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Skill usage

  • Deciding what spell to apply Blaze.png Blaze first with is a very important factor when engaging the enemy.
  • If you are able to cast your spells quickly, BrandSquare.png Brand can actually be very effective at close range. Close proximity allows Sear.png Sear to hit a lot easier, so if Conflagration.png Conflagration is used just before the missile hits, the stun is very reliable.
  • Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame has the longest cooldown of all BrandSquare.png Brand's basic abilities. Because of this, it is not the best ability to kill a single champion.
  • BrandSquare.png Brand can easily clear minion waves. Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame will allow Conflagration.png Conflagration to deal area of effect damage due to the active Blaze.png Blaze debuff.
    • An effective combo to clear minion waves is to use Sear.png Sear on a minion positioned close to the middle of the wave, Conflagration.png Conflagration the Blazed minion, then Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame all Blazed minions to deal increased damage.
  • A great time to use BrandSquare.png Brand's Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm is when two enemy champions are standing close to each other.
  • By using Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm's bounce, BrandSquare.png 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.png 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 BrandSquare.png Brand, like LeBlancSquare.png 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.png Conflagration, Sear.png Sear, then Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame. This combo allows Sear.png Sear to stun, ensuring the enemy will be in the AoE for Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame and offering little time for them to retaliate. If you are fast enough, you may be able to cast Sear.png Sear first and, while the missile is on its way to the target, hit them with Conflagration.png Conflagration before it connects and throw down Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame.
    • When you want to do maximum damage to multiple enemies, pick a target, cast Sear.png Sear at them, after Blaze.png Blaze is applied, cast Conflagration.png Conflagration to hit multiple targets and apply Blaze.png Blaze to each one, then finish with Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame. This combo, if all hits connect, can do huge AoE damage. If your Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm is off cooldown, throw it out as soon as enemies are grouped together enough.
  • BrandSquare.png 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.png Blaze by using Conflagration.png Conflagration, and then stun with Sear.png Sear while running. Do not cast Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame as it has a longer spell cast animation, which isn't beneficial when trying to escape.

Build usage

  • Because BrandSquare.png Brand is a mid-range caster, he greatly benefits from Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages, Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Zhonya's Hourglass item.png 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 item.png Sorcerer's Shoes, Haunting Guise item.png Haunting Guise, and Void Staff item.png Void Staff are good for BrandSquare.png Brand since his passive Blaze.png 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 item.png Abyssal Scepter is another item which can accomplish the same effect for BrandSquare.png 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 item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter will be very effective for BrandSquare.png 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 item.png Will of the Ancients is notably effective on BrandSquare.png 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.png Blaze
  • Survivability items are essential for BrandSquare.png Brand due to his very low health and defensive stats. Even a fed BrandSquare.png Brand can be taken down fairly quickly and/or easily if he does not accommodate for his lack of survivability.
  • Blaze.png Blaze procs Liandry's Torment item.png 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 item.png Rod of Ages for survivability purposes.
  • Athene's Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail is a very useful item for BrandSquare.png 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 item.png Chalice of Harmony is a highly effective purchase, offering unparalleled mana regeneration for a very low cost.
  • Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon is very effective for BrandSquare.png Brand, due to its healing reduction passive proccing off Blaze.png 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

  • BrandSquare.png Brand has no escapes, and, to successfully kite an opponent, must apply Blaze.png Blaze then successfully land Sear.png Sear. Play aggressively early game and target him at any time he overextends.
    • Try to juke Sear, by moving aside when you are directly battling with Brand.
  • When playing against BrandSquare.png Brand, remember that he is a combo-based champion. Interrupting his cast flow is detrimental to his damage output.
    • BrandSquare.png 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.png Sear is easy to dodge, but be careful about getting near him in a fight if you are squishy.
  • Be careful about facing BrandSquare.png Brand 1v1 or 2v1 (with BrandSquare.png Brand being the one). BrandSquare.png Brand's 1v1 damage output is still great despite having AoE spells, he has a 2 second stun from Sear.png Sear while the target is Blaze.png 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 BrandSquare.png Brand in a team fight, try not to stick close to your teammates. BrandSquare.png Brand's AoEs spells are rather small but very deadly.
  • When Blaze.png Blaze is applied to you, be very careful about getting within BrandSquare.png Brand's range, especially if he can hit you with Sear.png 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 BrandSquare.png 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 BrandSquare.png Brand, especially after he casts Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm.
  • Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm does not focus champions unless applied with Blaze.png Blaze, so try to pass it off onto a group of minions or jungle monsters.
  • A Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil is a great item to counter him. While it won't completely negate the damage BrandSquare.png Brand does, it will make it harder for him to combo off properly.
  • Due to Brand's passive, you should avoid stacking HP when facing a Brand, otherwise you will only receive more damage. When fighting against Brand, it is suggested to instead, buy items that provide pure magic resistance.
    • If you are an AP champion, Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter will greatly mitigate Brand's damage, as well as reducing his own magic resistance, therefore boosting your own damage against Brand.
    • Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker has the same effect if you are an AD champion, but it's arguably better, due to the magic resistance shield, further improving your survivability against Brand.
    • Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads is a general option. Besides the magic resistance, this item has tenacity, which reduces the duration of Sear.png Sear's stun.
    • Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash allow your champion not only to get rid of the stun, but also of Blaze.png Blaze. It is an extremely effective option if you need to duel Brand.
    • In general, just avoid stacking HP unless you have a lot of magic resistance to back off this HP. But remember that Brand can build magic penetration items such as Void Staff item.png Void Staff, making stacking magic resistance only a temporary solution.

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