Note: It seems that people aren't even clicking the links that I have provided at the end of this thread. in order to be a lane bully with Garen. The videos are from a fairly skilled Ranked/Meta Player by the name of Memory Lapse. He has at least 250-300 wins under his belt with this Garen build so if your not going to take my word for it then at least take his.
Here is the link of his win streak with this build. http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n...RankedWins.png
Ok, I cannot express my rage over people who build Garen as if he were a carry or fighter such as Yi by building infinity edges and other items. If ANYTHING, he is a Bruiser. I'll also be combating the "Spin to Win" theory. Alright? Good, so here we go!
1. Garen has NO real steroids.
2. Just look at his passive! It increases his health regeneration when he is out of combat. If that doesn't scream bruiser then I don't know what does.
3. His E does minuscule damage. It's mainly a utility ability that can be combined with his Q to catch up to enemies.
4. His W gives him a 0.5 increase in his armor and MR per kill. He can also activate it to gain a damage reducing shield.
5. If anything the main ability that you will be using is Decisive Strike. As it gives him a movement speed boost, Extra damage, AND a Silence. His ult is an executioner style move.
So there you have it. Garen is a bruiser. Your argument is invalid. The links that I have provided at the end of this post will further prove this.
Masteries and Runes: I run with 0/30/0 Masteries and full flat AD runes. It allows me to dish out punishment as well as taking it as well. Garen is one of the biggest lane bullies out there and I like to exploit that. The defensive masteries also take advantage of his W.
Item Build: I usually start with boots and three pots and build Boots of Swiftness,Frozen Mallet,Sunfire Cape, and Atma's Impaler as my core. I usually go for a Warmogs and Guardian Angel as late game items. If I am getting hammered into the ground I will adapt this build to satisfy my needs.
Farming: Your farming safe zone is the brush that is the CLOSEST to your tower. That way you can still use the brush to your advantage and haul ass to your turret if their Jungler attempts a gank as well as getting your last hits.
Summoner Spells: Heal and Teleport. Teleport nutures your ability to bully people out of the lane by quickly returning to your lane with a whole new set of items. Heal when it's combined with your Atmogs, Passive and Defensive masteries will basically make you an immovable object.
Tip: Buy your items as fast as possible and use your Q to get to brush first. When your enemy goes to face check the brush use 1 auto attack, Q, and another auto attack. At level 1 this will deal MASSIVE damage (About half their health if your lucky)
Skilling Order: Max your Q first, take 1 point in your W at level 2 and max it last. Your E should be maxed as a second Priority (Max it by level 13). Skill up your ult whenever it is ready.
And that's how I usually play Garen to get the most out of him.
Edit: I forgot to add my sources as to where I got all of this Info. I also screwed up the title of the thread >.<
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUMt1...r6JnGfCTaKA0xQ
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUMt1...r6JnGfCTaKA0xQ
Edit: Got downvoted. Not sure why seeming that the proof that I have gathered came from a legitimate Ranked/Meta player.