Hi everyone. Welcome to my first guide. It might not be perfect, and might not suit every one of you readers playstyles, but it's what works awesomely great for me, and i wanted to share it.
It might seem a little weird at first, but even if you read it completely, and don't agree, give it a try, you might be surprised by how well it works.
Introduction: Why do I treat Sona as more than a Support?
I don't think of sona a "just a support" and neither should you.
The "all mana regen" build do not convince me.
Because Sona is a great damage dealer if you know how to take care of ganks and know when to pull out.
At lvl 18, even with 0 Ap, you could be dealing 1075 damage in an Ulti + Q + Power chord auto attack combo. 954 Magical and 121 Physical. To that, add 1.5 of your AP. To a single target. And even when you don't have your Ult off CD, you can still deal a great amount of poking damage with your Q alone, and using your W/E to heal/escape.
I've had games in great teams (as in no feeder noobs) in which i had the 2nd or 3rd Kill score and the higher Assist score, so no, i wasn't just KSing. It's just a matter of knowing how to prepare for battle.
If you didn't die a lot in the laning phase, you can be a beastly killer mid game.
Tactics Section: What is the point of all of this?
The idea behind Battle Healer Sona is to retain the Support side of her, wile building her with a great dose of survivability, at least to make her able to pull out a teammate from a bad situation, and at most, to be able to get hit 3 or 4 times before finding a good place to use your Ultimate in a teamfight.
With this build you will be able to:
-Being a great support.
-Being a major asset for your team Mid game, and if you do well, also Late game.
-Solo laning top.
Yeah, I'm not joking, even if Sona would never be my first choice for a Solo Top Lane, I've had some very successful performances there. I've got first blood from a Pantheon 1 vs 1, held my ground against Urgot + Fiddle / Taric + Jarvan / Morgana + Jax (In this one I've had the only kill of my team on the laning phase) the only one that actually has beaten my lane was a Mordekaiser, and even then, he only killed me once.
Now to the good stuff: The build
I always go with a 9/0/21 standard caster setup, but i think that 0/9/21 might work great as well.
The most important runes for Battle Healer Sona are Seals and Glyphs.
For the Seals (Yellows) I recommend Flat Armor. You will need them early game, and late game, armor is pretty easy to get, so you're better with the low level boost.
For the Glyphs, on the other hand, you have 3 great choices: Flat CDR, Flat Magic Resistance and Magic Resistance per Level.
This is more of a personal choice, i prefer %CDR, but any of them can give you stats that you will need all game long.
Marks: I'd go with Magic Penetration, as there are not much better choices there, and i don't really like Secondary and Tertiary runes.
Quintessences: Go crazy. Pick anything you feel like. My personal choices would be Movement Speed, Magic Penetration or Flat Health.
I go with Teleport and Ghost, they help a lot during the whole game, and make you much more useful for your team, giving you a much stronger map presence.
You could also pick Flash, Heal or almost any other spell that you want, but i found this 2 to be the most useful in the average game.
As i pick Ghost, i tend to leave E until i have my other skills maxed, and i mainly focus on healing first, so the Skill progression looks something like this (I bolded Ulimate levels and lvl 5 Skills):
W > Q > W > Q > W > R > W > Q > W > Q > R > Q > E > E > E > R > E > E.
This will max your supporting/lane staying power and damage dealing much more early in the game, giving you space to pull some really awesome stunts early and mid game.
Pay attention to your surroundings and remember that you have some really powerful auras, a lvl 5 W aura can nullify Mercury Treads or Abyssal scepter, Q aura can help getting towers down (And your Power chord works on them too, so always remember to use Q before a power chord if attacking a turret) and your E is useful to go trough the map as a team quicker without having to use summoner spells.
Decide on a battle if your team can get more advantage from being able to chase, having extra resistance or dealing a little more damage. That can win teamfights for you.
Try to get closer to the team fight but not inside it to use your Ultimate, if you hit their entire team, the teamfight is 90% won. You can also save it on a team that has few hard CC skills to interrupt strong ultimates like Katarina's or Nunu's.
My "Core" are 4 cheap Items, worth under 4k Gold:
-Tear of the Goddess
You should get this Items around lvl 10-12 and from that, it's pretty much just getting AP to further boost your strengths
I start with Mana Crystal and 2 Health potions. This solves all your early game needs, as you have a bigger mana pool, and you don't need to spam your W that much, saving you even more mana for when your lane partner needs your heals or you see a chance to burst an enemy down with your Q + Power Chord.
Go b when you have at least 945 gold, and buy the Tear and Boots.
After that, get your T2 Boots and wait until you have 1440 gold
Now you have to make a choice: To keep following this guide, or to end the game very quickly. If your team is snowballing, get a Mejai's and charge it with assists. If there's no clar advantage, get your Negatron Cloak and Chain Vest, and you're now much more resistant than almost any Squishy in the other team.
Now you have your core, and are free to break havoc mid game, with your unexpectedly high burst and your utility to your team .
To follow on with the game:
Make the Negatron Cloak into an Abyssal Scepter, your AP carries will thank you for it, and you'll get even more MR and a nice amount of AP.
For the Chain Vest you have 2 great options:
-Zhonya's Hourglass to get a high amount of AP
-Frozen heart to stop their auto attacking carries on their tracks, adding some nice CDR and Mana.
After you have your survivability core, you can make your Archangel Scepter from that Tear of the Goddess that should already be Maxed out, and get a great AP boost.
If you already have those 4 items, go straight for a Deathcap. that'll increase your performance by a huge amount.
The 6th item is more or less up to you.
-If you think that you already have enough Armor and feel like tanking, go with Warmog's, a 3.5 HP support with more than 150 Armor and MR is a view that won't please the eyes of your enemies. Troll them to death, being the undying super support.
-If you prefer more MR, a Vanshee's veil would be the best choice, getting you over the 200 MR mark and giving you some extra HP and MP, it's an overall great choice.
-If you've got Zhonya's, you might find that you could use some more Armor. Go straight for a Guardian Angel. You have no health items, so you'll have under 1700 HP. That might seem weak, but consider that GA revives you with a flat amount of health... 700 health in this build would mean that you get more than 1/3 of your health back, and you have over 190 armor and 15o Mr, so that + a heal it's enough to escape or finish the fight.
There are more choices for really late game items, but the game should usually be over around the time you get AAS or Rabadon's.
Please comment your thoughts about my guide, and thank you for reading it.
I'll try to get Fraps this week, so i might update it with some short videos from my LoL Recorder saved games to illustrate some of my points.
And i wanted to addt, that while this is a Battle Sona guide, it isn't a Carry Sona guide. Work with your team, you're great, you're tanky, but you're still a support.