Braum is a tank support champion. He excels at staying back and protecting the team with his heavy crowd control. Unbreakable can blocks all incoming abilities and auto-attacks and Stand Behind Me gives an ally and yourself bonus resistances. Braum is really good at all stages of the game because of his defensive abilities and safe kit which allows him to survive and help the team.
Braum's attacks apply Concussive Blows for a few seconds. Once the first stack is applied, allied champions attacks also stack Concussive Blows. Upon reaching 4 stacks, the enemy is stunned for a second and takes magic damage.
Concussive Blows can be applied to multiple targets at once and you should always look to attack all enemies at least once to try and get as many stacks as possible, but don't go too far away from your team or you might get caught out.
Braum launches ice that deals magic damage and slows enemies hit by 70% for a few seconds while applying a stack of Concussive Blows.
Winter's Bite is great as a mini engage as it slows a lot and allows your team to catch up to the enemies. It's also strong in the laning phase as it deals loads of damage when poking the enemies and it forces them to play safer because they have to be careful of your passive stacks.
Braum leaps to an ally, granting himself and his ally bonus armor and magic resist for a few seconds on arrival. This is Braum's only mobility ability and allows him to escape dangerous situations. It also allows him to jump to the front line to engage with his team.
Braum can use Stand Behind Me to jump to minions if needed.
Most of the time you want to jump to your duo bot lane to help them get armour and magic resist, as it protects them against the enemy and you can also try and block skill shots aimed at them.
Braum raises his shield, intercepting projectiles for a few seconds, negating the first instance of damage from whichever direction he faces and taking reduced damage afterwards.
Braum also gains movement speed while his shield is raised.
When looking to engage you should always look to use his shield to block attacks and get movement speed to move around the fight easier. Even if he will still be affected by crowd control, his teammates around will not be affected.
Braum slams the ground and opens a fissure, dealing magic damage and knocking up enemies for a second. The fissure slows enemies and lasts a few seconds.
After the first enemy champion hit, subsequent enemies are knocked up for under a second. Glacial Fissure is a reliable engagement tool to start fights but it is also a good disengage tool as well because of the knock-up and slow.
Braum does well with tank and support items that help keep him and his team alive. Protector's Vow is an excellent item for Braum since he will be near ally champions, blocking abilities and attacks. So if you or an ally takes damage, Braum will give you an extra shield. Dead Man's Plate is another great item that gives Braum movement speed to roam around the map much quicker.
For runes we have:
Braum doesn't have a lot of Keystone options. Glacial Augment is the best option to be able to add slows on top of his crowd control and reduce the enemy damage
Braum has a lot of ways to proc Font of Life (especially if you hit Winter's Bite) that can help him and his team heal over time.
Since Braum is generally at the front during team fights blocking a lot of damage, he will also take a lot of damage. Bone plating will help Braum take reduced damage from the first three instances of damage.
Overgrowth allows Braum to gain permanent health throughout the game when nearby minions or monsters are killed, meaning you don't even need to kill the minions or monsters to gain stacks. This will turn Braum into a super tank.
Transcendence is one of the best Secondary Rune options for Braum. Having more ability haste means Braum can use his defensive abilities to help keep his team alive.
In the early game, you want to use Winter's Bite to poke down the enemies or to try and engage. Hitting Braum's 1st ability will inflict the enemy with 1 stack of Concussive Blows and slow the enemy so you can walk up and keep on hitting them to try and get the stun off. Make sure you are always keeping your AD Carry safe. Use Unbreakable to block any incoming damage and abilites and Stand Behind Me to jump to your AD Carry to give him/her resistances.
It is really important when playing Braum that you stay with your team and help them during team fights. Prioritize keeping your carries alive and protecting them against the enemy team using everything possible to keep them alive. The AD Carry in your team is one of the main damage sources and keeping him/her alive is really important! Another important note is that your passive can be applied to multiple enemies at once. So if you have already applied a stack of your passive to one enemy you can move onto the next.
Braum is a very safe and beginner-friendly champion to play! If you are looking at playing support, and you want a champion that is good at protecting your team and being a big shield Braum is the right champion for you!
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