Garen Build Guide by Heptastrike
Garen: Consistency is our Mechanics (Top/Mid matchups)By Heptastrike | Updated on March 27, 2018
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Top Mostly just annoying with all his sustain. He should not ever be able to kill you unless you take a really bad fight but its kinda hard to kill him. Usually to snag a kill you gotta wait for his passive to wear off then quickly run in and ult before he gets healing again. If you get behind get at least a bramble vest maybe a full thornmail.
Mid Ahri doesn't have much kill pressure on you, she just pokes you most of the lane. With a doran shield you can heal a lot of it back so just wait for her to make a mistake. Another choice is starting boots and relying on dodging all of her skillshots, if you are confident enough then start boots so you can get into your build fast and chase harder when she makes a mistake.
Top/Mid Not to much to worry about here, just be careful about letting her proc her q auto on you otherwise you should out trade her all game. Unfortunately if she gets a lead you kind of have to go bulky or else she will endless jump on you. Basically win early which is not to hard and stop her from ever snowballing.
Mid Ask for a lane swap, a good anivia can play keep away all game and there is very little you can do about it. Only reason she isn't a 10 is how fast you can blow her up if you catch her.
Mid She has no skillshots to miss and its hard to correctly w her stun if she throws her w or ult at you. Fortunately she melts away and is short range. Just all in her when she steps too far forward.
Mid Everything about this guy is telegraphed and he doesn't even have an escape, all in sol any time he steps to close, just start boots and run him down!
Mid You're in for it now. Bird 2.0 is just gonna poke you all lane practically from his fountain and your lane is gonna suck. Not a 10 due to his lack of cc and the ability to have some outplay potential on this dude, but its slim.
Mid Telegraphed abilities easy to dodge with your q move speed and no escapes makes brand pretty easy to just run down and kill, just try to use w before he lands his stun or juke it.
Top Very annoying duelist and gets a constant armor shield. Fortunately her shield doesn't stop your ult so if she gets low you can still execute her. Try to dodge her skills with your q movespeed or use w and q to reduce her ccs. Do not stay in lane if you're low or she will just ult you can win. Once you have a lead you should be able to destroy her 1v1 but always be careful of ganks since she can lock you in place. Notes: Swap demolish for second wind and start game with a longsword, you don't want mass hp at the start versus Camille due to her percentage hp damage.
Mid It seems like Cass would be rated higher but fortunately due to her lack of boots she can struggle with getting away once you get onto her. A well timed w can obsolete her ult and if you get to her she dies. Gets worse once she gets rylais but before that you can kill her as long as you don't let her free poke you all lane.
Top Not really a hard lane per say, the issue here is you have limited kill pressure on him and he just straight up outscales you. You can do 2 things, either go full ad and try to assassinate backline in fights or go full splitpushing since you can outpush cho late game.
Mid Pretty annoying to play vs but he has pretty low kill pressure on you, on the flip side you are gonna struggle to get to him if he has a package up. If you catch him rotating though or ever just get onto him you can oneshot him.
Top This lane use to be much harder but due to the removal of ferver of battle darius lost a lot of his damage and all in potential. This lane is very possible to win if you trade very quick trades the win the battle of attrition via your passive. Another benefit is if you start a duel while you are both low life you can ult right away while darius has to wait for 5 stacks to get his top damage. Also hes easy to kill with a gank just silence him then stay on top of him so he cannot land his q for healing.
Mid This chick can't really do much to you, all she really has is her roaming potential but you straight up win fights with her all game. You can also shove her in with an e max and roam more often than her if you would like.
Top Surprisingly annoying due to his constant cleaver spam. A good mundo will be hard to kill so you should really just look to farm and make plays later. Mundo surprising scales rather poorly as a tank due to being purely hp regen with low cc and his healing can be destroyed with grevious wounds. Run ignite if you wanna try to kill him pre 6, otherwise just run heal and waste his time.
Mid He jumps onto you and you smack him back for more damage than he can deal, due to your q movespeed you can keep pretty close to him after he procs his passive and land a full duration spin. Also your silence prevents his ult so you can silence him shortly before you want to ult so he can't time warp away.
Top Another annoying lane, you have room to outplay her via positioning of vitals and such but if you only stay even or get behind she destroys you. Building defense is not an option due to her true damage and chase potential so your only hope is to outplay and go full ad. Unfortunately she has an advantage in outplay potential due to her dueling kit. Start doran shield and run heal so she cannot kill you. Focus on playing smarter and punishing her mistakes when she tries to hard to style on you. On the flip side you can go a really high risk high reward and start with ignite and try to cheese her level 1 or 2. If this doesn't work you have to play extra safe tho.
Mid Doesn't outdamage you, or have good kill potential or even good chase on you, unfortunately his playful/trickster skill completely counters everything garen has. Makes this lane sooooo bad for garen when you can't touch this stupid little fish. Fortunately if he face checks a bush or wastes his hop you can silence him and oneshot him. You really have to punish his mistakes.
Top One of the easier tanks, only rated this high because tanks in general are very strong right now. His bonus magic resist shield is pretty worthless although annoying for your ult, but otherwise your kit can beat out his. Careful about him roaming tho, either follow him closely or else take towers when he leaves. If you plan to just take towers I highly recommend demolish so you can cheese really fast towers any time he leaves lane.
Top I am on the ropes about making this dude an 8 or 9, for now I will call the matchup an 8 for the sole reason of you can shutdown his barrel combos and there is a ton of room for error from gangplanks, if you watch closely and punish all his mistakes you can win still. Unfortunately versus a good gangplank he will kite you and likely be earning free gold off kleptomancy all game.
Top OH MY GOSH 100% SKILL MATCHUP IF YOU LOSE YOU MUST NEVER PLAY GAREN AGAIN!
Top The one true 10 on this list. Everything about gnar is designed to screw garen. Kiting, slows, percentage damage, all of it makes garen regret ever queing up again. His standard build of rushing frozen mallet also obsoletes you as soon as he finishes it. Tips for playing vs gnar, dodge the match, ban him, or pay him to int the game.
Top/Mid Annoying poke lane but you actually outscale him, just don't stand near his towers and farm up your damage items. Late game you can oneshot him or his carries during your silence. He is really only tough in lane.
Top While yes she can straight up win fights, there is a lot of room to outplay her and her tentacles are very slow. If she uses her ult just back up and wait for it to wear off, otherwise just make sure to dodge her spells and you will be fine.
Top From my experience Irelia can't even fight you, w her stun and otherwise just go full damage and run her down when she takes a bad fight, her passive basically doesn't exist versus you and both effects of her e can be ignored by either your q or your w.
Top Pretty easy in lane, just save your q for after his counter strike ability. The main issue is his scaling, once you hit 30+ minutes unless you are ungodly fed he will be able to 1v1 you and you can only rely on teamfighting. Puts the whole game on a timer similar to vayne.
Top Pokes you hard and can all in you pretty hard. Fortunately he falls off a lot harder than you late game and if he gets behind he is deadweight. Pretty easy to gank as a lot of jayces over extended, but be careful, the truly good ones can keep you at low hp all game. If you run second wind and doranshield you should have pretty solid sustain in lane and depending on how good you are at dodging his shockblast you may stand a fighting chance.
Top Pray you don't run into tank karma. She has so much healing and kiting that you will never kill her. Honestly the only reason I don't put her as a 10 is she lacks a perma slow, but she is border line. Fortunately she is very uncommon, in fact I have only played versus one in the last 6 months. Not much you can do to her so hope and pray your team does well.
Top/Mid This lane is so free, he can't kill you, his skillshots are easy to dodge and his one defensive spell can be instant cleansed with your q. All in this sucker all game and make him regret ever laning versus you. May be in contention for the easiest garen lane in the game.
Mid Only reason he is ranked so high is after 6 a good kass will never be caught by you again. Before six you destroy him and should pressure him as hard as possible, after six he has to screw up pretty bad to die. Luckily he has bad kill pressure on you even after 6.
Top/Mid Her poke his bad, you can shut down her combo with a well timed silence. The only thing going for her is she outdamages you if you step to close to a dagger, but if you bait out a shunpo you can all in and kill her. Only reason she is even rated a 3 is she has the potential to severely outplay you, but if that happens its likely a player skill difference not the champion.
Top/Mid You can actually win early if you cleanse her slow and run her down. Unfortunately once she gets 1 or 2 items she can 1v9 carry and completely ignore you. Basically just another champion who puts the game on a timer. Lucky for us she has fallen outta favor and is fairly uncommon.
Top Poke, stuns, runs away. Doesn't have the most kill pressure on you and dies if he gets too greedy with his ult. Don't expect to get kills unless he makes mistakes. He is a lot more useful in teamfights but doesn't outscale garen really. Just has all that dang cc. You can out splitpush him if you'd like.
Top This dude is a powerhouse of damage, chasing, cc, and percentage damage. His passive hp and constantly coming back is annoying but fortunately garen can keep up in trades with kled as long as you don't get too far behind. Once he gets ahead he gets very scary very fast. You can get him low in lane to just before his passive hp breaks. He struggles to break it on his own so when you do decide to fight he will be at roughly half hp.
Mid She has better kill pressure on you than most assassins. Albeit it that still is rather lackluster for most assassins. Like a lot of mobile matchups you look to punish her poor positioning and then one shot her in return.
Mid Very annoying kiting but she has no kill pressure on you. Only a 5 because you have limited kill pressure on her. Usually just max e and out roam her.
Mid He has his dash and he can harass you. Fortunately once you get to him he can be blown up pretty quickly. His ult is a little scary if he properly kites you out but lucian is in a very bad place right now and is rather lack luster.
Mid If you have the misfortune of running into lulu mid I am so sorry. Incredibly rare now but so dang good. She can't kill you but lulu doesn't even know the word kill pressure. Very very very boring lane that makes you want to afk.
Mid Ah yes garen's sister lux. Very easy lane as long as you are half decent at dodging skillshots. If you dodge her snare she is dead. She struggles to burst you and has to play very carefully to not get herself killed. Start boots if you think you can properly dodge her skillshots otherwise just a standard doran shield.
Top He has way more damage than it looks like and his constant q spam is very annoying. Along with his armor scaling he can become nigh unkillable and is a fantastic teamfighter. You may have to get a black cleaver and a last whisper for games versus this annoying rock. Just try not to feed, he even snowballs surprisingly hard.
Top/Mid You can avoid most of his damage and your spin destroys his minions. Basically comes down to if he can kill you during ult or not. If you survive his ult you can usually kill him. Mercurial Scimitar is highly recommended if you can afford it. After that it comes down to breaking his spell shield so that you can properly silence him.
Top You two sit top and hit each other in the face then go full heal. No kill pressure anywhere. Only thing going for you is you can splitpush and assassinate better, otherwise maokai is the much better teamfighter.
Top You shouldn't ever really die to morde. He has some poke on you but overall garen is just stronger than morde in damage and scaling. Only thing going for morde is his ability to steal an ally. Kill this sucker if he gets too greedy in a trade and make sure to w his third q proc for maximum damage reduced.
Mid You can avoid or massively reduce her bind and as such she shouldn't ever kill you. The main annoyance is your ult is near useless if she isn't villain due to you being unable to do anything about her black shield. If you get onto her and either juke or w her bind you should be able to pretty easily kill her.
Top Surprisingly nasus is a lot harder than he once was. He can start winning trades very early and out splitpushes you. Even if you get a lead he will kill you during his ult. Do your best to get a lead early but once he is ahead you kinda have to wait and just win via decision making late game. You can somewhat dive the backline better than nasus can and you can escape better but all in all you aren't gonna have fun with any decent nasus.
Top You can duel him surprisingly well due to his lack of sustain. Its a long drawn out battle but one that you can win. Late game he has lots of cc but not quite the mix of damage, sustain, and cc that the big boys like maokai have.
Top Whoever gets ahead early wins. Your fights come down to who has more damage. If you dodge all his axes you can trade very hard. You out scale him late game so if you go even or win lane you are doing just fine.
Mid If she is played properly it will be a struggle to ever get close enough to kill her. Fortunately like most mages if she makes a mistake you can punish her hard and usually get kills. Also once you have enough damage you can flash and instagib her. Not fun at all but winnable if you punish her mistakes properly.
Top Oh boy here is the king of the big boys. Has insane bulk and insane damage. You would think he was a juggernaut until you realize he also has a small dash and a disgusting amount of cc. Rush a cleaver and pray he gets greedy. Once he is ahead its over for you. Basically the only thing you do better than this guy is instagibbing adcs and splitpushing. Goodluck Summoner.
Top Early laning he will be very annoying, but this champion falls off like no other. He puts his own team on a timer basically, they win before 25 minutes or else its a 5v4 for you. Just get an early ninja tabi and don't waste your q into his shield. After you make it out of lane you win as long as you didn't feed him. If he roams take his turret. This is one of the few poke lanes I actually recommend demolish over second wind. Doran shield usually sustains you enough and demolish heavily punishes his roams.
Top Unfortunately poppy is like most of her fellow tanks. Over tuned damaged and bulk and cc. Luckily she does not have quite the same cc as them and relies more on fighting. If you can prevent her from picking up her shield and let your passive heal you up you do stand a chance. Skill matchup mostly but she does have an advantage.
Top Quinn is an annoyance to garen. That is really it. She can't kite to well after she uses her little bounce and will instant die the second you get to her. Mostly you gotta hope your team isn't dumb and hard feeds her. Otherwise she is just annoying and keeps you having to focus really hard on not taking free damage.
Top This crocodile definitely hurts but he does fall off kinda hard. Just don't feed him early then take him down any time after 15 minutes. Especially with the loss of fervor of battle a lot of his power is gone.
Top So you had the luck of running into a rengar in lane? Well as long as you don't play an early trade poorly he can't actually do anything to you. All he has is silly chase potential, but he lacks any escape and you out damage him so make use of it.
Top Most rivens are 1s, they all are very free. However when playing versus a riven that may be good she definitely has a solid advantage on you with plenty of room to outplay you. Once you get a lead she can still win by constantly diving in and out. Late game you two fill a similar job of diving the back line, but garen does hold a slight advantage in 1v1 dueling late game so you can splitpush if it fits.
Top Teemo 2.0 Don't let rumbles melee status fool you, this little squirrel feels like a true ranged character, spamming his spells at you then running away with his shield. Fortunately for us he has similar weaknesses to teemo as well. Most rumbles will overextend a lot and can be easily ganked so hope your jungle is willing to give you a couple ganks. Once you have a lead you can usually one shot him but you will have to be pretty careful.
Mid Ryze is one of those champions where you don't know what to expect, most are garbage but good ones can pop off like crazy. If you properly predict his snare and w to reduce it you have a solid chance of all inning this scroll mage. Really this matchup is a very very skill dependent matchup.
Top Not a fun lane at all, fortunately he has worse ccthan most tanks so you can just mostly ignore him and try to scale up. He can win early fights thanks to his percentage hp damage. He is good in teamfights but doesn't have as big an advantage over you as most tanks. Either focus on killing his backline or go an anti tank build and focus on killing him when he tries to splitpush.
Top Very annoying, feels almost like a gnar. You won't ever touch this tank while he constantly damages you. Don't try to kill him just farm up and go for picks and flanks late game. Singed falls off a little late game but will always be a nuisance.
Top As of right now Sion is incredibly powerful and can't really be dueled at any point of the game. It sucks.
Top/Mid Punish him wasting cooldowns early. Once he gets six you have to back off any time he ults unless you have ignite available. If you get him low you can usually burst him pretty fast. He kinda falls off late game and you can way out splitpush him too.
Mid Syndra has insane damage and poke. Start boots and do your best to dodge all her poke. You may have to save your w for her ult damage and rely on dodging her stun if you don't want to get oneshot. If you ever get onto she dies so punish her mistakes hard!
Top Tahm is strong like all tanks right now. If tanks weren't so powerful he wouldn't be that tough to deal with but for now he just wins duels if you don't dodge his tongue. Basically gotta play to teamfights or splitpush and have a build that counters specifically tahm.
Mid Start boots dodge her spells. You can avoid most of what she throws at you by running with your q empowered movespeed. If you catch her she dies.
Top/Mid Blade boy has nothing on you. He can't kill you after tabi and you can chase him through stealth with your spin. Just wait for him to get too greedy then oneshot him in return. Fun fact garens spin has a higher ad ratio than talons entire kit combined. :P
Top One item, frozen mallet. After teemo buys his frozen mallet you are worthless. He isn't quite as bad as gnar thanks to teemo not being a full tank, so if he gets ganked you actually have the possibility of killing him, but otherwise yeah you are in for a world of hurt. Any time you kill him make sure to spam mastery/emotes and type ? into all chat. Bm this stupid squirrel as much as you can.
Top He has better early damage and bulk. Do not expect to win an early 1v1. I tend to max e and buy a tiamat, push in every wave right away and go roam through jungle or to mid lane. Just don't give trundle the chance to duel you, also do not ever go tank versus trundle, that is just giving him exactly what he wants, a free ult target.
Top You can duel him most of the game, just back off right as he is reaching max fury so that he doesn't start critting you like crazy. Basically you win this lane unless the riot blesses trynd with 100% crit chance early game. If you struggle a free build is thornmail into sunfire, obsoletes tryndamere versus you, but you can do just fine with damage garen.
Mid Easy to dodge his q. Easy to w his gold card. Basically just don't let him damage you for free then run him down with a youmuus.
Top Urgot is very hard to win versus 1v1 so don't feel bad if you can't mess with him. He falls off though so just make it to 30+ minutes and you are in a great spot versus urgot unless he is insanely fed.
Top She is very annoying in lane but dies if she overextends and gets ganked. You oneshot her if she ever gets to close, unfortunately late game she is insane and you will almost certainly need to flash a wall to kill her, but as always if you catch her there isn't much she can do after you silence her.
Mid He shouldn't be hitting you with spells and your w lets you almost walk through his cage. Just run him down any time he steps a little to far away from a tower. Start boots and juke everything this dark squirrel throws at you.
Mid Start boots, dodge his spells, run him down when he gets outta position. Careful late game though, a good velkoz can melt entire teams so try to flank and catch him out in fights. Do not let him ult! Silence this squid thing and make sure he dies.
Mid He has some free poke on you thanks to his shield auto attack spell. Like most immobile mages though just dodge his spells and run him down if he overextends.
Top/Mid Well he is just going to spam heal all game. His pool lets him escape a lot but he usually overextends and dies pretty easy to ganks. Late game he is a big bulky damage dealer, almost like garen but generally seen as more useful. You can win a splitpush or dive his backline hard, he has no peeling so just ignore him in fights if you can get away with it.
Top Do people still play volibear? Regardless he may be able to match or even slightly surpass you in damage early, but your passive is better than his and you can all in him with ignite when he gets low. Late game you are way more relevant than our unfortunate bear friend. Just outscale him, don't feed him in lane as he can snowball surprisingly hard.
Top Very rare but you can usually out trade him and he has no sustain. Just don't feed him and then bully this monkey.
Mid Boots starting item, juke spells, run him down ez pz just another standard mage matchup.
Top/Mid You outdamage him early and outsustain him. Yasuo only has 3 abilities versus you so abuse that. Literally he is only rated a 4 because he can win with a few insane outplays, but just play smart and you win.
Top Spin destroys his ghouls, but you are gonna struggle to kill his wall. Also after yorick gets a lead you lose lane no matter what. He can 1v2 with his maiden and has very good in combat sustain. Basically play smart don't feed him, you are more helpful in teamfights thanks to your higher burst.
Mid Gets a little scary if you get lower but usually a zed jumps on you, you silence him then kill him. Only a 4 because he has decent poke on you. Get early tabi and you are safe.
Mid Start boots, dodge his spells, kill him when he overextends. Try not to let him poke your tower down too hard. Consider getting a tiamat so you have better wave clear.
Mid You can cleanse his slow and dodge all his bombs. The only annoying thing is his free guardian angel but once its on cooldown you have a long window to bully him.
Mid Dodge her spells then try to bully her. She has no escape but if she lands her sleep even your w isn't gonna make that cc feel short. Do your best to juke her sleep spell and don't burn your summs early, once she starts stealing your summs you are in trouble. Slightly harder than most mages thanks to all the extra summoners she gets, but she is one of the squishiest and has no escapes so punish her very hard.