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Counter Tips to Beat Sona


Sona

Maven of the Strings

Sona is played as a support

Azir Head Image

Abilities

Passive – Shurima’s Legacy
Q – Conquering Sands
W – Arise
E – Shifting Sands
R – Emperor’s Divide

Counter Champions

Xerath Azir Counter Champion
Fizz Anivia Counter Champion
Zed Anivia Counter Champion

Counter Items

Hexdrinker Anivia Counter Item

Introduction

Sona is a mage support and as such has a large amount of utility for a small amount of resistance and long term longevity. She has the ability to poke enemies, heal and speed up allies, and to stun enemies with an ultimate that, for all intents and purposes, is a straight line AOE stun. All of these abilities allows her to fill several roles in game, making her something of a jack-of-all-trades, and an extreme terror when she's strong enough to be considered conventional and meta. However, for all of that she gives up some strengths in other areas, and you can use this fact to bring her down.

Abilities


Passive – Shurima’s Legacy

Passive – Power Chord

After casting 3 spells, Sona's next attack deals bonus magic damage in addition to a bonus effect depending on what song Sona last activated.

Q – Conquering Sands

Q – Hymn of Valor

Sona plays the Hymn of Valor, sends out bolts of sound, dealing magic damage to two nearby enemies, prioritizing champions and monsters. Sona gains a temporary aura that grants allies tagged by the zone bonus damage on their next attack against enemies.

W – Arise

W – Aria of Perserverence 

Aria of Perseverance - Sona plays the Aria of Perseverance, sending out protective melodies, healing Sona and a nearby wounded ally. Sona gains a temporary aura that grants allies tagged by the zone a temporary shield.

E – Shifting Sands

E – Song of Celerity

Sona plays the Song of Celerity, granting nearby allies bonus Movement Speed. Sona gains a temporary aura that grants allied champions tagged by the zone bonus Movement Speed on their next attack.

R – Emperor’s Divide

R – Crescendo

Sona plays her ultimate chord, stunning enemy champions and forcing them to dance and dealing magic damage to them. Each rank reduces the base cooldown of Sona's basic abilities.

Our Top Counter Tips For Sona


Sona dies really quickly. A hard-engage support or a lot of poke can cause a Sona to play respectfully, as they watch their rapidly depleting health bar through teary eyes.

Don't underestimate the value of poke. If you can force her to stay in babysitter mode (Read: Healing her ADC), then you deny her the deceptively powerful poke she has access to in the early game, by draining her limited mana pool.

Sona is immobile, even for having a whole ability dedicated to movement speed, chasing her isn't that difficult in a game with so many dashes. Don't be scared to chase her a little to finish her off, or to even scare her away.

Respect the Crescendo. Don't clump with your team if you have even the slightest inkling that it might be available. Also account for it being up if you catch her out of position.

Sona is difficult to trade with early, thanks to her passive, play respectfully if you have a duo that has a lackluster early game, otherwise you can find yourself in trouble.

Champions That Counter Sona


Ziggs Azir Counter Champion

Blitzcrank

She dies fast, he makes her die even faster. If she gets pulled that's at least a flash, the second time, she'll just die, being both immobile and squishy. It's just not a matchup she wants to have.

Xerath Azir Counter Champion

Leona

The same as Blitzcrank, with 10% more Vitamin D! She engages, Sona flashes, She engages again, Sona dies, blown up by the extra sunlight damage.

Zed Azir Counter Champion

Karma

Negate her poke with your shield, and then poke her. You do more damage, and can drain her mana pool quickly as a result. At worst you match pressure, at best you come out ahead and continue to make her hate the lane.

Itemization


Hexdrinker Anivia Counter Item

Hexdrinker

MR is alright if you're getting destroyed early game, but her damage falls off, otherwise just focus on having the damage to punish her for coming close enough to poke you.

Sona is a mage support and as such has a large amount of utility for a small amount of resistance and long term longevity…