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Jan 30, 2020

Weird Picks #128: Top Lane Soraka Domination

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Top Soraka

Guide to Playing Soraka Top

Soraka's always been one of the most annoying champions in the game. Her healing power is unequivocally powerful and her AOE silence is by far one of the most obnoxious spells in the game. Meanwhile, her self-heal tends to be incredibly obnoxious against melee champions and gives her the ability to out-trade literally every champion in the game levels 1-2.

Check out the details on runes and builds below!


Top Soraka Guide

Guide to Playing Soraka Top

Soraka's always been one of the most annoying champions in the game. Her healing power is unequivocally powerful and her AOE silence is by far one of the most obnoxious spells in the game. Meanwhile, her self-heal tends to be incredibly obnoxious against melee champions and gives her the ability to out-trade literally every champion in the game levels 1-2.

Check out the details on runes and builds below!

How to Play
Abilities: Q, E, W then prioritize R > Q > E > W

Summoner Spells: Flash + Teleport

Starting Items: Doran Ring + Health Potions

Strategy: Poke with Q, E and autos; watch out for jungle ganks and try to avoid pushing too hard.

Core Items: Athene's Unholy Grail, Spirit Visage, Mercury's Treads/Ninja Tabi, Redemption, Ardent Censer, Zhonya's Hourglass



Rune Setup

Primary: Summon Aery, Manaflow Band, Transcendence, Gathering Storm
Secondary: Bone Plating, Revitalize


How It Works

Powerful Early Game
Soraka's level one strength is by far the strongest out of any champion when you combine the low cooldown, heal, and slow that she gets from a single spell. It also has the perk of granting her wave clear ability, meaning you'll almost always have the advantage for the first few levels.

Mid-Game Team Fight Power

Everyone loves Soraka's ultimate, but not everyone loves Soraka's lack of engage bot lane. By dropping her top lane you get the best of both worlds. This allows your team excellent map coverage post-6 and also grants your team a form of strong engage.

Higher Kiting Power
This version of Soraka receives significantly more farm and picks up a tankier build than a standard Soraka. As a result, she can still grant more heals despite not maxing W early game by way of landing her Q first.

Potential Pitfalls

Prone to Camping
As a dominant lane bully, Soraka top is subject to being heavily camped. This results can result in unicorn on the menu, especially because of her tendency to push lane while poking. To avoid this, make sure to avoid pushing lane too hard without warding. Alternatively, you can use her Q to shove all the way to the turret and reset safely.

Low Teleport Compatibility 
Top lane champions generally run teleport in order to split push and to make plays around the map. However, Soraka's compatibility with Teleport tends to be fairly low as she can drop half of her utility via her global ultimate. Additionally, split pushing tends to get her killed most of the time as she has difficulty soloing enemy champions late game.

Countering Soraka Top

Avoiding her oppressive early game and focusing on farm is generally the best strategy against cheese top lanes. You can also ask your jungler for ganks to avoid getting zoned off too hard.

Conclusions

Soraka top is something new that players are picking up and is viable, but despite the currently high win rate I don't think is something that will stick around for very long after players realize how good her early game can be but how weak her team becomes without a dedicated front lane or engage in the top lane.

Suggested Tier: Tier 2

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