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Garen Build Guide by Philex

Top Theorycrafted Garen Build and Runes for all situations

Top Theorycrafted Garen Build and Runes for all situations

Updated on December 29, 2021
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Runes: Standard Conqueror

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Legend: Tenacity
Last Stand


+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


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Basic go-to summoners
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite



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Champion Build Guide

Theorycrafted Garen Build and Runes for all situations

By Philex
Need people to test in all ranks! Thanks in advance!
Hey all! Welcome to my very first in-depth guide for literally anything :^)
Who am I?
I am Trikanoid or Felix, a Garen enthusiast, 4fun player, theorycrafter and small content creator. I've played Garen for a solid 11 years and counting, not as in one tricking him, but rather on and off.
I loved playing Garen a lot because of how versatile his builds used to be before the item rework and now find him a bit boring, BUT I've now decided to theorycraft and found what I think is the best build options for Garen.
I've peaked Plat 2 100LP but that's also because I don't really enjoy league that much so I only play on and off.
I am also considering one tricking Garen in season 12 and trying to hit Diamond with this new rune/build setup I've thought of.
Little bit of a Stridebreaker rant
And as you can tell, my dislike for Stridebreaker is immeasurable since I don't feel like it's as good as it's meant to be on Garen, I've also tried Galeforce which wasn't too bad either but only times I've tried that was during preseason 11, and once it was season 11, I couldn't seem to find any success with it. Not until I found this new setup once I encountered a Garen in my game who rushed Zeal into Dead Man's Plate which gave me an idea, where I decided to try it once during preseason 12 xd, and turns out it's almost, if not then even better, than my old build path. Which used to be Stinger into Berserker's Greaves then Trinity Force, but is now Zeal into Berserker's Greaves then Trinity Force.
I still miss the times when Conqueror didn't work on Garen because that meant we had insane build diversity until I found my perfect, best early game build path :(
Why make a guide?
I'm making a guide because I love theorycrafting and I'd like to share my thoughts on builds and game styles, hence why I made this guide.
I'd love it if, anyone who tries out my build after reading, to send me their replays/highlights/vods/etc so I can see whether my theorycrafting worked for everyone or just in certain elos.
Thanks for reading!
Thanks for reading and I hope everyone who reads and uses this guide success in their games! As well as hoping to make this the new meta Garen build :^)

If you enjoyed and want to share your success, whether it be scoreboard screenshots/vods/replays/highlights/etc, please send it to my email:

Once again, thanks for reading!
Matchup Details
Still currently in the process of making them so there isn't much at the moment.
Just wanted to get this guide out there early so I can get info on how good it is, as early as possible to prepare for season 12.
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