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Bard vs Malzahar

How to Beat Malzahar as Bard in LoL Malzahar is in the a tier of champions
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How to Beat Malzahar as Bard

based on 768 Bard vs Malzahar matchups
Win Rate
46.7 %
K/D/A
3.06
Pick Rate
2.4 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We calculate our counter statistics from the millions of recently ranked League matches that we get from Riot Games each and every week. Our guide on how to beat Malzahar as Bard resulted from an evaluation of 768 ranked rounds where both champs engaged one another. This pairing is relatively rare. Bard encounters Malzahar in only 2.4% of his matches.

Bard vs Malzahar Matchup Summary

Unfortunately, Bard does a terrible job of beating Malzahar. On average, he wins a lowly 46.7% of the time the champs oppose one another in. In Bard against Malzahar games, Bard’s side is 0.1% more expected to get first blood. This implies that he most likely will be able to get first blood versus Malzahar.

Best Bard vs Malzahar 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 SolariDead Man's PlateShard of True Ice

Optional Items

Force of NatureChemtech PutrifierRedemptionBulwark of the Mountain

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
9
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 Malzahar as Bard

Tips for Playing as Bard against Malzahar

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

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

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 Malzahar

Malzahar is especially dangerous when he has built up his Void Swarm.

Avoid minion waves that have been affected by Malefic Visions. You never know when they may die and pass the Visions onto you.

When Malzahar hits a spell on enemies affected by Malefic Visions, the Visions are refreshed.

Bard vs Malzahar Counter Stats

Bard Image
Win Rate
46.7 %
VS
Win Rate
53.3 %
Malzahar Image
2.7
< Kills >
4.7
5.3
< Deaths >
5.7
13.5
< Assists >
7.8
0.58
< Killing Sprees >
1.07
29
< Minions Killed >
184
0.07
< Dragons Killed >
0.13
0.46
< Inhibitors >
0.61
2,341
< Physical Damage >
616
8,188
< Magic Damage >
21,240
1,005
< True Damage >
765
11,535
< Damage Dealt >
22,621
20,137
< Damage Taken >
17,808
8,610
< Gold Earned >
11,784
1.68
< Towers >
2.44
0.02
< Baron Takedowns >
0.02
5,671
< Total Healing >
1,123
11,683
< Experience >
14,944
57
< Vision Score >
20
27
< Wards Placed >
10
283
< Time Dealing CC >
450

How to Counter Malzahar with Bard in LoL

The stat comparisons shown here show some significant Bard against Malzahar counter statistics that may help you distinguish the differences and similarities between the pair. For instance, Bard’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Malzahar’s KDA ratio of NaN, showing that Bard may be more central to his team's team fighting potential than Malzahar. This observation is in large part caused by the differences in assists.

Bard often has a slightly smaller longest kill spree than his foe does. On average, he receives a similar amount of damage to Malzahar. This is usually reflective of differing health capacities, yet it can also hint that the one champ has less mobility and thus is not able to kite away from further harm when engaged or poked.

Differences between Bard and Malzahar

Damage Types Compared

Bard
Malzahar
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Bard
Malzahar

Who is Better, Bard or Malzahar?

Both League of Legends champions are great. Both champs have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Bard usually loses when taking on Malzahar, with a 46.7% win rate. As a result, Bard makes a poor counter to Malzahar.

While Bard does have a lower win rate compared to Malzahar, when on opposite teams, Bard also has a much greater difficulty level that makes him a more time consuming champ to pick up and master. You should expect to face a difficult match when picking Bard into Malzaharas his relative depth means that you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a significant amount of practice beforehand.

Furthermore, Bard has a good amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Malzahar. This makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.

While there is not a single best champion in League of Legends, in Bard vs Malzahar matchups, Malzahar is the better champ with a much lower win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your teammates during late stage team fights.

Bard is a terribly counter for Malzahar. You will do well by focussing your tactics on maximizing your gold and cs and destroying objectives. If you do that, you should hold your own as Bard against Malzahar.

Additional Information for Bard Players

How We Calculated Our Bard vs Malzahar Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Malzahar as Bard, we analyzed 768 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 Malzahar 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 in order to counter Malzahar during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to pick up a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and tips displayed above, you will increase your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.

Bard most often accumulates a lot less CS relative to Malzahar. Champions who typically don't get much CS often don't need much CS to be effective, such as supports. These kinds of champions are able to scale well off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically require a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the values reported on this page to do well.

The most important items to use in your Bard versus Malzahar build include Locket of the Iron Solari, Dead Man's Plate, and Shard of True Ice. When Bard included at least these three items in his build, he performed a lot better versus Malzahar than with many other typical builds. In fact, Bard boasted an average winrate of 46.7% when playing against Malzahar with these items in his kit.

To have the best probability of coming out on top against Malzahar as Bard, you should take the Guardian, Font of Life, Bone Plating, Unflinching, Zombie Ward, and Relentless Hunter runes from the Resolve and Domination rune sets. Out of all the runes players picked for Bard vs Malzahar fights, this sequence of runes yielded the greatest win rate. Notably, these runes provided a 46.7% win rate overall.

By default, tips, statistics, and builds on how to beat Malzahar as Bard are given for all ranked divisions combined. To narrow the statistics and builds to a distinct skill level, you can use the selection menu earlier on the page.