannot heal her allies.
  • The key to keep her down in lane is to poke her down slowly and dodge Starcall.png Starcall. This will keep her vulnerable when she tries to heal her lane partner with Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion.
  • Blitzcrank Blitzcrank and Thresh Thresh can assert lane dominance against her. A well timed hook from either champion can force her to use Flash.png Flash and play more cautiously.
    • However you must play very aggressively. Otherwise Soraka will actually end up outsustaining and outharassing both of them.
  • Picking Ignite.png Ignite instead of Exhaust.png Exhaust can also be an option not only to zone Soraka with the threat of being killed, but also because of the Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds. However, keep in mind the rest of her team, because if it has dangerous mobile assassins such as Kha&#039;Zix Kha'Zix and Zed Zed, then it is better to still take Exhaust.png Exhaust instead of Ignite.png Ignite.

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