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Braum 8.6 Support Guide
Mid game build
Full end game build
Item swaps against heavy AD
Threats to Braum with this build
|Miss Fortune||Literally I don't know about others, but I have won every game ive played a against miss fortune, if you see her picked in champ select, insta-lock in Braum, all you have to do is jump infront of her when she ults, use your shield, and she's dead no joke, you can q and stun her incredibly easily, if your a good braum then this should be a easy game, play very aggressive|
When should you pick Braum?
Although Braum may not be the perfect champ to pick now days because of the 'Ardent Censor' meta, when picking Braum as a support you have to look at your teams champions as well as your opponents champions.
If your team has picked all squishy champs, no tanky top or jungler, then it is a good idea to pick Braum in this situation since you can be the tank of the team. If the enemy team is full of champs which can one shot your team mates, then pick Braum to block their combos, also read over my 'Vs. Champions section', and if they pick one of the easily lane-able champs, then pick Braum.
When thinking about which ADC's you should pick Braum with, then here's a list and reasons why about which ones might be the most optimal:
- Lucian; As with his passive and yours together, you can complete your 4 hit stun very easily.
- Varus; CC chains are very easy to do with Braum and Varus because if one of you lands an ult, it should be an easy kill as you can keep a CC chain acyive on the enemy for a long time.
- Ashe; With Ashe's Q and R, you should be able to have a long CC chain that can last up to 5 Seconds with her ultimate and your ultimate + 4 hit CC passive.
- Caitlyn; In lane, if you were to land a Q and finish your passive stun, then Caitlyn can follow up with an easily placed trap, to cause a very CC chain.
- Miss Fortune; Any CC you can create, even if its a Q slow, is enough for Miss Fortune to bring out her slow from her E and then use her ult, getting maximum damage from it as opponents stay in its range for a longer time period.
- Kalista; If she was too ult Braum, you can then create a massive CC chain by a double knock up, as landing into an opponent from Kalista's ult knocks them up then you use Braum ult for a second Knock up, which by then gives you enough time to apply your passive onto whomever is CC'd and create a big CC chain.
These are personally my favourite ADC's to play with, and from my years of playing Braum I have found them the easiest to lane with, others may have different opinions so don't take mine to be factual :) But so far, from what you can see, pick Braum if you can create a CC chain, this is not just limited to ADC's, but also look at your teams champs, if you can create a CC chain of them, then Braum is the correct pick.
Early Game - Laning Phase
In lane PLEASE DO NOT STAND STILL, you are Braum, you need to show your dominance, move around a lot, use your Q to harass the enemy ADC and support, also use your shield when the enemy ADC wants to last hit a cannon minion, all you have to do is stand in front of it and you will block the auto attack, causing the enemy ADC to miss out on the money. Small things like these are very important as it's what gives you the advantage in lane, don't ever be scared, remember the fact that you are Braum, you're a tank, just do your job. If you want to engage, flashing and ulting is a classic move, it will normally guarantee a stun onto the enemy as it gives you enough time to apply your passive and apply the stun. Make sure you are always warding, bot lane is a very easy lane to gank, so always ward the river to know if you are going to get ganked, and use your Sweeping Lense to ensure the enemy has no vision.
Mid/End Game - Team Fighting
It's so simple, all you have to do is go to your ADC, look into their eyes, hug them, and never let go. Make sure you are always in front of your ADC in team fights, you need to protect them like a shepherd protects his flock, yes - THAT MEANS DYING FOR THEM (if it means they can get a few more kills). Don't be scared in team fights, you are the tank, do your job and soak up the damage. Braum is also very good at engaging, a classic move is flashing into the enemy team, specifically at the enemy ADC and ulting, this will give you enough time to run onto the enemy ADC and stun them, as long as you do this your team should be able to collapse onto the enemies and the team fight = a free win.
Against lots of critical strike damage - I recommend you swap Gargoyle Stoneplate for a Randuin's Omen, so that you can front-line tank the critical strike damage without loosing too much health since you will have the effect of reducing critical strike damage by 20%. If you are really struggling and the enemies are ahead, I recommend switching Zeke's for Dead Man's Plate just so that you gain more defensive stats to protect your team for longer (not forgetting that the speed up passive is very useful for you to engage in a team fight). Do this when going against a team with more than one ADC building critical strike damage or champions like Yasuo...
Against flat AD - I recommend swapping Gargoyle Stoneplate for Dead Man's Plate, again for the extra armor and health, and also for the speed up to help you engage in a team fight situation. If you are very behind or the enemies are very ahead, I recommend switching Zeke's for Thronmail so that not only will your armor be incredibly high (helping you survive a fight), but you will also be dealing damage when you use your E - Unbreakable, helping set up a fight for your team very easily (by getting your opponents low). Do this when going against a team heavy in flat AD, such as champions like Kha'Zix or Riven...
Against armor penetration / lethality - I recommend swapping Gargoyle Stoneplate for Dead Man's Plate, again for the extra armor and health, and also for the speed up to help you engage in a team fight situation. If you are very behind or the enemies are very ahead, I recommend switching Zeke's for Sunfire Cape, as going heavy armor is useless since your opponents will shred through armor, instead going with this will not only give you constant damage in team fights (because of the Cinder effect), but it will also give you a massive health bonus needed to keep you alive in a team fight against your enemies. Do this when going against champions building full lethality/armor penetration, such as Zed or Quinn...
Against flat AP - I recommend switching gargoyles stoneplate for adaptive helm, as it gives you extra cooldown reduction so you can spam more abilities, and gives you very good sustain in a team fight from the passive that reduces damage over time by 15%. If you are really struggling and the enemies are ahead, I recommend you swap Zeke's for Abyssal Mask, so that you become more tanky against AP damage, and so that you provide that extra magic penetration for your team. Do this against champions like Brand or Morgana...
Against burst AP - I recommend you swap Zeke's for Spirit Visage, so you get more health and magic resist, overall giving you incredible defensive statistics, to survive the burst and to also protect your fellow teammates from being burst down. (I recommend keeping Gargoyle Stoneplate and to activate it as soon as you are about to get burst so that you survive much more easily). Do this against champs like Annie or Lux and so on...
Some notes to think about before choosing this build
I have played Braum for a long time and I'm mastery level 7 with him, if I ever feel shaky I always go support Braum as it is actually quite easy to carry with, as long as you can carry your ADC you can win any game. With this build you will be tanky enough to block everything you need to and protect your ADC. I definitely recommend this build if you really want to win a game with not as much effort as you playing ADC or another role. Good luck on the fields of justice.