Soraka Build Guide

Solo mid Soraka

Uploader ochonueve
Updated 5 years ago
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    Greater Mark of Magic Penetration (+0.87 magic penetration)
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    Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration (+0.065 mana regen / 5 sec. per level (+1.17 at champion level 18))
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    Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power (+0.17 ability power per level (+3.06 at champion level 18))
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    Greater Quintessence of Ability Power (+4.95 ability power)
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[title]Hi, I'm OchoNueve[/title] Today, I'll be talking about my favorite hero in a role not so common to the champion, AP mid. While soraka is first and foremost a support character, her kit can be good also for laning against many common mids. With a decent laning, her late game turns into a more support role, but goes beyond what normal ap soraka does with massive burst heal on her ulti can really turn the tides of a battle and sometimes cluth save your carries. Picking soraka for a double mage strat becomes extremely effective considering her q makes the other mage's presence in a team fight waaay better. Rumble, vlad, [highlight]KENNEN[/highlight], all fantastic synergies with soraka. Pros laning in mid: [.]Great, low cost harass that can be used to control your lane [.]Free silence which can be very good when laning against your standard caster [.]Free MR from passive, again when laning against casters this can be pretty good [.]Can be of help to other lanes without travel time with her ulti [.]Decent sustain considering she can heal herself, and if you pick up an early revolver, the sustain greatly increases Cons: [.]No escapes outside of flash which can lead to easy ganks [.]Can unintentionally push the wave when trying to harass with Q [.]Falls between Burst mage and sustain caster leaving her to get blown up / out DoT'd if not played correctly [.]Sustain is limited because of nerfs to her ability to give herself mana Recently I have made a difference when to max your Q ability and when to max your E. A decent rule of thumb would be to max q against melee heroes I.E. Kassadin, Gragas, Galio to easier zone and make your lane safer because you can shove against these heroes. Maxing e against ranged heroes on the other hand helps you win trades and harass easier.

Standard Caster runes for here, nothing too special. [imgext=] All the per level runes may be traded for flat if you really want to, but for the most part these are the best. You could also consider tanky runes if you're doing tanky masteries but really not necessary

[title][img=skills/soraka/p.png] Passive: Consecration[/title] [number]Increases surrounding allies' magic resistance by 16.[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Great early game passive that helps survive against casters, but falls off late game significantly [title][img=skills/soraka/q.png] Q: Starcall[/title] [number]Strikes nearby enemy units for 60/85/110/135/160 (+40% of ability power) magic damage and reduces their Magic Resistance by 8/9/10/11/12 for 8 seconds This effect stacks up to 10 times. Cooldown 2.5 seconds Cost 20/30/40/50/60 mana Range 660[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Fantastic early game skill that can be used to shove lanes significantly and make the laning phase safer. Especially paired with a wota this ups your sustain in lane by a very high margin. I used to max this first, but recently I've found this not as good to max until the later levels. [title][img=skills/soraka/w.png] W: Astral Blessing[/title] [number]Restores 70/140/210/280/350 (+45% of ability power) health and grants 25/50/75/100/125 bonus armor for 5 seconds. Cooldown 20 seconds Cost 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 / 160 mana Range 750[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Keeping this at low levels early is situational, but for 85% of the time, leave this at 1 until 14. It really can help your sustain, but it costs too much mana and your other two damage spells are worth more during laning. Great team fight skill however. Learn to ALT + W for quick self cast [title][img=skills/soraka/e.png] E: Infuse[/title] [number]If cast on an allied champion, restores 25/50/75/100/125 mana to the target, and an equal amount to self. Does not double on self cast. If cast on an enemy champion, silences them for 1.5/1.75/2/2.25/2.5 seconds and deals 50 / 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 (+75% of ability power) magic damage. Cooldown 10 seconds Range 725[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Free silence versus casters. Against 95% of lanes, this is THE best harrass out there. I've been mainly maxing this skill first recently because I want to be more aggressive in lane and the more damage on this free spell, the easier it is to harass and be aggressive. Great team fight skill that you'll want to use again either Their AP carry so obvs they can't use their spells or their ad carry so they can't use their escapes. [title][img=skills/soraka/r.png] R: Wish[/title] [number]Instantly restores 200 / 320 / 440 (+70% of ability power) health to all allied champions. Cooldown 120 / 90 / 60 seconds Cost 100/175/250 mana[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Insta heal that can influence your other lanes by surviving ganks or wining trades that can win them their lanes. Use this sparingly because of the high cd early on. What I mean is don't use it to try to save the dumb ezreal that gets caught by all 5 of the enemy team trying to get THEIR RED when they're all mia. -_-

For starting, I will almost always take [img=items/boots-of-speed.png][img=items/health-potion3.png]. However if I want early mana regen and hp and potency, I'll take [img=items/dorans-ring.png] [title]Core Items![/title] Whether you want ([img=items/ionian-boots-of-lucidity.png]/[img=items/sorcerers-shoes.png]) really depends on how damagy your team is, but for the most part I'll take Lucidity for cool downs on your harass and your heals and what not. If you take mpen boots you'll probably want to pick up [img=items/morellos-evil-tome.png] to up your cdr. [img=items/catalyst-the-protector.png] Yes, yes yes yes yes. Good hp and mana and it's passive is good for laning. The two options you can build into are both really good items on soraka but I will mostly find myself building RoA [img=items/will-of-the-ancients.png] Great item on soraka. Building double wota with another top ap champ is extremely strong. Great laning, turns her measly w sustain into unpushable status Final Items to consider: [img=items/abyssal-scepter.png] MR reduction aura which synergizes with her Q shred along with MR and AP, good choice overall [img=items/kindlegem.png] HP and cdr, two pretty good things for this kind of soraka. Building into a Shurelias or SV is dpendent but I'll find myself usually finish a SV during laning phast sometime. [img=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] get ALL the ap! you know if you really wanna start doin da damage, and healing ALL the heals, get this very good item [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] if their team is Defense heavy, you may consider getting this and a ton of AP and dat active. [img=items/moonflair-spellblade.png] I may have built this a grand total of 1 time, but still tenacity is pretty OP against cc heavy teams n stuff [img=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] Tankraka son, especially with RoA makes you really hp heavy and your Q slows ALL the people. This item can be really good [img=items/guardian-angel.png] lol you can't focus soraka now! [img=items/lich-bane.png] more trolo never really built this but if you're really far ahead just get it cuz you spam your Q like no one's business. [img=items/morellos-evil-tome.png] said before, if you picked up mpen boots you can get diz [img=items/aegis-of-the-legion.png] NO, NO YOU ARE AP CARRY, DO NOT.

So ima talk about some common laning match ups you'll come across and how you do innately against them and what to do against them [img=champ/ahri.png] I usually like this match up with soraka. Maxing E first and choosing good times to be aggressive and try to zone her with the silence takes sound judgement as to not get caught by her charm and die. She initially will out sustain due to her passive but after revolver/wota you can keep up [img=champ/akali.png] not a humongous times will you come across her in mid, but when you do. Save your silence for when she throws the Q at you, to prevent her from dashing and consuming it. You counter her shroud because Starcall hits invisible enemies like when she's in her shroud. Usually I will max q against her because maxing q against melee heroes usually works better. [img=champ/anivia.png] Dodge skill shots, always silence as usual. Usually you will be able to out sustain and beat her. [img=champ/annie.png]Very dangerous burst caster, if she stuns you before you can silence, you probably will die. However, definite outsustain. [img=champ/brand.png] This champion is 50/50 if you're good and can dodge skill shots, you'll definitely beat this hero, but if not, you'll probably feed. Just don't be stupid. [img=champ/cassiopeia.png]Way better sustain damage than you and all her skills do damage... I.E. don't mess with a good cass or you. will. die. [img=champ/fiddlesticks.png] Not very common, but always save your silence to cancel his drain and try to bait it if you can, other than that you're fine. [img=champ/fizz.png] You would think he's a counter, but not really. You can kite him really easily and silencing him isn't so helpful, but definitely save it for trades [img=champ/galio.png] You straight up wreck this fool with standard harass [img=champ/gragas.png] Standard harass winz da lane [img=champ/heimerdinger.png] Standard harass [img=champ/karthus.png] Gay hero, standard harass [img=champ/kassadin.png] hard to say. pre level 6, you poop all over him. After level 6, not so much. But definitely can still compete with him. Something to note, your silence outranges his silence and yours is insta cast. [img=champ/mordekaiser.png] You take massive dumps all over this hero in lane. [img=champ/katarina.png] save silence for ulti, and other than that obvs don't try to heal yourself if she hits you with her Killer instincts into Bouncing Blane [img=champ/morgana.png] Do not think you auto win, first of all you NEED to silence before going in for harass, she can 100 - 0 with one combo, and if she puts her shield up before you silence, YOU'RE FUCKED. Dodge her q's and you'll be fine after that [img=champ/kennen.png] Take massive poops all over kennen [img=champ/leblanc.png] As usual vs lb, stay back, although with your passive mr, you can usually survive a full burst [img=champ/lux.png] Her harass is pretty good, but you can survive and you definitely beat her if you can dodge her q's [img=champ/malzahar.png] Better sustain damage than you, watch for his ulti bla bla because you can't silence it while he supresses you obv [img=champ/orianna.png] Lol she's bad right now, but don't underestimate a good one [img=champ/ryze.png] Hard to say, if you can silence mid combo for him, you can escape, but you definitely can't beat him 1v1 [img=champ/swain.png] Nope. He is a champ that takes massive massive poops all over your damage after level 6, he out sustains you and out damages you. Since you can't silence most of his damage... Avoid picking soraka against him [img=champ/twistedfate.png] Can silence about 50% of his combo, just don't get stunned [img=champ/veigar.png] eeee avoid 1v1ing until you get signifcant mr, don't get stunned, and don't stack ap... nothing really special though [img=champ/viktor.png] This is hard to say who wins, he has easier harass but you can survive and sustain and stay in lane longer, sooo just don't die v him and you'll end up winning [img=champ/vladimir.png] ewww try to harass him but for the most part he beats you sustain and damage alike [img=champ/xerath.png] lol this guy outranges you, but you outsustain if you just avoid skill shots [img=champ/ziggs.png] lol pooooooop all over this guy just dodge his and silence him a bunch [img=champ/zilean.png] He beats you in harass but this guy you can actually 1v1. If I missed someone... just comment but this is mostly who you'll be fighting

Don't underestimate soraka, while you're chasing her and she's constantly spamming Q, you can definitely die really easily. For new soraka players, the real test of how good you are with soraka is the innate knowledge of your range on your Q. In team fights make sure to save your heal for yourself or your carry, or whomever they're focusing. Don't blow your ulti for one person especially if your w is up. other than that, mash q and throw out your E a lot. Sometimes people are forced to focus soraka because she's too potent as ap, and if so itemize toward that. other than that you'll be golden. Thank you all for reading dis guide and considering Soraka for Ap mid, I know you won't regret it. TachyonPulsar - Solomid Soraka works really well with AP top or an AP support (Lux, Morgana), because the MR shred stacks into ridiculous amounts and Soraka won't be able to utilize the probably negative MR on their AD carry as well as a Rumble or Ryze would. Also, consider maxing E first, as it becomes completely spammable in lane at decently long ranges without any cast time, making it really difficult for anyone to trade well with Soraka. Soraka's E has a range of 725 vs Annie's q at 625 and Ryze's q/w at 625, making Soraka a direct counter to those champions. (even Tibbers barely hits 750 range, making it hard for Annie to go in on Soraka with that) Also, increasing the duration of the silence early is probably the best thing you could possible do during the early game. The only thing Soraka has trouble with is farming: with her horrid autoattack and short range, if her silence is on CD it's hard for her to get in for creeps, unless she is successfully zoning her laning opponent. Soraka top actually serves to abuse that, as it's harder to gank a Soraka in toplane and it's easier for Soraka to effectively harass melee champions.

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