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[2.3] Sona Guide - Dr. Curvy's Guide to Sona Support [In-Depth + Vid]

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This guide is based on my experience of gameplay and what I found comfortable. If you would like to make changes on my builds feel free to do so because it is better to play with comfort.
Patch 2.3
June 23, 2021 12:23
Support

Dr. Curvy's Guide to Sona Support [In-Depth + Vid]

New to support? Force to play the role? Love music? Then Sona is the champion for you! My guide will teach the basics, as well as some advance skills!

Pros

  • She scales late game
  • Provides a lot to the team
  • Good poke when in lane
  • Ultimate is a stun

Cons

  • Mana hungry
  • Squishy
  • Could get counter builded with Morellonomicon
  • Could get focused on

Sona Build

Best Build Guide for Sona

Starting Items
Amplifying Tome
Sapphire Crystal
CORE ITEMS
Archangel's Staff
Ardent Censer
Harmonic Echo
CORE BUILD
Seraph's Embrace
Ardent Censer
Harmonic Echo
Athene's Unholy Grail
Lich Bane
Locket Enchant
BOOTS (Depends on Enemy Team's comp.)
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Plated Steelcaps
Mercury's Treads

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

For your starting items on SonaSona , you can either take Amplifying TomeAmplifying Tome  or Sapphire CrystalSapphire Crystal . But that depends on how your playstyle is within the early game;

This leads to the first core item that is ESSENTIAL for SonaSona that is the Archangel's StaffArchangel's Staff . Being a somewhat spammy support with her abilities on very low cooldowns, SonaSona requires mana...lot's of mana! 

Ardent CenserArdent Censer as a second item will usually depend on who your ADC is, champions like JinxJinx , VayneVayne or even [kaisa] would benefit from this. The reason is because you and your ADC gain attack speed, as well as on hit (bonus) magic damage for 6 seconds. Make sure to take advantage of it!

Harmonic EchoHarmonic Echo as a second item will benefit from champions that are very aggressive in the early game (a.k.a Lane Bully). Champions like DravenDraven , Miss FortuneMiss Fortune and even JhinJhin would benefit from this because it heals you and your ADC at 100 stacks, so don't be afraid to trade in lane once you see this item at maximum stacks!

Third item for me, is usually where I choose my boots & enchant considering the active is crucial to a mid-to-late game teamfights. I am here to breakdown the boots you should get, to know what is a must-buy;

  • Ionian Boots of LucidityIonian Boots of Lucidity is the boots I usually get when my whole team and I are snowballing. Having more Ability Haste means you are able to spam out your spells even more. Remember Ability Haste has no cap, so spam them abilities like it's URF.
  • [Ninja Tabi] is when the enemy team has a fed AD Assassin or ADC that you don't want to mess with. Also if you need to survive, for when you need to be there for your team. This item will be useful for champions like ZedZed or even YasuoYasuo

Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads is for when you are against a bursty support like LuxLux or SeraphineSeraphine , It also comes in handy when you are against the AP Assassins like AkaliAkali , EvelynnEvelynn , FizzFizz & KennenKennen . Also Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads reduces the amount of CC (crowd control) time dealt to you.


Which Boot enchant should you get?

Got your boots? Now what enchant would you go with? Here are a some suggestions;

  • [Locket Enchant] is SO USEFUL! I am so surprised that no one uses this enchant often, especially the support players out there (Tank Baron Laner's can benefit from this too.) Giving your shield an AOE shield that can probably save everyone is
    kind of broken, add on to SonaSona 's [sona:2] then your team will positively survive those late game teamfights for Baron or Elder Dragon. Just make sure to POSITION properly, an enemy assassin or enemy jungler can easily focus you down.
  • Redeeming EnchantRedeeming Enchant is so UNDERRATED. Okay even I can confess that, I barley use this enchant but that doesn't mean it's a bad enchant. I mean, a huge AOE heal that does 10% health of TRUE DAMAGE to enemies... is crazy. The only problem with this enchant, is your timing and how well can you land it during  a teamfight or any other type of skirmishes.
  • Shadows EnchantShadows Enchant is probably that enchant where the game recommends you to get, but compared to others this is the least efficient enchant - for me anyways. See by the late game you would probably have your Sweeping Lens that is way more efficient, as well as using the vision plants that is around the jungle. However, scouting out where champions are with the shadows will come in handy and give a sense where majority of their team is.


For you 4th & 5th item could be situational and it all depends on you, here are some items that you might want to add to your build;

  • Rod of AgesRod of Ages Gathering Storm 2.0? Yes, SonaSona can benefit from this, with more mana, and more health and more AP, a perfect triangle.
  • Lich BaneLich Bane bring in more damage with you, from your 1st skill. (If you max the first skill first.)
  • Athene's Unholy GrailAthene's Unholy Grail for even more healing.  You will be surprise how much healing you can do once late game hits.
  • Zeke's ConvergenceZeke's Convergence is a tremendously powerful item! Not only does it bring the armor and magic resistances to SonaSona (which she needs) but it also bring a buff that increases the attack of the highest AD in the game for 2 seconds whenever you cast your ultimate.
  • Protector's VowProtector's Vow This is very useful when there is a lot of assassins trying to take you or your ADC down. The shield can be triggered whenever a champion, monster, or even a turret hits you, both you and an ally next to you will get the shield. Don't forget more armor stats so that you can survive! Useful in all AD team comps.

Sona Runes

Best Runes for Sona

Keystone
Summon Aery
Summon Aery
Domination
Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm
Resolve
Second Wind
Second Wind
Inspiration
Manaflow Band
Manaflow Band
  • Summon Aery is a MUST HAVE spell for every enchanter support for the extra shield, and it always comes handy in clutch situations.
  • Gathering Storm is useful for SonaSona 's AP scaling, it will her Aria Of PerseveranceAria Of Perseverance more healing and her Hymn Of ValorHymn Of Valor will deal more damage.
  • Regeneration I have tested these in some games, it works. A good fellow Sona main told me, its powerful, and it is. I trust that person, trust me.
  • Manaflow Band this will help Sona's mana problems even further adding it with Archangel's StaffArchangel's Staff
Keystone
Font of Life
Font of Life
Domination
Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm
Resolve
Bone Plating
Bone Plating
Inspiration
Manaflow Band
Manaflow Band
  • Font Of Life The new kid on the block got a rework and it's honestly the must have rune for any support. 
  • Gathering Storm is useful for SonaSona 's AP scaling, it will her Aria Of PerseveranceAria Of Perseverance more healing and her Hymn Of ValorHymn Of Valor will deal more damage.
  • Bone Plating is useful for SonaSona because she takes less damage from the early game with this rune.
  • Manaflow Band this will help Sona's mana problems even further adding it with Archangel's StaffArchangel's Staff

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Power Chord
Power Chord - Passive
Hymn Of Valor
Hymn Of Valor
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Aria Of Perseverance
Aria Of Perseverance
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Song Of Celerity
Song Of Celerity
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Crescendo
Crescendo
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
A must have Summoner Spell! Can be useful if there is a sudden engagements from the enemy team, and good for engaging in fights with your ultimate.
Exhaust
This is good when you are trading with the enemy Dragon lane duo. The damage reduction is very handy when you use it on the enemy ADC!
Ignite
If you are with a very aggressive ADC like Draven, Kai'sa or Miss Fortune, having ignite might not be a bad idea.
Heal
If your ADC takes any other spell besides Heal, make sure you are the one who gets it. Heal is crucial to winning a trade and later a kill, so one of you must have it.

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Hymn Of Valor
1st
Auto Attack
AA

The standard level 1 poke combo in lane.


Power Chord
Passive
Auto Attack
AA
Hymn Of Valor
1st
Auto Attack
AA

If you have Sona's Passive on Blue, try using it follow it up with an attack then a 1st skill and finally another auto attack.

Flash
Flash
Crescendo
Ult

If you can guarantee a kill, this combo would honestly be the one you can go for.

Sona Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Janna
Easy
Janna
Soraka
Easy
Soraka
Blitzcrank
Medium
Blitzcrank
Lux
Medium
Lux
Nami
Medium
Nami
Annie
Medium
Annie
Lulu
Medium
Lulu
Alistar
Hard
Alistar
Braum
Hard
Braum
Seraphine
Skill
Seraphine
Sona
Skill
Sona

JannaJanna is a one the simplest matchups because SonaSona generally has more poke at level 1 with Hymn Of ValorHymn Of Valor and her strong sustain from Aria Of PerseveranceAria Of Perseverance

Just be careful when Janna shields her ADC with Eye Of The StormEye Of The Storm because if you didn't know JannaJanna 's shield gives AD and it scales the more points it gets added into it, either focus the person who is shielded or wait for the shield to wear off.

Also once JannaJanna does her ZephyrZephyr ...RUN! Because that likely means you are getting ganked and will die! SonaSona is squishy and will easily get caught up from that slow, so make sure to ward up!

Sona

FINAL THOUGHTS

Sona isn't like her PC counterpart. In all honesty she is more better here, and she can actually compete with the other supports. My advice is try her out and but be safe and learn how to position properly. 

Sona

WHERE TO FIND ME?

Well that's the end of my SonaSona guide! I hope you find it pretty helpful, and don't worry this guide will get updated once every new patch that comes to the game, so I can adjust with buffs and nerfs that were given. 

This is my very first guide, that I every created in all of League Of Legends history, so let me know your feedback in the comments below - I would love to hear it, and I will make more in the near future whether it's support or anywhere else.

If you wanna know where to find me, I have a YouTube channel where I make Wild Rift videos & gameplays that are mostly based on supports! I am fairly new to YouTube so please go easy on me! I also have a Discord and you can message me at Miggy#6066

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPILYOnq1lF1h0WQJqtLFAg (My channel is Skiz Gaming, but I will rebrand it to Dr. Curvy)

Thank you guys so much for watching! I will see you in the next guide I make, bye! :)

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Beng1
3 years ago
You smurfing with that design bro
DrCurvy
3 years ago
Me? xD Just OCD :P
DrCurvy
3 years ago
Feel free to add me on Discord as well - Miggy#6066