Graves vs Bard Counter Build

How to Beat Bard as Graves


We summarize our matchup stats from the millions of rated League rounds that we evaluate each week. This Graves versus Bard matchup review came out of an examination of 19,147 ranked games where both champions fought each other.

This particular champ matchup is somewhat rare. Graves fights Bard in only 2.1% of his games. Graves does a ok job of beating Bard. Typically, Graves wins a acceptable 50.0% of games the champs clash against one another in. In Graves against Bard rounds, Graves’s side is 2.0% more likely to obtain first blood. This indicates that he most likely will be able to get first blood versus Bard.

Matchups Analyzed


Win Rate


Team First Blood


Best Graves Items to Counter Bard

The best items to prioritize in your Graves versus Bard build include Guardian Angel, Galeforce, and The Collector. When Graves incorporated at least these three items in his build, he performed significantly better versus Bard than with most other typical item sets.

Guardian Angel Item Galeforce Item The Collector Item

Best Graves Runes to Counter Bard

To have the best probability of vanquishing Bard as Graves, Graves players should take the Fleet Footwork, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Last Stand, Sudden Impact, and Ravenous Hunter runes. Out of all the rune sets players used for Graves vs Bard counterpicks, this mix of runes resulted in the best win rate. We have also included the top Bard runes to fend off Graves to help you grasp how he will likely be played against you.

Best Graves Runes

Fleet Footwork Rune Fleet Footwork
Triumph Rune Triumph
Legend: Alacrity Rune Legend: Alacrity
Last Stand Rune Last Stand
Sudden Impact Rune Sudden Impact
Ravenous Hunter Rune Ravenous Hunter

Best Bard Runes

Guardian Rune Guardian
Font of Life Rune Font of Life
Second Wind Rune Second Wind
Unflinching Rune Unflinching
Zombie Ward Rune Zombie Ward
Relentless Hunter Rune Relentless Hunter


The following tables clarify several strategic Graves versus Bard counter statistics that can help us figure out the distinctions between the pair. Graves’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.4 is not as good as Bard’s KDA ratio of 2.7, highlighting that Graves may be less central to his team's team fighting capacity than Bard. This observation is largely a result of the differences in kills assists.

Battle Stats


Graves Stats
6.9 3.3
Bard Stats


Graves Stats
5.8 5.8
Bard Stats


Graves Stats
6.8 12.5
Bard Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Graves Stats
3.2 1.4
Bard Stats

Damage Dealt

Graves Stats
18172 12190
Bard Stats

Damage Taken

Graves Stats
24475 17940
Bard Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Graves Stats
5.3 5
Bard Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Graves Stats
0.9 0.8
Bard Stats

Dragons Killed

Graves Stats
2 1.9
Bard Stats

Barons Killed

Graves Stats
0.4 0.4
Bard Stats

Gold Earned

Graves Stats
11802 8197
Bard Stats

Minions Killed

Graves Stats
60 29
Bard Stats

Graves often has a much larger longest kill spree than his opponent does. On average, Graves receives more damage than Bard. This is usually reflective of different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also show that the one champ has less agility and thus is unable to kite away from further harm when engaged or poked.

In Graves vs Bard matchups, Graves typically totals a few more minion kills than Bard. Champs that don't get much CS usually don't have to have much CS to be useful. They are capable of scaling fully off of their abilities alone. Yet, champions with tons of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically have to have a lot of items to be useful. In either situation, work to top the averages shown here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 19147 Graves vs Bard 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 Bard as Graves 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.