Brand General Guide by Dreadsword
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Hi guys, Brand is my main and fav champ so i though why shouldnt i make a guide for him. Brand is an AP champion with very high bursting and nuking capabilities, which will help out to push or kill the enemy very fast. Brand is usually a aggressive champ, but for that to work you need good aiming where to use your spells and when, because his spell's mana cost isnt little.It takes alittle pracite to play with him fairly good, mostly with Brand its harass and farm freely haha.
[*]Can attack multiple targets at the same time
[*]Literally destroys squishy enemies
[*]High Mana cost
[*]Can be squishy
[*]If he misses with a spell he brakes his combo
Blaze is Brand's passive which is very useful, because it burns some descent amount of hp from the enemy which can be like a mini ignite that can kill them if they get really low on hp.
Sear is Brand's Q ability which can be very deadly if you get somebody stunned, because then you can land your abilities with ease and take the kill or atleast most of their hp, make sure to use this ability after Pillar of Flame or Conflagration.
Pillar of Flame is Brand's W ability which is the main tool along with Conflagration to farm massively and even hit the enemy.Use this spell as an initiate if your gonna start a fight with the enemy mid.
Conflagration is Brand's E ability which is used after Pillar of Flame to farm and randomly hit the enemy.Use this after Pillar of Flame and afterwards Sear for a full combo or without Sear for just a regular farm combo.
Pyroclasm is Brand's R ability which is quite devastating if used right.Use it along with Ignite as a finisher to kill the enemy and if there are minions if he is under the effect of Blaze the ultimate will jump at maximum 3 times at the enemy champion you have targeted, but still deal massive damage.
Greater Mark of Potency is for some starter AP that will make the early farm easier, because around level 5 or 6 the farming becomes too easy even with a harassing enemy.
Greater Seal of Force is for the lategame AP that you will get and will help out, because we need some little AP boost haha.
Greater Glyph of Force is for the late game AP you will get, because Brand kinda has more damage with the levels so i decided like the seals to get some more late game AP.
Greater Quintessence of Potency is like the marks for the starter AP and easier early farm.
Main Summoner Spells
Flash is to avoid ganks,death,some ridiculous damage ability and etc. or when chasing somebody it can really help you out to land a Sear a Conflagration or even Pyroclasm depends on what will finish him off haha.
Ignite is a very good combination along with your Blaze passive, because the enemy will have decreased heal by half and something like 2 ignites at the same time and finish them off.
These are your starter items.I start with them to gain some Movement speed along with some HP potions to regenerate if i lose health and i will have a Biscuit from the Masteries and will have some additional MP and HP regen.
The Double Doran's are for some HP.AP and MP regen, the Sorcerer's Shoes are for some Magic Penetration and the enchantment for them is Alacrity for the bonus MS or the enchantment Disortion for the using of Flash more then usual, but you decide on this one.
These items are for bonus AP and Spell vamp so you can get some HP with all of this bursting with your abilities.
This is for even bigger burst with a good amount of AP and Magic Penetration which will increase your damage output
This is 1 of the most important items in this build.This HP burn will help alot and willl come along with your Blaze and Ignite and the Magic Penetration with AP bonus is nice.
This is to give you easier aiming with your spells and to increase the burning damage from Liandry's Torment, it gives some nice AP and HP too.
These are the final items of the build, but its not needed to be the last item, buy it whenever you think its right.
Ahri is usually a counter against Brand, but i dont have such problems, because i wreck her at mid haha.Play at 3 different gameplay styles, play aggressive with farming and harassing at the same time, play passive waiting for the right moment to attack and play juker style, juking Ahri abilities and then the time to use your abilities is perfect.Be careful of her spells and stay behind minions so she doesnt get you with her Charm, because then you are in trouble and the chances of survival or even turning the tides and killing her are somewhat minimal.Just wait till she uses her spells to hit you and juke her then start harassing her while you are farming and waiting for her to make the first move.
Katarina is not that easy nor hard to fight with.She can mostly juke your abilities with her Shunpo or even turn the tides on you.In this situation you will need some nice AP to burst her down very fast, because if you dont she can literally destroy you.In that case rush the double Doran's Ring and Rabadon's Deathcap and then you can probably get advantage on her.Be careful how she plays and how you play, keep an eye on her play style and while you are farming and harassing or reverse try to make a strategy against her gameplay and you will win your lane.
Vladimir isn't hard to fight, but you have to harass him pretty much all the time.His healing is the annoying part, because when you burst him down he can just heal himself, so in this case you have to always harass him and in the end even ignite him to take the kill on him.The bursting capabilities Brand has are big so he will need time to recover and this time wont be given like i said harassing all the time.
Annie is a bastard champion to deal with at mid haha.Her stun is mostly the annoying part and the thing that she can farm without losing mana, but we can farm multiple targets when she can farm only by 1.She has some high amount of damage just like us, so here its very dependant on which player is better.Mostly after every fight when someone is recalling or someone gets killed you should recall, because you dont want to get surprised by her, if you do get surprised and she has her passive charged up along with her ultimate you will probably drop dead.So mainly the strategy is to keep aside from her and try to farm as far away as possible and hit her if you have the opportunity, when the time comes you must do your combo perfectly without missing any of your abilities or you wont kill her.
Cassiopeia this mid champ will try to poison and burst you down.The mid lane fight with her wont be that hard, but you must avoid her poisons at any cost, because her Twin Fangs are a very strong burster and when you are poisoned they have a cooldown of 0.5 seconds so thats why you should avoid her poisons.When you are avoiding her poisons just farm from aside, afterwards if you have a open opportunity you can kill her, but first make sure she is around 30 to 50% of her hp so the surprise attack will be good.Avoid getting too close to her, because if she gets you with her ultimate ability and turns you into stone you will regret you have ever got close to her.
Ok time for the actual gameplay of Brand.So as in the Items chapter you start out with Boots of Speed Health Potion Health Potion Health Potion,when the first wave comes wait to last hit minions and wait until you reach around level 2,3 or 4 to start farming with the combo Pillar of Flame+ Conflagration.While you are farming try to hit the enemy with your Pillar of Flame or wait until they get near after the spell so you can hit them with the dispersion of Conflagration when used on a target under the Blaze effect.When the jungler is near you and the blue buff golem is there ask him to give you blue so you wont have mana problems in the laning phase.Exam your opponent's playstyle so you can find a counter to it like i said to the matchups enemies.Depending on how the game goes and what your enemies are you can decide when to get the items and in what chain.Mostly if the game goes well,normal or very good stick with the build and purchase order i have made, if the game is going kinda bad for ya you have to decide which items to get and in what purcahse order or even items aside from the build i made.This was for your early-mid game mid.When it gets to mid game you can start ganking the other lanes, because you will probably dominate your lane if everything is going fine, but if not you dont have to go to other lanes.Be sure to have your Pyroclasm ability ready, when you get to the other lane use Pillar of Flame to Blaze them and use your Pyroclasm for bouncing only on between those 2 and if you can reach them or they arent dead by then haha use your Conflagration.After the gank if the enemy isnt on mid and you think he wont get there soon recall and return there or if it is there just return.Late game you will need to stay behind your team and wait for the opportunity to land your abilities.If a teamfight starts most important is to use Pillar of Flame+ Conflagration+ Pyroclasm and the maximum burst from your abilities for now is that.Most important is to just time and land your abilities fairly good so you can benefit from Liandry's Torment's burn.