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Garen Statistics for AG Here2Ball

Author's performance with Garen compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
19
6
Win %
63
48
Kills
6.3
5.9
Assists
5.8
4.8
Deaths
3.9
5.0
KA:D Ratio
3.1
2.1
Gold Earned
11.7K
11K
Creep Score
166.5
172.4
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png Flash is just about necessary for Garen, as he has no gap closer. While 6.png Ghost can work, Garen can still be kited very easily, so I prefer Flash.
12.png TP is standard and gives a strong map presence, 14.png Ignite is stronger in lane and can help either finish off enemies (as you have no gapcloser), or deal some more damage to set up your ult.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Don't be a pussy, 12/18/0 is great. 18 in Resolve is helpful for being more tanky and is still good.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
3
8
10
12
13
E
2
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16

Q MAX FIRST, DO NOT MAX E!!!

E has bad damage scaling with points now, and the spins scale with levels. Q increases your MS boost duration and has better damage scaling. W second is super strong because the damage reduction is ridiculous. If you're fed, E second to capitalize and deal more damage works.

GAREN'S E CAN CRIT, AND HIS Q RESETS YOUR AA ANIMATION. Also, try to make sure to use your Q after the enemy slows you. If you're trying to escape, just wait for the slow instead of Q'ing right away.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Decent start.
    Against heavy AD, becoming more standard now.
    rip Greater Stealth Totem, new one is ass.
    If you prefer to get a Sweeper, then it still is a very viable option instead of yellow trinket
    only against super heavy early ap.
    Rising in popularity, although I'm not that keen on it.

Core Items

    God tier item on Garen, insane armor shred with his E and the speed boost is super nice.
    IF YOU ARE FED or even just ahead BUY THIS SHIT, BEST DAMAGE ITEM AFTER CLEAVER. Fed or not this is a really good item for garen especially if the enemy team has a lot of squishies.
    Garen's armor choices. Sunfire/Dead Man's are the most common. Thornmail is situational and depends on who you are up against and if they are fed or not. Randuins for crit champs like Yas or fed ADC
    Garen's MR choices. Visage completely outclasses Banshee's on Garen IMO, as the health regen and CDR are perfect with Garen. New Hex/MawPick is pretty strong with the arpen, but Visage is better imo. I'm weird and almost always get a Merc Scimitar if I'm against someone like Lux or anyone with insane CC.
    Mercs 99% of the time, build Tabi against early AD laners like Riven or if the enemy ADC is fed early.
    R.I.P. DFGaren
    Both good for health, Steraks is more offensive while Warmogs gives you op health regen with Visage

Situational Items

    Standard Garen build.
    NEVER build instead of cleaver, but it is still a good item for garen. Get if you really need the MS boost otherwise get IE.
    Just no.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Akali
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Ezreal
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Hard
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Lee Sin
    Easy
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Master Yi
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Rek'Sai
    Easy
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Vayne
    Hard
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Volibear
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Akali

Easy

Early game you can dump on her. If she gets close to you just Q and E her. She is very weak before level 6, so take advantage of that. After 6, she gains a huge power spike, so be a lot more careful. Only go in if you know you can kill her or get her really low as she can just ult you if you try to run.


She's been butchered even more lmao you should rape her now.

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

 His damage output is better than yours early and he has much higher sustain, avoid fights. And his E resets your passive. Not too much you can do here...

VS

Darius

Medium

BUILD HEALTH! Something like a Giant's Belt early is really helpful because his ult is TRUE DAMAGE, and late game can deal crazy high damage (highest I've had is 1072, only with a few AD items). 

Even though his passive completely counters yours, it's not a game over. You can still deal a good amount of damage to him. Watch out that he doesn't come close and Q to make your passive reset. If he doesn't go aggressive early game you can do pretty well against him. If he misses his E don't be afraid to attack him, as it has a quite long CD (similar to Garen's W if you need a reference) and you'll be able to get away easily.

His passive no longer deals magic damage, so itemizing is easier (HEALTH is more important, not armor as he will shred it.) 

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium

Boring lane. He can't kill you, you can't kill him. You can be aggressive but don't overextend as you WILL have a tough time killing him. Just farm and dodge his cleavers. Might be smart to just build armor and maybe an AD item later on.

VS

Ezreal

Easy

If you can bait out his E (arcane shift), make sure to punish him for it. It has a high cooldown in the early levels. Since he's really squishy you can chunk his health by quite a bit with one QE combo.


Played a mid ez once and rekt him, might not be super accurate.

VS

Fiora

Medium

Get a thornmail. Try to get a chain vest and a long sword or two first back. Don't let her get ahead or your team is totally screwed if she gets a good roam off.

VS

Gangplank

Easy

You should be able to win now, he has one of THE worst early games/laning phases in the entire game. Get a jungler to help you early and this lane will be EZ PZ.

VS

Garen

Medium

A "normal" Garen will most likely try to build some armor first. Rushing a Brutalizer can help with the Armor pen. Make sure to Q him before he Q's you, and you should be fine. Make sure to bully him early.


If the enemy is pretty passive, make sure to zone him and deny him farm.

VS

Gnar

Hard

Literally fuck this guy. Start Cloth Armor 5x pots against him as he'll poke a whole lot with his boomerang. He can just jump away if you try to Q him. 


Don't fight if he's in Mega form.

VS

Irelia

Medium

Beware of her stun and true damage. Make sure to silence her before she can get her E off. You will outsustain her and generally outdamage her so make sure to be relatively aggressive. If you get ahead it will only get easier for you.


If the Irelia is good this matchup becomes much more difficult. See how she plays the first couple waves to see if she is experienced or not.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

Lane Jarvan isn't very common, and you won't see a whole lot of QE combos (using QE combos a lot completely drains his mana). He is a lot tankier than you so Armor Pen can help, although this lane is pretty even. Be wary of ganks though, as he can QE you then and you'll most likely die.

VS

Jax

Easy

He's really easy to kill early game. Late game it gets harder, so make sure to be aggressive and own him so he will fall off. If you get ahead of Jax it'll be very hard for him to come back. If he gets fed though you're fucked. Fed Jax is one of the scariest things in the game, especially if he's good.

VS

Jayce

Hard

Super annoying. He can poke you and can knock you back when in hammer form. Ask for ganks and try to farm the best you can.

This matchup does seem more of a skill matchup though, especially taking into account Jayce's high as hell skill cap.

You will beat him as the game goes on though.

VS

Katarina

Easy

Easier than Akali. Kat's early game is really bad against you, and getting damage first will really hurt her. Her level 6 burst isn't as scary as Akali's, and she doesn't have that shroud. Make sure to be aggressive early and deny her farm.



VS

Kennen

Hard

Fuck this shithead, get MR early and ask for JG help. Do NOT underestimate his dmg output.

VS

Lee Sin

Easy

Your silence destroys him. You can stomp on him pretty easily.

VS

Lissandra

Hard

I don't think I've ever went against a Liss as Garen, but she is annoying for Garen. She's fallen out of the meta due to tanks so you shouldn't see her a whole lot. Might want to get a QSS lol.

VS

Lux

Medium

Her Q completely fucks with you. If you run to her with your Q, she'll just Q you and get away. Definitely ask for your jungler to come. Really try to focus on farm if you're against a Lux.

VS

Malphite

Medium

Boring farm lane like Mundo. His shield is annoying and so are his Q's, so ask for a jung to help gank if he pushes.

VS

Master Yi

Medium

Almost the same as Tryndamere, but Thornmail rush isn't necessary. His heal can be compared to Tryn's R, so make sure to ult him when it's on CD.

VS

Nasus

Easy

You can apply a lot of early pressure to him. If they have a jungler that can really hurt you if you are pushing (like Udyr) then make sure to ward bushes and only be super aggressive if jg is down bot or something.

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Prob my least favorite matchup. His poke is really annoying and his passive blocks your Q. Start cloth 5 pot and try to survive. Upgrade into Tabi later and get a Bami's Cinder for health along with some damage too. You'll do a lot better as the game goes on so just survive early. You'll beat him as the game goes on.


As someone once said, "Pick Pantheon if you want to make the enemy top as useless as you."

VS

Quinn

Hard

Ranged and can just E away if you try to get close with your Q. Just stay back and farm. 

VS

Rek'Sai

Easy

Bully her early and you should be just fine. Try to avoid her knockup though.

VS

Ryze

Medium

IDK how the new fucking 234th reworked Ryze works now but he has a skillshot Q now so you should be able to do decent against him now.

VS

Shen

Medium

I should mention Shen is literally God, so gg boyz.

VS

Teemo

Medium

Annoying little champ but you can beat him. He's very squishy so take advantage of that. Go in if he gets close.


Try as hard as possible to survive early game. After you have some damage and MR, it'll be a lot easier. You can just QER him and he can die that easily lmao. And of course, be aware of where he places shrooms.

 RUSH COWL.

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

Just rush a Thornmail. Make sure to only punish him if he gets close to you. Make sure to ult him after he uses his ult, or before. His ult has a .5 second wait time, so try to outthink him here. Iginte also helps against him and counters his heal after he ults.

VS

Vayne

Hard
THE definition of counter. You thought Teemo was bad? Try %HP TRUE DMG, fucking knockback, an escape that enhances AA...
But if you get to her while her condemn is on CD, you should be able to kill her. Lategame you're pretty fucked though so hope bot doesn't feed and wreck them mid game.

VS

Veigar

Easy

If he doesn't get his stun off you can just destroy him. 

VS

Volibear

Medium

He's annoying with his passive. Make sure his passive is down if you want to go in and ult him.

VS

Yasuo

Easy

Make sure to be aggressive, don't let him get free Q poke. Even if the matchup is pretty even, you should win a duel at level 6.

VS

Zyra

Medium

She has her bind which is annoying, but this lane is doable. Just make sure to stay back and farm, and punish her if she gets close. Avoid her plants and make sure to E them. 

Main Info Back to Top

Hi there! I'm Here2Ball, and love Garen. He's really fun champ to play, and I will be updating this guide (especially the matchups) as time progresses.


While not that great in the meta, Garen is a great bruiser champ, or even full tank. He's pretty good during lane phase against most champs, but doesn't bring a lot to teamfights compared to other top laners. He still does a good amount of AOE damage with Sunfire and his E, and which really hurts if you're ahead. Mid Garen is a thing (which I really only play when bored), and can work depending on your matchup. If you are going top and the enemy mid is someone squishy like Katarina or Akali, it might be better to swap lanes with your mid. 


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Laning Phase Back to Top

When you lane, obviously focus on farm, but depending on who you are up against, be aggressive too. Try to not get your lane pushed super early, as you are much more susceptible to ganks, which hurt Garen as he has no gapcloser/escapes. 


Generally I will get Cleaver first with some armor/mr along the way depending on my lane opponent, then get boots and finish off the armor/mr item. It's ok to get armor/mr first then a cleaver.

Teamfight Phase Back to Top

Now with the villain mechanic, you should almost always ult the villain due to the true damage. Some exceptions are a fed ADC/squishy that isn't the villain. Otherwise peel for your team and tank up damage (or deal it if you go the double IE route). Remember your Q has a silence, so don't use it PURELY for damage.

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