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League of Legends (LoL) Question: Starting 9 pots + Red Elixir viable on Garen?

Tags: Elixir of Fortitude Garen Health Potion Renekton Rengar Riven Tryndamere Zed 12,987

  • Burnboy37

    Starting 9 pots + Red Elixir viable on Garen?

    So recently, I have been seeing a lot of Riven players (as well as a few Tryndameres and a Lee Sin) who start out with 9 health pots and a red elixir. That start seems to work fairly well for them so I started wondering what other champions would benefit from starting 9 pots and a red elixir.

    I play Garen a lot and started to wonder if starting 9 health potions and a red elixir would be good. Potentially adding 9 health pots to Garen's great passive sustain along with an early damage boost from the red elixir could set up Garen to carry the game.

    So basically is starting 9 health pots and a red elixir viable of Garen? What about Renekton, Rengar, or Zed? Also are there any down sides to starting 9 health pots and a red elixir?
  • Answers (7)

    Keltocdragon | February 22, 2013 11:35pm
    its doable I pe3sonally alays grab cloth armor an potz on garen for t3h lulz of supports doing 30 damage
    GhostZon3 (2) | February 4, 2013 4:13pm
    Basic rule of thumb with energy / no mana champs, if you want to start with a lot of pots and a ward / red elixir, is to consider your champ's innate sustain.

    If your champ has a good amount of sustain (I'd say champs like Garen, Tryndamere to a lesser extent [You want to save fury to dish out damage in trades], etc.) then take a red elixir, a ward, and as many pots as possible.

    If you're playing someone like Kennen or Katarina, who without items have no sustain, take all pots and a red elixir, or replace the red elixir with ward(s) depending on the jungler.

    -- Good Luck.
    Embracing (353) | February 2, 2013 1:44am
    Yes it works
    Take some pots out for a ward tho
    Aseafy (25) | February 1, 2013 9:41pm
    it is good for many lanes or champions who want to stay in lane longer to win the lane, but are not afraid of the enemy jungler. riven is quite hard to gank.

    also, if you can do double golems early on, you can fight at level 2 as soon as you hit level 2 for a level advantage, and pop your elixir. having a red elixir that early tells your enemy to "back off or die" usually.
    tehAsian (247) | February 1, 2013 10:17am
    Red Elixir?

    You mean Sight Wards?
    Burnboy37 (1) | February 1, 2013 12:21pm
    No I mean Elixir of Fortitude.

    It gives 120-325 health, based on champion level, and 15 attack damage for 3 minutes.
    PsiGuard (1495) | February 1, 2013 9:43am
    If it's a matchup you can win early, then go for it. 7 pots and a ward would be smart, especially against early ganking junglers like Lee Sin.
    martjan (3) | February 1, 2013 9:28am
    I think that isn't that good. Garen has a lot of early game sustain.
    Dyrus used in solo queue a lot of zed with starting red elixer.
    On renekton it is good I think, to increase his early game snowball.
    I dont play rengar top, so that is a think I dont know.

    (only one thing, you can better start red elixer, 7 pots and a ward)
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