Garen Build Guide by xXxDSxXx
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Throughout Valoran, the resolve of Demacia's military is alternately celebrated or despised, but always respected. Their ''zero tolerance'' moral code is strictly upheld by civilians and soldiers alike. In combat, this means Demacian troops may not make excuses, flee, or surrender under any circumstance. These principles are espoused to their forces by unrivaled demagogues who lead by example. Garen, the valiant warrior who bears the title ''the Might of Demacia'', is the paradigm to which these leaders are compared. Thousands of great heroes have risen and fallen on the bloody battlefields between Demacia and its preeminent rival, Noxus. It was beneath their mighty banners of war that Garen first met steel with Katarina, the Sinister Blade. The infantrymen who beheld this event (and survived) commented that it seemed as though the two were locked in a mortal waltz against a symphony of clashing blades.
Garen, the pride of the Demacian military and leader of the Dauntless Vanguard, returned from this battle breathless for the first time in his career, though some speculate that this was due to reasons other than exhaustion. The plausibility of these rumors was bolstered when, in every instance thereafter, Garen seized the opportunity to encounter the Sinister Blade again. A paragon of Demacian ethic, Garen never entertained such allegations, for he knew others couldn't understand. Even simply the pursuit of a worthy opponent on the battlefield is, to a true warrior, the reason to rise each morning. The promise of one, particularly so beautifully and diametrically opposed, is the validation of his existence.
''The most effective way to kill an opponent is to slice through the man next to him.'' - Garen, on front line strategy
The might of Demacia is controlled by you and you have a choice of which way you will succeed. In this guide I will show you the two different paths you can take. One, a dps and two, a guide for tanking.
I have had great success tanking with Garen and if you use my guide you will too. This build works well in both 3 v 3 and 5 v 5.
Now I know that people say "Garen is not a tank, he is a dps." They are wrong!
In ranked games I have had players swear at me for tanking, but I guarentee you will have success. By the end of the game ranked or P v P the other team will hate you. You will be unstoppable and it will take at least three of them to take you down.
Just follow this build and I guarentee you success.
This guide will cover everything from masteries to gameplay. Follow everything carefully and please read the whole entire guide.
When building Garen as a dps I like to increase my health regeneration early on so that I can last i