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

Bard vs Zilean

How to Beat Zilean as Bard in LoL Zilean is in the s tier of champions
Support Mage
Support Mage

How to Beat Zilean as Bard

based on 999 Bard vs Zilean matchups
Win Rate
51.5 %
K/D/A
2.96
Pick Rate
2.6 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We at MOBA Champion analyze millions of ranked League of Legends rounds every week. In our dataset, Bard did battle with Zilean in 999 games. With so many games with Bard vs Zilean gives us a lot of faith in our ability to prepare useful statistics and a solid build to counter Zilean. This counter matchup is relatively rare. Bard fights Zilean in only 2.6% of his games.

Bard vs Zilean Matchup Summary

Bard does a decent job of beating Zilean. Normally, he wins a acceptable 51.5% of games the champs face one another in. In Bard versus Zilean rounds, Bard’s team is 0.1% more probable to gain first blood. This implies that he most likely will get first blood versus Zilean.

Best Bard vs Zilean 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

Chemtech PutrifierDead Man's PlateRedemptionBulwark 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
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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 Zilean as Bard

Tips for Playing as Bard against Zilean

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 Zilean

Zilean is fragile if a team focuses on him, but otherwise he's very difficult to kill. Commit to killing him as a team.

If you're able to match Zilean's speed, it can sometimes be beneficial to wait until his ultimate has faded before landing the killing blow.

Bard vs Zilean Counter Stats

Bard Image
Win Rate
51.5 %
VS
Win Rate
48.5 %
Zilean Image
2.5
< Kills >
2.2
5.1
< Deaths >
4.8
12.6
< Assists >
12
0.51
< Killing Sprees >
0.42
26
< Minions Killed >
53
0.06
< Dragons Killed >
0.06
0.52
< Inhibitors >
0.51
2,321
< Physical Damage >
1,049
8,145
< Magic Damage >
9,538
906
< True Damage >
646
11,374
< Damage Dealt >
11,234
18,696
< Damage Taken >
17,335
8,169
< Gold Earned >
8,330
1.76
< Towers >
1.9
0.02
< Baron Takedowns >
0.01
5,343
< Total Healing >
6,062
10,981
< Experience >
11,584
58
< Vision Score >
46
28
< Wards Placed >
22
243
< Time Dealing CC >
170

How to Counter Zilean with Bard in LoL

The stats provided here highlight some influential Bard against Zilean counter stats that can help us figure out the distinctions between the pair. Bard’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is greater than Zilean’s KDA ratio of NaN, highlighting that Bard may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Zilean..

Bard typically has a similar longest kill spree as his counter does. On average, he receives a similar amount of damage to Zilean. This often reflects differing health capacities, yet it can also indicate that the one champion has less mobility and thus is not able to kite away from additional harm when poked or engaged.

Differences between Bard and Zilean

Damage Types Compared

Bard
Zilean
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Bard
Zilean

Who is Better, Bard or Zilean?

Both LoL champs are great champions. Both champs have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Bard usually wins when facing off against Zilean, with a 51.5% win rate. Thus, Bard makes a good counter for Zilean.

While Bard does have a higher win rate compared to Zilean, when on opposite teams, Bard also has a much greater difficulty level that makes him a more complex character to learn and master. You should be careful when picking Bard into Zileanas his relative depth means you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.

Furthermore, Bard also has a good amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Zilean. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when facing 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 Zilean matchups, Bard is the better champion with a higher win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during late stage team fights.

Bard is a decent counter for Zilean. Make sure you focus your actions on increasing your gold income and clearing objectives. If you do that, you should hold your own as Bard against Zilean.

Additional Information for Bard Players

How We Calculated Our Bard vs Zilean Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Zilean as Bard, we analyzed 999 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 Zilean 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 learn all of the intricacies of Bard to counter Zilean during both the early game and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to gather a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you listen to the build and suggestions presented here, you will increase your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.

Bard usually racks up less CS relative to Zilean. Champs who typically don't take much CS often don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as sup champs. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, often need a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the values reported on this page to do well.

The top items to have in your Bard versus Zilean build include Locket of the Iron Solari, Frozen Heart, and Shard of True Ice. When Bard included at least these three pieces in his build, he did significantly better against Zilean than with many other common builds. In fact, Bard boasted an average winrate of 51.5% when playing against Zilean with this build.

To have the greatest probability of beating Zilean 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 rune combinations that we analyzed for Bard vs Zilean LoL games, this combo of runes yielded the greatest win rate. Moreover, these runes provided a 51.5% win rate overall.

If you need to see Bard versus Zilean tips and counter builds for a a distinct skill level, please select one from the selection menu provided above. At first, the statistics and build suggestions shown are computed using every game played with both champs.