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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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