Throughout Valoran, the resolve of Demacia's military is alternately celebrated or despised, but always respected. Their zero tolerance moral code is strictly upheld by civilians and soldiers alike. In combat, this means Demacian troops may not make excuses, flee, or surrender under any circumstance. These principles are espoused to their forces by unrivaled demagogues who lead by example. Garen, the valiant warrior who bears the title the Might of Demacia, is the paradigm to which these leaders are compared. Thousands of great heroes have risen and fallen on the bloody battlefields between Demacia and its preeminent rival, Noxus. It was beneath their mighty banners of war that Garen first met steel with Katarina, the Sinister Blade. The infantrymen who beheld this event (and survived) commented that it seemed as though the two were locked in a mortal waltz against a symphony of clashing blades.
Garen, the pride of the Demacian military and leader of the Dauntless Vanguard, returned from this battle breathless for the first time in his career, though some speculate that this was due to reasons other than exhaustion. The plausibility of these rumors was bolstered when, in every instance thereafter, Garen seized the opportunity to encounter the Sinister Blade again. A paragon of Demacian ethic, Garen never entertained such allegations, for he knew others couldn't understand. Even simply the pursuit of a worthy opponent on the battlefield is, to a true warrior, the reason to rise each morning. The promise of one, particularly so beautifully and diametrically opposed, is the validation of his existence.
"The most effective way to kill an opponent is to slice through the man next to him."
- Garen, on front line strategy
(Innate) Garen will regenerate ( 0.4% / 0.8% / 2.0% of his maximum Health) per second at levels 1/11/16.
(Active) Garen removes all slows currently on him and gains bonus movement speed. In addition his next melee attack within 4.5 seconds will deal physical damage and silence its target.
(Passive) Armor and Magic Resistance Garen gains from Items, Runes, and Masteries are increased by 20%.
(Active) Garen places a defensive shield on himself, decreasing all damage taken by a percentage and reducing the effectiveness of Crowd Control by 30%.
Damage Reduced: 30%
Duration: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 seconds
Cooldown: 24 / 23 / 22 / 21 / 20 seconds
(Active) Garen rapidly spins his sword around his body for 3 seconds dealing physical damage to nearby enemies every half second. Minions and neutral monsters only take 75% damage from this ability. Garen can deactivate Judgment early by activating the ability again after 0.5 seconds. Judgment's damage can critically strike, in which case, only the bonus damage will be multiplied. While spinning, Garen ignores unit collision but takes a 20% movement speed penalty when moving through minions.
"Garen's gonna need more than this change to hit the bar on strategic diversity we've set out with our champion work, but making his ultimate less restricted should give him the courage to stand up to the ruffians and scoundrels in top lane more easily."
R - Demacian Justice
COOLDOWN: 160/120/80 seconds ⇒ 120/100/80 seconds
v4.17 Garen's going to be a lean, mean, health recovering machine.
"Right now, Garen's identity is centered on his ability to run at people in a threatening way and, since we have a few people who already do that, we decided to give him a more unique strength. These buffs are to really cement Garen as a tanky sword-dude who can shrug off most forms of poke damage - that is, if he can find windows of safety to recover (more reason to hide in that brush!). You might say this gives him more perseverance. You would be correct."
Passive - Perseverance
"NEW" YOUR PUNY WEAPONS ARE USELESS: Perseverance is no longer removed by non-epic monsters at level 11 and above
HEALTH REGENERATION: 0.4% maximum health per second at all levels ⇒ 0.4% / 0.8% / 2.0% maximum health per second at levels 1/11/16
COOLDOWN: 9 seconds at all levels ⇒ 9/6/4 seconds at levels 1/11/16
"This one's for all you Garen junglers out there."
E - Judgment
AoE on AoE: Garen can now (again) use Tiamat / Ravenous Hydra while spinning
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