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

Bard vs Nocturne

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

How to Beat Nocturne as Bard

based on 761 Bard vs Nocturne matchups
Win Rate
52.8 %
K/D/A
3.04
Pick Rate
2 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We get our matchup statistics from the millions of recently ranked LoL rounds that we evaluate each week. Our guide on how to beat Nocturne as Bard came out of an examination of 761 ranked matches where both champs opposed each other. This champion pairing is somewhat rare. Bard encounters Nocturne in only 2.0% of his games.

Bard vs Nocturne Matchup Summary

Bard has done a good job of countering Nocturne. Normally, he wins a fantastic 52.8% of games the champions oppose one another in. In Bard against Nocturne matches, Bard’s team is 0.0% more probable to gain first blood, implying that he probably will be able to get first blood versus Nocturne.

Best Bard vs Nocturne 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

RedemptionFrozen HeartChemtech PutrifierBulwark 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 Adaptive Armor
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
12
W
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W
14
E
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E
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R

Guide to Countering Nocturne as Bard

Tips for Playing as Bard against Nocturne

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 Nocturne

Nocturne's Unspeakable Horror is broken with range, so try to save your movement abilities for when he casts it.

Stay close to your allies when Paranoia is cast - there is strength in numbers!

Bard vs Nocturne Counter Stats

Bard Image
Win Rate
52.8 %
VS
Win Rate
47.2 %
Nocturne Image
2.8
< Kills >
7.4
5.5
< Deaths >
6.4
13.9
< Assists >
7.8
0.58
< Killing Sprees >
1.7
28
< Minions Killed >
45
0.06
< Dragons Killed >
1.32
0.54
< Inhibitors >
0.42
2,411
< Physical Damage >
15,568
8,262
< Magic Damage >
1,501
1,004
< True Damage >
1,350
11,679
< Damage Dealt >
18,419
19,910
< Damage Taken >
31,676
8,679
< Gold Earned >
12,144
1.85
< Towers >
1.55
0.01
< Baron Takedowns >
0.28
5,563
< Total Healing >
10,864
11,757
< Experience >
13,799
57
< Vision Score >
21
27
< Wards Placed >
6
264
< Time Dealing CC >
576

How to Counter Nocturne with Bard in LoL

The stats shown here emphasize some critical Bard vs. Nocturne matchup statistics that can help you explain the differences and similarities between the pair. As an example, Bard’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is greater than Nocturne’s ratio of NaN, indicating that Bard may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Nocturne. This observation is in large part fueled by the differences in assists.

Bard normally has a significantly smaller longest kill spree than his foe does. On average, he takes less damage than Nocturne. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also indicate that the one champion has less agility and thus is unable to flee from additional harm when poked or engaged.

Differences between Bard and Nocturne

Damage Types Compared

Bard
Nocturne
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Bard
Nocturne

Who is Better, Bard or Nocturne?

Both LoL champions are great. Both have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Bard usually wins when playing against Nocturne, with a 52.8% win rate. Therefore, Bard makes a good counter to Nocturne.

While Bard does have a higher win rate compared to Nocturne, when facing one another, Bard also has a much greater level of difficulty that makes him a more time consuming champ to pick up and master. You don't need to be too worried when picking Bard into Nocturneas his relative depth means you may not be able to reach his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.

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

While there isn't one best champion in League of Legends, in Bard vs Nocturne matchups, Bard is the better champion with a noticably higher win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your teammates during late stage team fights.

Bard is an above average counter for Nocturne. Focus your gameplay on maximizing your CS and destroying objectives. If you can do that, you should do very well as Bard against Nocturne.

Additional Information for Bard Players

How We Calculated Our Bard vs Nocturne Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Nocturne as Bard, we analyzed 761 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 Nocturne 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

If you would like to learn all of the intricacies of Bard in order to counter Nocturne during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to pick up a few extra tricks and insights into this matchup. If you listen to the build and tips displayed above, you should grow your win rate by a lot and be closer to League of Legends pro players.

Bard on average accumulates less CS relative to Nocturne. Champs who on average don't get many minion kills typically don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are able to scale properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually have to have many items to be effective. In either case, try to surpass the values displayed on this page to do well.

The top items to prioritize in your Bard versus Nocturne build consist of Locket of the Iron Solari, Dead Man's Plate, and Shard of True Ice. When Bard bought at least these three pieces in his build, he performed a lot better vs Nocturne than with many other commonly used item sets. In fact, Bard had an average winrate of 52.8% battling Nocturne with this build.

To have the highest likelihood of defeating Nocturne 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. Out of all the rune builds we have analyed for Bard vs Nocturne counterpicks, this mix of runes resulted in the greatest win rate. Notably, these runes gave a 52.8% winrate overall.

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