I'm curious as to what a good build that upper level Garen users play with. I'd say that the build I go for right now is pretty good but it could use improvements. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
My current build as follows is:
Ruby Crystal Avarice Blade Boots of Swiftness The Brutalizer Youmauu's Ghostblade Phage Infinity Edge Last Whisper Frozen Mallet
Magic resist Garens actually rock mid-game. I randomly tried him out yesterday, and just rushed a Force of Nature (lolol) and a ghostblade so my damage wasn't completely ignorable. I also grabbed swiftness over treads (I took cleanse) so I could ensure my place as a walking Ulti and tried to killsteal as often as possible. Annie doesn't like taking less than half of your health after blowing everything.
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I generally start out with boots of speed. It's important as Garen that you get some gold early game, so the ability to get in, last hit, and get out is VERY important. I typically build towards either infinity edge or ghostblade, prioritizing crit chance over flat damage since overall it will probably result in more damage. If the other team is dps heavy I will go for thornmail after I get my ghostblade or infinity edge. If it's mage heavy, I build towards banshee's veil.
If however, you have not been dying much (or getting nuked down much) I recommend whichever item you did not go for: ghostblade or infinity edge. Phantom dancer is also an acceptible choice, though the fact it doesn't directly increase your damage has me a bit on the edge about it. Best to make it a third item.
Boots of swiftness should be prioritized if you think you can get away with it. Garen needs lots of speed to really deal damage with judgement. You do have the speedup from your Q ability, but it's not always enough. Of course, pick mercury treads if the other team has lots of CC or magic damage.
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