Today I’m going to share some tips and tricks for Rafaela. She’s one underrated support. In the right hands, she can be the best support in the current meta that can fit in any team comp.
Now you might be thinking Angela or Estes is a better healer than Rafa. While their playstyle and capabilities make them favorable, Rafa’s kit is actually the most adaptive one. We’ll get to it very soon.
By the time of this writing, you can check my build setup by going to the Global Rafaela leaderboards and find my nick: Aldian Hudaya. It should be around rank 31.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
Rafaela’s Skill Kit
S1: Light of Retribution. It deals damage and slows enemies. If you manage to land her S1 to an enemy multiple times, its damage will increase 20%. It also reveals enemies hiding in bushes.
This skill has auto aim and will target max. 3 enemies within range, prioritizing enemy heroes.
Use this skill to poke enemies from the edges.
You can finish low HP enemies with this skill. Its auto targeting will prioritize low HP enemies so you can get kills.
Use this skill to scout enemies hiding in bushes. This can prevent ambushes such as Hilda.
Use this skill to annoy Natalia by forcing her to get out of her stealth mode. This skill will target Natalia automatically within range. In fact, this skill alone is the reason why Rafaela is a hard counter for Natalia.
Equip the Lighting Truncheon and Glowing Wand for maximum poke damage potential.
This skill can also target a concealed Lesley, but don’t risk yourself getting hit by her crit-enhanced basic attack.
If you can time this skill properly, you can also use it to steal jungle objectives.
I would recommend to upgrade this skill first and max it as soon as possible so that Rafaela can participate in teamfights dealing continuous damage.
This skill’s slow effect stacks with Ice Queen Wand, so if you need to slow enemies more, I’d suggest sparing an item slot for IQW.
S2: Holy Healing. Heals allies and speeds them up.
I would recommend to upgrade this ability second and last.
Rafa’s healing is weak compared to Estes’s. But the movement speed buff can be a lifesaver for your teammates. Because of this reason, I would recommend to save your healing for the most crucial moment. Save dying allies and help them escape chasing enemies with this skill, combo with her Ult to stop pursuers.
It’s of little value to try to increase her healing capabilities by purchasing items like Oracle. Instead, consider prioritizing movement speed items like Ice Queen Wand and Glowing Wand so that you can reposition yourself in teamfights.
With a well-coordinated team, you can also use this skill to initiate teamfights by speeding up your teammates. Set up an ambush and charge in with this skill.
You get free assists if you use this skill on teammates and they get kills. For that reason, buy tier 3 roaming items to gain extra gold from assists.
Assist your teammates in chasing down low HP enemies with this skill.
Ult: Holy Baptism. Stuns enemies in a straight AoE.
This skill supposedly slows enemies by 40% but the slow duration is the same as the stun duration. This means enemies won’t be slowed when the stun is over. Moonton should rework this skill’s slow duration so that stunned enemies are also slowed after the stun, not during the stun.
This skill has a wide potential usage. But the most important thing is to save this skill for the best timing. A well-timed Rafa’s Ult can mean life or death in teamfights.
Stun enemies that is going after you or your carry to stop them in their pursuit.
During teamfights, try to stun more than 2 enemies to give your team the upper hand.
Use this skill to cancel some dangerous skills like Odette’s Ult and Pharsa’s Ult.
This skill synergies well with other hero abilities. My recommended combos will be listed below.
Level 3 Ult and 40% CDR means 20 seconds of this skill’s cooldown. If you need to spam your ult, buy Fleeting Time, but make sure you can reliably get kills or assists.
With Lighting Truncheon, this skill can also deal significant burst damage and can finish off squishy heroes when well-timed.
Passive: Deity Penalization. Sends an energy blast that deals 20% Max HP True Damage to an enemy hero that kills Rafaela. The energy blast can be blocked by other enemy hero that stands in its path.
This skill means an auto execute if a low HP enemy manages to kill you. You get free kills so long as no other enemy heroes block the energy blast.
Lighting Truncheon procs this skill. It deals damage in addition to the true damage. I think Moonton considers this passive as a magic ability, hence the Truncheon’s effect triggers.
Rafaela Gameplay and Play Style Recommendations
You are a support. Hence, getting assists and staying alive is a priority. This is true, but Rafaela is a rather aggresive support compared to other Regen/Guard heroes. So, it won’t hurt to secure a kill or two for your team.
People love targeting Rafaela in fights. Use this as an advantage by trying to bait overconfident enemies to your teammates.
Any hero can kill squishy Rafaela. Defense items won’t help much. Instead, careful positioning is the key. Avoid potential ambush spots like brushes during teamfights. Don’t wander alone the map unless you know what you’re doing. Try to always stick to your Jungle/Midlaner.
Your healing is not to be used as a primary healing source like Estes’s heal. Instead, your heal is a way to save dying allies.
If your teammates are being an idiot jumping to 1v3 fights and you see no way to save them, better let them die rather than giving enemies free double kills. People might blame you for not helping them (ahem, Indonesians), but in reality, you just saved your team’s KDA from falling off.
In general, your life is more important than your idiot teammate’s. Smart players won’t risk dying by doing reckless plays. Always prioritize smart teammates over feeders.
Ignore all those trash talks frowning upon Rafaela. Most MLBB players underrate this hero because they don’t understand her and MLBB players mostly don’t appreciate supports because they don’t contribute damage in teamfights. You can always mute the text chat, since in most matches the text chat isn’t that productive anyway.
In the early game, you may choose to assist your midlaner or your gold laner. Just analyze who’s the better potential for being your team’s ADC and help them secure the early game.
The minimap is your best friend. Always take a glance at the map to determine which hero needs assists. Generally, if you see an outnumbered teammate, rush in for the aid, but don’t rush alone. Bring in your jungler or midlaner depending on who’s closest to the struggling ally.
Item recommendations and other guides coming soon. I gotta go participate in MCL.