Originally Posted by Epsilon2012
Whats a good Garens build?
-I bought him recently and have only plaayed 3 or 4 games with him
-I know that Merc treads, Ghostblade, Sunfire, Frozenmallet, and Atmogs are all good...
---But what is best?
...I got 220+ CS with him in less than 35 minutes on my 3rd game with him so Gold isn't a big problem for the build..
Frozen Mallet isn't a good item on any character that doesn't rely on physical attacks to do their business. Garen relies on his abilities, ergo it is a poorly valued item.
If you want survivability, virtually any other item in the game is a better value.
If you want DPS, virtually any other AD granting item is a better value. Even stacking Doran's blade.
Frozen Mallet only becomes a good value when you actually can use it's slow, and not only does garen have a hard time doing it, he doesn't even really need it.
Merc treads aren't critical, but generally
you'll still have to compensate for the lost tenacity. Boots 5, ninja tabi, boots of lucidity and even (ha) boots 3 are all worth considering.
Atmogg's is an awful build and I am glad it fell out of popularity. As a rule of thumb if your character doesn't scale to HP (EG: Olaf, Mundo, ect) or treat it as a resource, Warmogg's is a bad item. It gives you HP, HP regen, and that's it. It's not an efficient use of item slots, and it's not an efficient use of gold typically.
Atma's isn't a bad item, but it's still a 4th+ slot item. You'll only buy it when you want more armor (odd thing to say about garen) and you already have an IE.
Actually, on that note, IE is the only way you'll remain relevant late game. Garen's great strength is that he's naturally a tanky character. He can shrug off attacks, and between his passive giving him strong longevity in lane, and the MR / armor bonuses from kills he's got basically the strongest base stats in the game. The perk to that is that he's the soak who spends more of his gold (ideally) on DPS items. Incidentally, his spin can crit.