Garen Build Guide by BushBox
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Runes: Grasp of the undying Garen
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Ability Order goes like this most games
Threats & Synergies
Introduction to Garen
Garen is a pretty easy champion to learn and is very good for climbing. He has a high damage, high sustain, and a tanky kit. I reccomend playing him because of multiple reasons: He is fun to play because his item and rune choices are limitless. He can build so many items in the game and he has multiple good runes. My second reason is that he can show you what you need to improve. by this I mean if you play Garen his simple kit will feel natural to play and easy to learn therefore you can focus on macro mechanics like when to trade with the enemy laner, and when to back off and sit at tower and farm the lane out. There is a streamer who many of you may have heard of and is very notable in the Garen community that is Riste, Riste is a challenger Garen otp. He also has a Twitch stream. Click here for his Twitch stream. It is clear Garen can be very good in the right hands. In this guide i'll go over combos, Runes, items, matchups, and off meta builds as well as a Q&A.
+ Can be a lane bully
+ Easy kit to learn
+ Large item pool
+ Very tanky
+ Deals lots of damage
- Can get poked out of lane
- can fall off late game
- very immobile
- CC counters him
- grevous wounds stop passive
Q- Why should I play Garen?
A-You should play Garen because he is a high damage champion that can solo carry games when mastered. He's semi mobile, has a very simple kit, and is anyone can learn him in 10 or so games. Because of this I recommend Garen for everyone and even if your a veteran League player Garen can point our your mistakes like wave management, when to trade, and when to splitpush. For these reasons I recommend picking up Garen.
Q- Is Garen good in every elo?
A- The simple answer is no. Yes Garen is a good champion but his simple kit and very brain-dead play style can be a big downside. In low elo's Garen dominates. but when you get to around diamond he starts to not really be a power pick anymore.
Q- Does Garen have any bad matchups?
A- YES HE DOES! if you wanna play Garen you have to be extremely patient. In some matchups you can do nothing but sit at tower and try to farm. Most ranged matchups play out like that and sometimes Garen is really not fun to play in them situations. But when you are ahead and when you are doing good Garen is so fun to play.
Q- What does Garen provide throughout the game?
A- Early game Garen is still farming and cant do a ton but he's far from horrible early game. I'd say the early game is Garen's worst part of the game. Mid game is where Garen starts to shine. Once he's got 1 or maybe 2 items he's a monster. He's tanky and deals tons of damage. Late game he's still relevant. You can nuke one shot adc's and be so tanky that your unkillable.
Q- When should I max my E instead of Q?
A- Let's start by asking when you should max your Q. Max your Q most of the time followed by E then W. You max Q first because it does more damage and it's better for short trades. You max E when your constantly being shoved under tower and trying to waveclear under tower which can be extremely annoying and make you loose out on CS. You wanna max E against a Talon or even a Zed if their constantly roaming.
Easy Phase Rush Q+E+ Bami's Cinder- This combo is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to know if your taking Phase rush. Basically if your wanting to take short trades this is the combo for that. Say against a Darius you can't take long trades so you go in and automatically hit him with your Q then E him and run away with the proc of Phase rush. You can also do this with Randuin's Omen. You use the active on Randuin's omen and Q+E and run away.
Easy W+E before getting stunned- If your against a Camille or a melee top laner that can stun you this is necessary to know. basically right before getting stunned you W to block some damage then E so their forced to take damage when your stunned. This does not work on say a Kennen that can stun you from far away.
Easy Stealth Q- Stealth Q is when your spinning on an opponent and you hide your Q in the animation of your E. You can use this to surprise silence enemy's and its very easy to learn.
Medium Q+ Flash+Ultimate- This really isin't hard but if you don't flash in range to land your ultimate and their to far to chase with Q then you done screwed up. This can be useful when your enemy is very low health but to far away from being auto-attacked to death. basically you flash, Q if you need to gap close then ult them. If you have Ignite You can Flash+Q+ignite+ult and that should kill them. The reason this can backfire is that most low hp targets are gonna be under their turret and if you flash and don't ult then you wasted flash and you probably took a turret shot or two. With no flash that means your prone to getting ganked.
Hard The flick of the wrist- This is Garen's most advanced combo. You HAVE to know how to tell the villain is if you want to utilise this trick. It is who ever got the most kills on the enemy team in the last five minutes. So say for example the enemy team had drawn first blood. Say a Pyke got it. The Pyke then would become the villain for five minutes. You can tell who the villain is by the demacia icon above their head. I'll get on how to execute this combo now. So when you hit level six don't level your ultimate but instead keep it not leveled up. Once you know who the villain is you can get into combat with them and proceed to level up your ultimate and EXECUTE THEM DEMACIAN STYLE! Will it not only catch them off guard but you will also do true damage to them. This can sometimes be very hard to pull off but it feels so good when you nail it. This sometimes can be near impossible to pull off though. If your going top lane Garen and the enemy adc or support is the villain it will be near impossible to pull off. Though if you do have Teleport you can TP down and take out the villain. Mid lane uses this trick the best though. the reason why is because he can roam top or bot with Predator. The enemy jungler can also become the villain which means you can turn ganks around and pick up an easy kill. This trick is more of a early game thing because once you level your ultimate up you can't go back. Riste has made a fantastic video showing how to use the flick of the wrist trick.
I don't normally take this rune but when I do it's against matchups where I have to play aggressive like Tryndamere or any tank matchchups like Ornn or Maokai. It give's me sustain in lane which is always good but taking Phase Rush or Predator can be a lot better. This is not a bad rune to take though.
I take this as my first keystone on the Resolve tree since I usually split push some time in the game. This can also be useful when you and your bot lane trade and the enemy's tower is still up.
I like taking this if i'm not up against a ranged opponent since Second Wind is better for them situations. I do take this if the enemy team is very mixed damage (example 2 AD 3 AP).
I take this when i'm against a ranged opponent since you'll proabaly be poked a lot so someone like a Teemo or a Vayne I would take this against.
I take this in most melee matchups or where the enemy team is full AD and mostly melee champions.
I always take this for my third keystone since the other 2 just aren't worth taking on Garen. Plus it makes me slightly more tanky.
This is one of Garen's best rune pages. It scales very well thanks to you taking Transcendence and Gathering Storm. Phase rush let's you get you out of bad situations. You wan't to take this against champions who can all in you easily such as Darius or Jax. I take Phase rush in the following matchups Aatrox, Cho'Gath, Darius, Dr. Mundo, Fiora, Irelia, Jax, Jayce, Kled, Nasus, Olaf, Renekton, Riven, Trundle, and Urgot.
I always take this if my lane opponent is AP based. If you don't take this and you have a AP lane buy Hexdrinker early on. The shield on both of these will save your life.
I take this when I take phase rush since if I need a quick escape and Phase rush is on cooldown I can ult and run away. And it can gap close if the enemy is really low you can ult them then chase them down with the bonus movement speed bonus.
I take this really only for the extra 10% cdr and the extra damage. it also gives you a nice level 10 power spike that most top laner's aren't expecting.
I like taking this as my second keystone since it enhances the movement speed of phase rush and my boots.
I ALWAYS take this if I go Phase rush. Phase rush is Garen's best scaling rune page and this is one of the reasons why. This keystone scales so well and its a must take.
Predator is one of Garen's best rune pages. It allows you to gap close very easily on champions like Vayne or Teemo. it can be used by activating it and using it to chase down the enemy adc in a teamfight. this is one of the main reasons I take predator over something like Grasp of the Undying. This rune is also the rune you'll be running on mid lane Garen since it allows you to ream bot or top side. Plus if there is a fight in the river you can activate predator and dash into the fight.
You wanna take this as your first keystone since you get that sweet sweet lethality and magic penetration when you use your Q.
I take this or either Eyeball Collection. I take this to get more vision on the map and can even be used to backdoor the enemy base with Teleport
I prefer to take this over Zombie Ward since it gives me more damage and more damage is never bad on Garen.
I take this over any of the hunters because it allows me to use Nimbus Cloak if i'm taking that. If im not I still take it because I would rather my ultimate be up more than my items, or have more movement speed, or have a little bit of healing since I already have that in my kit.
Inspiration - I don't reccomend taking inspiration as your main keystone anymore. It got nerfed and its better taking Predator against ranked matchups now.
Three Rejuvenation Beads- You want to start three rejuvenation beads when the enemy does not have a ton of kill pressure against you. Its healing outscaels Doran's Shield pre level six.
Doran's Shield- This is essential for hard matchups like Fiora, Teemo, and Darius. Make sure take this in hard matchups. The passive gives you enough sustain to where if you dont take long trades that it, you can keep your health relatively high with your passive.
Cloth Armor- this is very good against very AD heavy suck as Tryndamere, Renekton, And Pantheon. The bonus armor helps a ton and the 4 Health Potions give you the sustain you need. You'll probably use all 4 of the health pots on just poke damage since fighting isn't your number one priority in these lanes.
MID GAME ITEMS
Kindlegem- I usually go Phage over this item since phage is much better because it allows you to play more aggressive. if you find yourself behind then feel free to go Kindlegem for the CDR and health.
Phage- This is usually the item I build when im behind and ahead. It builds into Trinity Force which is very good to build when your ahead. it also builds into The Black Cleaver which is a staple for Garen.
Bami's Cinder- GO THIS ITEM WHEN YOU TAKE Phase Rush! This item apply's a stack of Phase rush every second. I usually get this on my first back if i'm taking Phase rush. If you need to keep pushing waves into the enemy tower you can get this item to since its better than Tiamat on Garen.
Chain Vest- This item is very helpful against matchups where your behind and the enemy is say a Pantheon, Fiora , or even Irelia. It just makes you beefier to kill and it builds into Thornmail which is very good against tanks like Malphite.
Bramble Vest- I Bramble vest is extremely versatility and the Grievous wounds it applies on enemies is handy but I prefer Executioner's Calling Over this item since Executioners calling is cheaper and can be built into Mortal Reminder and the only thing Bramble vest can be built into is Thornmail which is a very situational item.
Warden's Mail- This Item is helpful in matchups where the enemy is very autoattack based. So matchups like Tryndamere and Jax this item would be good. It also builds into Thornmail so thats a bonus if you need to build that.
Jaurim's Fist- The only time I get this item is when im building into a Sterak's Gage Otherwise I really dont buy it often and would prefer to buy a Phage or Sheen.
Hexdrinker- This item is a lifesaver. The little shield it gives you can really help in tight moments. I love building this against any AP champions. So this item is very good against someone like Teemo, Vladimir, Swain and any other AP mages. It also builds into Maw of Malmortius which is a lategame hexdrinker.
Executioner's Calling- This item I only take against someone who heals heavily or has lifesteal. So someone like a Fiora or a Nasus. Its also good against a Vayne or a Varus lategame if you want to pick it up.
Spectre's Cowl- This item is one of Garen's go to magic resit item. It build's into Adaptive Helm and Spirit Visage two core magic resist items for Garen.
Quicksilver Sash- I've been building this item recently against the new Mordekaiser because it stops his ultimate completely. If the enemy team is extremely CC heavy and is mostly magic damage I recommend building this. So for example a Sona, Kennen or an AP Neeko
The Black Cleaver - This item is extremely good on Garen. It gives you health, attack damage, cooldown reduction, and armor reduction. I recommend building this item when Trinity Force isn't a good option. That is when you are behind, your adc doesn't build this item, or when the enemy is nearly a full AD team composition.
Trinity Force - I personally prefer this item over The Black Cleaver but that doesn't mean you have to build it every game. You should build it when you are ahead of the enemy team or your adc builds The Black Cleaver so someone like Miss Fortune. This item gives you more compared to the black cleaver in my opinion. The Phage and Sheen passives are both fantastic and this item is one of Garens best core items.
Dead Man's Plate (DMP for short) - This item is probably Garen's number one source of armor item wise. It gives him extra movement speed and can be useful in ranged matchups where you need armor like Quinn or Vayne. I also take it in most melee matchups where I need armor like Tryndamere. This item can be your first item but I really don't recommend it. It doesn't have the damage that Trinity Force or The Black Cleaver has. I do build it if there is 1 or more major AD threats on the enemy team.
Sterak's Gage - I like taking this item against a AD team since Maw of Malmortius is like sterak's but better against AP team comps. Keep in mind that Sterak's does not give you the 20% crd that Trinity Force or The Black Cleaver gives you so I would not recommend this for your first core item but instead your 2nd or 3rd item.
Maw of Malmortius - Since were taking about this item i'll cover it. This is just the AP sheild version of Sterak's Gage. I like taking this item after I finish my The Black Cleaver or Trinity Force because you normally build Hexdrinker as your first lane item and you will loose out on an extra 10% cdr if you dont go trinity force or black cleaver first. But I do reccomend this item if the enemy team has 1 or more major AP threats.
Spirit Visage - This is such a good item on Garen. It enhances his passive and gives him lots of magic resist. And the fact that Spectre's Cowl can build into this item is so good. You take this item where there are not any AP assassin's on the enemy team since Adaptive Helm is better for countering the AP assassin's.
Mercurial Scimitar - The lifesteal on this item is a little useless on Garen but the Quicksilver Sash is very good against very very CC heavy team compositions. I usually don't go this for the magic resist though just the QSS. This item is exceptionally good against Mordekaiser because the QSS negates his ultimate. So for your last item against him upgrading QSS might be a good choice.
Adaptive Helm - This item is what you take when Spirit Visage isint a good option. You take this against an AP assassin like Ekko or Evelynn. Spirit visage just doesn't have the passive that adaptive helm has.
Guardian Angel - This is one of my go to items if I have a huge shutdown bounty. But with the recent changes to the shutdown system I don't build it as often. I do however ALWAYS take this second item behind The Black Cleaver or Trinity Force in the Darius matchup. If you wana know why go check out below the darius matchup for more details.
Randuin's Omen - This item you really don't build to often but Warden's Mail does build into this item. In matchups where the enemy is very autoattack reliant like Tryndamere I might pick it up later in the game. Keep note the active on this item will proc Phase Rush but I heavily do not recommend taking this just to proc it. Taking Bami's Cinder or even Abyssal Mask is more worth it.
Fiora is one of the hardest matchups for Garen. Her Riposte is extremly broken and her ultimate Grand Challenge can be very annoying. For runes I like to take Phase Rush. With this you can get out of a trade very fast if you cant win it. I take Flash and Teleport for this matchup. I take teleport because late game it can nullify her map pressure but I take it since Ignite isn't worth running since you just want to farm it out and not to trade often. I start with Doran's Shield then I make sure to build a Executioner's Calling. this will reduce her healing and anyone else who heals on the enemy team. I also build Ninja Tabi after getting my Executioner's calling for extra armor. When trading with Fiora make sure not to waste your Ignite (if you decided to take it) or your Demacian Justice since her riposte can block both of them. A good time to trade is when her riposte is down and she has no Grand Challenge or Ignite. Another good time to trade with her is when your jungler is coming in for a gank. Try not to trade with her when she has her Riposte which is on a 24 second cooldown on level one ( her riposte gets a two second cooldown every time she puts a level in to it). Also don't trade with her when she has her ult or ignite.
Pantheon is yet another hard lane for Garen. His early game is insane and his Spear Shot is extremely annoying. For runes take Predator. This will allow you to get to lane quicker, teamfight better, and even possible roam. Take Ignite for your summoner spell. Ignite makes playing against him easier. If he jumps on you you can ignite him to possibly get him off you you since Pantheon is very squishy. I start Cloth Armor. that makes it harder for him to kill me and can be built into a Chain Vest and a chain vest can be built into a Dead Man's Plate. When trading with Pantheon make sure you have Ignite and your ult Demacian Justice. You never want to trade with him when you are low on health or else he will start to critical strike because of his passive Certain Death. Late game he shouldn't be a threat at all since he is squishy and if he builds lethality you'll have enough armor to counter it.
For runes I take Phase Rush with Demolish and Overgrowth for my secondary. I get three Rejuvenation Beads along with a Health Potion. Next I go into a Bami's Cinder then get a Raptor Cloak for extra armor. Make sure to be extra careful when he hits level nine since that's when his Purge will become toggle and make his life easier. If he is taking Conqueror He can stack it up extremely quickly so I like to take short poke trade's with him if possible. His Fear Beyond Death is an instant kill if he has you low enough but it is easily avoidable with Flash.
The Vayne matchup is just as bad as the Fiora matchup if not worse. She has a dash,slow,true damage, and an ultimate that can cancel yours. I take Predator along with Second Wind and Overgrowth. I take predator to try to run her down with the active. I start Doran's Shield and I try to rush Dead Man's Plate. After the DMP I get Ninja Tabi. when she has her Blade of the Ruined King don't fight her 1 on 1. I try not to fight her at any point in the game since she can kite you very easily and she does true damage. The best you can do in this matchup is try to sit under tower and farm it out and hope that you get jungle assistance throughout the game.
The Darius matchup is a 60/40 matchup. 60% in his favor and only 40% in yours. If you want a more detailed guide on this matchup check out Riste's video on how to win against Darius
Click here for full video.... I always take Phase Rush. Once you get your Bami's Cinder you just Q E him and run out with the movement speed from phase rush. Darius is pretty slow so unless he has E and Ghost he probably wont be able to catch up to you. I like to take Perfect Timing For the free Stopwatch. I take this because building Guardian Angel is so important for the Darius matchup. His ultimate will NOT reset if he executes you with it. This will help out a ton in a 1v1 and teamfights. Make sure to get your The Black Cleaver or Trinity Force before your GA. I also do not like taking extended trades with him since his passive helps him in combat and yours helps you out of combat. And if he does get all 5 stacks on you try to run and get out of there because once he has all 5 stacks he becomes a lethal killing machine. Do care about bis level 1 cheese because he does win level 1. If you do get cheesed try to Q autoattack twice and run out of there with the help of Phase rush and you may have to burn your Flash but it is better than him getting first blood.
Kayle is another hard matchup but not as bad as Fiora. her kill pressure is not as bad but just like Fiora's Riposte Kayle's Divine Judgementcan negate Garen's Demacian Justiceand she can take your tower very quickly. I take Predator because it allows me to gap close easier. For summoner spells I take either Ignite for a better 1v1 potential or Teleport so she doesn't take your tower as quickly. Against Kayle I start Boots of Speed and Health Potion (four of them). After this I make sure to get Mercury's Treads and Spectre's Cowl. I try not to trade with Kayle but if you do make sure her Divine Judgement is down. If it is you can have a shot at trading with her.
The Kennen matchup is just dreadful. His laning phase is very dominant and his CC you cant do much about. for runes I take Predator. I take Ignite and Flash against Kennen. I start 3 Rejuvenation Beads and a Health Potion. I rush Hexdrinker and get Mercury's Treads after that. Try not to get caught up in his passive Mark of the Storm. When you have 3 little balls floating around you don't get near him because like Tahm Kench when he gets 3 stacks of his passive up on you he can stun you. Try to focus him in teamfights since he is a huge threat in them.
For just about every melee top laner Illaoi is a nightmare to deal with. She has very good healing,she can poke easily with her tentacles, and she scales decently well into the late game. For Garen this is no exception. For runes I take Predator for my primary rune and Second Wind and Overgrowth. I start the three Rejuvenation Beads. I build a Raptor Cloak since the movement speed helps me dodge everything she throws at you. The rejuvenation bead also builds into raptor's cloack so that's another reason why you should go the 3 rejuv beads.
Gnar is similar to Teemo but a lot more tanky and does not build AP but instead tank items and damage items such as The Black Cleaver and Frozen Mallet. Make sure to take Predator for your main keystone rune along with Second Wind and Overgrowth. I start out buying a Doran's Shield. If Gnar has his jump then there's not many options for you to make a move so just hope your jungler comes top often. Gnar does not have a mana bar but instead he has a rage bar that fills up over time. When it is full he will transforme into mega gnar. In his mega gnar form he gains his ultimate that HE DOES NOT HAVE IN MINI GNAR! So when fighting mini Gnar keep in mind you have the level 6 advantage basically. But his ultimate is similar to Poppy's Heroic Charge and it will stun you if he pins you against a wall. SO in his mega gnar form I like to keep my distance and let the timer on it run out.
Recently Aatrox has underwent some changes to his kit and thus made this matchup harder for Garen players. I take Phase Rush as my primary rune and for secondary I take Conditioning and Overgrowth. I start Doran's Shield and try to play pretty passive. I make sure to get a Raptor Cloak on my first back along with a Bami's Cinder if I can afford it. The Raptor's cloak is for escaping his The Darkin Blade (His Q).The movement speed bonus lets me have a better chance of dodging them. The armor is good for this matchup too since Aatrox builds The Black Cleaver as his first item. After this I usually build a Dead Man's Plate followed by a Sterak's Gage. Make sure later in the game to buy an Executioner's Calling to stop his crazy healing. You really don't have to build it early game unless he is massively ahead but do keep in mind late game his healing WILL be a problem if you do not buy this.
Renekton is a win lane loose game champion since he falls off pretty hard late game. I take Grasp of the Undying and take Biscuit Delivery. Make sure to start Doran's Shield and take take Ignite. Make sure NOT to buy Refillable Potion but instead buy plenty of Health Potions. You buy the health potions because if your below 50% health Renekton can all in you so easily. So taking the biscuits and the health pots lets you have more sustain then if you didn't take biscuits and bought refillable potions instead. If Renekton gets really fed early on and doesen't fall off late game make sure to gets an Executioner's Calling since his Cull the Meek will heal him.
After the buffs to his ultimate Jayce has been a staple in top and mid lane. I take Phase Rush along with Second Wind and Overgrowth. I get a Bami's Cinder and a Raptor Cloak as well if im behind. After all that build into a Dead Man's Plate the go usual build. Try to avoid his poke in his cannon stance and ask for jungle ***astince.
Kled is a real pain in the side since he has lane dominance and he can roam with his ultimate Chaaaaaaaarge!!!. I take Phase Rush along with Conditioning and Overgrowth. Try to dodge his Beartrap on a Rope and keep in mind it can go through your minions. If he seems low don't fight him since he proabaly has Skaarl the Cowardly Lizard up and will most likely win the trade or kill you. If he roams just try to push the minion wave in and get tower plates. There is a few videos of Riste playing against Kled so i'll link one Click here for the Garen vs Kled full video.
Nasus is a very good matchup to take Phase Rush in because post level 6 he will probably have a good bit of Q stacks and he will try to all in constantly. Utilizing phase rush to bait out his ult Fury of the Sands can set up good windows for ganks and trades that benefit you. I start Doran's Shield and I make sure to get Bami's Cinder to proc phase rush easily. Try to get armor because his Q Siphoning Strike really hurts so i'd recommend getting a Dead Man's Plate sometime in the game. try to Q him when he goes up for CS so he can't use his Q therefore delaying his scaling. Make sure not to get caught in his E Spirit Fire because it reduces armor by a ton. Try freezing the wave at your tower because nasus can't go up to CS due to jungle pressure or taking a tower shot. Nasus is pretty immobile so jungle assistance is pretty easy to get due to him being a ticking time bomb and being very slow early on.
Teemo is a cancer champion but that doesn't mean playing against him is unwinnable. I take either Predator or Glacial Augment. Personally I prefer Predator but either is fine. Predator lets me run him down easily and glacial augment just lets you stick to him. Make sure to take Second Wind for one of your secondary runes because its very useful against Teemo. Start Doran's Shield. I try to get a Hexdrinker on my first back and get Mercury's Treads after my hexdrinker. You can try to all in him level 1 if he doesn't start his Q Blinding Dart because he has no blind. Your all in potential becomes even better if you have Ignite. Once he gets his Q try not to trade with him or overextend. If your try to fight him and go to far back he'll chunk half your health and you wont get barely any of his since you were blinded. He will chase you down with his W Move Quick. Just try to play safe and don't die for CS please.
Quinn is pretty similar to Vayne but vayne is a much better champion compared to Quinn. Take Predator along with Second Wind and Overgrowth. I start Doran's Shield and try to rush a Ninja Tabi then followed up by a Dead Man's Plate. When in lane if your trying to chase her and she uses her E Vault don't chase her. The best thing to do is disengage because it slows you and if she kites well its a recipe for disaster. If her passive Harrier. Her passive really hurts and it's one of her main sources of poke. If she try's to roam with her ultimate Behind Enemy Lines try to get tower plates to punish her.
Neeko is a really annoying champion to play against and the new neeko top strat is just awful. Basically she goes Press the Attack and builds items like Blade of the Ruined King. I like to go Predator along with Second Wind and Overgrowth. I start Doran's Shield and rush Ninja Tabi or Mercury's Treads (depending on what she builds. If she takes Press the Attack she will most likely build AD. If she takes Arcane Comet she'll go an AP build). You can try runing her down if she doesn't have her E Tangle-Barbs. If you get caught up in her E that let's her set up her Q Blooming Burst and her ultimate Pop Blossom. So if you dodge her E you should be just fine.
I take Predator against Ahri and nake sure to not get hit by her E Charm because thats where her full combo is at. Start Doran's Shield and get a Hexdrinker early on in the lane. You can build it into a Maw of Malmortius but I prefer to skip that and get Adaptive Helm since she is an AP assassin.
Yorick similar to Nasus and that he outscales you pretty fast. Once he's gotten his Trinity Force he'll split push most of the game. For runes I take Predator. I would take Phase Rush but since he has his cage Phase rush is near useless if the Yorick player is good. I start Doran's Shield and get a Executioner's Calling sometime in the game because of his Q healing. Early on try not to get locked in his Cage because then he can summon the Eulogy of the Isles(the maiden) or his ghouls on to you.
The Tryndamere match up is a little favored in Trynd's side a little bit but for the most part its a skill matchup. I take Grasp of the Undying against tryndamere and I start with a Cloth Armor and four Health Potions. And try to get your jungler to start the oppisite buff of top side because you DO NOT want tryndamere to build up Battle Fury. This will make the early levels harder for you and slimming your chance of winning lane. I like to go Warden's Mail to slow his attack speeed. Keep in mind his Undying Rage will make it where Demacian Justicecan not kill him! So if he has ult and you want to ult do care that he can stop yours. I have a video on my Youtube channel of me vs a Tryndamere and i'd be fantastic if you'd check it out if you like that stuff.
Mordekaiser recently got reworked and in my opinion he's a lot stronger. I've been using Predator for my rune along with Conditioning and Overgrowth. Start Doran's Shield. I always always rush a Quicksilver Sash because the active on it removes the effect of his ultimate. I may build a Hexdrinker but I tend not to because the QSS is already 800 gold. He does have a poke advantage due to his Q Obliterate. I don't see him being a huge threat to Garen unless he gets some major buffs.
Camille has a pretty good lane phase and a great late game. For runes I take Glacial Augment because she is so slippery due to her Hookshot and Wall Dive. I start Doran's Shield. Camille is pretty tricky to figure out and a lot of lower elo Garen player's really have a hard time with her. So her passive Adaptive Defenses is a shield that when she autoattacks a champion she gets a shield. In trades you must autoattack her before she autoattacks your or your Q will be useless. To play around her hookshot you must E and W the very moment before she lands on you. This will force her to take damage from your E. And please don't try to Flash out of her ultimate Hextech Ultimatum.
The Yasuo matchup is pretty easy as long as you play right. I take Predator for my rune of choice. and Conditioning and Overgrowth as my secondary runes. I START Doran's Shield and if i'm behind I'll pick up Ninja Tabi earlier on. Other wise get a Dead Man's Plate sometime in the game. Early avoid his Q Steel Tempest and If you dodge his tornadoes you'll be good. Also don't fight him when he has minions to move around in. I just uploaded a video to my YouTube channel that showcases the Garen vs Yasuo matchup.
Volibear is pretty easy but if you build the wrong items your just gonna loose the lane. I take Predator along with Conditioning and Overgrowth. Start Doran's Shield and rush either a Executioner's Calling if you ahead or there is little AD on the enemy team. Or rush Bramble Vest if there is some AD on the enemy team. I prefer bramble vest but executioner's isn't a bad option either. Be careful around his tower because he can flip you under it and make you take turret aggro.
Zed isn't much of a threat since once you start to get armor you outtank his damage. Start Doran's Shield and get Ninja Tabi early on to reduce his damage. Play safe the first outing since you don't have much armor. Try to take trades when his W Living Shadow is down so he can just W out of your attack range.
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Sources I used while making this guide!
FSat's guide (also on Mobafire)
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