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Bard·Support Build

Traveler's CallP
Cosmic BindingQ
Caretaker's ShrineW
Magical JourneyE
Tempered FateR
Win rate50.6%
Pick rate2.8%
Ban rate0.3%
Matches28 503-
Bard Support has a 50.6% win rate with 2.8% pick rate in Emerald + and is currently ranked A tier. Based on our analysis of 28 503 matches in patch 14.12 the best build for Bard is Solstice Sleigh, Boots of Swiftness, Locket of the Iron Solari, Redemption, and Imperial Mandate. Most picked runes for Bard Support are Guardian, Font of Life, Bone Plating, and Unflinching for primary tree, as well as Relentless Hunter, and Zombie Ward for secondary tree.
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Bard Support

Bard Build

Support Support  Patch 14.12

Most Popular

Win Rate 52.0% based on 3 448 matches

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Recommended builds

Build
WR
GuardianDomination
Solstice Sleigh

Most Popular

52.0%
Fleet FootworkResolve
Bloodsong

Highest WR

55.0%
GuardianDomination
Celestial Opposition

Alternative

51.9%

Top Players
ALL

Player name
WR
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Viperfer OTP

78.3%
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정신차리긴늦었다 OTP

60.0%
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Walking OTP

50.0%

Matchup Specific

vs Champion
WR

Nami

54.8%

Nautilus

56.5%

runes

Resolve
Resolve
Grasp of the UndyingAftershockGuardian
Demolish
Font of Life
Shield Bash
Conditioning
Second Wind
Bone Plating
Overgrowth
Revitalize
Unflinching
Domination
Domination
Cheap Shot
Taste of Blood
Sudden Impact
Zombie Ward
Ghost Poro
Eyeball Collection
Treasure Hunter
Relentless Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
Adaptive Force
Attack Speed
Ability Haste
Adaptive Force
Move Speed
Health Scaling
Health
Tenacity and Slow Resist
Health Scaling

spells

SummonerFlash

D

SummonerDot

F

items

Starter Items

Time Target
World Atlas
Health Potion
2
Stealth Ward

@ 11 sec

Early Items

Boots
Control Ward

@ 4 min

Core Items

Solstice Sleigh
Boots of Swiftness
Locket of the Iron Solari

@ 15 min

Full Build

Solstice Sleigh
Boots of Swiftness
Locket of the Iron Solari
Redemption
Imperial Mandate
Vigilant Wardstone

ability order

Max:

Q

right arrow

W

right arrow

E

right arrow

Skills

Traveler's Call
Cosmic Binding
Caretaker's Shrine
Magical Journey
Tempered Fate
1
Q
2
W
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
7
Q
8
W
9
Q
10
W
11
R
12
W
13
W
14
E
15
E
16
R
17
E
18
E

situational items

Frozen Heart
Echoes of Helia
Knight's Vow
Trailblazer
Mikael's Blessing
Warmog's Armor

Bard Matchups Overview

Bard General information

Bard tips and tricks

The best time to pick up nearby Chimes is when there are no minions in lane about to die. Otherwise, you’ll fall behind in XP trying to pick them up.

When playing against melee champions, try to use your empowered auto-attack on them every time they walk forward to last hit minions.

Do not place your health shrines Caretaker's ShrineW in a position where the enemy can easily take them. But don’t place them too far away from where you can’t get to them quickly. Place them slightly behind you and the ADC.

Bard combos

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The Best Bard Builds, Runes and Items for Support in Emerald +

Most Popular

If you want to use the most popular Bard Support build, you should take Flash and Ignite as your Summoner Spells. For runes, you should pick Guardian as your keystone, followed by Font of Life, Bone Plating and Unflinching in the primary tree, as well as Relentless Hunter and Zombie Ward in the secondary tree. For rune shards, you want Attack Speed in offense, Adaptive Force in flex and Health Scaling in defense, though it depends on the matchup. Finally, for your items, you should build Solstice Sleigh as your first item, followed by Boots of Swiftness and Locket of the Iron Solari. For your last 3 items, you should build Redemption, Imperial Mandate and finish with Vigilant Wardstone. For the skill order, you want to stick with Q - W - E. Right now, this build has 52.0% winrate over 3 448 matches played.

Alternative

If you're looking for alternatives, you can use Flash and Ignite as your Summoner Spells, with runes being Guardian as your keystone, Font of Life, Bone Plating and Unflinching in the primary tree, and Relentless Hunter with Zombie Ward in the secondary tree, as well as Attack Speed, Adaptive Force, and Health Scaling as your rune shards. The items that this build incorporates are Celestial Opposition as your first item, then Boots of Swiftness as a second item and Locket of the Iron Solari as a third item. You want to finish the build with Redemption, Knight's Vow and Vigilant Wardstone. As far as ability max order goes, you want to keep it Q - W - E. This build is currently sitting at a 51.9% win rate across 1 593 matches played.

Situational Bard Runes and Items

Depending on the context of your game, your matchup, and enemy champions, you might want to consider building some situational items or take specific runes. Carefully examine your team, enemy team, game state , and your matchup to plan your Bard build accordingly! For example, when it comes to rune shards, you might want to take either Armor or Magic Resist, depending on which champion you are about to lane against.

Furthermore, if you want a more detailed breakdown, you should also check out Bard runes page.

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Bard Counters - Best and Worst Matchups for Support in Emerald +

Best Matchups

In Patch 14.12 the best possible matchups for Bard Support are:

Consider picking Bard into these matches to increase your chance to win a game. These are the most popular Support matchups that currently are in favor of Bard.

Worst Matchups

We highly recommend avoiding picking Bard in the current patch into the following Support matchups:

These champions are considered as Bard counters in the current patch, and playing such a matchup will decrease your chances of winning a game.

Additional Notes

If you want to find out more about best and worst matchups, as well as specific matchup statistics, we highly encourage you to check our Bard counters page. Keep in mind that while the champion may counter or be countered, it also comes down to your individual skill, the skill of your opponent, your team, and enemy team compositions.