The Best Runes, Items, and Advice to Dominate Your Competition
Our Bard builds come out of our evaluation of 295,807 recently ranked Bard rounds. Only the top winrate Bard builds that are also commonly used are recommended. Because we have so many rounds in our data, we are sure that we can give you high quality builds to help ensure you win your next match!
If you would like more champion specific build tips and tactics, please read our guide to playing with Bard at the bottom of the page. Additionally, to view the top Bard build from a different skill division, you can choose a different one from the dropdown above. The calculated Bard builds will change to reflect that division’s meta.
Best Bard Runes
If you are fighting a well-mixed enemy team comp, you should strongly consider getting yourself the Electrocute, Cheap Shot, Zombie Ward, Ingenious Hunter, Waterwalking, and Nimbus Cloak runes. In recent matches, he won the largest percentage of his games when equiped with these runes. Yet, if you are battling a more homogenous enemy team composition, such as an AD focused or a crowd control centric team, you should instead look down and to the right to view the best Bard runes to defeat your particular set of opponents.
Versus Selected Team Comp
Best Items for Your Bard Build
The best items to include in your Bard build include: Imperial Mandate, Mikael's Blessing, Ardent Censer, and Dead Man's Plate. Yet, like our rune setups, you can also get great, focused, Bard item builds below for the particular enemy team comp you are playing in your current game. Players who added these pieces in their kits had a much higher win rate than players who went for other builds for Bard.
vs AD Heavy Teams
vs AP Heavy Teams
vs CC Heavy Teams
vs Tanky Teams
Guide to Playing with Bard
- Surprise your enemies by bringing teammates along for a gank with Magical Journey.
- Let Caretaker's Shrine charge up as they provide more healing when fully charged up.