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

Bard vs Irelia

How to Beat Irelia as Bard in LoL Irelia is in the b tier of champions
Support Mage
Fighter Assassin

How to Beat Irelia as Bard

based on 1,334 Bard vs Irelia matchups
Win Rate
49.8 %
K/D/A
3.08
Pick Rate
3.5 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We summarize our counter statistics from the millions of rated League rounds that we analyze every week. Our guide on how to beat Irelia as Bard resulted from an evaluation of 1334 ranked games where both champions fought one another. This particular pairing is somewhat rare. Bard is forced to battle against Irelia in only 3.5% of his games.

Bard vs Irelia Matchup Summary

Bard has done a average job of countering Irelia. On average, he wins a acceptable 49.8% of the time the champs oppose one another in. In Bard vs Irelia rounds, Bard’s team is 0.0% more probable to earn first blood. This implies that he probably will be able to get first blood against Irelia.

Best Bard vs Irelia Counter Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionSpellthief's Edge

Early Items

~5 Mins
BootsCloth Armor

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 Armor HealthScaling
Bard's passive ability p
Bard q ability q
Bard w ability w
Bard e ability e
Bard's ultimate ability r
1
Q
2
W
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
7
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 Irelia as Bard

Tips for Playing as Bard against Irelia

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 Irelia

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.

Bard vs Irelia Counter Stats

Bard Image
Win Rate
49.8 %
VS
Win Rate
50.2 %
Irelia Image
2.6
< Kills >
7
5.3
< Deaths >
6.9
13.7
< Assists >
5
0.54
< Killing Sprees >
1.56
25
< Minions Killed >
198
0.07
< Dragons Killed >
0.11
0.49
< Inhibitors >
0.47
2,307
< Physical Damage >
14,485
7,951
< Magic Damage >
5,781
951
< True Damage >
1,017
11,209
< Damage Dealt >
21,285
18,981
< Damage Taken >
29,293
8,328
< Gold Earned >
12,622
1.72
< Towers >
2.26
0.01
< Baron Takedowns >
0.04
5,169
< Total Healing >
4,942
11,131
< Experience >
14,420
57
< Vision Score >
17
27
< Wards Placed >
8
252
< Time Dealing CC >
89

How to Counter Irelia with Bard in LoL

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.

Differences between Bard and Irelia

Damage Types Compared

Bard
Irelia
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Bard
Irelia

Who is Better, Bard or Irelia?

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.

Additional Information for Bard Players

How We Calculated Our Bard vs Irelia Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Irelia as Bard, we analyzed 1,334 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 Irelia 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 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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