Don't forget that enemies can also use your Magical Journey doorways, and that your ultimate can also hit your allies!
Let your Caretaker's Shrines charge up - they heal for a lot more when at full power.
It's important to collect chimes to improve your meep's attacks, but don't neglect your lane partner! Try to make a big entrance by bringing an ally into the lane with you with Magical Journey.
Stack armor items to lower the large amount of physical damage that Garen deals out.
Be careful about attacking Garen in brush. It often will lead to taking full damage from Judgment.
Try to run away from Garen as your health gets lower, as he can execute you quickly with Demacian Justice.
Judgment deals maximum damage when only hitting a single target. If getting out of its radius isn't possible, move through allied minions to reduce damage taken.
The stat comparisons shown on this page clarify several important Bard against Garen matchup statistics that can help you grasp the differences between this pair of champions. For instance, Bard’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Garen’s KDA ratio of NaN, indicating that Bard may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Garen. This observation is largely caused by the differences in assists.
Bard often has a significantly smaller longest killing spree than his counter does. Commonly, he takes less damage than Garen. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also indicate that the champ with more HP has less mobility and thus is not able to kite away from further damage when poked or engaged.
Both LoL champs are great. Both champs have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Bard usually fairs equally well when facing off against Garen, with a 49.2% win rate. Therefore, Bard makes an ok counter to Garen.
While Bard does have a lower winrate compared to Garen, when they face off with one another, Bard also has a much greater difficulty level that makes him a more difficult character to pick up and master. You should be careful when picking Bard into Garenas his relative depth means you may not be able to reach his full potential without a significant amount of practice beforehand.
Additionally, Bard has a good amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Garen. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when facing champions with a ton of burst damage.
While there isn't one best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Bard vs Garen matchups, Garen is the better champ with a similar win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during teamfights.
Bard is a somewhat poor counter to Garen. Focus your actions on keeping up your gold income and clearing objectives. If you are able to do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Bard against Garen.
To learn all of the intricacies of Bard in order to counter Garen during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to pick up a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and stats shown above, you will increase your win rate significantly and be closer to League of Legends pro players.
Bard usually picks up a lot less CS relative to Garen. Champions who typically don't take much CS typically don't need much CS to be valuable teammates, such as supports. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling well off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically require several high cost items to be effective. In either case, try to do better than the values shown on this page to do well.
The most important items to have in your Bard versus Garen build consist of Locket of the Iron Solari, Dead Man's Plate, and Shard of True Ice. When Bard used at least these three pieces in his build, he did a lot better against Garen than with many other common item sets. In fact, Bard had an average win rate of 49.2% when countering Garen with this counter build.
To have the highest probability of coming out on top against Garen as Bard, Bard players should equip the Guardian, Font of Life, Bone Plating, Unflinching, Zombie Ward, and Relentless Hunter runes from the Resolve and Domination rune sets. Of all the rune combinations players picked for Bard vs Garen clashes, this combination of runes yielded the highest win rate. In fact, these runes averaged a 49.2% win rate overall.
By default, tips, statistics, and builds on how to beat Garen as Bard are displayed for all skill levels combined. If you would like to narrow the stats and builds to a particular division, you can use the selection menu located earlier on the page.