*** These are all my personal thoughts and opinions and in no way reflect the opinions/ideas of Riot or The Council. ***
Hey LoL community,
I've decided to write my newest guide on Sona as she is our newest champion and I found myself enjoying my time spent playing her.
As always, I advise you to read my article "Know Your Role" first before taking a look at any of my other stuff. Always check out the Runeterra versions of these articles/guides as they are a lot easier to read this way.
Good luck out there on the battlefields summoners!
Current Compendium of statikk's Guides:
Know Your Role: Runeterra or LoL Forums
Kassadin, the Voidwalker: Runeterra or LoL Forums
Udyr, the Animal Spirit: Runeterra or LoL Forums
Dr. Mundo, the Madman of Zaun: Runeterra or LoL Forums
Sona, the Maven of the Strings: Runeterra or LoL Forums
Vladimir, the Crimson Reaper: Runeterra or LoL Forums
Let me preface this by saying that these are only my personal suggestions and recommendations. Feel free to add your own spice to the mix as guides should not be treated as infallible rulebooks but rather should be taken as mental starting points that provoke analytical thought.
Sona, the Maven of the Strings
Hymn of Valor (Q)
Aria of Perseverance (W)
Song of Celerity (E)
Power Chord (Passive)
Suggested Role - Supporter / Pusher
Being an aura-based champion, Sona has Support written all over her. Her strength lies in sticking with her teammates increasing both their damage output with Hymn of Valor and reducing incoming damage with Aria of Perseverance. She is an ideal babysit champion for a Carry as she can keep easily keep them alive with Aria of Perseverance while also being able to harass lane opponents with Power Chord and Hymn of Valor spam. Song of Celerity allows her to give her team that little movement speed edge which is crucial for ganks, chases, escapes, and positioning. Crescendo can come into play in many ways throughout the entirety of a game, locking up kills, saving escaping teammates, or downright changing the entire momentum of a teamfight for her team.
Sona is also a great champion for Pushing especially with teammates. Her strongest strength as a Pusher is really her map mobility with Song of Celerity. She can handily down creep waves with Hymn of Valor spam and a few Power Chords and then apply pressure to towers. She may not have the greatest of tower damage dealing potential but can still be effective with items like Aegis of the Legion in hand to buff nearby creeps. If the enemy tries to cut off her retreat path, Song of Celerity is a great preemptive escape tool which can be combined with Summoner Spells such as Ghost or the active component of Shurelya's Reverie to out-run most incoming attacks. Crescendo can also be used as a trump card to slow down the enemies bearing down. She is especially a Pushing threat when combined with her team and as such is a strong pick for an early / mid game Pushing lineup.
Lastly, Sona can potentially be geared more towards a Ganker / Semi-Carry damage dealing role if desired. This means she would probably need a solo lane and focus on building up an early advantage in the lane by dominating her lane opponent with Power Chord and Hymn of Valor harass while fending off incoming attacks with Aria of Perseverance. Sona certainly has burst capability with Hymn of Valor + Power Chord, lockdown ability with Crescendo, and map roaming potential with Song of Celerity.
Marks of Insight (magic penetration)
Seals of Clarity (mana regen per level)
Glyphs of Force (ability power per level)
Quintessences of Swiftness (movement speed)
Magic Penetration synergizes with Hymn of Valor, Power Chord, and Crescendo -- her primary sources of damage. Mana Regen helps support her spell spamming ways. Ability Power is a solid stat for her as it helps both her offensive and defensive prowess. Movement Speed synergizes perfectly with Song of Celerity to increase her map presence while also giving her an easy time to sneak in (Power Chord) autoattacks to harass any lane opponent(s).
Clarity: allows for more spell spam for both you and your teammates (also allows you to focus your items on different stats other than mana items)
Clairvoyance: in order to maintain map control and to spot incoming ganks
Heal: burst team healing to accentuate her support ability
Ghost/Flash: increased mobility to help finish kills or escape sticky situations
Teleport: increased map mobility and presence to support your teammates as well as increased potential to pressure enemy towers
Cleanse: for when the enemy team has far too much CC (ie: stuns, roots)
My personal preferences are Ghost and Flash.
21 points in Utility (notable points: Meditation, Quickness, Intelligence, Presence of the Master)
9 points in Offense (notable points: Archmage's Savvy, Archaic Knowledge)
Utility gives her the power to spam her spells like any Support should want to. The other 9 points can honestly go to whatever you want.
Do not forget to grab upgraded summoner spells if possible.
Spell Build Order
Crescendo > Hymn of Valor = Aria of Perseverance = Song of Celerity
Spell build order is heavily dependent on your intended role and playstyle. A pure support-oriented Sona would most likely want to quickly max Aria of Perseverance and Song of Celerity while a more balanced Sona may want to max Hymn of Valor off the bat. Putting at least 1 early point in each spell and ranking Crescendo whenever possible are good ideas. I personally max Hymn of Valor first as I tend to play Sona as an offensive support (which will be further detailed in the items section).
Sona is certainly a champion who is still in her experimental stages but there are at least two obvious ways of building as she is after all a Support caster.
The first build is focused on itemizing ability power while also finding a way to deal with the mana problems that come with spamming her spells. Thus, this item build centers around taking advantage of Archangel's Staff. Another notable item here is Lichbane which perfectly synergizes with her low cooldown spell spamming ways and with Power Chord and Hymn of Valor can deal a surprising amount of burst and sustained damage. Ability power increases both her ability to heal her teammates as well as significantly increasing the damage she can dish out. This makes it an all-around good stat to focus on her as it will naturally allow you to support your teammates while also letting you in on the fun. This build balances her defensive and offensive capabilities.
AP Support Build:
Doran's Ring - Boots of Swiftness - Archangel's Staff - Lichbane - Rylai's Crystal Scepter - Zhonya's Ring
The second build is a much more typical pure Support build focusing on aura items such as Soul Shroud and Aegis of the Legion to bolster the team. This build is less risky due to the fact that you can support your team "passively" by just being near them and the fact that the items provide relatively more survivability. Something to notice here is the strong synergy between Sona and Shurelya's Reverie giving your team unrivaled movement speed which allows for good team positioning (for easy focusing of prime targets, escaping, etc.). This build is more defensive-oriented and is often a good idea if your gold farm is limited.
Pure Support Build:
Doran's Ring - Boots of Swiftness - Soul Shroud - Aegis of the Legion - Shurelya's Reverie - Guardian Angel
One thing to never forget is to counter your enemies’ item choices and team composition. Sometimes it is necessary to veer from your intended build in order to perform at maximum potential. Do not neglect item choices such as Frozen Heart against a physical-heavy team or Banshee's Veil against a magic-heavy team. Mercury's Treads is also key to victory against any team with strong CC capabilities.
Notable Situational Items:
Frozen Heart - Mercury's Treads - Banshee's Veil
Note: Remember, be flexible and adapt. There's no need to strictly follow any set build. Mix and match in order to find something that suits both the situation as well as your playstyle.
- Use Song of Celerity to move around the map more quickly to always support teammates especially in terms of positioning
- Remember to switch between at least 2 auras as they persist for a few seconds after deactivation
- Always try to use Power Chord immediately after 3 casts especially during the laning phase
- Hit as many (prime) targets as possible with Crescendo by waiting until the enemy team has fully committed to their positioning