Bard Build Guide by Jurakku
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Threats to Bard with this build
|Draven||He is rather easy to kill when you have him stunned however, Watch out for his ult it can sometimes creep up on you...|
Introduction - Bard
So I have recently been looking around since Bard has came out and seeing how people have been playing him and what they think of him overall.
So far it has just been negative things about him. However, After looking about and seeing some good things I decided to try AD Bard instead of AP. This was the Best decision I have ever made. Ever since then I have either been getting a few kills myself or helping my team out a lot with the assists!
Here you will find out a number of things!
So.... Lets get to it shall we?
So I decided to skip the Runes and Masteries chapter for now as I will edit them in later.
So, To start off with first I wanted to mention items.
When looking about and seeing what people said I saw a lot of people was annoyed with his attack speed being sloppy because of the animation for it etc. I am here to say just stop trying to make attack speed Bard work it just won't!
Alright I will make this sweet and simple.
When you enter the game the good things to buy is:
Ancient Coin (For getting them 2 coins every time a minion dies it really does help!)
2 x Health Pot ( I strongly advise you keep buying these throughout as it helps in difficult situations!
After you rack up some coins I suggest you start to build Trinity Force as it gives you a little bit of everything that Bard needs!
Here's how I build my Trinity Force:
(Both build into Phage)
(Both build into Sheen)
(Both build into Zeal)
Then you are set for Trinity Force.
After you have Trinity Force I advise that you use Black cleaver.
I currently don't have the time to tell you step by step how to build it however just keep remembering attack damage and go for 'Doran's Blade' First!
Once You built that you can move onto Frozen Mallet then Infinity Edge!
MAX Q !
That is pretty much the best advice I can give you. Maxing Q first is great just primarily for the fact you can stun them if it hits another champion or minion or wall! This plays a great advantage for you and your teammates to kill them!
Make sure you also max W. It helps with the heals in tough situations!
E is good for getting away... Setting a trap or... Chasing a champion of low health so make sure you keep that nice and leveled!
Of course! Your R. Make sure you can Max that when you can.
Please advise to use R when you think it is right. The amount of times I have seen people use it and it was not needed or it had cost their team mates to die. I have used it for many things stopping an enemy champion from chasing a fellow allie that is low health. Stopping a champion in their tracks to run to them stun them against a wall and kill them and many other uses for it!
Teamwork Is Vital!
Yes! That's right.
I have seen many people complain about their support Bard wondering off to collect chimes. Stop doing it. During my time as playing Bard I realised that 25 chimes will be a good amount to get. However, Make sure you do not go out your way to collect these. Only collect them if they are nearby or your lane is good as well as your ADC.
I'd also like to strongly advise when collecting chimes don't go out too far without knowing where abouts roughly their Jungler is!
Back to teamwork!
Make sure you always have a fellow teammate near you so when you get the all important stun not only will you have some strong attack damage but they will to resulting in a win win situation.
Always place health packs on the ground it is a big help in getting out of messy situations and it helps your team mates a lot despite it not giving much help.
To be honest I could name a tonne of champions for each to avoid and kill but I suppose it depends all entirely on whether or not they are fed.
However, I narrowed some down that you should avoid. Number one on my list is Heimerdinger. When he has his shooting things out they take Bards health out so so easy it is actually not believable!
Watch out for other champions that can stun too as it leaves you in a pickle on trying to run away!
Pros / Cons
Kills for Bard,
Plenty of Assists,
If played Safe barely any deaths,
Can still be a bit 'Squishy'
Unless you are near a wall (or chimes), Trying to run away is hard.
This is still incomplete however I will return to finish this off when I can.
It is also my first ever one I have made so forgive me if it is not up to good standards! I will be more than happy to answer any questions. I hope Bard goes pretty good for you now! Again sorry for anything incorrect or done badly. ( I shall try edit it more tomorrow!)