||01-27-2012 10:22 AM
To understand why he isn't the best pick you can have, I have to say it really depends on your team and coordination. If you don't have a coordinated team (say like public matches outside of vent/skype) then you probably shouldn't pick Galio. If you have faith in your team or are on vent/skype or are playing with people you know well, you can probably get them to work with and around you.
First of all, most players want to build MR on him because his passive gives you 50% ap scaling. On DOM, the majority of players like to pick AD based champions because of the passive armor pen they get. In addition, many AD champs excel on the Crystal Scar and are therefore more likely to be picked.
With that in mind, there are usually only 1 or sometimes 2 AP characters, like Ryze or Kassadin or Cass or whatever. If you build MR, you only counter those two champions, and furthermore they don't have to go bot if you're bot laning and don't have to top if you top lane. So, even if you do counter them with MR they can still possibly be smart/coordinated enough to screw you over and even if they aren't, mid-late game will deliver a swift gank up your ass from an AD carry.
So lets say you build armor and AP, you have effectively gimped yourself involuntarily so good job there. Lets discuss his shield bulwark. This skill is by no means useless, as it can save lives and change the tide of the game (if used correctly). But, there are still some fundamental flaws in it. If you don't level it consistently, then the boost are still easily overcome, especially with the armor pen buffs. In addition, the healing you get from it is gimped, and it decreases by 20% each hit the target suffers. If that wasn't bad enough, it only scales with a 0.3 ap ratio, so even if you build MR and ap, it's still not that great of a heal.
In short, bulwark is good if you use it right and if you level it, making it very situational and not all that dependable.
Then there's his speed boost. I won't go into too much detail, but I will say with all the Gailos I've ever played with the speed boost didn't do much for me. Maybe it helped a Galio escape once or twice, but it's probably better to just damage with it because of it's 0.5 ap scaling.
His main damage ability resolute smite has 0.7 ap scaling and reduces movement speed of enemies. A respectable ability, but taking into consideration cooldowns and combos Galio will use, it isn't all that impressive. In addition to that, your ult is the only thing you can use to continue damage if you have already used gust offensively, which isn't what it's normally used for.
Now his ult, which I believe is genuinely the best thing about him. Sadly, even this depends on your teammates. f your teammates aren't there, it is likely that you won't kill anyone unless you use it on a weak champ. Also, you can't spam this, so you have one shot every once in a while to defend your turret or distract the enemy. Even worse, champs can build things that let them out of your ult (like QSS) or they can be GP (oranges) or just to spite you for the hell of it, GP can build a QSS. Your ult isn't infallible or even close to it, but hey, it's arguable that nothing is.
These are my main reasons on why Gailo is sub-par. Anyone who is good at him or knows him well enough can easily claim that these things don't stop them from playing well or aren't even worth taking into account, but really, how many people are that good at Galio? Most of the people I play with (blind pick) are bad anyway, so why compound the problem with Galio?
Overall he has potential, but leaves a LOT to be desired.