Garen Build Guide by Alzeidx
✔️ [10.13] EUW Diamond Garen Ultimate Top Guide / AlzeidBy Alzeidx | Updated on July 10, 2020
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Runes: Basic Build
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
Dont fight him in early, he can easily kite you and outrade you during early, dont let him take a lead, take Dorans shield, farm safely, you will be able to outrade him on lvl 6. Go conqueror, all in lvl 6.
Very hard matchup, dont fight him early, he can easily kite you and he will easily outrade you, play safely, try to farm, ask for ganks. Go MR runes and Conqueror, try to kill him after lvl 6.
Very hard matchup, he will kite you and win any trades, as you will not be able to reach him, farm safely, avoid barrels, ask for ganks, build tanky, get some sustain. Go conqueror and armor runes.
Annoying matchup, she can outrade you and easily kite you with her dash. Dont fight her early, you wont have any chance, ask for ganks pre lvl 6. You might be able to kill her at lvl 6. Go Conqueror, Ignite and armor runes.
Hard matchup, she will slow you and run, its hard to kill her, you might have a chance early if you take ignite on Top. After lvl 6 it will be really hard to kill her, all in early, ask for ganks.
Play safely, as he will outrade you early. Get Dorans shield and armor runes. You might have a chance to kill him 1v1. Ask for ganks early, if jungler cant come, farm until lvl 6.
Dodge her tentacles, try to get lvl 6 before her and all in. She is very tricky champ with high burst. Be careful in early, ask for ganks, get Dorans shield and Conqueror, you should be able to kill her when u get Phage and Stinger.
Skill matchup. Quite hard to kill him early, punish him for mistakes, trade with him only after you get Phage and Stinger, then you might have a good chance for trades, ask for ganks early.
Play safe in early game, he will outrade you easily, if you die early against him, it will be very hard for you to farm. Trade with him only if he doesnt have rage build up, wreck him on lvl 5-6.
Quite annoying matchup, you can start to trade with him after lvl 4. You should be able to kill him on lvl 6, and you can decently trade with him on lvl 4.
Very hard to kill her, dont trade with her, you cant outrade her and she has a huge sustain, be careful in early, ask for ganks, just farm until lvl 6, then you might have a chance for kill.
He will wreck you early, but later you will easily outscale him, just be safe and wait for ganks, all in lvl 6.
If you dodge his abilities, you can actually wreck him really hard, dont start to trade at least until lvl 3-4. Start with Dorans Blade, get armor runes and Conqueror. At lvl 6, it will be easy to wreck him if you dodge his Q and E.
It will be hard to kill him early, and he will outscale you later, ask for ganks to get lead, then it will be very easy to wreck him, go top with Ignite and try to kill him on lvl 5 or 6.
Quite easy match up, play agressive starting from lvl 3-4, try to wreck her early, as she will outscale your burst later, you can go with ignite for early lane dominance.
Quite easy matchup, you should be able to easily wreck him on lvl 3-4, just trade with him and push the lane, dont forget to ward though.
Easy lane, just trade with him and push the lane, dont forget to ward though. He shouldnt be able to outrade you at all. Make sure to demolish him and deny his minions.
Should be easy lane for you if you kill him once, farm safely in early, then wreck him, lvl 6, he shouldnt have any chance to 1v1 you.
When you get Trinity and Phantom Dancer, you can 2vs5 with her. Perfect Synergy.
Champion Build Guide
I'm a Alzeidx, EUW Garen main and streamer,Ive reached Diamond 4 in my first season, after 3 years long break from League.
I am OTP Garen with 100k mastery points on him. I made this guide because I think a lot of people underestimate Garen on high elo or play him incorrectly, because of lack information or knowledge against certain matchups.
I believe it is one of the strongest top laners at the moment, if played correctly, he can basically win anyone, that could be the reason he is getting constantly banned in ranked, he is very strong as adc at pro play level, as well as in any ranked game basically.
Garen is efficient on all elos, especially in lower elos,starting from iron and up to diamond/master. I will do my best to help you get better at playing Garen and climb ladder fast and easy.
Ganking Synergy - Low
Speciality - Mobility, Tankiness, Mid Game carry, split pushing.
Generally, Garen might be one of the easiest champs in current meta, he is still very relevant and is regarded as one of the strongest mid/late top laners. It is still quite hard to play high on him level. while you peak in mid and late game. it takes a lot of practice and patience to be useful throughout the game.
Once you master him, it will be more than enough to hit at least Plat just by playing Garen on top.
|→ Great Sustain From Perseverance||→ Very Cooldown Reliant|
|→ High Base Attack Damage||→ Easy To Kite Him|
|→ Strong in Late Game||→ Lack of any hard CC|
|→ High Mobility ( He is Olympic Champion at Sprint )||→ Manaless, So His Item Options Are Very Limited|
|→ CC Resistance From his W Courage||→ Weak Early|
|→ Good Teamfight Utility||→ Gets Countred Hard By Ranged Champs|
|→ Strong Splitpushing||→ Hard to Gank his Lane due to Low Gank Synergy(Lack of CC)|
2.During the early-game, focus on harassing your lane opponent with Decisive Strike and weave in a few auto attacks when they have been silenced.
3. Your Passive ability Perseverance allows you to be incredibly aggressive in the early-game, so try to constantly harass and poke your lane opponent as much as possible.
4. Play safe early as Garen is quite weak before level 4.
5. In Mid/Late Game, always try to do combo Flash Q Decisive Strike E Judgment R Demacian Justice adc or mid laner, that will greatly benefit your team.
6. Rush Trinity Force for lane dominance and Roaming opportunities.
7. Outsustain your enemy top laner by trading and regenerating your hp from your passive ability Perseverance
8. Your Ultimate ability R Demacian Justice Does True Damage, so dont be afraid to Execute some tanks.
9. Dont forget that your Q Decisive Strike silences your enemy, so they cant Flash, use it to your full advantage, especially with Flash combos.
10. Your Q Decisive Strike will work on Towers, that gives you ability to Splitpush efficient or get Tower Plates fast.
If Perseverance is interrupted for 7 seconds if Garen takes damage from epic Monster icon monsters, Turret icon turrets, or Champion icon champions, or if he is hit by an enemy ability.
Basically, that is your sustain, when you are low, just chill somewhere until your HP regenerates back, very useful for laning phase, it will make you outlast your enemy.
MOVEMENT SPEED DURATION: 1.5 / 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 3.5
Additionally, Garen's next basic attack within 4.5 seconds lunges him towards the target, dealing Attack damage bonus physical damage and silence the enemy target for 1.5 seconds.
BONUS PHYSICAL DAMAGE: 30 / 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 (+ 40% AD)
Decisive Strike resets Garen's basic attack timer.
I know it is quite sad, but its your one and only CC ability that you have, but it also silences and deals decent amount of damage, very useful stuff.
ACTIVE: Garen reduces incoming damage by 30% for a few seconds. For the first 0.75 seconds, Garen is additionally Hybrid resistances icon shielded for 10% of his maximum health and gains 60% Tenacity icon tenacity.
This is the reason, why he is considered tanky, without this ability he would be nothing, very strong defensive ability that is also reducing CC on him by giving him Tenacity boost. Especially useful ability if used at the right moment, moment of peak damage on Garen.
PHYSICAL DAMAGE PER SPIN: 4 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 20 (+ 0 − 8.2 (based on level)) (+ 32 / 34 / 36 / 38 / 40% AD)
The nearest enemy is dealt 25% bonus damage per spin. Enemy champions hit 6 times have their Armor penetration icon armor reduced by 25% for 6 seconds. Hits after the 6th refresh the duration of the debuff.
In short, it scales from Attack Speed and it is your main source of damage, spin to win guys, DEMACIAAAAAAAAA
TRUE DAMAGE: 150 / 300 / 450 (+ 20 / 25 / 30% of target's missing health)
One of the Best Ultimate Abilities in The Game. Good Demacian Justice can not only win teamfight, it can win a Game. nothing to add. This is Game Changer.
Legend: Tenacity, as it will allow you to tank more and survive through CCs.
Judgment, Garen became quite weak early game.
Thats why this rune is especially good for lane sustain in early laning phase, you want to have some extra defense for hard matchups and early trades, believe it is one of the best options.
P.S. Even at pro play, this rune is very popular.
Judgment (attack speed + crit) very significantly, as well as gives you extra tankiness by item's passive shield.
Judgment on 2 or more enemies).
Decisive Strike) as well.
After it you will have opportunity for early trades, as you have decent amount of sustation from your Perseverance, you will be able to outlast your enemy.
You will have a great kill potential when you reach level 6 and you will have a huge potential for lance dominance when you buy Phage and Stinger.
Just make sure someone engages first before you go or it will be really hard for you to reach someone, as Garen is CC'd and kited easily.
If your team is strong enough, you should stick with them and focus back line,priority is adc and mid laners, whoever is reachable and easy to kill(even supp.
One good E Judgment can not only make you a Pentakill, but also win a Game.
I am sure it wont be long enough until you master this champion and believe me, it is really worth it.
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