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League of Legends Build Guide Author Legal Loli Lulu

Patch 8.11 | Titan Garen / Spin2Win Garen / Classic Garen

Legal Loli Lulu Last updated on June 6, 2018
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Titan Garen

Garen Build

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Second Wind
Second Wind
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth
Bonus:

+9% Attack Speed and +15-135 Health (at levels 1-18)

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Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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Ability Key R


Threats to Garen with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Gangplank Pretty easy as Titan Garen, you can swap your keystone to Fleet Footwork for this matchup and you'll most likely stomp him hard. Fleet Footwork tip: Try to destroy his barrels when you've got your FF proc is ready, when you hit his barrel you'll gain movement speed and heal for a small amount
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Introduction

Hi, my name is Legal Loli Lulu and I'm trash at this game, currently stuck in Silver.
Hope these builds will help you get hardstuck aswell, but it's worth it because they're fun as hell. :^)

Feel free to checkout my other guides.


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Runes Simplified (Not up to date, but still fairly accurate)

Any combination of the runes above will work.


Test for yourself and find what you like the most. Remember to think twice before picking each rune though, so you actually can take advantage of it with your build.
I didnt include the Inspiration Runes because they're only good in very niche situations and builds.


When do I pick these runes?


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Items | Build #1: Titan Garen

This build is played a bit differently compared to the traditional build. You want to use your Titanic Hydra active as your second autoattack reset, which means you're going to combo like this:
Basic/Auto Attack > Decisive Strike > Titanic Hydra


Mercury's Treads
Nobody likes CC, these boots will make it less painful though.

Alternative: Boots of Swiftness against slowing effects.
Alternative: Ninja Tabi against 4-5 AD champs OR 2-3 basic attack reliant champs.

Titanic Hydra
Essential for this build.
Decisive Strike procs the passive aswell.

Trinity Force
Tons of Damage and Movement Speed.
Decisive Strike procs this which makes this item extremely good.

Alternative: The Black Cleaver if the enemy team brings 2 tanks or one heavy carry tank with lots of armor.

Dead Man's Plate
Boosts your Defenses, Movement Speed and even grants you a 50% slow at maximum stacks which procs by basic attacks or Decisive Strike. Making it easier to stay on top of your target.

Spirit Visage
This is generally the best Magic Resist item for Garen.
Synergies with Perseverance.

Alternative: Adaptive Helm vs Teemo Rumble Cassiopeia etc.

Sterak's Gage
Prevents you from getting bursted and increases your base AD.
Synergies with Trinity Force.

Alternative: Anything from the recommended final item section.



Stats at lvl 18 & full build (with the items/runes listed above)


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Items | Build #2: Spin2Win Garen

This build is played like the Classic Garen build without building tank.

You lose quite a bit of tankyness but you gain ****-ton of damage. Garen has pretty high AD ratios, this build tries to capitalize on that.


Mercury's Treads
Nobody likes CC, these boots will make it less painful though.
Also it will be one of the few sources you will get resistance from.

Alternative: Boots of Swiftness against slowing effects
Alternative: Ninja Tabi against 4-5 AD champs OR 2-3 basic attack reliant champs

Youmuu's Ghostblade
Essential for this build.
Gives you a lot of Movement Speed which is really good for Garen, especially when we won't be as tanky with this build.

The Black Cleaver
Probably the best all around item on Garen, you can never go wrong with it.
Gives you Movement Speed and reduces enemy champions armor whenever you deal physical damage.
Synergies very well with Judgment.

Sunfire Cape
Deals AoE magic damage every second. Makes it MUCH easier to proc Conqueror, and the AoE damage aura even deals the 20% true damage from Conqueror, although the true damage bonus from Sunfire is low, it does add up and it's definitely noticable even in 1v1s.

Alternative: Dead Man's Plate vs High Mobility.

Maw Of Malmortius
Magic Resist and Damage? Yes please :)

Alternative: Thornmail / Randuin's Omen vs 4-5 AD champs
Alternative: Mortal Reminder much more damage, but you lose Magic Resist!

Death's Dance
Dealing Physical Damage now heals you.
30% of the damage you take is instead turned into a bleed effect over 5 seconds.



Stats at lvl 18 & full build (with the items/runes listed above)


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Items | Build #3: Classic Garen

This build is what I call "The Classic Garen".
Why do I call it "Classic"? Well, if you mention Garen to any League of Legends player, most likely they will imagine a build similar to this.
The build is similar to Riot's "Recommended" items aswell.


Mercury's Treads
Nobody likes CC, these boots will make it less painful though.
Also it will be one of the few sources you will get resistance from.

Alternative: Boots of Swiftness against slowing effects
Alternative: Ninja Tabi against 4-5 AD champs OR 2-3 basic attack reliant champs

The Black Cleaver
Probably the best all around item on Garen, you can never go wrong with it.
Gives you Movement Speed and reduces enemy champions armor whenever you deal physical damage.

Sunfire Cape
Deals AoE magic damage every second. Makes it MUCH easier to proc Conqueror, and the AoE damage aura even deals the 20% true damage from Conqueror, although the true damage bonus from Sunfire is low, it does add up and it's definitely noticable even in 1v1s.

Alternative: Dead Man's Plate vs High Mobility.
Alternative: Thornmail vs Basic Attackers, On-hit or High Sustain.
Alternative: Randuin's Omen vs Crit Basic Attackers

Spirit Visage
This is generally the best Magic Resist item for Garen.

Alternative: Adaptive Helm vs Teemo Rumble Cassiopeia etc.

Sterak's Gage
Prevents you from getting bursted and increases your base AD.

Alternative: Warmog's Armor if you need to regenerate health quickly.
Alternative: Anything from the Situational section OR check the alternative descriptions for other items in this chapter

Gargoyle Stoneplate
Boosts your resistance and boosts it even further if 3+ enemy champions are nearby.

Alternative: Zz'Rot Portal = Push Pressure / Locket of the Iron Solari = Team Defense
Alternative: Anything from the Situational section OR check the alternative descriptions for other items in this chapter



Stats at lvl 18 & full build (with the items/runes listed above)


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Spreadsheet: Armor/Magic Resist efficiency

This is how I optimize my builds for Bruisers/Off-tanks.
I'm trying to get that sweetspot for Armor/Magic Resist, which is atleast 150 AR/MR minimum.


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Changelog

Now you can keep track of what's changed in the build.
Patch changes concerning Garen (like buffs/nerfs, items, in-direct buffs/nerfs).

[2018/04/21] - Changelog Created

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[2018/05/02] - Garen Buffs
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[2018/05/18] - Minor changes.
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[2018/05/31] - Patch 8.11
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[2018/06/06] - Minor update
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