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Bard Champion Spotlight

Bard Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Spellthief's Edge item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Frostfang item Boots of Speed item
Essential Remnant of the Watchers item Boots of Mobility item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Randuin's Omen item Abyssal Mask item
Protective Mikael's Crucible item Knight's Vow item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Spellthief's Edge item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Locket of the Iron Solari item Zeke's Convergence item Boots of Mobility item
Offensive Wooglet's Witchcap item Lich Bane item Luden's Echo item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Banshee's Veil item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Orb of Winter item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Lich Bane item Hextech Protobelt-01 item
Offensive Luden's Echo item Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Dead Man's Plate item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item Corrupting Potion item

Tips

Playing As BardSquare Bard
  • It's important to collect Traveler's Call chimes to improve your Traveler's Call 2 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 Magical Journey.
  • Let your Caretaker's Shrine 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 Magical Journey doorways, and that your Tempered Fate ultimate can also hit your allies!
Playing Against BardSquare Bard
  • Bard's opponents can also travel through his Magical Journey Magical Journey doorways. You can follow him, if you think it's safe.
  • You can crush Bard's Caretaker's Shrine healing shrines just by walking over them. Don't let his allies take them without a fight.
  • Bard's ultimate, Tempered Fate 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 absent from lane to ward and collect Traveler's Call 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's Call chimes and set up ganks using Magical Journey Magical Journey.
  • Starting with Cosmic Binding Cosmic Binding will allow you to harass your lane opponents really well. You can also start with Caretaker's Shrine Caretaker's Shrine to help your Jungler with his first clear.
  • Save your Cosmic Binding Cosmic Binding for enemies which follow you through your Magical Journey Magical Journey.
  • If the one of the enemy players engages try using Tempered Fate Tempered Fate on other enemies to disrupt their follow-up.
  • You can use Tempered Fate 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 Tempered Fate - try to focus on delaying other enemies rushing to the fight or allies with low health.
Rune Usage
  • Keystones
    • Electrocute rune Electrocute is the most common keystone on BardSquare Bard. Electrocute rune Electrocute is easily triggered by BardSquare Bard in lane because of his Traveler's Call Meeps counting as an ability; this lets BardSquare Bard do a lot of damage through short trades with only Cosmic Binding Cosmic Binding and one Meep-empowered attack. Electrocute rune Electrocute is also great for the increased burst when ganking other lanes, making the chance of killing the enemy higher than with a more poke oriented choice like Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet.
    • Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet can also be used for a more poke oriented playstyle in lane with its much shorter Cooldown reduction icon Cooldown when compared with Electrocute rune Electrocute. Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet has great synergy with the slow from Traveler's Call Meeps and Cosmic Binding Cosmic Binding making it very hard to dodge.
    • Summon Aery rune Summon Aery is a more utility oriented version of Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet with both serving as poke oriented keystones, but sacrificing some offensive power in favor of the more defensive power Summon Aery rune Summon Aery can give when used in conjunction with your Caretaker's Shrine Caretaker's Shrine.
  • Paths
    • While Domination icon Domination is mostly taken as the primary tree for BardSquare Bard because of Electrocute rune Electrocute, there are also other runes in this tree that are great for BardSquare Bard.
    • Sorcery icon Sorcery is almost always taken on BardSquare Bard, either as the primary tree with Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet and Summon Aery rune Summon Aery, or as secondary when taking Electrocute rune Electrocute. Sorcery icon Sorcery has a variety of runes that are great for BardSquare Bard.
      • Manaflow Band rune Manaflow Band allows for more poking in lane without running out of mana, making it a good choice in comination with Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet or Summon Aery rune Summon Aery.
      • Celerity rune Celerity is also a great choice because of BardSquare Bard's love for Movement speed icon Movement Speed, making his roaming ability even better.
      • If you want even more Movement speed icon Movement Speed for roaming you can even grab Waterwalking rune Waterwalking, but Scorch rune Scorch is usually the more common choice because BardSquare Bard gets plenty of Movement speed icon Movement Speed already with his Traveler's Call Chimes and Celerity rune Celerity. Scorch rune Scorch also gives more poke in lane and more damage when ganking other lanes making it an excellent choice.
    • When facing a more difficult lane matchup it might be worth taking either Resolve icon Resolve or Inspiration icon Inspiration for their ability to make surviving lane easier. Bone Plating rune Bone Plating, Chrysalis rune Chrysalis and Second Wind rune Second Wind are great for lanes where the enemy has a lot of damage and engage tools, and can make the difference between dying and surviving with a small amount of Health icon Health when the enemy goes for an all in. Biscuit Delivery rune Biscuit Delivery is great if you're up against heavy poke especially in combination with Time Warp Tonic rune Time Warp Tonic, but the latter can be dropped for Magical Footwear rune Magical Footwear if you don't intend on roaming a lot in the early game.
Item Usage
  • BardSquare 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.
    • BardSquare Bard can also utilize magic penetration due to the nature of his Traveler's Call 2 Meeps gaining large amounts of magic damage as he collects Traveler's Call chimes. This allows items such as Abyssal Mask item Abyssal Mask and Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment to compliment the tanky nature of his build.
    • Boots of Mobility item Boots of Mobility is a valuable item for BardSquare 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 Magical Journey and Cosmic Binding Cosmic Binding. Be careful when he's missing!
  • Note the position of his Traveler's Call chimes. At some point he will try to collect them and might be an easy picking.

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