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Sonya Build Guide “Time to die!”

Last updated on Jul 11, 2016 at 21:10 by Oxygen 30 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Sonya guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Sonya in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

Note that this guide is still in our older format and it will eventually be moved to the new format. More information here.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Quick Reference

Bruiser: sustained damage and backline pressure

Mercenary Lord: efficient mercenary camp clearing

Sonya synergizes with
Sonya is countered by
Sonya's stronger maps Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Infernal Shrines
Sonya's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen
Sonya's weaker maps None

Ability Usage:

  • As Fury Icon Fury does not decay over time, try and keep it full before impending engagements.
  • Ancient Spear Icon Ancient Spear is Sonya's most important ability; avoid wasting it unless you are sure you can land it.
  • Use Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind to trigger Fury Icon Fury's movement speed when chasing foes down to keep up with them.
  • Try and constantly keep on attacking while under the effects of Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker to maintain its effects for as long as possible.

2. Introduction

Sonya is an aggressive Warrior that uses an alternate resource called Fury Icon Fury. Her defining element is her immense single-target damage. Since the majority of her abilities have a very short range, Sonya players are reliant on their aptitude to position themselves properly so as to be able to both deal damage and survive.

3. Strengths

  • Highest single-target damage output potential in the game
  • Extremely strong duelist
  • Great self-sustain through Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind
  • May quickly and safely solo claim any Mercenary Camp, including Bosses

4. Weaknesses

  • Susceptible to being kited
  • No options to deal damage from range
  • Excessively reliant on hitting her Ancient Spear Icon Ancient Spear ability

5. Role in the Current Meta

Although officially classified as a Warrior, Sonya's playstyle is much more reminiscent of that of an Assassin (or more specifically, that of a bruiser); her high damage output is offset by a limited access to crowd control, reliable early-game initiation, and defensive abilities. Consequently, players should strongly consider drafting her with the mindset that she fills the role of a melee Assassin, and bring along at least one other Hero that is capable of fulfilling the expected functions of a tank.

In general, she tends to do well against team compositions that feature multiple melee Heroes, such as dive-oriented compositions, where opponents actually have to come to her or her allies to perform well. This gives Sonya players the opportunity to attack without having to constantly chase after key targets, greatly improving her effectiveness. She is also an appropriate pick on maps that feature several Mercenary Camps, such as Blackheart's Bay or Cursed Hollow.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 5 pages:

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