Striking killing blows on minions with Disintegrate enables Annie to farm extremely well early in the game.
Molten Shield is a good spell to cast to work up to Annie's stun, so sometimes it's beneficial to grab at least 1 rank in it early.
Storing a stun for use with her ultimate can turn the tide of a team fight.
You can crush Bard's healing shrines just by walking over them. Don't let his allies take them without a fight.
Bard's opponents can also travel through his Magical Journey doorways. You can follow him, if you think it's safe.
Bard's ultimate, Tempered Fate, affects allies, enemies, monsters, and turrets alike. Sometimes it can be to your advantage to jump into it!
The stats shown here feature some critical Annie vs. Bard counter stats that can help us appreciate the differences and similarities between this set of champs. As an example, Annie’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Bard’s ratio of NaN, indicating that Annie may be more central to her team's team fighting capacity than Bard. This observation is in large part a result of the difference in kills.
Annie typically has a much larger longest kill spree than her matchup does. Commonly, she receives a similar amount of damage to Bard. This is usually reflective of different amounts of tankyness, but it can also show that the champion with higher health has less agility and thus is not able to kite away from additional damage when poked or engaged.
Both LoL champions are great. Both have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Annie usually fairs equally well when playing against Bard, with a 50.0% win rate. As a result, Annie makes an ok counter to Bard.
While Annie does have a higher win rate than Bard, when they face off with one another, Annie also has a lower learning curve that makes her a less challenging champ to learn. You still need to be cautious when picking Annie into Bard.
Additionally, Annie also has a good amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Bard. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when facing champions with a ton of burst damage.
While there is not one best champion in League of Legends, in Annie vs Bard matchups, Bard is the better champion with a similar win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during teamfights.
Annie is a decent counter for Bard. You will do well by focussing your play on maximizing your CS and destroying objectives. If you do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Annie against Bard.
If you would like to truly master Annie in order to counter Bard during both the early game and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to pick up a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you mind the build and tips presented above, you will increase your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Annie usually racks up much more CS compared to Bard. Champions who on average don't take many minion kills often don't need much CS to be effective, such as sup champs. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling well off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically need several high cost items to be effective. In either situation, try to do better than the numbers shown here to do well.
The best items to focus on in your Annie versus Bard build include Luden's Tempest, Zhonya's Hourglass, and Shadowflame. When Annie included at least these three items in her build, she performed much better vs. Bard than with most other common counter builds. In fact, Annie boasted an average winrate of 50.0% when countering Bard with this build.
To have the highest probability of coming out on top against Bard as Annie, Annie players should equip the Electrocute, Cheap Shot, Eyeball Collection, Relentless Hunter, Manaflow Band, and Absolute Focus runes from the Domination and Sorcery rune sets. Out of all the rune builds we have analyed for Annie vs Bard counter picks, this combo of runes yielded the greatest win rate. Moreover, these runes gave a 50.0% win rate overall.
By default, tips, stats, and builds on how to beat Bard as Annie are given for all ranked divisions combined. To narrow the stats and builds to a particular player tier, you can use the selection menu earlier on the page.