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League of Legends (LoL) Question: Optimal Build for Bard?

Posted in Champions | Tags: Bard 5,192

  • jhoijhoi

    Optimal Build for Bard?

    Hi all! With the release of Bard (and the potentially very interesting guides that will be coming out soon), I thought it'd be beneficial to hear a few opinions on how to build Bard.

    > What runes would he use?
    > What masteries?
    > Which skill leveled first?
    > What items?
    > Which ADCs would be able to solo lane without him?

    Thanks so much!
    - jhoi
  • Answers (5)

    Joxuu (336) | March 13, 2015 6:26pm
    I run:

    9 AD marks, health/armor seals, mr blues and armor quints.
    0/9/21 masteries.
    Q max, W second, E third, ultimate whenever possible.
    Starting with Q or W depending on how fast ADC can shove. Leaning towards Q most of the time though.

    Items: Frostfang (Possibly coin, I tried it a couple of times), Sightstone Mikael's Blessing, Randuin's Omen/ Frozen Heart, Locket of the Iron Solari.

    ADC with wave clear / ability to dodge is decent. Sivir should do fine for example, Caitlyn too but I guess you kinda want to win lane as Caitlyn instead of keep up with the opponents laner. Maybe Lucian/ Graves too.
    Gilby247 | March 1, 2016 3:59pm
    Phijkchu Baku | March 19, 2015 12:16pm
    > What runes would he use? I run a very AP heavy runepage. MPen Reds, AP Yellows, 6 AP / 3 MR blues, and AP Quints ( or Move Speed. )
    > What masteries? I run 21/9 to help his roaming and trades.
    > Which skill leveled first? Q is mandatory. The CDR and Slow duration is something that you really need.
    > What items? I build him for kiting and peeling. Frost Queens, Mobos, Rylai's, Twin Shadows, Sightstone, and Morellos
    > Which ADCs would be able to solo lane without him? Sivir and Graves are the two I see are able to do it. I think it's more or less a matter of supports. If you're against Leona, you CAN'T roam without risking your ADC dying. However, if you're against Sona or Janna, and they play passive, you can roam freely.
    Starstalker (8) | March 15, 2015 10:32am

    MrMad2000 (41) | March 14, 2015 2:39pm


    I would say that maxing his Cosmic Binding is mandatory. He's a great roamer and uses Spellthief's Edge very well. I'd say that you want to play with burst-oriented ad carries who have a strong all in or poke based ones. Champions who scale into the late game well but are weak early aren't very strong with Bard since he'll need to roam in the laning phase and you want an ad carry that can solo the lane without him like stated previously. (This means a strong laning phase, waveclear and range.) So Caitlyn is ideal.

    I'd say hybrid penetration marks. Health/Armour Seals. Magic Resist Glyphs and 1 AP/2 armour quintessences are optimal. I'd start W if you want to place a few health packs around your teams jungle to help your jungle out and then recall for mana. But otherwise start Cosmic Binding.
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