Originally Posted by Baleful Templar
I don't usually post on the forum, but I just wanted to post how I don't think you should be AFRAID to change abilities on champions entirely. If you think Sona's ultimate is a big problem you should do whatever you want to fix it. Champion reworks aren't unheard-of, but I hear a lot of Riot employee posts saying how Sona's ultimate is totally screwed up but being unwilling to change it significantly - that seems weird to me.
As is my understanding, the problem is that Sona is balanced around her ult. Her cc is weaker than Alistar's, her poke is weaker than Janna's, her heal is weaker than Soraka's, her aura is weaker than Taric's (during teamfights where it matters, he's +35 ad/ap and +30 armor to her +20 ad/ap or 15 armor/mres).
But then she has this ult that is pretty darn awesome, which makes up for her shortcomings. It's okay for her to be this well rounded character that doesn't excel at anything compared to the other supports because she can completely turn team fights around.
Xypherous posed the question that if Sona's ult were bad, say it only hit people in a line like Janna's Tornado, would anyone pick her? I would because I like her, but without her ult she's pretty weak compared to the others without their ults. Ultless Alistar can still cc, he's just easier to kill. But if he saves the carry, it doesn't matter that he dies. Janna still has her cc and her shield and her slow without her ult, so she is still doing something in teamfights. Soraka can still give someone on her team 125 armor and sustain and more mres than Sona can give. And so on.
Without her ult, Sona's team fight presence is reducing one enemy's damage by 20% and then probably getting exploded so her auras turn off.
Sona is my favorite support. I like the utility of power chords in lane, I like being able to ult in teamfights and turn a fight around, I like the new support items that came out, and I like her initiation and positioning presence through her E and Reverie. I also like her style (I play the violin, so I connect with the whole strings thing). If you guys think you can fix her ult without killing her, then I support that decision. But I would rather have a nerfed Sona than a useless Sona, if you know what I mean >___>