How to Win Bard vs Graves Counter Matchup Bard is in the s tier of champions

Bard vs Graves

How to Beat Graves as Bard in LoL Graves is in the b tier of champions
Support Mage
Marksman

How to Beat Graves as Bard

based on 1,573 Bard vs Graves matchups
Win Rate
51.2 %
K/D/A
3.02
Pick Rate
4.1 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

At MOBA Champion, we analyze millions of recently ranked LoL games every week. Within our database, Bard did battle with Graves 1573 times. Using so many matchups for Bard vs Graves provides us confidence in our ability to provide useful data and a pro build to wreck Graves. This champ matchup is somewhat uncommon. Bard is forced to battle against Graves in only 4.1% of his games.

Bard vs Graves Matchup Summary

Bard has done a decent job of countering Graves. Typically, he wins a acceptable 51.2% of the time the champions face each other in. In Bard versus Graves rounds, Bard’s team is 0.0% more probable to gain first blood. This indicates that he most likely will get first blood against Graves.

Best Bard vs Graves Counter Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionSpellthief's Edge

Early Items

~5 Mins
BootsKindlegem

Core Bard Items

~22 Mins
Locket of the Iron SolariFrozen HeartShard of True Ice

Optional Items

RedemptionDead Man's PlateBulwark of the MountainChemtech Putrifier

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Bard to level up q
>
Second ability for Bard to level up w
>
Last skill for Bard to max out e

Runes

Resolve Guardian Font of LifeBone PlatingUnflinching
Domination Zombie WardRelentless Hunter
AttackSpeed Adaptive Armor
Bard's passive ability p
Bard q ability q
Bard w ability w
Bard e ability e
Bard's ultimate ability r
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Q
2
W
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
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Q
8
W
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Q
10
W
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R
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W
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W
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E
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E
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R

Guide to Countering Graves as Bard

Tips for Playing as Bard against Graves

Don't forget that enemies can also use your Magical Journey doorways, and that your ultimate can also hit your allies!

Let your Caretaker's Shrines charge up - they heal for a lot more when at full power.

It's important to collect chimes to improve your meep's attacks, but don't neglect your lane partner! Try to make a big entrance by bringing an ally into the lane with you with Magical Journey.

Advice to Win Against Graves

Leaving the Smoke Screen's area of effect removes the harmful effect immediately.

Graves deals mostly physical damage so Armor is an effective counter.

Bard vs Graves Counter Stats

Bard Image
Win Rate
51.2 %
VS
Win Rate
48.8 %
Graves Image
2.4
< Kills >
6.5
5.2
< Deaths >
5.7
13.3
< Assists >
6.9
0.49
< Killing Sprees >
1.48
26
< Minions Killed >
73
0.06
< Dragons Killed >
1.31
0.48
< Inhibitors >
0.49
2,225
< Physical Damage >
17,687
7,804
< Magic Damage >
893
829
< True Damage >
1,391
10,858
< Damage Dealt >
19,971
18,978
< Damage Taken >
26,140
8,209
< Gold Earned >
12,457
1.7
< Towers >
2.02
0.01
< Baron Takedowns >
0.3
5,457
< Total Healing >
8,184
10,979
< Experience >
13,827
57
< Vision Score >
30
28
< Wards Placed >
9
250
< Time Dealing CC >
412

How to Counter Graves with Bard in LoL

The stat comparisons shown on this page emphasize some influential Bard vs. Graves matchup stats that may help us grasp the differences between this set of champs. Bard’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Graves’s ratio of NaN, demonstrating that Bard may be more central to his team's team fighting capability than Graves. This observation is in large part a result of the differences in assists.

Bard often has a significantly smaller longest killing spree than his counter does. Commonly, he takes less damage than Graves. This is usually reflective of different amounts of tankyness, yet it can also hint that the champion with higher HP has less mobility and thus is unable to kite away from additional damage when engaged or poked.

Differences between Bard and Graves

Damage Types Compared

Bard
Graves
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Bard
Graves

Who is Better, Bard or Graves?

Both League of Legends champions are great champions. Both have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Bard usually wins when taking on Graves, with a 51.2% win rate. As a result, Bard makes a good counter for Graves.

While Bard does have a higher win rate than Graves, when they face off with one another, Bard also has a much greater learning curve that makes him a more difficult character to learn. You should be careful when picking Bard into Gravesas his relative depth means that you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.

Furthermore, Bard also has a good amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Graves. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when facing champions with a ton of burst damage.

While there is not a single best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Bard vs Graves matchups, Bard is the better champ with a higher win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during team fights.

Bard is a decent counter for Graves. Focus your play on keeping up your CS and clearing objectives. If you are able to do that, you should do very well as Bard against Graves.

Additional Information for Bard Players

How We Calculated Our Bard vs Graves Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Graves as Bard, we analyzed 1,573 matchups from recent LoL games. We use rigorous data cleaning and processing methods to ensure that our counter stats are of the highest quality. You can rest assured that the recommended build to counter Graves as Bard comes from real data and is not the fabrication of some random LoL player, as some other sites provide. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the most relevant stats and items to your rank.

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Further Insights to Win this Matchup

To learn all of the intricacies of Bard in order to counter Graves during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to gather a few extra tricks and insights into this matchup. If you listen to the build and tips shown here, you will grow your win rate significantly and be closer to League of Legends pro players.

Bard typically gets less CS compared to Graves. Champs who typically don't get many minion kills usualy don't require much CS to be effective, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are able to scale properly off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically have to have several high cost items to be effective. In either situation, try to do better than the numbers shown on this page to do well.

The ideal items to prioritize in your Bard versus Graves build include Locket of the Iron Solari, Frozen Heart, and Shard of True Ice. When Bard combined at least these three pieces in his build, he performed a lot better versus Graves than with many other commonly used builds. In fact, Bard had an average winrate of 51.2% when playing against Graves with this counter build.

To have the best likelihood of annihilating Graves as Bard, you should use the Guardian, Font of Life, Bone Plating, Unflinching, Zombie Ward, and Relentless Hunter runes from the Resolve and Domination rune sets. Of all the rune builds players chose for Bard vs Graves matchups, this composite of runes resulted in the best win rate. Notably, these runes averaged a 51.2% winrate overall.

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