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Garen Build Guide by Guest

Garen show us your teeth

By Guest | Updated on October 31, 2011

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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. 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Introduction

This is a guide how to properly play garen vs virtually anything. There is only one problem with following exactly this build, besides being op, if your enemy is malphite and he stacks armor, you might want to start crying... Just sayin.

You might think this is a hybrid betwen ad and tank, but it's NOT! Your job as a tank is to redirect aggro, you won't do that with a silence alone. Getting the extra damage will punish their carries/casters along with your silence.
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Runes


The extra health will help your health regen which in turn will help your harassing capabilities.


You will need magic resistance. As you will most likely only get Force of nature, the extra MR will help, especially at low levels.


If you happen to face an irelia top or something close to that, the extra dodge will be very annoying for her. And it helps your extra ms to activate when harassing.

Greater Mark of Desolation
This will help your mid-end game, as a means of helping your harass.
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