Your evil axe totting Noxian counterpart. Post rework Garen doesn't dominate Darius as easily as before since he can't match his early game damage at the start of the laning phase like before.
I like starting Dorian's Shield to to soak his magic and true damage as well as mitigate his physical damage but starting with boots will work also. Pretty much early game you need to avoid and bait his
. Not only will he push the lane but you'll deplete some mana which could save you later. You want him use
cause you can easily just Q
out of his
and then spin to win on him. As long as you pop Courage
you'll win the trade. Only a stupid Darius will do that though.
Just be careful of his
you can silence him mid cast but normally you never wanna be low enough for him to use it, you have sustain and he doesn't. Keep in mind his
does delay your
and he'll try to nip it off with his Decimate. This match up imo is all about surviving the initial levels where he is stronger, hopefully he'll push hard and your jungler will show up but I don't like relying on him. Darius is a bully so I don't recommend trying to go Dorian's unless you somehow got a good lead, rush
in most cases this will make you out trade him even if he has one of his own simply because you scale better with defense and can match his damage.
She is kind of a pain to deal with. Most Irelia's know they can't match you early game and will try to farm safely and have their jungler assist them. If you can't kill her, deny or send her back early she will get to the point where she will just sustain herself with
so it will justs become a farm lane.
Lee Sin is similar to Irelia only he scales like utter crap so you dont have to worry as much. If he hits you with
just prepare to Decisive Strike
him so he can't dash away since he's silenced and you can simply spin on him. If you don't get ahead on him though he'll eventually just be able to out sustain you with his
so just try to wave clear and start roaming.
When he uses his
on you, uses your Silence so he cant
which reduces the damage of your Spin since it's an AoE. Any smart Jax will catch on to this however and just play defensively after that it will be hard to out trade him cause he'll just Counter Strike before you Decisive Strike
him. I don't find this an ideal matchup, yes you can beat him, but it's hard to shut down a good one without jungle assistance and since he scales into a god you kind of need to. He does use mana though while you don't so abuse this.
I like to start Dorian's Shield and maybe grab a Dorian's Blade or Ruby Crystal to build towards Phage later to be on the safe side since it helps soak his
and try to Silence him before he hits you with it and spin on him. Dodge his
as well. If he tries to duel you with his
laugh at him and use Demacian Justice
. Remember your Courage
doesn't mitigate true damage.
Another resourceless AD caster bruiser like yourself. A good Renekton is a serious power struggle. He is a lane bully like yourself only he can actually use his mobilty to outmanuver you and knock off your passive while keeping himself sustained. Much like with Darius I wouldn't for go Dorian's and Brutalizer early and go Sunfire first because defense is your strong suit among the lane bullies. Remember his
counters your Demacian Justice
and can get you killed for trying. Try to bait it out with Ignite
then wilt him down some more until you can finish him.
Your sword totting Noxian counterpart. She's resourcless like you and Renekton but her
is on an absurdly low cooldown remember that. Normally Garen crushes Riven blind folded but a good one is a serious pain. She can literally dance around you with her
keeping your passive down and keeping you at bay playing the lane relatively cautious. She is like Renekton in a way the only difference is that she is way out of her weight class, if she slips up just once your going to tear her to shreds. Don't let her bait out your Q and make sure you snag her right as she goes for CS when her stun is down preferably and start to rip her apart. Her level 2 all in can be fearsome so be careful and while your level 6 should normally beat her's still be wary, a good Riven is keeping track of your CDs.
I have an easier time with Rumble now that Decisive Strike breaks you out of Rumble's
and you can continue to silence him just remember he can use it twice. Pummel the crap out him early game and deny him as much as you can. Try not to engage him while his
is active. Be careful with this guy, one misstep and he can catch you with your Q
on CD so you cant break his slows and catch you in
. Also try your best to not get ganked, this guy snowballs like crazy Build Hexdrinker and your going to want Flash
to catch him off guard so he can't shield.
This might be the one guy I'll build
and he's probably the bruiser whose given me the most trouble. The guy does as much damage as Darius early on, has a gap closer and your Decisive Strike
wont stop the knock up on his
. You might want to start Dorian's Shield and play it safe early on. Once you get some items and hit level 6 you'll be able to duel him, remember he'll try to knock you away with
when you try to finish him with Demacian Justice
Ok this guy is gonna beat the tar out of you early on. His
blocks your Decisive Strike
so you'll need to auto attack it off first. Meanwhile he can pepper you with
. This Greek Myth Hero has a fatal "Achilles Heel" however. He's very mana inefficient. Pretty much you wanna try to survive early on using your Dorian's Shield and later start stacking armor normally a Chain Vest will do the trick. Then he'll be knocking on a piece of iron until his mana gets low which is when you can go on the offensive.
Normally you'll have the advantage of this sucker thinking he countered you. He really doesn't. Early on Malphite's armor isn't that excessive, but still takes less damage then most. However with your naturally bulkiness you'll brush off his low damage dealing attacks. Malphite is also mana inefficent early on. So pretty much what you wanna do is go super aggressive early on keep his
off and keep putting on the pressure. It can take some time but he'll run oom and has no sustain then finally you burst him dead with your magic dealing ultimate. You can rush a Last Whisper for giggles. If he gets ahead of you though for whatever reason you might have a problem.
If he's smart he'll level up his
first in which case you have a set period of time to get the better of him with your stronger early game before he stomps all over you, and I promise you it's going to hurt. A good Cho won't be afraid of you trying to match you with just his enhanced auto's and abilities taking advantage of his superior sustain (he can smack your's off unintentionally just trying to sustain himself). So you need to make him afraid, I tend to grab two Dorian's Blades against this lug and probably a Giant's Belt later, you need to press him hard as you would Malphite, getting him to burn way more mana then he wants to while not regening as much as he'd like from minions, zone him from them if possible, then you'll have him when he's low on mana. If you can't drop him early and pull ahead your gonna need to turn that Giant's Belt into a Warmogs just to stay in lane.
Oh noes team no ban Shen! Ok this guy is a serious pain. He's pretty much like Cho'gath, only he doesn't use mana, so he can consistently chuck knives at you then shield the brunt of your damage when he goes into last hit. He needs to mess up big time for you to kill him. I find that rushing a Warmogs will allow you to out sustain him in a duel then while he's lower then you zone him from minions so he can't sustain from them. Overall your main concern should be to make sure this damn ninja doesn't snowball the game with a single early
be on your toes and get ready to Flash
it. That trick will normally only work once though next time he wont do it while you have vision of him.
A good Singed will just Fling you the minute you try to Q
him. This makes pressuring him early game a serious pain. Then he'll match your sustain with his
. Soon he'll just start pushing the lane and the best thing you can do is push it right back. I find that an early Warmogs helps you stay in lane to deal with his poison. This lane will become a farm fest, therefore it is not an ideal match up for you at all. Singed is the stronger late game champion overall. You'll have to roam or something to snowball an edge.
Ugh...this guy is a supreme pain. He is weak early game yes, but you literally cannot must not PUSH THE LANE! Max your damn Q if you have to first (I put about 2 points) but you really have to watch your spin. If you push the lane he's just going to freeze it and sustain himself using
and life steal quints. If you do push the lane and he freezes it desperate times come for desperate measures, you can't let him farm up, this normally against my philosophy but you need to pester your jungler to come up their and dive him. Nasus can't really do much about getting dived pre-6, however if you let him farm up and get to 6 he's just going to use
and laugh as he possibly kills the both you. You need to ANNIHILATE him pre-6.
The blueprint for Trynd to beat Garen is to not be afraid of him, when you Q him he should simple turn around and just start fighting with you because guess what...there is no damage for you to Silence. Worse off is he can lower your AD with
to win trades. Get a
early and maybe a couple Dorian's if you need the damage. Then go for Sunfire Cape and he won't be able to hurt you. You need to zone him from minions so he can't stack his Fury for sustain. If he gets sloppy remember he has
you can time ignite properly however if he burns all his Fury during it. Much like with Jax he scales into a hyper carry and unless he's bad you won't be able to shut him down alone, only stall him. Pick Malphite or something....
All bruisers hate them but Garen having that assassin quality and able to farm so well can deal with them pretty well. For all of the following match ups your going to want to start
for the regen and durability so you can survive the harass until you can wave clear. Then it's all a matter of having that assassin like patience to Flash Combo them. Remember unlike bruisers ranged laner aren't naturally durable and have no form of defensive steroids so you can combo then earlier then you would a bruiser.
The new undisputed king of top lane. I have yet to lose to a Jayce however. He's very vulnerable at level 1 if he starts with
so you can abuse him until he hits level 2. Last hit what you can early on without taking too much harass. If he's an aggressive Jayce you might not even need to wave clear cause he will be maxing
. Buy a Hexdrinker since it does magic damage. When he comes in to
use Decisive Strike
. If you silence him before his knockback goes off spin on him, if it does go off his jaw will literally drop at how much your health didn't drop and you'll come out on top since he has no sustain and uses mana. If he maxes his Q first he'll probably go oom before he does any significant damage.
Finally he'll have to switch back to ranged form, this is what you've been waiting for once he uses
he can't swap back to melee form for a few seconds to disengage and he'll be squishier. Flash Combo!! If that doesn't kill him he'll be forced back at least.
Keep in mind the one thing that tips this matchup slightly in Jayce's favor is he synergizes much better with ganks. While your both quite slippery he has his knockback which can be the end of you.
With a Hexdrinker or Cowl and your Dorian's Shield ( he might build AD early on) this little rodent will merely tickle you. Camp the brush if he thinks your MIA and combo him after he gets careless and uses
to farm. Time Courage
to shake off his stun from his desperate
and finish him.
You wanna stay away when she has her
up and then go on the offensive you can Q
out of her
and easily close the distance. The problem is her
counters your Demacian Justice
. Once again don't get carried away and try to bait it out with Ignite
. You can turret dive her if need be if you have the health for it and time when her Shield is going down. You can go Boots for this match up to help close the distance and you shouldn't be near her anyway when her range is extended.
Over time I find this is a bad matchup for Garen, not because you can't beat her but because she pretty much destroys what Garen is there for. Kayle top lane is a carry in her own right and can meanwhile shield whatever other carry you mean to gib. She drags the teamfights and with your lack of a gap closer its pretty annoying. Garen normally wants to decide the victor or at least the momentum of the teamfight within the time of one combo when he effortlessly takes out the enemy carry.
Her early harass wont bother you that much if you have your Dorian's Shield. Her damage out put can be pretty scary though in cat form so be careful. Either wait for her to go oom which she will since you have some sustain and she's squishier in trades or simply wave clear and roam. Her teamfight presence is awful anyway so if she doesn't snowball she's useless. You can consider going Ghost
since she tends to engage you in cat form and if you ever come out on top of a trade you'll be fast enough to pursue her and finish her off. It will make you a tad squisher though. Chances are you wont beat a good one the goal though is not let her bend you over, her teamfight presence pales in comparison to yours.
Your notorious hard counter and most despised champion in LoL. Most Teemo's are confident enough to only
up the river to avoid ganks and not to give you hell in lane. If he uses
in a lane brush pop it as long as he not near. After your first back you should be able to easily wave clear while soaking up his harass. Then its all just a matter of waiting for the right time to combo him. You might not kill the fast little tyke but you'll at least get him out of lane. If he gets a
during the laning phases then your screwed its all about delaying it for as long as you can. Try to get a gank on him pre-6 since he'll be pushing the lane and you wont catch him post-6. Build Hexdrinker for more tankiness.
Also keep team composition in mind, Teemo tends to throw a wrench in team compositions since he's a squishy ranged top with no CC and his teammates only thinking about laning match ups wont pick up a tanky support or mid to make up for it so you'll win teamfights since they have four squishes.
Like Kennen only easier. He's weak early game so you can easily bully him when he tries to harass you. And unlike Kennen he can't run away from you before you connect your Q
. Just force or bait out his
which is on a long cooldown then combo him. Make sure you rock your Sanguine Skin and show him who the real vampire lord is!
The undisputed queen of top lane. This girl's a nightmare. I haven't lost to one yet however. You play this similar to the Jayce matchup only far less aggressive. Either start with a shield or a ton of potions. You wanna last hit safely until you can buy some MR. You'll want Merc Treads and rush a
then she really just can't hurt you. Her harass shouldn't hurt you much then and you can just waveclear. Hopefully she'll oom herself trying to push you out of lane. Much like Jayce you ideally wanna combo her when she shifts from melee form to range, but unless your low she has no reason to go into melee form. If you combo her while she's already in human form you might force her out of lane but you probably wont kill her because Rappel is lame. I find the best advantage you have against Jayce and Elise is that those two are such broken laners that the player underestimates the hell out of you.
I haven't fought him much but with Ryze becoming a thing now top lane due to meta sheep your gonna want to learn how to deal with him. On paper he shouldn't be too hard. He has mana problems early on so start
to survive early on. Rush
and time your
for when you think he'll
, you can literally walk out of it and use your speed boost from
to punish him. Continue building health and MR and he'll be afraid of you. Avoid his
though, it will gut all the resistance you built.
Just run into the brush when he uses his ghouls and pray he doesn't ward it. He's not an actual ranged champion so you can't just combo him down as easily. You can wait for his mana to start depleting however to go on the offensive. Otherwise just wave clear and try to pressure mid.