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Bard vs Zed

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How to Beat Zed as Bard

based on 1,336 Bard vs Zed matchups
Win Rate
51.1 %
K/D/A
3
Pick Rate
3.5 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We generate our matchup statistics from the millions of rated League of Legends matches that we review every week. This guide on how to beat Zed as Bard came out of an analysis of 1336 ranked rounds where both champs faced off against each other. This matchup is somewhat rare. Bard is forced to battle against Zed in only 3.5% of his games.

Bard vs Zed Matchup Summary

Bard has done a decent job of countering Zed. Normally, he wins a acceptable 51.1% of the time the champions face off with one another in. In Bard against Zed rounds, Bard’s team is 0.0% more expected to gain first blood, implying that he most likely will be able to get first blood against Zed.

Best Bard vs Zed Counter Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionSpellthief's Edge

Early Items

~5 Mins
Ruby CrystalCloth Armor

Core Bard Items

~22 Mins
Locket of the Iron SolariDead Man's PlateShard of True Ice

Optional Items

Knight's VowRedemptionFrozen HeartBulwark of the Mountain

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Bard to level up q
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Second ability for Bard to level up w
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Last skill for Bard to max out e

Runes

Resolve Guardian Font of LifeBone PlatingUnflinching
Domination Zombie WardRelentless Hunter
AttackSpeed Armor MagicRes
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
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 Zed as Bard

Tips for Playing as Bard against Zed

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 Zed

Zed's Shadow Slash can only slow you if his shadow hits you with it.

Zed receives bonus effect from Attack Damage items he purchases, so Armor is super effective against him.

After Zed uses his Living Shadow, he is at his most vulnerable as his damage, slow, and mobility are both dependent upon it.

Bard vs Zed Counter Stats

Bard Image
Win Rate
51.1 %
VS
Win Rate
48.9 %
Zed Image
2.8
< Kills >
8
5.4
< Deaths >
5.9
13.4
< Assists >
5.5
0.6
< Killing Sprees >
1.85
27
< Minions Killed >
145
0.04
< Dragons Killed >
0.31
0.49
< Inhibitors >
0.34
2,389
< Physical Damage >
19,365
8,031
< Magic Damage >
1,131
906
< True Damage >
1,404
11,327
< Damage Dealt >
21,900
19,437
< Damage Taken >
22,448
8,477
< Gold Earned >
12,044
1.75
< Towers >
1.47
0.01
< Baron Takedowns >
0.06
5,329
< Total Healing >
3,530
11,395
< Experience >
13,980
58
< Vision Score >
19
28
< Wards Placed >
7
261
< Time Dealing CC >
155

How to Counter Zed with Bard in LoL

The stats provided here underscore some influential Bard versus Zed counter stats that can help you understand the differences and similarities between this set of champions. As an example, Bard’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Zed’s ratio of NaN, demonstrating that Bard may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Zed. This observation is largely caused by the differences in assists.

Bard typically has a significantly smaller longest killing spree than his opponent does. Commonly, he takes less damage than Zed. This typically indicates differing health capacities, but it can also hint that the champion with increased HP has less agility and thus is not able to kite away from further harm when engaged or poked.

Differences between Bard and Zed

Damage Types Compared

Bard
Zed
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Bard
Zed

Who is Better, Bard or Zed?

Both LoL champs are great. Both have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In League's current meta, Bard usually wins when trying to fight Zed, with a 51.1% win rate. Thus, Bard makes a good counter for Zed.

While Bard does have a higher win rate compared to Zed, when on opposite teams, Bard also has a greater learning curve that makes him a more challenging character to learn and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Bard into Zedas his relative depth means you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.

Moreover, Bard has a good amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Zed. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, 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 Zed matchups, Bard is the better champ with a higher win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your teammates during teamfights.

Bard is a decent counter to Zed. Focus your play on maximizing your gold and cs and destroying objectives. If you are able to do that, you should do very well as Bard against Zed.

Additional Information for Bard Players

How We Calculated Our Bard vs Zed Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Zed as Bard, we analyzed 1,336 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 Zed 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 to counter Zed during both the early game 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 mind the build and tips shown here, you should grow your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.

Bard often racks up a lot less CS relative to Zed. Champions who typically don't get much CS typically don't require much CS to be effective, such as supports. These kinds of champions are able to scale well off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually need a lot of items to be effective. In either case, try to exceed the numbers reported here to do well.

The best items to focus on in your Bard versus Zed 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 did a lot better when fighting Zed than with many other common builds. In fact, Bard boasted an average win rate of 51.1% battling Zed with this counter build.

To have the highest probability of beating Zed 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. Of all the runes players used for Bard vs Zed counterpicks, this blending of runes yielded the best win rate. Moreover, these runes provided a 51.1% winrate overall.

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