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Optimal Garen (Tanky DPS)
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Make sure you use your Q to your advantage, silence silence silence, it's great against people like katarina since you can run in REALLY fast, and silence her, avoiding taking too much damage from her ultimate. (You could also pop your W bubble too while doing it) It's generally an amazing tool for silencing and even chasing due to it's MS boost.
Your E is your main source of damage throughout the whole game (other than your ult) and should NOT be taken as a joke late game, with your last whisper it realllly helps rip through HP (Keep in mind your PD's crit chance increases the damage even more, so really its just nuts)
I have two words for you, **** off. This is tanky DPS at it's finest, and don't forget garens W boosts your res's as well. You get a fair amount of HP, a fair amount of resistances, and a fair amount of damage. You're all around, a GREAT way to round up a team. Say you have an amumu jungle, two AP, one AD carry? Finish up with a Garen, works every time.
Now, you can interchange the item at any time you want, and get them in a different build order, if you're getting hurt a lot? Rush the sunfire or FoN depending on the enemy team comp. But if you're a good garen you should manage to be able to hold out till you finish your Phage. If you're doing REALLY good and it's a land-slide game... Just get the mallet before the sunfire even, it really makes a difference it's such a good item to help your team or score yourself a kill on a fleeing enemy.