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Graves vs Sona

How to Beat Sona as Graves in LoL Sona is in the s tier of champions
Marksman
Support Mage

How to Beat Sona as Graves

based on 2,938 Graves vs Sona matchups
Win Rate
48.1 %
K/D/A
2.3
Pick Rate
2.8 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We summarize our counter stats from the millions of ranked League rounds that we get from Riot Games every week. Our guide on how to beat Sona as Graves came out of an analysis of 2938 ranked games where both champions faced one another. This champion matchup is relatively rare. Graves encounters Sona in only 2.8% of his games.

Graves vs Sona Matchup Summary

Unfortunately, Graves does a below average job of countering Sona. Normally, he wins a lowly 48.1% of games the champions oppose each other in. In Graves against Sona rounds, Graves’s team is 0.1% more likely to get first blood. This implies that he probably will be able to get first blood against Sona.

Best Graves vs Sona Counter Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
EmberknifeRefillable Potion

Early Items

~5 Mins
Vampiric ScepterSerrated Dirk

Core Graves Items

~22 Mins
EclipseInfinity EdgeThe Collector

Optional Items

Youmuu's GhostbladeSerylda's GrudgeMaw of MalmortiusLord Dominik's Regards

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonersmite summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Graves to level up q
>
Second ability for Graves to level up e
>
Last skill for Graves to max out w

Runes

Domination Dark Harvest Sudden ImpactZombie WardTreasure Hunter
Precision TriumphLegend: Alacrity
AttackSpeed Adaptive Armor
Graves's passive ability p
Graves q ability q
Graves w ability w
Graves e ability e
Graves's ultimate ability r
1
E
2
Q
3
W
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
7
Q
8
E
9
Q
10
E
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R
12
E
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E
14
W
15
W
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R

Guide to Countering Sona as Graves

Tips for Playing as Graves against Sona

Using Quickdraw to get into range and delivering a point blank Buckshot can do lots of damage.

Smoke Screen can be used both to escape and to set up a kill.

Advice to Win Against Sona

Spread out when you see Sona so she can't make your entire team dance.

Kill Sona first, as she will heal up her team if left alone for too long.

Graves vs Sona Counter Stats

Graves Image
Win Rate
48.1 %
VS
Win Rate
51.9 %
Sona Image
6.9
< Kills >
2.1
5.7
< Deaths >
5.4
6.2
< Assists >
14.1
1.58
< Killing Sprees >
0.38
84
< Minions Killed >
17
1.23
< Dragons Killed >
0.06
0.5
< Inhibitors >
0.64
16,809
< Physical Damage >
1,355
793
< Magic Damage >
6,372
1,174
< True Damage >
308
18,777
< Damage Dealt >
8,036
23,062
< Damage Taken >
15,600
12,331
< Gold Earned >
7,969
2.15
< Towers >
2.53
0.27
< Baron Takedowns >
0.02
5,504
< Total Healing >
14,367
13,685
< Experience >
10,313
25
< Vision Score >
48
7
< Wards Placed >
23
381
< Time Dealing CC >
33

How to Counter Sona with Graves in LoL

The stat comparisons shown here feature some vital Graves against Sona matchup statistics that can help us explain the differences and similarities between the two. As an example, Graves’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Sona’s ratio of NaN, demonstrating that Graves may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Sona. This observation is in large part a result of the difference in kills.

Graves often has a much larger longest killing spree than his foe does. Commonly, he receives more damage than Sona. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness, yet it can also show that the champ with increased HP has less agility and thus is unable to kite away from additional damage when engaged or poked.

Differences between Graves and Sona

Damage Types Compared

Graves
Sona
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Graves
Sona

Who is Better, Graves or Sona?

Both League champions are great champions. Both have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Graves usually loses when playing against Sona, with a 48.1% win rate. Thus, Graves makes a bad counter to Sona.

While Graves does have a lower win rate than Sona, when on opposite teams, Graves also has a lower difficulty level that makes him a less time consuming champion to learn and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Graves into Sona.

Moreover, Graves has only a small amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Sona. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when fighting champions with a ton of burst damage.

While there is not one best champion overall in League of Legends, in Graves vs Sona matchups, Sona is the better champ with a lower win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during late stage team fights.

Graves is a somewhat poor counter to Sona. Focus your play on maximizing your gold income and taking out objectives. If you do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Graves against Sona.

Additional Information for Graves Players

How We Calculated Our Graves vs Sona Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Sona as Graves, we analyzed 2,938 matchups from recent LoL games. We use rigorous data cleaning and processing methods to ensure that our counter stats are of the highest quality. You can rest assured that the recommended build to counter Sona as Graves comes from real data and is not the fabrication of some random LoL player, as some other sites provide. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the most relevant stats and items to your rank.

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Further Insights to Win this Matchup

To learn all of the intricacies of Graves to counter Sona during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to learn a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and suggestions presented above, you should grow your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.

Graves usually racks up much more CS relative to Sona. Champions who typically don't earn many minion kills usualy don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. They are able to scale properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, often need several high cost items to be effective. In either situation, try to surpass the numbers shown here to do well.

The top items to prioritize in your Graves versus Sona build consist of Eclipse, Infinity Edge, and The Collector. When Graves bought at least these three pieces in his build, he did a lot better countering Sona than with most other typical builds. In fact, Graves had an average win rate of 48.1% when countering Sona with this build.

To have the greatest likelihood of defeating Sona as Graves, Graves players should equip the Dark Harvest, Sudden Impact, Zombie Ward, Treasure Hunter, Triumph, and Legend: Alacrity runes from the Domination and Precision rune sets. Out of all the rune sets players chose for Graves vs Sona face-offs, this mixture of runes yielded the highest win rate. Moreover, these runes provided a 48.1% win rate overall.

By default, tips, statistics, and builds on how to beat Sona as Graves are given for all skill levels combined. If you would like to narrow the stats and builds to an individual division, you may use the selection menu located earlier on the page.