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.
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.
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.
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.
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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