Xayah's attacks and abilities leave Feathers on the ground that she can later recall for massive area damage and control.
Xayah can use Featherstorm to dodge almost any ability while also creating a ton of Feathers. Try to utilize the offensive and defensive aspects of this ability.
You can crush Bard's healing shrines just by walking over them. Don't let his allies take them without a fight.
Bard's ultimate, Tempered Fate, affects allies, enemies, monsters, and turrets alike. Sometimes it can be to your advantage to jump into it!
Bard's opponents can also travel through his Magical Journey doorways. You can follow him, if you think it's safe.
The stat comparisons provided here show some strategic Xayah vs. Bard counter statistics that may help you realize the differences between this pair of champs. For instance, Xayah’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Bard’s KDA ratio of NaN, indicating that Xayah may be more central to her team's team fighting capability than Bard. This observation is in large part fueled by the difference in kills.
Xayah typically has a much larger longest kill spree than her opponent does. Commonly, she receives a similar amount of damage to Bard. This typically indicates differing health capacities; however, it can also hint that the champ with higher health has less agility and thus is not able to escape additional damage when poked or engaged.
Both League of Legends champions are great champions. Both champs have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Xayah usually wins when trying to fight Bard, with a 51.2% win rate. As a result, Xayah makes a good counter to Bard.
While Xayah does have a higher win rate compared to Bard, when facing one another, Xayah also has a much lower learning curve that makes her a less complex champion to develop with. You still need to be cautious when picking Xayah into Bard.
Furthermore, Xayah has almost no amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Bard. This often makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when facing champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there isn't a single best champion in League of Legends, in Xayah vs Bard matchups, Xayah is the better champion with a higher win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your teammates during team fights.
Xayah is a decent counter for Bard. You will do well by focussing your gameplay on maximizing your gold and cs and destroying objectives. If you do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Xayah against Bard.
If you would like to truly master Xayah in order to counter Bard during both the early game and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue 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 that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Xayah typically gets much more CS compared to Bard. Champs who typically don't get much CS usualy don't need much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are able to scale properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically have to have many items to be effective. In either situation, try to do better than the numbers displayed on this page to do well.
The most important items to use in your Xayah versus Bard build include Galeforce, Lord Dominik's Regards, and Phantom Dancer. When Xayah combined at least these three pieces in her build, she did significantly better against Bard than with many other typical builds. In fact, Xayah boasted an average winrate of 51.2% when countering Bard with these items in her kit.
To have the best chance of defeating Bard as Xayah, Xayah players should take the Lethal Tempo, Presence of Mind, Legend: Bloodline, Coup de Grace, Magical Footwear, and Biscuit Delivery runes from the Precision and Inspiration rune sets. Out of all the rune combinations players picked for Xayah vs Bard matchups, this order of runes resulted in the best win rate. Moreover, these runes provided a 51.2% win rate overall.
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