It wouldn't be an international League of Legends event without some bizarre champion pick making it's way to the forefront, whether it be by teams weak or strong. Last year's Mid-Season Invitational was the first event that proved the strength of Aurelion Sol in competitive play thanks to the efforts of Huhi and Counter Logic Gaming, while Worlds 2016 had too many off the wall picks to count.
Well, the third annual Mid-Season Invitational has already proven that it'll be no difference. While support Brand was technically debuted at Worlds 2016, we only got to see it for a single game, and it was completely irrelevant after Albus Nox Luna was eliminated. Day Two of the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational, however, has already
So, what makes support Brand a reasonable pick? Well, his most relevant characteristic for solo queue play is his ability to dominate
These strengths don't come without weaknesses, though. Firstly, lanes with a Brand in them are very, very prone to getting ganked, as Brand brings no mobility to the table and tends to always push up. Considering many of the most popular ADCs in the current metagame are also completely immobile, this is a very real weakness that can lose you the game from the bottom lane alone. Secondly, he's not very good at dealing with compositions that don't aggressively engage fights. Brand's ranges are quite small on every skill save his Sear, and if the enemy team is looking to kite back then Brand is going to have a very real problem getting anything done.
Even still, Brand is a perfectly reasonable pick that can excel in the right circumstances. Give him a shot in your next solo queue game, and come let us know how it goes!