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Brand Build Guide by Vengenator

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Vengenator

Season 6 {IGNITION} Mid & Support

Vengenator Last updated on February 26, 2016
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Mid . . Support

Ability Sequence

2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key Q
1
4
5
7
9
Ability Key W
3
14
15
17
18
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

Fury
 
 
5/
Sorcery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Vampirism
 
 
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
Bounty Hunter
1/
Oppressor
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
5/
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Ferocity: 18

Wanderer
 
 
5/
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Merciless
 
 
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
1/
Dangerous Game
 
 
 
 
 
Precision
 
 
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

Cunning: 12

Recovery
 
 
Unyielding
 
 
 
 
 
Explorer
Tough Skin
 
 
 
 
 
Runic Armor
 
 
Veteran's Scars
 
 
 
 
 
Insight
Perseverance
 
 
 
 
 
Swiftness
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 
 
 

Resolve: 0



Threats to Brand with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Anivia Avoid q
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Heimerdinger Turrets are easy to clear, and his kill potential is almost nil. Turrets also serve as pyroclasm fodder.
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Karthus Cancel his ult with sear stun. Stay near minions, skittles do no damage if it doesn't hit 1 target.


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Welcome to my guide for Brand, The Burning Vengence. I hope you enjoy reading through this guide, and learn to master the champion while you're at it!

Now, on to the champion himself. Brand is a high DPS glass cannon mage that excels at burning your enemies to crisp with his continuous percent health damage and large AOE abilities.

On the flip side, Brand is practically the antonym of mobile. This means positioning is key and the slightest mistake can easily result in your death. You must always place care in where and when you engage.

Brand's kit has great combo potential, meaning that properly chaining abilities together is crucial for full mastery of Brand. You must master these mechanics if you wish to be successful.

In this guide, I'll try cover as much about Brand as I can, so sit back, and don't forget to comment and vote! I greatly appreciate any feedback and will try to respond to all comments!










Pros and Cons
Pros
High Base Damage
With Brand's passive, Blaze, Brand inherently deals a lot of damage off the bat, even without items. In addition, all his other abilities deal respectable damage too. As the game progresses, Blaze's damage scales.

Massive AOE Damage
Most of Brand's kit deals area of effect damage, which is damage that can hit multiple enemies. This makes Brand extremely strong in teamfights.

Long Range
Brand's kit enables him to deal tons of damage while staying far away from the squabble that is the teamfight.

Relatively Simple to Itemize
As an ability power champion, itemization is already decently simple (due to smaller pool of viable item options for AP). With Brand, it's even easier to choose your items, as Brand benefits greatly from certain items.
Cons
Immobile
Without any sort of dash, speedup, or blink, Brand is extremely vulnerable to assassins and suffers heavily from bad positioning

Skillshot orientated
Skillshots are generally hard to land against skilled opponents, and both your cc Sear and main damage Pillar of Flame are skillshots. If your opponent can avoid those two, they greatly reduce your prevalence.

Combo Based Kit
Because a lot of Brand's abilities require combos, mastery of Brand can prove somewhat difficult.

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Ability Details

Blaze
Blaze is an amazing source of damage that is often underestimated. Poking and waiting out the duration of Blaze can maximize the damage. This passive stays strong all the way to late-game, where Blaze + Liandry's Torment can completely shred the health of tanks with the percent health damage. Do keep in mind that Blaze can and will draw turret aggro to you if an enemy is a Blaze.
Sear
Sear is a rather straightforward spell with a slight twist. If a target is affected by Blaze, then sear will stun that target in addition to dealing damage. Proper execution is quite difficult and requires some practice to get right. Despite the fact that Sear is quite useful in terms of its utility and spammibility, we max it second because its damage doesn't scale as well as Pillar of Flame.
Pillar of flame
Pillar of Flame is Brand's main source of damage and it scales the fastest out of all his abilities. In addition it can be combined with either Sear or Conflagration for a 25% damage boost. We max Pillar of Flame first for its damage potential.
Conflagration
Conflagration is a targeted spell that instantly deals damage and will spread to other targets if the original unit was affected by Blaze. Usually this is used before Pillar of Flame or Sear as initiation but during laning this can also be used to poke people hiding behind minions affected by Blaze. In certain situations when facing mobile champions ( Yasuo) you may want to max this first.
Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm is what really compliments your teamfighting power. Be sure to let loose the Pyroclasm when the enemy team is grouped together. Right after your Pyroclasm cast, you can follow up with Pillar of Flame to deal tons of damage. Use Sear on priority targets like their carries or peel for your ADC.

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Runes


Marks

Magic penetration is undoubtly the best marks you can take on Brand, as it amplifies both the damage on his abilities and Blaze, which can be quite a substantial amount of damage. With season 6, it also amplifies the damage on Deathfire Touch .


Seals

Armor seals are great in general as they fend off some minion aggro as well as auto poke your opponent may try to use on you. If you're facing off against an AD laner these are a must.

Health seals are decently strong and scale moderately well into lategame. They're worth a total of 215 health at level 18, which is more than a Ruby Crystal and can definitely help to keep you alive in clutch situations.


Glyphs

A mix of 5% scaling cooldown reduction and 5% flat cooldown reduction will provide both some early cooldown reduction for spamming spells and round out your 40% cdr for lategame. A nice boost of ability power for extra early game damage. Would recommend if the lane is likely to be particularly easy or if you want to play aggressive early.



Quintessences

Provides quite a substantial boost to your AP for strong early damage which will help you get an early advantage and win trades. There aren't really other options which are as strong as this. You could take Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed or Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration but these usually work best in almost all situations.

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Summoner Spells



If you don't already know why Flash is so useful and prevalent in pretty much every game, take flash for the mobility, flashy plays (hue), and general utility.


Ignite on top of your passive and Deathfire Touch deals quite a substantial amount of damage. In addition the grievous wounds it offers can be quite useful against heals they may have.



If you're playing Brand support, Exhaust is great for peeling for your adc. Even in mid lane, Exhaust is still a great pick to counter assassins like Talon, since it substantially cuts down their damage and further makes them more susceptible to damage.


Not as strong considering being mid puts you in the ideal position to gank lanes just by walking there. The map presence is strong, the utility is still useful, and can be essentially considered as sustain in rough lanes.

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Masteries



Ferocity Tree
Sorcery and Piercing Thoughts speak for themselves. They provide more damage.

Between Feast and Double-Edged Sword , Feast wins out as Double-Edged Sword isn't as strong on ranged champions, and Feast provides some nice sustain.

Natural Talent is honestly quite a weak mastery early, as it provides barely any stats. Vampirism provides a couple of hit points for each auto attack, which is still better than 1 ap at level 2.

Both Bounty Hunter and Oppressor are strong mastery choices. Since you get Rylai's Crystal Scepter early anyways you can fully utilize Oppressor 's damage. However, Bounty Hunter provides double Oppressor 's stat's mid to lategame, so I personally favor Bounty Hunter

Deathfire Touch is godly on Brand. The fact that both the mastery and Brand got nerfed for this very reason is just all the more proof how strong it is on Brand. Blaze will continuously refresh the duration of Deathfire Touch , vastly increasing it's damage output.


Cunning Tree
While it might be nice to have Wanderer 's movement speed, it doesn't help you much in lane, and Savagery can help you last hit minions. If you have no issue last hitting, then you can take Wanderer .

I personally prefer Secret Stash over Assassin as the bonuses it provides is substantially more than Assassin in the laning phase,
as well as more immediate.


Although Meditation isn't necessarily a bad choice, the damage amplification from Merciless is especially useful for Brand in particular, since he has so much damage over time, a combination of Blaze, Deathfire Touch , and Ignite can take out almost a quarter of an opponents health.


No reason to take Bandit at all. No one's going to cs for you, and the meager 3 gold you get for bopping your opponent can't compete with the clutch play saves from the heal you get from Dangerous Game . Can often save you from Ignites or tower dives.

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Items
Starting Items
Standard Start Sustain Start
As a general rule, a Doran's Ring start will work out just fine for most matchups. It provides you a wide range of both offensive and defensive stats, as well as utility. It's gold-per-stat value is unmatched by any other item, but it's downside is that it doesn't scale into lategame because of a lack of upgrades for this item. You should also get 2 Health Potions as sustain to help keep you in lane. If you're against a difficult matchup, or would like a stronger more aggresive start, The Dark Seal is certainly an option. It provides both sustain and some snowball power. It can be risky, as you lose AP if you die with stacks.

Early Goals
Rylai's Crystal Scepter has great synergy with Blaze since your passive burn will extend the duration of the slow. In addition, Rylai's Crystal Scepter is essential to peel from enemies, especially since Brand is particularly immobile and highly susceptible to being targeted. It also provides a strong amount of health and ability power, both strong stats that you can utilize. A second Doran's Ring early can help with mana problems and help slightly tilt the lane in your favor. Fiendish Codex builds into both Frost Queen's Claim and Morellonomicon, both incredibility useful items. Frost Queen's Claim is a designated support item, but the active is amazing for scouting out enemies, chasing, and escaping. In addition, it provides a much needed 10% CDR, which is currently difficult for ability power champions to obtain. In conjunction with Morellonomicon and CDR runes, you can easily achieve 40% CDR.

CDR Options
Standard CDR Alternative CDR
Despite technically being a support item, Frost Queen's Claim is extremely strong right now. For an incredibly cheap price, you get a wide variety of utility, CDR, mana regen, and ability power. In addition, it generates gold, meaning it's final price is effectively about 1500 gold. When it's lategame and you're full build you can sell this item for an AP item with more damage, but early on it's too good to pass up. However, the standard build path can be a little slow. Ionian Boots of Lucidity is incredibly cheap and can quickly boost you an extra 10% CDR, but without the mana regen or icy ghosts. If you do take Ionian Boots of Lucidity over Sorcerer's Shoes, you may want to consider Void Staff to compensate for the magic penetration. Blaze doesn't have any ap scaling, so it's damage relies solely on magic penetration.

Core Items
You should always try to get these items. Just these provide a wide range of both offensive, defensive stats, as well as strong utility. Liandry's Torment is a beautiful item, the flat magic penetration will help rip squishies and the percent health damage can shred tanks. It is the "deal with every situation" item, and it even provides health. In addition, the duration is also increased by Blaze.

Final Items
You'll have a variety of options for your final couple items. If you opted for a Ionian Boots of Lucidity over Sorcerer's Shoes, Void Staff can be a good choice. Most of the time you can go for Rabadon's Deathcap for damage. Should the enemy team have a really fed assassin or are just focusing you in general, Zhonya's Hourglass can be very helpful. Luden's Echo is generally strong utility and damage. Should you have a hard time managing mana, Athene's Unholy Grail or Morellonomicon can be useful.

Final Build
You don't have to follow this exact build every single game, but generally you might end up with a build like this. This build brings a lot of offensive and defensive stats to the table, as well as utility. Get Elixir of Sorcery before teamfights, and get Oracle Alteration if the enemy team has a lot of stealth, or Farsight Alteration if you need to scout (for things like Blitzcrank).

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Combos



Standard Combos


These are the staple spell combinations you should always be able to reliably pull off. Mastering these combos are core in achieving kills and winning lane.

Early Game Safe Poke

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This is generally safe long range poke in lane. Between getting a empowered Pillar of Flame and a couple auto attacks, the damage from autoattacks is slightly stronger early game. This is most useful during laning phase, especially if the enemy can be oppressive at closer ranges. (eg: Annie, Fizz, Kassadin)

Basic Spell Rotation

Use Conflagration and then Sear to stun your opponent, throw in an autoattack, and use pillar of flame while they're still stunned. If your opponent was initially around half health before this combo, a couple more autoattacks and Ignite should be enough to net you a kill. If not, they'll be forced to back, at which point you can push the minion wave into their tower so they lose cs.
Advanced Combos

These spell combinations can be difficult to pull off and you may occasionally fail to execute them properly. No worries, practice makes perfect!

Poke Behind Minions

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Should your opponent be hiding in a minion wave, you can use Conflagration on any minion affected by Blaze to spread Blaze onto them and use Pillar of Flame for amplified damage.

Flashy Plays

This combo is especially strong if you can pull it off successfully. I wouldn't recommend trying this combo with more than 100 ping. If you can successfully pull it off however, you've managed to stun them from a very long range and if they were half health at the start of the combo, a Pillar of Flame + Pyroclasm + Ignite and a couple of autoattacks should finish them off.

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Brand Support


Brand support is surprisingly strong and has been previously endorsed by the Rito lords themselves. You can find their little article on Brand Support Here But I'll also cover most of the information this guide.



Blaze and Spellthief Synergy




The best thing about Brand support is that even a single hit on any of your spells will proc Blaze, consuming ALL of 's gold stacks and burn the enemy for decent damage.

Always Max Sear



Unlike midlane Brand we max Sear because the mana cost doesn't increase with level and the cooldown decreases with level. If we max Sear we can spam it in lane all day long and you only have to hit it once to consume full gold stacks on .

Pyroclasm Efficiency



Brand's Pyroclasm is really out of place in midlane unless the enemy jungler comes to gank. To rectify this, we move botlane, where we get an extra person to keep Pyroclasm bouncing. Dark Horses has kindly provided an video example.

Core Items



Gold generation item and Sightstone are core items on every single support, with Brand being no exception. Following up on these two are Ionian Boots of Lucidity and
Mikael's Crucible. If you've followed the rune setup, you should get a solid 40% cdr and enough mana regen to keep spamming all your abilities for years to come.

Secondary Items



With your secondary items you're free to choose whether to pick more offensive or defensive items to suit your needs. I would usually recommend Liandry's Torment and Rylai's Crystal Scepter to maximize damage output and utility. You are free to interchange these items should the need arise.



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Closing Statement
I hope you all enjoyed my Brand guide. Be sure to comment and vote! I try to respond to all feedback and I do offer rep! =p

As for artwork credit I'd like to thank Peter Baumann's title and OwenTheAwesomer for the table of contents! You can find Owen's Graphic Shop Here.

Additionally I'd like to thank Jhoijhoi for her BBC Code Article and Foxy Riven for his table guide.

Also credit to whoever made this ← on the right. I can't find the source anymore but nice job on that too. XD


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