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[S7] Surf's Up! - Taric Support Guide

L3gislacerator Last updated on September 12, 2017
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galgeubuze (1) | September 7, 2017 11:36am
Thanks a lot for that guide, i was stuck with full armor taric's builds,too much situationnal...
I have a question about your core itemization order:
As you advice, i build first equinox, then up the boots, then vow, then solari,and finally ardent. If there is much ap i go solari before vow.
My question is about ardent: some mates, often adc, urge me to build it as first item, is it legit to sometimes change that core order? is it a mistake to keep almost all games in order equinox-vow-solari-ardent?
Thanks again!
L3gislacerator (14) | September 7, 2017 1:04pm
I'm glad you found the guide helpful! It's fine to go Ardent first, but only when your team has a tanky frontline. That way, you can focus on healing and there will still be someone around to soak up damage. (You'll be too frail to both heal AND protect with only an Ardent.) If everything works out well, you can even pick up a Redemption immediately after to fully accept your role as a big buff Soraka.
Fox Drive (1) | August 29, 2017 12:03pm
Why you choose Eye of the Equinox instead of Face of the Mountain? I'm not criticizing, I just wanna know your reasons. I'm a low elo player and I want to learn things that aren't that clear to me. I always do Face of the Mountain and choose Ruby Sightstone as it's passive allows me to use the items actives more often. Do you have any reasons to choose it instead of Face of the Mountain?
L3gislacerator (14) | August 29, 2017 12:59pm
Eye of the Equinox is very efficient, both on your wallet and your inventory space. With it, you get to upgrade all your support essentials (health, CDR, wards, minion execute) for only 650g rather than the 2150g you would spend on FOTM & RSS. That 1300g difference puts you about halfway towards your first core item. Having Locket of the Iron Solari or Knight's Vow available about 5 minutes earlier than usual will give you a huge edge in teamfights.

I find Face of the Mountain to be lackluster on Taric. He already has a shield as an ability, so you won't miss out on much by forgoing the item. As for Ruby Sightstone, its passive doesn't justify the slot it takes up. Quality over quantity is what makes the difference here — by not buying RSS, you can fit a whole nother item into your lategame build, such as Redemption or Randuin's Omen, and consequently end up much more powerful.
Arturenas (1) | August 7, 2017 2:22pm
Hey, have you tried Zeke's convergeance on Taric? Do you think it's better than Knight's Vow? Since it increases your adc's damage by 50% as magic damage and also slows enemies around you after you ult.
L3gislacerator (14) | August 7, 2017 2:50pm
I have and it's not great. The item synergizes best with offensive ultimates while Taric's ult is most often used defensively. Also, he can't utilize the slow well since he's immobile, and his best work is done near the backline anyways. For a better offensive item, Ardent Censer is the way to go since Taric and his teammates can make use of all its aspects.
Arturenas (1) | August 11, 2017 4:41pm
Okay, thanks for replying : )
Uh, I have a question. If you're against AP supports (brand in particular) what do you do? Cause I had a match against him, tried just going at him with stuns, which did great and brough his hp low, but lost the fight and died. Should I just camp at my tower and focus on healing or shielding the adc?
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Abyss85 (1) | August 4, 2017 5:29am
Question, whenever I play Taric I have massive mana issues due to the mana cost on his Q, and having mana regen is just too slow. Because of this I've tried getting Righteous Glory and Iceborn Gauntlet/Frozen Heart, but I've actually had the best results with going Tear of the Goddess into Archangel's staff. I find it give the mana needed to stay in combat and the AP makes him heal for like 300-450 every 2 seconds.

My question is, how do you handle not buying mana items?
L3gislacerator (14) | August 4, 2017 10:59am
I leave Q at 3 points and max it second so that I can get a medium-power heal for only 90 mana. Even though it's not maxed, it's still very strong given how spammable it is.

If you max Q first, you're better off playing and building like a pure enchanter. Since the spell will be expensive, you can't spam it as easily as you can with less points into it because not only will it run you dry but you won't be making full use of it that way. Cast it at 4-5 charges whenever possible, space your casts out by a few seconds, and only use it when your allies are hurt for more than 200 health.

If you preserve mana with the tips I gave above, you shouldn't need items with raw mana. Regardless, it's better to get supportive items so you can help out your team more. (I've never tried Archangel's Staff on Taric, but it sounds like it would work well in an enchanter build.)
Abyss85 (1) | August 7, 2017 7:04am
I think it works very well, the only problem is his kit forces you to be on the front line which I find requires you to be a full tank, not just a half-***ed support tank. So items like Redemption arent viable because of the low stats. Locket hurts but is necessary because of the insane delay on his ult. So trying to balance health, mana, armor, mr, cdr while still getting vision and 'support' items, can be challenging.
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Mettle (1) | July 22, 2017 8:24am
Another WOW here! Thats all I'm going to say - this coming from a 3/4 million mastery point Taric main!
Well, I do want to chime in on masteries....I actually go 0/18/12 when I am not the tank of the team but when I am the tank I go 0/12/18 (stoneborn keystone). Nothing can replace that early extra 5% health (it makes every health item you buy have 5% extra health!) plus it does synergyze with Ardent Censer (one of my fav items on Taric) He desperately needs the mana regen too!
Also, I have to throw this out I said I have extensive experience with Taric...I ALWAYS run GHOST/EXHAUST. Ghost has a 3 minute cd while flash has a 5 minute cd! 5 minutes!! Ghost lets me get to other lanes faster AND when we get friendly ganks bot it lets me run down fleeing foes! It may not be for everyone but I DO NOT MISS FLASH AT ALL!

L3gislacerator (14) | July 22, 2017 1:31pm
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like my stance on playing Taric.

I find it hard to replace Windspeaker's Blessing if I have any frail allies due to how high it can make their defenses, but I'd consider Stoneborn Pact if they have other ways to stay safe besides me. As for Ghost, I can see its usage against immobile enemies. However, Taric is already pretty telegraphed as he is, so against quicker targets like Lucian, I prefer to carry Flash so I can catch them as soon as they're vulnerable.
Arcthunder (5) | June 19, 2017 11:57am
Wow! This guide is so comprehensive! I just started in making guides, and I'm in awe on how well it is formatted! I'm not even a Taric player and I feel like I could climb to gold with this (I actually play Kindred and Tahm Kench). Well done!
L3gislacerator (14) | June 19, 2017 4:00pm
Much appreciated! You should definitely try him out, he's a lot of fun once you get used to him.
orrvaa (10) | June 19, 2017 1:52am
Wow good guild (again),
some just one thing, [Face of the mountain] shield gives 10% of your health as a shield, while [bastion] gives 12% of the target health, so [Face of the mountain] should be the better between the two if you buy health. I don't say it a must item, but your "outclasses" isn't the write word.
L3gislacerator (14) | June 19, 2017 10:06am
I never considered that, I'll adjust its place in the guide. Thanks for the critique. :)
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