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Taric Build Guide by lightrocket2

Jungle GrandMaster Taric Jungle : Welcome to the Gemshow

Jungle GrandMaster Taric Jungle : Welcome to the Gemshow

Updated on September 15, 2021
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Runes: Glacial (Shurelyas / Galeforce)

1 2 3 4 5 6
Inspiration
Glacial Augment
Hextech Flashtraption
Biscuit Delivery
Approach Velocity

Precision
Legend: Alacrity
Triumph
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

1 2 3
Summoner Spells
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Smite

Smite

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IMPORTANT TEAR KNOWLEDGE IN NOTES
Why are Tank Mythics Bad
Why is Frostfire so bad?
I'm so confused, what do I build? (check Notes)

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Champion Build Guide

GrandMaster Taric Jungle : Welcome to the Gemshow

By lightrocket2
Season 11 Updates
At first in Season 11, I struggled to find a way to continue Taric Jungle. Now, there are more builds THAN EVER that keep Taric where he belongs, in the JUNGLE! :D

I'm streaming most days in the evenings on Twitch!
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Sunday at 7PM CST and Saturday 2PM CST. Feel free to come by:

Twitch



I upload the best games I have to YouTube every other day, so if you are short on time, the channel videos are the best:

YouTube



I try to keep this guide as updated as possible, but usually, I will update the Spreadsheet of different builds first, which is constantly being updated:

Spreadsheet



Also, a lot more discussion and debating of how and the best ways to play Taric Jungle happens on the Discord!

Discord




Taric BUFFS 11.14 + 11.9



Taric has generally been in a poor spot this season. BUT, with the mana reduction buffs, especially the ones from 11.14, Taric's ability to clear, teamfight, save enemies etc. has been improved drastically. He still has many inherent weaknesses but the buffs have put Taric back into the spotlight where he belongs. Also, the 11.14 buffs went live on my birthday, a fantastic present from Riot Games themselves!
Highlight Videos
Season 11 Highlight Video by FriesBro:
https://youtu.be/cQ5fshQkB8s

People like highlight videos more than full games, so if you just want to see a sneak peek check out these!:

https://youtu.be/E8RztrJtRMk

https://youtu.be/e9h1G3Kn1pQ

https://youtu.be/5ZJEVm-L6OE
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Hello all,

My summoner name is Lightrocket2 and I am a GrandMaster Taric Jungle player. The first and only one to get this far while playing it, I finished Season 9 GrandMaster maxing out at 520 LP. After I was featured in a video with Scarra where he was very impressed with my gameplay, I was inspired to teach others how to try it out themselves. The way I have done it for thousands of games.

Additionally, I was featured in a ****Huap video highlighting my Taric Jungle. If you are interested in that, click here: ****huap Video

What is Taric Jungle? Why does it even work?



How does it clear?


Taric has a fast clear in the Jungle by constantly abusing his passive to have a very high attack speed and do incredible amounts of damage. At peak clear speed, Taric would have his passive up at all times, mixing abilities in between autos to keep the passive going. As his passive holds 2 charges, a very common combo for clearing a camp would be auto E auto auto W auto auto Q auto auto Q auto auto.. (repeatedly doing Q auto auto until E is back off of cooldown). You will want to always use your E first, W second, and Q last while clearing.
Q costs a lot of mana, even at low levels. The amount of mana Q takes gives Taric heavy mana issues which CAN be handled properly. Instead of constantly Q auto auto until you run out of mana, simply basic auto instead of spamming Q until E and W are available. I commonly mix 3 autos in between each ability while clearing, even though 1 of them is a basic, no passive auto. If you run out of mana, don't panic! JG ITEM at 0 mana will give you the highest regen possible! So, even though you don't want always be out of mana, you want to be low on mana so you have more mana regen. More mana regen means more mana. There is a balance that must be found between building mana and building mana regen.

Below is a playlist of full-length Taric jungle games:
Full-Length Taric Jungle Games

How does it gank?


When Taric ganks, he can walk into a lane and tether and shield whoever he is ganking with W, and then proceed to both give them a heal and have another position to aim his stun from. You need to be able to land the stun to gank. As a Taric player, you will learn the timing on your stun better than anyone else. This gives you a small window of time to react fast enough to potentially flash to a location where the stun will hit. After the stun, you can basically attack as if you were clearing JG camps. (Looking into Orbwalking is also a helpful skill for this. Yes. Melee champions can kite. It is possible.) Also, when running Glacial, simply autoing a champion gives enough CC for Taric to get off incredible amounts of damage. Post 6 you can also easily dive towers with his invulnerability ult. Press the Attack gives a burst of damage when ganking and glacial gives some extra CC, both of which being amazing for ganks.

Below is a playlist of Taric Jungle ganking:
Taric Jungle Ganking

How does it teamfight?


Depending on your build and playstyle, there are many different ways to teamfight as Taric. You can be the frontline, backline, engage tool, damage dealer, crazy healer--the possibilities are endless based on what you build and have for runes. In general, Taric will want to be in melee range of someone at all times to get as much healing and damage off as possible. Whether or not you are diving the backline or peeling the adc all relies on comp and how far ahead you might be. Lastly, of course, making everyone invulnerable to damage for a couple of seconds is any teamfight's dream.

How do you move while fighting?


The way to move while fighting with Taric efficiently is to ability auto movement auto ability auto movement auto repeatedly. There is a small window of time in between each empowered auto to do something extra, whether it be moving, using a different ability, tiamat, etc depends on the situation. But obviously, in order to keep the empowered autos going, after every 2 autos an ability must be pressed. (note that this will be significantly harder if you do any kind of attack speed build, as that will shorten the window to use the spare time without being wasteful). Taric's Q W and R all have a short animation, but note that Taric's E does not have any kind of animation. Meaning that hypothetically: Ability auto movement auto (E + Movement) auto movement auto is possible without being wasteful. With the only waste being how fast you click to move after pressing E. Not that I do this consistently because making sure you are autoing each time WITHOUT canceling your auto attack with an early ability is more important during fights.

Below is a playlist including various fights such as 1v1s and teamfights:
Outrageous Taric Jungle

A live example


If you are more of a video learner than a reader, I would suggest watching this full game:
Raw Taric JG - Gems Carrying in GrandMaster
Note: This game is a good example of teamfighting and clearing but I do not gank as much this game. If you are interested in ganking specifically, check out the shorter length clips on my channel as the majority of them are ganking clips. Also, I don't always build like that and I don't always clear in that order. All of that should be decided on the spot: (do they have ap? do we have ap? do we have engage? are lanes gankable? did the jg just show top meaning free drag sneak? etc)

A more beginner orientated guide...


After contacting some fellow Taric JG players that made guides on Mobafire, a user by the name of Dexiron and I started chatting and contemplating the best way to play Taric JG. His guide lays out a lot more beginner's explanations than mine does, so I will link it here:

Dexiron's The True Power of Gems

However, as I have had my own success at Taric JG, what I have come up to using and what he describes in his guide differ. They go over the basics of abilities and clear so that is very helpful for new players. I will be making my own comments on the guide and how I do things a little differently.

A lot of my up-to-date notes on various builds, items, etc are in the Notes section of the ___ themselves, so please make sure to hover the notes of what you are trying to learn more about, thanks! :D
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