Brand Build Guide by Hoboman88
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I made this guild to help people play Brand, because I noticed that there weren't many good brand guides out there at all. Read, comment, and rate please. :D
His abilities are:
Blaze (Passive): Brand's spells light his targets ablaze, dealing 2% of their maximum Health in magic damage per second for 4 seconds.
Sear: Brand launches a ball of fire forward that deals magic damage. If the target is ablaze, the target will be stunned for 2 seconds.
Pillar of Flame: After a short delay, Brand creates a pillar of flame at a target area, dealing magic damage to enemy units with the area. Units that are ablaze take an additional 25% damage.
Conflagration: Brand conjures a powerful blast at his target, dealing magic damage to them. If the target is ablaze, the conflagration spreads to nearby enemies.
Pyroclasm (Ultimate): Brand unleashes a devastating torrent of fire, dealing damage each time it bounces. If a target is ablaze, Pyroclasm's missile speed increases.
Brand is a beast mid.
Brand has soooooooo much damage output.
He totally destroys characters with lots of HP, his passive.
He has an auto ignite for every ability.
Brand has a very good harass.
Three out of his four abilities are AOE, so he is very good in team fights.
Brand is a very squishy champion.
Brand is often focused.
Does not have many escaping mechanisms.
Gets ganked a lot.
Can NOT stay in lane at medium-low health, VERY dangerous even under the turret.
Easily countered, his main ablities are skill shots, his stun and his W.
Terrible mana problem.
For runes, i go for magic pen marks, mana regen per 5 seconds seals, flat ability power glyphs, and flat ability power quints. This helps me kinda spam my W (pillar of flame) to farm.
Masteries, 22/0/9, for the mana regen, and as much damage possible. The 22 in offense is quite useful as I get both of the parts which increase my damage by %.
For your summoner spells, just like any other mid or burst character, go for flash and ignite. Flash and ghost are possible i guess but for that first blood or to finish someone off, get the ignite, it helps.
For the skills sequence it is basically first his W, then his E, then his Q and W until level 6 where you upgrade his Ulti, and so his Q and E are upgraded AFTER his W his done. His W his basically a farming and scaring away spell, especially for Top lane and that is the lane I prefer. In other words, max W then E and finally Q. Level up your ulti whenever you can.
For items, you have the max amount of damage. Every item just gives plain old ability power WHICH IS AWESOME. Zhonya's is your only defensive item, use it in any sticky situations, but can be substituted for a Banshee's Veil. Brand does have a mana problem, but instead of buying items, get the blue buff, it will help A LOT.
To farm, use your W a lot. Use it so it hits minions and enemy champions, lowering their health, and granting you experience and gold. You will run out of mana, but Brand's mana regen is really fast so just don't worry. It'll come back. Keep doing this until like level 7 or 8 and then you are ready to gank someone. A word of advice, try not to go through the jungle alone, as I have gotten ganked many times there as I was going to the middle lane. Running out of mana for Brand as I said isn`t a problem, but if you are going for a gank, just check on your mana. Don`t fight one on one, it is too dangerous especially against a dps, and even if you turret hug, don`t stay in the lane with low health. It is way too dangerous. Your basic attacks don`t do much damage to minions so you only way to get money is your W then E. This hits almost all the minions and kills them so lots of money and experience for you.
How To Play (Laning)
For Brand, you want to harass harass harass. Your W just takes off like a bar and a half at least of their health, but make sure you dont waste it on like 2 minions or so. Use it at the beginning of a minion wave and just last hit until the wave has been cleared. Farm as much as you can, recall when they do, and when your jungler is going for blue, get him to give it to you (let you last hit the Blue Golem). Team fights, Brand ROCKS. Stay in the back and just do your combo, W then E then R then Q to stun someone. Mid lane is where Brand totally dominates. He is beast mid and this is where you should play him all the time.
To sum it all up, Brand's main ability is his W, use it as much as you can. When you are ganked, your W then Q will stun them, saving you. Don't dissapoint me by playing a ****py Brand, it is embarassing to all of us other Brand players so that our team will get mad when we play him and won't want us to play Brand.