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Official Strategy

Gameplay

Laning

SorakaSquare.png Soraka's a support who works best in the immediately 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 (GravesSquare.png Graves and VarusSquare.png 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 SorakaSquare.png 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 gauntlet. Additionally, if her marksman’s already close to death but closer to the relative safety of their tower, then the speed boost from Salvation.png Salvation helps SorakaSquare.png Soraka motor away from her enemies. Of course, if all else fails, SorakaSquare.png 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

SorakaSquare.png 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. SorakaSquare.png 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. [1]

Skill Usage

Salvation.png Salvation

  • The indicator which appears on allies below 40% maximum health also indicates when they will receive the 50% increased heal from Wish.png Wish.
  • 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 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 SorakaSquare.png 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.

Starcall.png Starcall

  • Leveling Starcall.png Starcall at level 1 is desirable in a solo lane or if you and your laning partner seek to reach level 2 first.
    • Maxing it first will give greater poke potential and enable lane dominance if ahead.
  • 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. Often times in laning, the enemy laner will move back after last-hitting a minion. Try casting the ability behind them.
    • In desperate circumstances or situations where you may need to land a faster Starcall.png Starcall consider casting it as close to SorakaSquare.png 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 SorakaSquare.png 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.

Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion

  • 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 increase both Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion's early ally and passive self-heal.
    • Tell your jungler beforehand that using a Health Potion item.png Health Potion for the first jungle buff is unnecessary. SorakaSquare.png Soraka should be able to heal her jungler once during the leash, step out of experience range when her jungler Smite.png Smites the buff, and then heal her jungler a second time while heading to lane with her ADC in a fashionable timeframe.
  • Despite its health cost, Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion has a relatively low mana cost. As such, in a support role in lane, SorakaSquare.png 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 SorakaSquare.png 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, SorakaSquare.png 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 SorakaSquare.png Soraka fails to land enough sufficient Starcall.png Starcalls, 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, SorakaSquare.png 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.
    • If you and your lane partner, if applicable, are seeing a strong minion push to your turret, you can use Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion sparingly on your own ally minions to delay the push. This has the effect of stopping your own turret from killing enemy minions, allowing you or your partner to be able to last-hit them more easily.
    • Alternatively, the same method can be used to deny enemy farm. Carefully timed heals on ally minions under enemy turrets can deny a large amount of farm over time.
    • In the lategame when SorakaSquare.png Soraka is capable, a large minion wave can be built up by constantly healing ally minions when they are fighting an enemy wave until a 2nd ally minion wave reaches your first ally minion wave. This can facilitate an easier tower dive or split push.

Equinox.png Equinox

  • 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 KatarinaSquare.png Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus or JannaSquare.png 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 PantheonSquare.png 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 field and will subsequently root him, making him vulnerable to a counter-engage.
  • Because the root from Equinox.png Equinox is extremely difficult to land, consider using it as a crowd-control extension ability instead. When AmumuSquare.png 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 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 rooted.
  • While Equinox.png Equinox never guarantees a root if any enemy champion simply walks over its entire radius, the slow from a well-aimed Starcall.png Starcall will make the root more likely to occur.
  • Equinox.png Equinox cannot deal damage to lane minions or neutral monsters.

Wish.png Wish

  • 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.
  • Wish.png Wish can and should be used to cleanse Grievous Wounds before continuing to heal allies with Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion.
    • Some enemy champions, such as FizzSquare.png Fizz and MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune can constantly reapply Grievous Wounds over a period of time. Be sure to engage them in a more favorable circumstance when possible.

Rune Usage

Marks

  • As SorakaSquare.png Soraka is usually not an offensive champion, GMarks (1) Marks of Armor can give her more survivability. Though they are secondary runes, GMarks (1) Marks of Armor provide only 0.9 points less armor than GSeals (1) Seals of Armor.
  • GMarks (1) Marks of Hybrid Penetration are the standard choice of marks among most ranged, magic damage-dealing champions.

Seals

  • GSeals (1) Seals of Armor are standard for most champions, but V4.5 has reduced their value.
  • Due to Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion's health costs, GSeals (1) Seals of Health Regeneration or GSeals (2) Seals of Scaling Health Regeneration can alleviate some of these costs over a period of time.
    • GSeals (1) Seals of Health Regeneration and GSeals (2) Seals of Scaling Health Regeneration break even at level 6; GSeals (2) Seals of Scaling Health Regeneration have more gold efficiency.
  • Consider GSeals (3) Seals of Mana Regeneration if you are willing to sacrifice defense for more mana sustain.

Glyphs

  • GGlyphs (3) Glyphs of Magic Resist are standard when facing a magic damage-dealing champion in-lane.
    • GGlyphs (4) Glyphs of Scaling Magic Resist can be used if you do not expect heavy magic damage early but are facing a magic damage-dealing champion in another lane.
  • GGlyphs (1) Glyphs of Cooldown Reduction are useful on most supports and allow her to use Starcall.png Starcall more often and heal an ally with Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion over a shorter period of time in burst engages.
  • GGlyphs (3) Glyphs of Ability Power give SorakaSquare.png Soraka more burst healing and some increased poke damage in the early game.
    • Alternatively, GGlyphs (4) Glyphs of Scaling Ability Power, which break even at level 6, can be used for slightly more power in the mid to lategame.

Quintessences

Build Usage

Recommended Builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Ancient Coin item Health Potion item2 Mana Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Sightstone item Talisman of Ascension item
Ability Scaling Athene's Unholy Grail item Ardent Censer item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Mikael's Crucible item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item5 Frostfang item
Essential Chalice of Harmony item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Frost Queen's Claim item
Offensive Athene's Unholy Grail item Zeke's Herald item Twin Shadows item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Archangel's Staff item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Athene's Unholy Grail item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • SorakaSquare.png 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).
  • Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion has a short range (450). 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 .
  • A well timed Wish.png Wish can turn the tides of a battle, as the heal is not reduced by Grievous Wounds - all instances of Grievous Wounds is removed before the heal. Try to make her use Wish.png Wish in her own defense as this will significantly reduce the effectiveness of the heal on her allies.
  • BlitzcrankSquare.png Blitzcrank and ThreshSquare.png 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.

Champion Spotlight

This champion spotlight is for pre-rework SorakaSquare.png Soraka. The spotlight for the current SorakaSquare.png Soraka has yet to be released.

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Soraka Champion Spotlight

References

  1. http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/champion-update/soraka-starchild

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