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[Patch 9.12] How To- Garen Top
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Threats & Synergies
Goes without saying that Teemo is a nuisance to play against. His poison renders Garen's passive useless, Teemo's blind negates the damage from Garen's Q, and Teemo's W outruns the speed boost given from Q. The biggest counter to Garen. Play under turret if you are against Teemo.
Darius is a rather even match. While his bleed makes Garen's passive useless, Garen has higher damage for his E and Q. Using this when Darius goes in will make an even trade or give you the advantage at least. Just keep in mind that Darius has two slows and both of those abilities apply armor penetration.
Vladimir's pool can stop Garen's ult, the range for most abilities make it so that he can harass from a comfortable distance, and will heal for more than Garen can hurt. However, once you build enough MR, Vlad shouldn't be that much of a problem, but that will be in late game.
Garen can handle Aatrox very well. Garen's Q removes all slows, so there goes Aatrox's W. Garen's E make it easy to do more damage to Aatrox and bully him out of lane. And Garen's W can reduce the knock-up from Aatrox's Q as well as give him high armor and MR for a brief moment.
While your Q may be countered by Jax's E, maxing Garen's E will make it impossible for Jax to properly engage. Even if Jax lands his stun, Garen's W will shorten it and you can go back to attacking him in lane.