Introduction: Brand has been a hot topic for a while now. People have always wondered how he fits into the meta, if he is a good pick, and more recently if/when you should play him support. This is not a straight up guide but my insights on the champion although you may still learn a bit on how to play him.
Brand mid: Champions are usually pick (in ranked) because they have something that other champions don’t, they benefit your team composition, or you are really good at that champion. If you are extremely good at a champion it usually doesn’t matter if the champion is actually good so I will not cover that any further. So what does Brand have that other champions don’t? Well he is a mid range mage so he is usually in the middle of what you want. This means he won’t have the wave clear of Ziggs or the burst of Le Blance but instead he has decent wave clear and decent burst. Although with Liandrys Torment he does a lot of percent damage. This helps his effectiveness a lot because of all the juggernaut popularity and with the new health items. Also with his high base damage just getting double penetration items will let you burst their squishies with ease. This allows some variance with his build which is always nice. For team compositions pick him if you need decent wave clear and good area damage or if you need a decent eat to deal with tanks.
Support: First, the thing that makes Brand support even considered is his Q being a two second stun. Although the main question is why pick Brand support over Zyra support. They both have high damage for being a support, they both have a skill shot CC ability, both have good damage over time, and both have good AoE damage as well. Let’s start with some things that Zyra has over Brand. She only needs to land one ability to CC a target, early game damage is a bit higher, built in CDR, and two CC abilities that can hit multiple targets over Brand’s one which makes her very good at stopping dives. Now Brand’s CC is on a much lower cooldown, CC is longer, more AoE damage, and has two targeted abilities. As you can see Zyra does have more things going for her than Brand does. Now I haven’t calculated there damage or anything so keep that in mind but unless you play Brand a lot then Zyra is probably the better support overall. Feel free to try it out though.
Brand’s state in the meta: Brand has almost always been just below the line of champions you want to pick. There are a few reasons for this. One, he is mid ranged so champions like Xerathe, Ziggs, and Lux are hard for him to touch. Second, two spells are needed to peel people off of you and many times both of those spells will be skill shots. Third, he can be difficult to play. Getting the combos right and knowing how to use abilities for different situations can be quite a challenge for some. He can bring a lot of team fight power but so do a lot of other champions, people just don’t like that he is in the middle of everything you want in a mid laner.
In Conclusion: So how good is Brand? Well i’d say that Brand is definitely not the strongest mid laner right now but he is pretty good if you learn him a bit. Also, he is by far a better mid laner than support. So try him out since I doubt Riot will be nerfing him anytime soon.
Thanks for reading: Here some quick tips for you if you read through the whole thing.
- Don’t be afraid to use your ult just to get your passive on them, even if it can’t bounce you can then stun them and follow up
- Using W and then Q right after at a far range will cause them to get stunned right when W goes off
- You can Q at max range and then flash E a target to get a stun off