Bard Build Guide

How to AD Toplane Bard [WIP] - Patch 6.17

Uploader Pamiclo
Updated 6 months ago
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Runes
  • 1
    Greater Mark of Critical Chance (+0.93% critical chance)
  • 8
    Greater Mark of Attack Damage (+0.95 attack damage)
  • 9
    Greater Seal of Armor (+1 armor)
  • 9
    Greater Glyph of Magic Resist (+1.34 magic resist)
  • 3
    Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage (+2.25 attack damage)
Masteries
12 Ferocity
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18 Cunning
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0 Resolve
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Skill Order
Q W E R
Cosmic Binding
Caretaker's Shrine
Magical Journey
Tempered Fate
1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4
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Wait... AD Bard in toplane? Are you trolling? Of course not. If you are unsure please read the section "Why Bard?" below.

Hi everyone! I'm Pamiclo, from EUW server and this is my Toplane AD Bard's guide. First of all, I want to thanks Picc (NA server) for making this guide possible. He inspired me and he taught me a lot of things. So, let's get started.

Pros and Cons

-------------------- PROS --------------------

    • High burst damage.
    • Great mobility and roaming potential.
    • You are a support, you can still protect your adc while doing a lot of damage in team fights.
    • Very fun to play.

-------------------- CONS --------------------

    • Difficult to master.
    • The build is quite expensive and mistakes punish you a lot.
    • This wonderful community won't insult you (sarcasm). Just ignore them and try your best :)
    • Bard have few skins :(

Your first two chimes will spawn at 0:35 seconds. You should pick them because you will get the same xp that one minion. At 1:25 the third chime will spawn; if it's near your line, don't get it as it will give you mana, if it's far away from you, get it and return to line.

Your main goal is to get Trinity as soon as possible. In early game you will need to farm but also you have to poke the enemy. Not all the match-ups are the same, we will see them later. Your main combo is Q + empowered AA, that will activate Thundlerlord's Decree and a good amount of the enemy's health will disappear. You should poke him when he is going to farm a minion (look at the enemy's wave), after that, go to the bush to lose minion's aggro.

You should have Trinity force and his tower destroyed or not. Try to roam always that there is an opportunity: the wave is pushed and the enemy has a bad clear wave, he has backed to base... Remember to ward, because if you don't have vision of the enemy team, they can catch you out of position and this will punish your team.

Group with your team, continue warding, you have a lot of escapes, but you don't need to waste them because you were alone in the map. You can catch some squishys and kill them easily, but care, because if you don't have vision the enemy team will colapse you.

I will explain your role in team fights below.

Of course not, it's only a weird and viable pick. You only need to play with the head and not to make stupid decisions. In THIS PHOTO you can see it.

Ps: I wanted to put the picture here but it appeared very small and I don't know how to fix it, sorry.

You can't be the front line because you are not a tank. You have some defensive stats and a good amount of damage so you must be in the backline. You can peel for your adc and for yourself with your abilities. Just try to use the Spellblade everytime it isn't on CD. I mean, if you land a Q, use your AA, after 1.5 seconds, use your W and continue autoattacking.

However, if you are very fed you can flank them and burst their adc or ap carry. This is risky, but if you do it well you will be instantly 5vs4. If you are gonna die, try to land Tempered Fate on yourself and wait your team.

    • 08/27/2016 -> Guide created.

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