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This Build is for a Galio that still has a fair amount of tankiness, while still Having the power to actually kill others to defend himself. Ive found that if played correctly People will indeed be quite frightened of you, because they cant kill you easily, but you can kill them quite easily.
I used to think that the best way to play Galio was pure mag resist when in all actuality he CAN be played that way, but I would advise against it since you don't have a high chance of a pure caster team happening.
Galio is very efficient at farming, so at first start with a Null magic mantle. this will give your spells a significant boost early game. Focus on last hitting minions and only use your righteous gust ability when enemies are in a straight line. Repeat this process until you have enough gold for a Negatron Cloak. Once again we are capitalizing on Galios Passive: Runic Skin. It transfers 50% of your Magic resistance to your ability power which rewards you for being a tank.
Continue to farm/harass and you will eventually be able to purchase your Merc treads and Abysmal Scepter. Abysmal Scepter is to me one of the best items for Galio. It kills three bones with one stone. Lowers the magic resistance of nearby enemies letting you and your team do more damage to them. Giving you magic resist which in turn gives you ability power, then it gives you MORE ability power.
Now you have your Thornmail strictly to discourage Yi's and various other DPSers from giving you a hard time. Also, It gives you more survivability when using your ult. The Banshees veil is good because it covers a fair amount of our bases. More mana, More Health, and More Magic resist, which in turn gives us More Ability power.
I would say your Zhonya's Ring, is a nice boost to your damage, and since you are so good at farming, you should have one pretty soon if you clear lanes and push towers.
Force of Nature is awesome. You get health Regen which is VERY good, and you also get Magic resist, which gives you: Yup. Ability power.
This is rather late, but Ill talk about summoner spells now. Clarity. You have that because Galio is very thirsty. He drinks mana consistently. In fact he drinks it so much that I can even ok an Archangels Staff in place of Zhonyas Ring, But i chose clarity because You are a support character, so you want to help your partner as much as you can. A well placed Clarity can truly win a team fight.
Flash is really good for Galio. Flash into the middle of a group of champions and use your Ult. Thats the offensive way. The next way is lead off with a righteous Gust, run in the middle of the champions then use your ult. If they aren't dead but you're below 75% Flash out or over a wall.
Please leave comments and I will try to answer all questions as best as I can. This IS my first build, so cut me a bit of slack lol.