The Best Runes, Items, and Advice to Dominate Your Competition
Our Bard builds result from our analysis of 65,960 recently ranked Bard games. Only the top win rate Bard builds that are also commonly used are advised. Since we have so many games in our dataset, we are confident that we can generate the highest quality builds to help ensure you win your next game!
To get more focused build guidance and advice, feel free to read our tips farther down on the page. Additionally, Bard builds dedicated to a particular skill tier can be viewed by picking a different division from the dropdown menu located above. The best Bard build will be focused on that tier’s meta.
Best Bard Runes
If you are trying to beat a well-mixed enemy team composition, you should really consider grabbing Bard the Guardian, Font of Life, Bone Plating, Revitalize, Eyeball Collection, and Ultimate Hunter runes. In recent games, he won the greatest percentage of his rounds when built with these runes. However, if you are battling a different enemy team composition, such as an AP heavy or a tank heavy team, you should instead look down and to the right to find 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 use in your Bard build are: Imperial Mandate, Rapid Firecannon, Ardent Censer, and Dead Man's Plate. Moreover, similar to our rune builds, you can also get quality, dedicated, Bard item builds farther down for the particular enemy team composition you are playing in your ongoing game. Players who added these items in their kits had a greater winrate than those who went for other Bard builds.
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.