Brand's abilities set enemies Ablaze, dealing 3% of their max Health as magic damage over 4 seconds.
Stacking Ablaze 3 times on champions and large monsters causes them to detonate after 2 seconds, dealing 10% (+0.02% AP) of each nearby enemy's max Health as magic damage
Enemies that detonate cannot stack Ablaze again within 4 seconds.
Releases a torrent of flame that bounces up to 5 times between enemies or himself, each bounce dealing 100 / 200 / 300 (+30% AP) magic damage.
Blaze: Pyroclasm briefly slows by 30% / 40% / 50% if the target is ablaze. Bounces attempt to max stack Blaze on champions.
Brand is an AP Mage. He excels at dealing lots of magic damage and having a lot of crowd control with all of his abilities and combos. Brand is very strong during the laning phase with his heavy poke damage and burst damage with his combos, you just need to be careful as Brand doesn't have a lot of mobility so if an enemy engages you will die very quickly. When you get to the late game with Brand he becomes really strong with all of his damage and crowd control, he is amazing during big team fights.
Brand can also be played in the Dragon Lane, make sure to check the alternative build at the top of the page! The build with Brand Dragon lane is very similar to mid lane Brand however you can go for a more utility build with Rylai's and Liandry's to allow your abilities to slow and deal more damage over time.
Pre 5 Combo
Brand's abilities set enemies Ablaze, dealing magic damage over a few seconds. Stacking Ablaze 3 times on champions or large monsters causes them to detonate after a few seconds, dealing magic damage.
When you set enemies Ablaze with an ability, the next abilities you land on that target get bonuses which I will talk about with each ability.
Brand launches a fireball that deals magic damage to the first enemy hit. It's important to note that this ability can be blocked by minions and monsters, so if you are trying to hit this ability on an enemy champion, make sure there is no minions or monsters in between that can block it.
If the target is already Ablaze, Sear stuns for just over a second. Most of the time you want to save Sear for when a target is already Ablaze, to have the chance of stunning that target which will make landing your other abilities much easier.
This is Brand's main damage and poke ability that works great during the laning phase. When you use this ability after a short delay fire erupts at the location dealing magic damage to enemies. If the target is already Ablaze, Pillar of Flame deals more damage.
Don't be afraid to use this all the time during the laning phase as it's an easy way to deal a little bit of damage to the enemy and you can stack your Manaflow band rune.
Brand ignites enemies near the target dealing magic damage. This ability is NOT a skill shot and is easy to hit on any target if you are within range. This ability is your enabler for other abilities to get the extra bonuses because it's really easy to set enemies Ablaze from using Conflagration.
If the target is already Ablaze, Conflagration spreads farther. This is good if you want to quickly clear a minion wave so you have some time to roam around the map or go back to base to buy more items.
Brand releases a torrent of flame that bounces up to 5 times between enemies or himself, each bounce dealing magic damage. This is Brand's big teamfight ability that does a lot of damage and can surprise most enemies when bouncing around.
You want to make sure you use Pyroclasm when there are enemies grouped up together so it can bounce around and try not to waste on just 1 or 2 targets. If the target is already Ablaze, Pyroclasm also briefly slows.
Brand does great with most ability power items. His main source of damage is from all his abilities. Crown of the Shattered Queen is a great first item for Brand. Not only does it give Brand great stats to deal damage, but the spell shield also helps him survive since he has no escape mechanics. Liandry's Torment is another great item with Brand because Brand's damage over time works with the Liandry's Torment passive, so you can deal more damage.
With runes, we have the following:
As Brand, you have many combos that you can hit with ease, and if you hit an enemy with three separate attacks or abilities, you will deal bonus damage.
Brand can use his abilities to poke and deal damage to enemy champions throughout the game. With Scorch, these abilities will be able to do additional damage.
When Brands hits his abilities and hits a stun, he can follow up with his other abilities to deal a lot of damage.
Eyeball Collector is great since it gives Brand more Ability Power every time he gets a takedown. Zombie Ward can also be a good choice if you often roam and look to kill wards.
Ability Power mages like Brand love to build as much Ability Haste as possible so he can use his abilities more often. This is especially good on Brand, so he can use his combos multiple times during a team fight.
Brand is relatively strong in the early game, you can poke enemies with Pillar of Flame and use your pre 5 combo to burst down targets and deal a lot of damage. Keep an eye out on the passive to see if you have an opportunity to deal more damage if you stack Ablaze 3 times.
You have to be very careful when stepping forward with Brand, as if you get caught out and engaged on, you can die very quickly. The best thing to do is to stay back and farm in the early game but walk up when possible to poke down the enemy.
In the late game Brand is a scary force that no one wants to deal with! All of his abilities (especially the ultimate) deal great amounts of damage and can be significantly impactful during team fights. You want to stay with your team at all times, making sure you are right at the back so you can keep using your spells and not worry about any enemies jumping onto you. Make sure you do not get caught out by yourself, you don't do well at all in a 1 vs 1 situation and you die very fast.
Overall Brand is a fun skill shot champion that can do a lot of damage. He can catch enemies off guard and burst them from 100 to 0 very quickly with his crowd control and damage from his abilities.
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