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Garen Build Guide by ShadowReign757


By ShadowReign757 | Updated on October 25, 2013
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ProperInsanity | December 30, 2011 6:35pm
Awesome guide/build, decided to give it a try. And wow did i like it.
Got pwned by a fed twitch with madreds last game tho but WTH.

Great guide. Loved reading it as much as playing it.
Rofldude (1) | December 29, 2011 3:32pm
after 30 mins mark tank garen is ****. DPS garen is way and way better than tank, never seen a single garen in high elo or tournaments, and have seen dps garens. this build is good for normal games which end before 30 min
Donomator | December 21, 2011 9:29pm
What are you using now that they took away Dodge in the Seals Dept.? I put Armor in there for now until I hear of something better.

BTW: I love you build and your guide even better! Tx!
Coffeeftw | December 11, 2011 6:54pm
This is an awesome guide. Altho I am not a believer of Sword of the Occult, it makes a hell lot more sense than certain popular DPS build that uses Phantom Dancer (Seriously waste of money Garen dont need atk speed). Altho I don't really build straight DPS Garen these days since late game not so hot.

As for the tanky DPS and straight tank, I pretty build similar to yours but with Atma for most part. Guardian Angel felt like an overkill as it is pretty hard to die as Garen after you get the first 5 items (usually should stop dying after having FM, SC, warmog and MR cloak). And I felt that if you wanna be more tanky, Omen really is good on Garen cuz of the active. If there is one thing a Garen tank needs, it is CC.

This is a great guide. Even tho Garen is not the best tank, he is hella funner to play as a tank than say, Nasus.
zoboran (2) | December 10, 2011 6:52pm
you gotta do a skin 1 with rugged garen nice build to
madalin120988 (24) | December 8, 2011 1:55pm
OMG, professional kill stealers, the only reason why you do so well with builds like this is cause you do well at the start of the game(when Garen rules no matter how you build). The killings start to dwindle past mid-game, when people start to build their defenses and towards to end all you tank Garens do is KS your team. There is no tank Garen that can kill someone some other way than with Demacian Justice, not to mention in a 1 on 1 battle. Can't believe people actually like to be useless brick walls that only steal the hard work of the poor carries on their teams.
pecacarpeca | December 5, 2011 1:43pm
Man, you are my idol. i am not kidding . I played garen as tank from masteryes , but all dmg build , non sword of occult build and i was doing very well , but i entered with this build today and BOOM 29/5/14 first game with build . I really expect you patchly updating this build .. cheers and that is a +1 from me.
YoshiBF (2) | December 4, 2011 7:32pm
This guide should still be #1. Here's some of my stats from just today:
NicknameMy (155) | December 4, 2011 7:55am
Well, your tanky dps builds includes a stacking item as core, all I can say for that...

And is actually no tanky dps build, it is an AD-Garen build, which would instadie. 0 Mres.
enras4 | November 27, 2011 10:07am
One of the best Garen builds so far...
ShadowReign757 (61) | November 26, 2011 8:09am

Ok, where to start? I never wanted to look at your guide until now because the title blew it off. Garen is NOT a tank, he's a tanky fighter, similar to things like Olaf, Jax, Sion, Blitzcrank, Jarvan, Nasus, or Singed. If these guys are tanks to you, I'll eat my computer. Sure, some of them(Jarvan, Blitzcrank) can be played as tanks, but that's because they have the CC necessary to pull it off, all Garen has is a puny, one target silence(good luck tanking with that). All of the things they have in common is the fact that they can kill people, like carries and assassins while still being sturdy enough to survive many nasty encounters, in which they take a good beating, similar to tanks. What differentiates them is the kind of damage they mainly dish out, guys like Garen and Olaf deal physical damage, Singed or Blitzcrank focus mainly on magic damage, while Jax is a hybrid. There are others I haven't mentioned like Riven, Wukong or Shyvana. Are they tanks to you? I don't think so. Garen is most similar to these guys. If they're neither tanks, nor AD carries what are they, I bet you wouldn't build them glass-cannons like Tryndamere, would you? They are OFF-TANKS and so is Garen.

Anyhow, skiping ahead the ideea on which your guide is built is completely wrong. I'll tell you why, because tank Garen sucks, he's impossible to kill, but he's completely harmless and everyone on the enemy team ignores him and goes for the real threats. Even worse he has no form of CC to stop them from doing so. This means that the ideas that u start your guide on are extremely wrong.

Secondly, why would you have a game philosophy in which your main goal is NOT to have a positive score, but to die in the place of your companions. Even as a real tank, u should expect the best out of the game, sure dying is a tank's job many times and he does it for the team, but real tanks are so tough that even though they get focused, they never die, they still stand after the entire enemy team has been exterminated(or his own). Building a tank that ISN'T indestructible doesn't make sense. The only thing notable in your guide is the tanky DPS build, but even there u fail. The best off-tank build for Garen is Frozen Mallet, Boots of Swiftness, Infinity Edge, Atma's Impaler, Phantom Dancer and either Banshee's Vail or Sunfire Cape, depending on the situation. This is a build that gives tons of health(almost 3.5k), a sick amount of AD(over 300), both armor and MR, well over 100, an attack speed of 1.3, a movement speed that will make you catch everything that moves(except maybe a Master Yi), and an incredible critical hit chance of 75%, comparable to Tryndamere(this will make it worth for Garen even to auto-attack). What more could you ask for? This is the way Garen is MEANT to be played, not as a silly punching bag, but as the terror of the battlefield, deadly and incredibly hard to kill. If I was a bad person I'd give this guide a thumb down, but since I don't do that kind of things, I'll just settle with this constructive criticism. Garen is, by far, the worst tank I have ever seen in this game, hell even mages like Vladimir or Morgana would make better tanks than him. Building him this way symbolizes everything that's wrong with the LoL community, making a guide about it is even worse( the fact that people actually like it is mind-boggling), where the hell did you people get the ideea that Garen is a tank? Riot never intended him that way, their idea was of a very hard to kill fighter, that can exterminate all opposition up close and dangerous and live to tell the tale(Phreak even said about the same thing in the champion spotlight, the guy is not only an admin, but he's a freaking godlike LoL player, he doesn't use Garen as a tank, why would you?), his description in the sheet is melee/ fighter, doesn't say "tank" anywhere I simply don't understand this, like I said, playing Garen as a tank is just as if you'd play Riven, Shyvana or Wukong that way, it's just wrong and it's a waste of potential for one of the best damn killers in the game. ******* it, if you relaly want to tank so bad, why the hell would you pick Garen for that? Why not Amumu, Malphite, Alistar or Rammus, why would you insist for your team to go in late-game team fights practically in a 4 vs 5 situation, playing tank-Garen is just the same as going afk, only use for him would be stealing some kills with Demacian Justice, those guys that manage to get away with low health.

*cough*DPS build you can use*cough*
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