Proof of Concept (Game Screenshots)
Here are some Screens of the the build in action. Take a peak.
Pros / Cons
- Extreme Burst
- Great Farmer
- Stun / Nuke Combo
- Easy to get Kills
- Easy to keep champs slowed(Rylais and Instant Nuke 'E')
- Great Solo Mid Champ
- Extremely easy FB's
- Actually has good Anti Gank ability.
- Low HP
- Focused First
- Mana Intensive
- Ult Dmg is Minimal if used on Single Tgt.
Skill Priority / Combo / First Blood
The skill Sequence I use is for Mid Farming and Killing.
W is first because of the Massive Dmg and AoE and range to place and nuke enemy champ and or creep waves. So this is the first maxxed out skill. I get 1 point in Q early on to work a W->Q combo at early levels plus ignite is almost a guaranteed FB if you play it right. I use E to farm minions and do massive dmg to champs with E -> W -> Q - > R combo.
Easy First Blood:
There are 2 ways to get FB with Brand. Lvl 2 FB is doable but a lil harder then at lvl 3.
Lvl 2 FB: Tossing out W and getting the hits is what matters. Mana is a major issue at lower lvls, thats why I have clarity, and MP5 runes this allows for a few mistakes. When they are about 2 bars of life, try to land a W then Run in and stun with Q. Auto attack and if they are close to death Ignite to get the kill and or stop heals.
Lvl 3 FB: This is the same as level 2 but becomes easier to land his passive DoT ability. Land W's until they are a lil lower life. Stun with Q then Auto-Attack, when they are are about to get out of the stun E then Ignite. I use to to stack the DoT ability from his passive with Ignite. Hopefully the added dmg from E and the 2 DoT's will get the kill.
Early Game: First Blood and Lane Domination!
Getting kills and Farming is easy with brand. His auto attack has a semi fast animation rate, not as fast as Leblanc but close. So last hitting minions is easy. Using this in conjunction with your Passive DoT, and farming with W -> E. Money comes pouring in. Farm minions, until 1100 then B and go get Sorc Boots.
If your doing well in the lane you may stick it out for a lil longer and buy a Amp Tome, or even 1235 and get a Soulstealer early on. Start saving for Giant Belt or AP items for Rylais. Rushing Rylai's is paramount to the success of any Brand. With an Instant Nuke, you have a easy way to slow then melt champs.
If you have not gotten a kill because mid lane is giving you some issues, then forsake the Meja's and get Rylais. This will help turn things around. Also forsaking the Meja's for a Morello's Tome isn't a bad idea if your dying or not getting tons of kills. A flat 10% CDR is better then none.
Mid Game - Late: Time to Melt Faces
Around 11 or so you should have Sorc boots, Rylai's and hopefully 1 of the 2 tomes.
2 Ways to go about ganking.
1st - Run from bushes and nuke with E to apply slow, Aim and blast W then Q to stun.. Auto Attack a few, dump R + Ignite. GG.
2nd - If they are too far to hit with E, lay a W to clip and Slow... Then chase and re-apply slow with E, Stun with Q, and then Nuke with W and R then apply ignite and Attack.
Brand is by far one of my favorite AP nukers. His combo system is amazing and fun, if done right you can tear apart most champs before they knew what hit them. His is squishy as hell, but with Rylais to slow and an easy quick stun combo, he has the ability to stay alive more so then other champs. Very fun to play, taunts, jokes, and dance are all great (yes they matter!). Overall an excellent champ that I am having a ton of fun with. Will he be nerfed? Probably, his burst is a bit much and will get tweaked I'm sure. For now though? Might wanna call ahead of time and reserve a room in the ICU of your nearest hospital, because were about to set the world on fire.