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Taric - The Light, and how to use it.
This is a Taric support guide - you probably wont get many kills, but I promise you, when you've learned to play this your teammates won't die, period.
EDIT: After serious amounts of time spend testing, I found the new item build to work out better - when you get to Zhonya's Ring, sell Doran's Ring, until then, keep it in your inventory.
No need to port home, ever. Not for you or your laning partner.
Your heals can keep another hero alive for about anything.
Great armor reduction.
Best support hero for ganks.
Can easily survive 2v1 later on, death is not an option.
Cannot carry (mid lane).
Gold issues throughout most of the game.
Rarely gets kills - even though you badly need them.
Gemcraft - Taric loves to socket magical gems into all of his weapons, resulting in his melee attacks replenishing his mana for 7.5% of damage dealt.
Mana cost: 0/0/0/0/0
This is your passive, it is extraordinairly great. There's nothing else to say, really.
Imbue - Taric brings forth earthen energy to heal his target. As the magic flows through him he is healed for the same amount. If Taric heals only himself, the total effect will be 1.4X the base heal amount.
Taric brings forth earthen energy to heal a nearby ally and himself for 100/150/200/250/300 (+0.9). If Taric heals only himself, the heal will be 40% more effective. Melee attacks on enemies decrease this spell's cooldown by 2 seconds per hit.
Mana cost: 70/85/100/115/130
Imbue is OP. It might not heal for much in the beginning, but with some AP you'll be able to outheal most hero's ultimates, its really good for countering what ever they throw at you - and its reduced by 2 seconds each time you do a melee hit! Its incredible!
Shatter - Taric is protected by a hardening aura, increasing the armor of himself and nearby allied champions. He may choose to splinter the enchanted rocks surrounding him to deal damage and decrease the armor of nearby enemies at the cost of the aura for a short time.
Passive: Taric's gains 10/15/20/25/30 bonus armor and provides an aura that increases the armor of himself and nearby allies by 10/15/20/25/30.
Active: Taric deals 100/150/200/250/300 (+0.5) magic damage to nearby enemies and decreases their armor by 10/15/20/25/30 for 4 seconds. The aura portion of his passive is not in effect during the cooldown.
Mana cost: 50/60/70/80/90
Shatter is a great aura, but its also a great ganking tool - espicially if your team consist mainly of melee champions. The armor reduction can easily give you 20-30 additional damage, and this counts for every hero doing auto attack / melee ability's!
Dazzle - Taric emits a brilliant ball of prismatic light from his gemmed shield, stunning and damaging his enemies.
Taric fires a sphere of prismatic light at an enemy, dealing 20/40/60/80/100 - 80/160/240/320/400 (+1) magic damage (lower damage the further the target is), and stunning them for 1 - 2 seconds (higher stun the further the target is).
Mana cost: 95/95/95/95/95
Always, and I mean _always_ go for this first, at level 1 its more useful than Imbue, both for fights and to get out alive. Make sure that if you are going to use it for ganks, then you have to be at maximum distance, so it'll stun the longest. You're not supposed to be the one dealing all the damage - remember?
Radiance - Taric emits a brilliant light, healing himself and increasing physical damage for surrounding allied units.
Toggle: Taric emits brilliant light, healing himself for 30/40/50 (+0.2) a second and increasing his and nearby allies' attack damage by 30/60/90 (half effect for nearby allied champions). The cost to sustain Radiance increases by 4/7/10 each second.
Mana cost: 20/20/20 Initial Mana Cost
One of the greatest ability's of all time. Using this + Shatter Active in team fights will easily get your team the victory you want. It is _very_ mana consuming, but its usually not up for more than 5-10 seconds, by then you got atleast 1, usually 2 champion kills. This ability is also great for tower pushing, since the damage effect does the same for you and your allies. But be aware, don't burn this on creep waves, its not worth it. 1 creep wave with this up and you'll easily have burned 50%-100% of your mana, meaning you have to port home and regen, I see this happen quiet often - and it saddens me, really.
Clarity - Restores 100 + 25 x level mana to your champion and 50% (100% if improved) of that to nearby allies.
I _always_ have this spell for Taric, if you lane with a ranged such as Malzahar or a melee such as Pantheon you can keep going til' you've pushed 1, sometimes 2, towers without worry.
Clairvoyance - Reveals an area of the map for 6 (10 if improved) seconds (castable anywhere).
CD: 55 seconds (50 if improved and 40 with 21 in Utility)
I usually go for this when playing Taric, its a great measure to find your enemy's and destroy them without them knowing how you do it. With a low cd of 40 seconds you can use this to spot brushes and see where missing hero's went.
Ghost - Your champion ignores unit collision and moves 32% (40% if improved) faster for 14 (15.5 if improved) seconds.
CD: 205 (178 if you have 21 in Utility) seconds.
If I dont go for Clairvoyance I take this, its great to get up to allies for quick support. You'll be able to run from lane to lane with this ability and Boots of Mobility in a matter of seconds. If I choose Ghost instead of Claivoyance I move the 1 point in improved Clairvoyance into improved Ghost.
Teleport - After 4 (3.5 if improved) seconds, teleports your champion to a target friendly minion or turret.
I rarely go for this, even in 5s - I don't find it needed with Boots of Mobility. It can be used if you think its a better choice than those above, even tho' I'd disagree, but really - its a matter of oppinion.
Start out by getting Sapphire Crystal and 2 health pots (or 1 health pot & 1 mana pot - depends on opponents). This'll give you a good start with enough mana to survive in lanes to atleast level 6. By then you should have enough gold to advance your Sapphire Crystal into a Tear of the Goddess & get a pair of Boots of Speed.
Start laning with your partner and push the tower, once it is down - head directly to the other lane and take out the tower there. Go back and get Archangel's Staff & if posible Boots of Mobility. From here on out, the item build is really what you deem needed - I sometimes switch out Innervating Locket for Nashor's Tooth. It is really up to you.
My rune build is one of many, it is what I find to be the best for when I support. Again, if you do not like it - use whichever you find to be the best working for you. (Thats one of the great things, Taric is not that dependant on runes :))
You should often be the initiater. Throw a stun and watch them squeel. Your teammates should easily be able to take out squishy champions right after you stun them, and if you don't get a kill - do not chase them. They'll come back, and you'll be higher level by then - so no worry! :)
If you get into a 2vYou situation, dont be alarmed, pop Radiance (cause it heals you) and run away, every now and then, stun whichever hero is nearest to you and cast a heal - then start running again. You can easily survive, if you're not too cocky ;)
You'll have stun, heal and aura pretty quickly, none of it will be as strong as you want, but no worry - your main thing here is to keep stunning your opponents, and keeping an eye out for your partners health. Heal him / her when ever needed. Before you get Radiance kills might not be as easy, don't ever try to gank at a tower, you _CANNOT_ outheal them, and I say it like that cause I see a bunch of Tarics charge past towers, hitting their opponents cause: "OH LOL, I HAVE HEAL.", it does _not_ work that powerful yet. So be a bit careful :)
You have Radiance and you should have your Archangel's Staff and Boots of Mobility by now. This means you can run around the map, being in every fight that arises. You'll easily end up being the one your opponents go for first, this happens quiet a lot for me - but again, don't worry. As long as your teammates got your back theres no need to flee. Your heals at this point should be fairly good, you should be able to outheal auto attack without having to think twice - just keep in mind, the more healing you need to do the more often you have to be hitting them, so don't be shy - keep in the fight! You are afterall a paladin :D
Who ever is your carry should be so over geared and fed by now that you can start focusing on taking out turrets, neutral bosses & inhibitors - which is great. I recommend that you stay with a tank, the two of you will never end up being in a situation you can't get out of. It happens often enough that when I play with my Garren playing friend, we see people running off when we've withstood all their attacks for a few minutes - this leaves you and your tank to do what ever pleases you.
I hope this guide works just as great for you as it does for me. Feel free to add suggestions to the build.
And please, don't downrate until' you've actually tried it out for a while - it takes time to master.
Best of luck!