Brand Build Guide by Technoob10
Not Updated For Current Season
Not Updated For Current Season
Brand is a strong AP carry and has great dominance in mid lane. He is one of my favorite mages to play and I want to show you how I like to build him. :D
Runes are typical caster runes.
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration-Typical magic penetration marks.
Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration-Mana regen is very important on Brand since his abilities cost a lot of mana.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power-AP/lvl is probably the best choice. More AP = More DMG :D
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power-Flat AP for that extra early game damage.
Typical 9/0/21 caster masteries.
Archmage's Savvy gives AP per lvl
Sorcery and Intelligence gives 9% CDR
Archaic Knowledge for 15% magic pen
Good Hands because you spawn faster to go help your team, defend your base or whatever. You can also take Perseverence but I don't find it making a difference.
Awareness for extra experience gained. lvl advantage is very good
Meditation for extra mana regen
Utility Mastery to make your blue buff last longer. (You should always get blue buff when possible)
Quickness for extra movement speed
Presence of the Master and Blink of an Eye for that shorter CD on flash. Having flash up ASAP can mean life or death. Having ignite earlier could also mean the enemy running away with 20 HP or dying. You want your enemies to die >:[
Flash-The best summoner spell in my opinion. It can be used offensively to suprise your enemy and pull off a combo, or it can be used defensively to escape ganks since Brand has no escape ability.
Ignite-Really good for early game first blood and just to finish off those enemies with 50 HP left. Brand's passive is already kinda like ignite, so having 2 ignites = kill secured :D
These are the best summoner spells for brand. There are other viable options, but just not as good as these two.
I like to max Brand's W Pillar of Flame first because it's an AoE and does the most dmg.
I max his E Conflagration second to farm easier.
I max Q Sear last because it only hits 1 target, but I do take a point in it at lvl 4 for the stun.
And of course, take a point in Pyroclasm whenever you can.
Basically, R > W > E > Q
FARMING IS SUPER IMPORTANT cause I said so in caps. :D
Brand should be able to farm very easily by lvl 5 or so. With just his W Pillar of Flame and E Conflagration combo, you can clear minion waves in 2 seconds.
I like to start with Boots of Speed and three Health Potions for extra mobility and sustainability in lane. If you are up against an Orianna or Lux, or anyone with skillshots, you want boots to be able to dodge them. Potions help if you are getting harassed.
You want to stay in lane and farm as much as possible. However, if you run out of mana and are low on health, port back to base. Depending how much farm you have, you can afford 1 or 2 Doran's Ring and maybe a Sapphire Crystal. You want the Sapphire Crystal to increase your mana pool. After getting 2 Doran's Ring, you will have plenty of mana regen, and should be able to stay in lane much longer.
After more farming and possibly a kill or two, you should be able to afford Sorcerer's Shoes and a Catalyst the Protector. The sorc boots will allow you to deal more dmg, and the catalyst will regen a bit of your health and mana when you lvl up.
By now you should be doing a decent amount of damage and have tons of farm. Team fights may also be starting now, and you should be able to pick up some kills. You want to get your Rabadon's Deathcap ASAP. It gives a huge boost in AP and lets you kill people if they get out of position.
Some people might wonder why I put Morello's Evil Tome in my build. Well, 1) Brand needs that 40% max CDR to spam his abilities. 2) Your jungler or team are bad, and refuses to give you blue (unless you are feeding or someone on your team needs it more than you do). With Morello's Evil Tome and Elixir of Brilliance, you get 39% CDR, which is pretty close to max CDR.
Depending on how well you're doing, you want to build a Banshee's Veil sooner or later. I believe that every champion needs a defensive item. If you go full dmg build, you won't have much survivability and people are going to focus Brand for sure.
From here on, you have plenty of item options. If the enemy is stacking magic resist, get a Void Staff. If you need more magic resist, get an Abyssal Scepter. If you want some armor, get a Zhonya's Hourglass. If you and your team are doing great, get a Will of the Ancients. It sort of works like the AP portion of a baron buff, giving an AP and spell vamp aura. (In case you don't know what spell vamp is, it recovers a portion of your HP depending on how much dmg you do)
Most important part of the guide. Team Fights.
1) You are SQUISHY!!!
2) You are goin to be FOCUSED!!
3) Don't DIE!!
As Brand you are going to be dealing tons of damage, but you must position yourself correctly or else you will be killed. Assuming your team has a tank or a tanky dps, you want to stay behind them while pulling off your combos. If your team composition is funky, compiling of all carries, don't expect to win the game unless the enemy team is really bad.
Considering of adding Rylai's Crystal Scepter as an optional item. Need some testing.
[*] Conflagration range reduced to 625 from 675
[*] Pillar of Flame damage reduced to 75/120/165/210/255 from 80/125/170/215/260
Small damage nerf, brand can still own mid lane. Range nerf can cause you to get out of position.