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Champion Spotlight

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Bard Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Spellthief&#039;s Edge item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Frostfang item Boots of Speed item Sightstone item
Essential Frost Queen&#039;s Claim item Boots of Mobility item Ruby Sightstone item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Protective Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item Ardent Censer item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Spellthief&#039;s Edge item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Locket of the Iron Solari item Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item Boots of Mobility item
Offensive Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item Lich Bane item Luden&#039;s Echo item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Chalice of Harmony item Spellthief&#039;s Edge item Refillable Potion item
Essential Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Lich Bane item
Offensive Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item Frost Queen&#039;s Claim item
Defensive Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Locket of the Iron Solari item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item Corrupting Potion item

Tips

Playing As Bard Bard
  • It's important to collect Traveler&#039;s Call.png chimes to improve your Meeps.png Meeps' attacks, but don't neglect your lane partner! Try to make a big entrance by bringing an ally into the lane with you with Magical Journey.png Magical Journey.
  • Let your Caretaker&#039;s Shrine.png Caretaker's Shrines charge up - they heal for a lot more when at full power.
  • Don't forget that enemies can also use your Magical Journey.png Magical Journey doorways, and that your Tempered Fate.png ultimate can also hit your allies!
Playing Against Bard Bard
  • Bard's opponents can also travel through his Magical Journey.png Magical Journey doorways. You can follow him, if you think it's safe.
  • You can crush Bard's Caretaker&#039;s Shrine.png healing shrines just by walking over them. Don't let his allies take them without a fight.
  • Bard's ultimate, Tempered Fate.png Tempered Fate, affects allies, enemies, monsters, and turrets alike. Sometimes it can be to your advantage to jump into it!

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Communicate with your ADC when you're warding and collecting Traveler&#039;s Call.png chimes - it will be easier for him to judge the distance between you two and avoid unfavourable situations.
  • Coordinate with the Jungler or Mid, feign collecting Traveler&#039;s Call.png chimes and set up gank using Magical Journey.png Magical Journey.
  • Starting Cosmic Binding.png Cosmic Binding will allow you to harass your lane opponents really well. You can also start with Caretaker&#039;s Shrine.png Caretaker's Shrine to help your Jungler with his first clear.
  • Save your Cosmic Binding.png Cosmic Binding for enemies which follow you through your Magical Journey.png Magical Journey.
  • If the one of the enemy players engages try using Tempered Fate.png Tempered Fate on other enemies trying to followup.
  • You can use Tempered Fate.png Tempered Fate before the fight to catch a high priority target out of position, this is especially effective during late game rotations.
  • Be especially wary of ruining your teammates' ultimates when using your Tempered Fate.png Tempered Fate - try to focus on delaying other enemies rushing to the fight or allies with low health.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Bard Bard is commonly played as an lane bully support who utilizes massive amounts of cooldown reduction and tanky items in order to take advantage of his ability to setup teamfights from afar.
    • Bard Bard can also utilize magic penetration due to the nature of his Meeps.png Meeps gaining large amounts of magic damage as he collects Traveler&#039;s Call.png Chimes. This allows items such as Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter and Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment to compliment the tanky nature of his build.
    • Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility is a valuable item for Bard Bard as he succeeds in his lane bullying endeavors. As this allows him to extend farther to collect more chimes and return to lane in a timely manner.
Countering
  • Bard's really mobile and can set up good ganks with his Magical Journey.png Magical Journey and Cosmic Binding.png Cosmic Binding. Be careful when he's missing!
  • Note the position of his Traveler&#039;s Call.png chimes. At some point he will try to collect them and might be an easy picking.

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