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Garen Build Guide by Splitbreed

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Splitbreed

A Guide To Manmode [5.11]

Splitbreed Last updated on June 11, 2015
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Team 1

Ability Sequence

1
3
10
12
13
Ability Key Q
4
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
2
5
7
8
9
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction



Hello summoners, my name is Splitbreed. Affectionately known by my friends as, "Split." I have been playing this wonderful game since the beginning of S3. Not as long as many, I know. Ever since I started playing, I had a passion for learning the intricacies of this game. That especially applied to a lot of top lane champions, Garen included. (Obviously)

I felt that this style of Garen was under-represented. I saw no guides on MOBAfire, (popular at least), that avidly promoted this assassin-bruiser style of play. I hope you can read this and gain a fresh look on one of the original LoL champions!

Hint: He's more viable than you think.

P.S. If the guide is missing a lot of content that has the chapter entries prepared already, just know it will be added over the next few weeks as I can scrounge the time together to write them. While I am still developing the content sections, all the item information and reasons why I pick them are in the purchase order dropboxes.


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Pros / Cons

Pros

+ Fantastic Early-Mid Game
+ Short Cooldowns
+ Resourceless
+ Crazy Mobility
+ Natural Tenacity and AoE
+ Natural Tankyness
His short cooldowns and him being resourceless makes him such a nuisance to lane against. His 100-0 combo is on a 94 second cooldown at first level with a brutalizer (20% CDR.) Sometimes you don't even need the ult. It's difficult to gank a Garen due to his natural tenacity and mobility from his Q ability. He's a big ol' lane bully, and it's difficult to punish him for overextending.

Cons

+ Rage-target
+ Weak to Kiting
+ Lack of CC
+ Falls off Late Game
Garen's weaknesses are very obvious, you need to pick him into teams that have no way of taking advantage of those weaknesses. Heavy kite and disengage teams wreck Garen. Also, when you ult for a kill, people will often get angry at you. It's your responsibility to snowball, you're the one that falls off fast. Get a lead and push it.


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When to pick Assassin Garen, or Garen in general


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Runes


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Masteries


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Items