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Quick Reference Sheet
THIS IS A QUICK REFERENCE SHEET FOR WHEN YOU NEED QUICK TIPS AND BUILDS
Greater Mark of Insight x9
Greater Seal of Clarity x5
Greater Seal of ReplenishmentGreater Seal of Replenishment x4
Greater Glyph of Potency x3
Greater Glyph of Insight x6
Greater Quintessence of Swiftness x1
Greater Quintessence of Fortitude x2
9/0/21 - Typical Mage Set up.
Boots of speed + Health Pots x3
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Will of the Ancients
(No Specific Order)
R>W>E>Q (get one level on Sear at level 4 and max it last)
How To Farm With Brand:
Use W on the caster minions, then use E. IF Pillar of Flame is on cool down, use Q and E to clear waves.
Try to get mid and deny the enemy by harrasing whenever she/he gets close to last hit.
Try not to push the lane by auto attacking it too much if they have a jungler. If they don't, whoever levels up first wins the lane.
Try to help out other lanes and start pushing towers. Ask your jungler if you can have blue, or try to get the enemy's if they don't have a jungler.
Dominate team fights with your massive damage.
Try to position yourself out of focus during team fights. Your team WILL lose team fights if you die early.
Hello everyone! Welcome to my guide on Brand the Burning Vengeance. This guide will lead you on your first step on learning Brand as well as some tips on how to play him effectively. I have also noticed that Brand guides on mobafire aren't that top notch, so I'm here to make a difference. This guide will contain simple and noob friendly explanations with both survivability and damage. Please enjoy my guide have good luck!
Brand is a champion with very unique and enjoyable playstyle. It's so fun getting off your full combo, crushing the enemy team with your HUGE aoe damage and your burst. Smart playstyle will reward you when you're playing brand.
- Very good laner/team fighter.
- Little mana problems.
- Massive aoe damage.
- DoT passive.
- Huge burst.
- Tankier than most mages.
- Awesome voice actor.
- Super Effective against Maokai.
- You have pants.
- Somewhat squishy.
- Relies on full combo.
- You need a brain.
I take the same 9/0/21 with almost all the ap casters except maybe ryze.
- Slight AP boost.
- CD reduction.
- !15% SPELL PEN!
- Reduced death timer.
- Improved health/mana regeneration.
- !MORE EXP GAINED!
- More gold.
- More mana.
- !IMPROVED BUFF DRUATION!
- !INCREASED MOVEMENT SPEED!
- !IMPROVED FLASH/SHORTER SUMMONER SPELL CD!
- !COOLDOWN REDUCTION!
I chose Greater Mark of Insight for Brand cause brand deals magic damage. duh.
Seals: Greater Seal of Replenishment
I take Greater Seal of Clarity and Greater Seal of ReplenishmentGreater Seal of Replenishment to just get enough mana regen to get me through laning phase and later on.
I prefer Greater Glyph of Potency supplement my AP. Also, Greater Glyph of Insight works like a charm for brand.
Other Viable Glyphs:
Greater Glyph of Focus - Flat CD reduction for lane dominance.
Greater Glyph of Celerity - To dominate late game.
I get Greater Quintessence of Swiftness to make sure I have enough mobility through out the game and be able to kite anyone as the game goes on.
Also is a great choice for Brand. Since I will be starting with boots + 3 pots, I will need the health to back it up.
Other Viable Quints:
Greater Quintessence of Potency is great for more AP and for that early game dominance.
Flash and Ignite for offensive/defensive reasons.
In this section of the guide I will show and explain what items to get on Brand.
Late Game Choices
Other Viable Items
In this section of the guide I explain what each skill of Brand does.
This passive is very nice to have. It finishes off low hp enemies, procs on hit effects, and I actually stole a baron kill with this passive.
Not one of Brand's best abilities. It is very hard to land during laning phase due to the clump of minions in mid. But if you can pull it off, it's gonna do tons of damage.
W: Pillar of Flame
Brand's bread and butter skill. When the target is blazed, it will deal 25% more damage. Very easy to land. Just cast it when they get close to last hit and boom. 1/3 of their health gone.
Your combo start for most cases. It's a point-and-click ability so E>Q>W deals the most damage in a 1v1 situation. Very useful for farming as well.
This ultimate is great. It will blaze every enemy team in team fights, deal massive damage, and not a very long cool down. The only thing it needs is faster projectile speed.
First, start by using Conflagration on the enemy champion and blazing the opponent. Then land Sear thus stunning the enemy. Now finish off your combo by using Pillar of Flame on him/her. Pyroclasm/ ignite if needed.
First, let's wait for a tank to initiate. Look for a good time to cast Pyroclasm so it will hit almost everyone in the enemy team. Then cast your Pillar of Flame to deal massive amount of damage to them. Then you have two options. If your carry is getting focused by someone and need help, use your Sear to stun the enemy and focus him down. Or, if the enemy is still clumped up together, cast your Conflagration to deal HUGE damage to them.
IF your ult is down for a team fight, start with Pillar of Flame, Sear (focus down the stunned enemy), to finish them off.
Also, don't forget to use your actives (i.e Quicksilver Sash or Zhonya's Hourglass.)
Ignite someone with lots of health regen like Taric, or Mundo.
In this section of the guide I will explain how to farm efficiently as Brand from early to late game.
Farming with Brand just gets easier and easier as the game goes on. Early on, you just wanna last hit with your auto attacks to the best of your abilities. When you gain some AP and get your second boots, you'll be able to melt down ranged creeps with your Pillar of Flame + Conflagration combo. If your Pillar of Flame is on CD, use Sear to blaze a creep, and follow up with your Conflagration to finish them up.
Here's a video guide to make it easier to understand:
(NOTE:I do not recommend using your Pyrcolasm to get buffs. Unless it's REALLY nessasary.)
In this section of the guide I will explain how to dominate team fights as Brand.
Team fighting as Brand is all about positioning, skill usage, and just pure luck.
There are some key factors to think about before initiating a team fight.
- Make sure there aren't any minions around, you don't want your PyrcolasmPyroclasm wasted on minions.
- Try to fight in the river/jungle area. It is crowded and your AoE damage will be MASSIVE.
- Try to bait them to use flash, they counter your ult.
- Use Sear to stun, not to damage. Try to focus their AP carry/ AD carry.
- Position yourself so you are out of harms way. You only have your auto attacks when your spells on cool down.
- Don't initiate the team fight, it's not your job.
Wait for the tank to initiate. Start with Pillar of Flame. Try to blaze as many as them. Then use your conflagration on the most vulnerable target you can find. Next you have two choices, IF their carry isn't dead, try to stun him/her by Sear. IF the carry is in a safe position, find the next closest target that is blazed and use Pyroclasm.
Here's a sloppy video made by me. It may be too laggy for you, but you'll get the picture.
In this section of the guide I will explain how Brand can be a devastating mid and hwo to deal with certain champions in mid.
What I have in mind is as I continue to play Brand, I've seen all sorts of mid. Heck, I even met Tryndamere mid against me. I will make videos of me as Brand, facing different champion in Mid.
Brand Vs. Mid
- Brand Vs. Kennen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gnj4YS02nR8
I know it's not the best quality/gameplay in the world, but I will try to improve from now on. After all it's my first video ever.
PLEASE DO NOT TROLL VOTE THIS GUIDE. SUGGEST ME SECTIONS TO ADD. I'VE BEEN BUSY LATELY AND WHEN I HAVE THE TIME TO WORK ON THEM I WILL AND GIVE YOU CREDIT. THANKS FOR READING :D
8/9/11 10:30pm guide published.
8/10/11 1:47am guide name changed to clear up confusions.
8/11/11 3:41am Added "Farming" section
Searz - For helping me format this guide.
Pwnzor - For suggesting some helpful runes.
Spoons - For making my sig and guide header.