Garen is one of League of Legends’ oldest and most well-known champions.
In the top lane, he has solidified himself as one of the strongest picks into many matchups he may face. His power spikes at level six, and as he builds health items throughout the game, enemies may struggle with being able to kill the Might of Demacia.
Every champion in League has a weakness, however. Here are the best counter picks to beat Garen in the top lane.
Another common yet extremely powerful champion in the top lane, Teemo has cemented himself as one of the best counters picks to many of the tank-based champions in the game.
Teemo’s ranged kit means that he often has no need to put himself in danger to secure minion farm or engage on the enemy champion. This is strengthened further with the effects of his toxic shot ability that will see each affected target face four seconds of poison damage. Given this is a passive effect to his basic attacks and does not consume any mana, the toxic shot is a powerful tool in the matchup against Garen.
Kayle is a terrible matchup for Garen given her abilities and the impressive pace at which the champion scales. Much like Garen, Kayle has a strong late game, and this mainly due to her passive Divine Ascent. This will allow Kayle to gain additional attack speed, movement speed, attack range, and extra waves of fire on her basic attacks. This is the perfect ability to ensure Kayle is not falling behind against Garen and allowing her to deal more damage as she bullies him away from farm with her ranged attacks.
For players who prefer an aggressive melee champion, Camille is the ideal choice against Garen.
The champion boasts the ability to lock down her opponents’ position and deal substantial damage through combinations of her abilities. In the matchup against Garen, she should look for early kills to sabotage his scaling and ability to purchase items.
Early in the game, Camille will be able to poke Garen as much as she likes due to her passive ability, granting her a shield for a short duration after landing basic attacks. Since both champions are melee-based, Camille is going to be in range to land Precision Protocol often. This ability should be used as soon as Garen’s Judgement has gone on cooldown. With Judgment on cooldown, Garen won’t have an effective way to stop Camille from chaining together multiple Precision Protocols and dealing bonus damage.