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.
Beware of wasting your high impact spells on Defiant Dance.
Pay attention to Ionian Fervor stacks and try to engage Irelia when it is down.
Minion waves greatly enhance Irelia's mobility, beware fighting her inside one.
The stats shown on this page clarify some critical Bard versus Irelia matchup stats that can help us explain the differences and similarities between these two champs. For instance, Bard’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is greater than Irelia’s ratio of NaN, demonstrating that Bard may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Irelia. This observation is in large part caused by the differences in assists.
Bard usually has a significantly smaller longest kill spree than his opponent does. Commonly, he receives less damage than Irelia. This typically indicates differing health capacities; however, it can also indicate that the champion with more health has less mobility and thus is not able to escape additional damage when engaged or poked.
Both League of Legends champs are great. Both champs have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In League's current meta, Bard usually fairs equally well when facing off against Irelia, with a 49.8% win rate. As a result, Bard makes an ok counter to Irelia.
While Bard does have a lower win rate compared to Irelia, when on opposite teams, Bard also has a much greater level of difficulty that makes him a more time consuming champion to develop with. You still need to be cautious when picking Bard into Ireliaas his relative depth means that you may not be able to reach his full potential without a significant amount of practice beforehand.
Furthermore, Bard has a good amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Irelia. This makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when trying to counter champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not one best champion overall in League of Legends, in Bard vs Irelia matchups, Irelia is the better champion with a similar win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your teammates during late stage team fights.
Bard is a somewhat poor counter to Irelia. You will do well by focussing your strategy on increasing your CS and clearing objectives. If you do that, you should do very well as Bard against Irelia.
To truly master Bard to counter Irelia during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to gather a few extra tricks and insights into this matchup. If you mind the build and tips presented above, you will increase your win rate by a lot and be closer to League of Legends pro players.
Bard on average gets a lot less CS as Irelia. Champions who on average don't acquire much CS typically don't have to have much CS to be effective, such as sup champs. They are able to scale properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically need several high cost items to be effective. In either case, try to surpass the numbers displayed here to do well.
The top items to prioritize in your Bard versus Irelia build consist of Locket of the Iron Solari, Frozen Heart, and Shard of True Ice. When Bard included at least these three pieces in his build, he did significantly better when fighting Irelia than with many other common builds. In fact, Bard had an average win rate of 49.8% when countering Irelia with this counter build.
To have the highest likelihood of crushing Irelia as Bard, you should equip 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 that we analyzed for Bard vs Irelia counter picks, this mixture of runes yielded the greatest win rate. Notably, these runes provided a 49.8% winrate overall.
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