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Skill usage

  • Deciding what spell to apply  Blaze first with is a very important factor when engaging the enemy.
  • If you are able to cast your spells quickly,  Brand can actually be very effective at close range. Close proximity allows  Sear to hit a lot easier, so if  Conflagration is used just before the missile hits, the stun is very reliable.
  •  Pillar of Flame has the longest cooldown of all  Brand's basic abilities. Because of this, it is not the best ability to kill a single champion.
  •  Brand can easily clear minion waves.  Pillar of Flame will allow  Conflagration to deal area of effect damage due to the active  Blaze debuff.
    • An effective combo to clear minion waves is to use  Sear on a minion positioned close to the middle of the wave,  Conflagration the Blazed minion, then  Pillar of Flame all Blazed minions to deal increased damage.
  • A great time to use  Brand's  Pyroclasm is when two enemy champions are standing close to each other.
  • By using  Pyroclasm's bounce,  Brand can cast on a nearby enemy and subsequently hit, or even kill, a weakened enemy Champion who would otherwise be out of range.
  •  Pyroclasm does not prioritize Champions unless hitting a target afflicted with Blaze, so avoid casting it when close to minions or neutral monsters.
  • Remember that  Brand, like  LeBlanc, is primarily a combo champion. Using one spell at a time is a huge waste of damage potential, and it's better to stay at the back of the fight while waiting for your cooldowns on one of your 3 main abilities.
    • When you are focused on one champion, your combo should usually be  Conflagration,  Sear, then  Pillar of Flame. This combo allows  Sear to stun, ensuring the enemy will be in the AoE for  Pillar of Flame and offering little time for them to retaliate. If you are fast enough, you may be able to cast  Sear first and, while the missile is on its way to the target, hit them with  Conflagration before it connects and throw down  Pillar of Flame.
    • When you want to do maximum damage to multiple enemies, pick a target, cast  Sear at them, after  Blaze is applied, cast  Conflagration to hit multiple targets and apply  Blaze to each one, then finish with  Pillar of Flame. This combo, if all hits connect, can do huge AoE damage. If your  Pyroclasm is off cooldown, throw it out as soon as enemies are grouped together enough.
  •  Brand makes an excellent choice as a solo laner as the AoE, combo-effectiveness of his spells allows him to farm minions quite well and keep opponents out of exp range and from last-hitting minions. His high mana cost, however, means frequent trips back to base. Be wary of being caught on low mana, because his anti-champion combo is relatively expensive.
  • Brand has a very effective escape mechanism. Inflict  Blaze by using  Conflagration, and then stun with  Sear while running. Do not cast  Pillar of Flame as it has a longer spell cast animation, which isn't beneficial when trying to escape.

Build usage

  • Because  Brand is a mid-range caster, he greatly benefits from Rod of Ages, Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Zhonya's Hourglass. These items are of moderate-expensive cost and provide a great amount of survivability.
  • Items that provide magic penetration such as Sorcerer's Shoes, Haunting Guise, and Void Staff are good for  Brand since his passive  Blaze does not benefit from ability power but does benefit from magic penetration.
    • Getting every one of those items will sacrifice a great deal of other stats like health and resistances, so getting all 3 isn't recommended.
    • Abyssal Scepter is another item which can accomplish the same effect for  Brand, though the effect is less reliable for him so it should only be considered if you find yourself in need of magic resistance.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter will be very effective for  Brand since he deals a lot of AoE damage, and since the proc effect adds slows to his abilities. It also keeps his enemies in range of his skill shots and helps slow champions to make it harder to avoid the bounces on his ultimate. It even adds to his passive, effectively giving everyone you hit a 5.5s slow even after you stop casting.
  • Will of the Ancients is notably effective on  Brand since all of his spells deal high AoE magical damage, which all proc spell vamp. Note that spell vamp only has a 33% effect with AoE spells and does work with his passive  Blaze
  • Survivability items are essential for  Brand due to his very low health and defensive stats. Even a fed  Brand can be taken down fairly quickly and/or easily if he does not accommodate for his lack of survivability.
  •  Blaze procs Liandry's Torment, which also deals percent magic damage based on current health. As such, it is practically a given on any Brand build, and can easily replace Rod of Ages for survivability purposes.
  • Athene's Unholy Grail is a very useful item for  Brand, granting him a decent chunk of ability power and cooldown reduction, while also granting him the mana regen to spam his spells significantly more frequently. An early Chalice of Harmony is a highly effective purchase, offering unparalleled mana regeneration for a very low cost.
  • Morellonomicon is very effective for  Brand, due to its healing reduction passive proccing off  Blaze, as well as its high cooldown reduction, ability power, and mana regeneration.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Haunting Guise item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Abyssal Scepter item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rabadon's Deathcap item Haunting Guise item
Offensive Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Abyssal Scepter item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Prospector's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Haunting Guise item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Blackfire Torch item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Athene's Unholy Grail item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Blackfire Torch item Void Staff item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Will of the Ancients item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  •  Brand has no escapes, and, to successfully kite an opponent, must apply  Blaze then successfully land  Sear. Play aggressively early game and target him at any time he overextends.
  • When playing against  Brand, remember that he is a combo-based champion. Interrupting his cast flow is detrimental to his damage output.
    •  Brand is countered in this aspect by stuns and silences, and, in careful application, can be very effective counters during team fights.
    • Example, Zhonya's Hourglass and Vladimir's Sanguine pool.
  • When he is at a distance,  Sear is easy to dodge, but be careful about getting near him in a fight if you are squishy.
  • Be careful about facing  Brand 1v1 or 2v1 (with  Brand being the one).  Brand's 1v1 damage output is still great despite having AoE spells, he has a 2 second stun from  Sear while the target is  Blaze. 2v1 would be even worse after he hits level 6, as his ultimate will be able to do tremendous damage to you and your teammate.
  • When fighting against  Brand in a team fight, try not to stick close to your teammates.  Brand's AoEs spells are rather small but very deadly.
  • When  Blaze is applied to you, be very careful about getting within  Brand's range, especially if he can hit you with  Sear, as this opens you up to a lot of burst damage.
  • During laning, be careful about being on the wrong side of your minions when against  Brand. With his full combo, he can deal a large amount of damage while stunning you to prevent retaliation.
  • Your team should scatter to avoid taking massive AoE damage from  Brand, especially after he casts  Pyroclasm.
  •  Pyroclasm does not focus champions unless applied with  Blaze, so try to pass it off onto a group of minions or jungle monsters.
  • A Banshee's Veil is a great item to counter him. While it won't completely negate the damage  Brand does, it will make it harder for him to combo off properly.

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