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

Bard vs Riven

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

How to Beat Riven as Bard

based on 858 Bard vs Riven matchups
Win Rate
51 %
K/D/A
3.06
Pick Rate
2.2 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We at MOBA Champion summarize millions of recently ranked League of Legends rounds each and every week. In our database, Bard did battle with Riven in 858 games. Including so many matchups for Bard vs Riven provides us confidence in our ability to provide informative statistics and a pro build to counter Riven. This champ pairing is fairly rare. Bard fights Riven in only 2.2% of his rounds.

Bard vs Riven Matchup Summary

Bard does a decent job of countering Riven. Typically, he wins a acceptable 51.0% of games the champs face off with each other in. In Bard against Riven games, Bard’s team is 0.1% less likely to get first blood, implying that he probably won't be able to get first blood versus Riven.

Best Bard vs Riven 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

Dead Man's PlateChemtech 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
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Q
2
W
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
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Q
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W
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Q
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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 Riven as Bard

Tips for Playing as Bard against Riven

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 Riven

Riven has a great deal of mobility but she cannot move very far with any one skill. Rooting or silencing her during her combo will greatly reduce her effectiveness.

Riven excels at dueling multiple melee attackers at once, as she will be on an almost equal footing damage-wise. If pairing up against Riven, don't go in as double melee until she has expended her full combo.

All of Riven's damage is physical, prioritize high Armor if an opposing Riven gets out of control.

Bard vs Riven Counter Stats

Bard Image
Win Rate
51 %
VS
Win Rate
49 %
Riven Image
2.6
< Kills >
6
5.3
< Deaths >
5.9
13.6
< Assists >
5.2
0.55
< Killing Sprees >
1.34
24
< Minions Killed >
168
0.06
< Dragons Killed >
0.11
0.51
< Inhibitors >
0.38
2,275
< Physical Damage >
16,287
7,655
< Magic Damage >
59
927
< True Damage >
1,072
10,859
< Damage Dealt >
17,418
18,791
< Damage Taken >
25,705
8,252
< Gold Earned >
11,575
1.81
< Towers >
1.91
0.01
< Baron Takedowns >
0.02
5,115
< Total Healing >
5,115
11,001
< Experience >
14,281
58
< Vision Score >
17
28
< Wards Placed >
8
248
< Time Dealing CC >
133

How to Counter Riven with Bard in LoL

The stat comparisons shown on this page highlight some vital Bard versus Riven matchup stats that can help you figure out the differences and similarities between the two. As an example, Bard’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Riven’s ratio of NaN, indicating that Bard may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Riven. This observation is in large part a result of the differences in assists.

Bard often has a slightly smaller longest killing spree than his enemy does. On average, he receives less damage than Riven. This typically indicates different amounts of tankyness, but it can also show that the one champ has less mobility and thus is not able to kite away from additional damage when poked or engaged.

Differences between Bard and Riven

Damage Types Compared

Bard
Riven
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Bard
Riven

Who is Better, Bard or Riven?

Both League of Legends champions are great champions. Both champs have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Bard usually wins when trying to fight Riven, with a 51.0% win rate. Thus, Bard makes a good counter to Riven.

While Bard does have a higher winrate than Riven, when on opposite teams, Bard also has a greater level of difficulty that makes him a more challenging character to pick up and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Bard into Rivenas his relative depth means that you may not be able to reach his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.

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

While there isn't a single best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Bard vs Riven matchups, Bard is the better champion with a similar win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allied champions during teamfights.

Bard is a decent counter to Riven. You will do well by focussing your strategy on keeping up your gold and cs and taking out objectives. If you are able to do that, you should do very well as Bard against Riven.

Additional Information for Bard Players

How We Calculated Our Bard vs Riven Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Riven as Bard, we analyzed 858 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 Riven 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 Riven during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to gather a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and suggestions displayed above, you will grow your win rate by a lot and be closer to League of Legends pro players.

Bard usually picks up a lot less CS as Riven. Champions who on average don't take many minion kills often don't need much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically require a lot of items to be effective. In either case, try to surpass the numbers displayed here to do well.

The most important items to use in your Bard versus Riven build include Locket of the Iron Solari, Frozen Heart, and Shard of True Ice. When Bard used at least these three pieces in his build, he did significantly better when fighting Riven than with many other common item sets. In fact, Bard had an average winrate of 51.0% when countering Riven with this counter build.

To have the greatest likelihood of crushing Riven as Bard, Bard players 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 rune sets that we analyzed for Bard vs Riven LoL games, this set of runes yielded the highest win rate. In fact, these runes provided a 51.0% winrate overall.

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