Let's Talk Taric

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BaronXL

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06-25-2010

I've got around 30-40 games with Taric. I've tried several builds with him....Support, Tank, Jungling, DPS...

I've done OK with all of them, but haven't really found his niche yet.

But alas, all the Taric guides are pre-nerf to his ult.

So I guess what I'm saying to all you people who main Taric is...

WTB Solid Taric Guide - Offering 1 SoJ


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N2OJoe

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06-25-2010

Don't take his ult till 16.


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Miserable Failure_

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06-25-2010

Taris is a homosexual porn star.


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Vaan

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06-25-2010

AP Taric is the only way. Fabulouuuuus


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Layotees

Senior Member

06-25-2010

I like to go tear > treads > aegis > soul shroud > archangels. E first, followed by levelling Q and W with priority on Q.

The only build that really suffers from the nerf is AP Taric. You still play Aura Taric exactly the same as you always did.


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Taelic

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06-25-2010

I don't think hardly anyone plays taric anymore. He's a hero stuck in mediocrity until riot buffs him. There are many heroes who do everything he does just a little bit if not way better. I do enjoy playing him though, because his skin is truly truly outrageous.


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seth2113

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06-25-2010

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Originally Posted by Taelic View Post
I don't think hardly anyone plays taric anymore. He's a hero stuck in mediocrity until riot buffs him. There are many heroes who do everything he does just a little bit if not way better. I do enjoy playing him though, because his skin is truly truly outrageous.
What are you talking about? I played Taric many times and i've found that his an excelent hero, its just not for everyone.


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Layotees

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06-25-2010

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Originally Posted by Taelic View Post
I don't think hardly anyone plays taric anymore. He's a hero stuck in mediocrity until riot buffs him. There are many heroes who do everything he does just a little bit if not way better. I do enjoy playing him though, because his skin is truly truly outrageous.
He's a good support, he's just a bad harasser, which is what the current FOTM support have going for them.


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Munsa

Senior Member

06-25-2010

Healing? Check. Stun? Check. Defensive Armor Aura/Offensive Armor debuff? Check.

There are heroes who do individual things he does, but not everything. If you are going to solo queue with him, you'll likely run into the same problems that anyone running a support champ does. If you are putting together a team with some buddies, Taric is a solid pick.


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Ralk

Member

06-25-2010

Here's something I wrote-up from an earlier post. I guess I just can't stand all the poor advice floating around the forums concerning Taric. I should really just make this a guide. What I've written below is based off approximately 300 games with Taric - I've played him heavily both before and after the nerf to his ultimate.

First, Taric is best played as support so you're going down the right path. An AP build is worth considering, but I recommend building for tanking so you hold up in the front lines and can initiate with stun. There are A LOT of bad Taric guides floating around these forums that recommend heavy attack speed to build DPS Taric. Don't listen to those. Now, here's my 2 cents.

0. Setup
Marks: armor pen
Seals: mp regen / 5 (these are just too good to pass up)
Glyphs: mr / level (flat CD is another good choice here)
Quints: flat hp

Masteries:
1 offense (enhanced exhaust)
16 defense (be sure to grab veteran's scars for +60 hp)
13 utility (be sure to get increased exp and mana regen)

Summoner Spells:
I use exhaust and clarity. Exhaust is good for shutting down carries and enabling early kills in the laning phase. Clarity allows you and your partner to spam spells during laning and fills you up after your ult drains you. Other good choices would be cleanse, ghost, or clairvoyance. In general, I don't feel like Taric needs an escape ability since good opponents will not focus you in team fights.

1. Skills
In general, order of priority should be ult > shatter > imbue > dazzle. However, your first skill should almost always be imbue. If you're expecting a level 1 team fight, grab the stun. Usually, my skill progression is as follows:

imbue, shatter, dazzle, shatter, shatter, ult, shatter, imbue, shatter, imbue, etc... maxing dazzle last

You want your heal first to maintain dominance in your lane so you can last hit minions and pressure opponents.

2. Laning
Pressure your opponents whenever possible while last hitting minions. Your heal, even just one level, is very strong so exchanging hits is generally beneficial to you. Once you have all three skills, use stun followed by shatter and an auto-attack as pressure. Your goal is to wear your opponents down over time such that they have to hug the turret or leave the lane. Sometimes you can even get a kill at level 5 once your shatter reaches level 3. As always, if you are totally dominating your lane, stand between the enemy team and the minion waves to prevent them from gaining experience while you and your teammate continue to farm.

Don't be afraid to auto-attack minions when necessary as this reduces your heal cool-down and gives you mana for each hit. Resume last hitting when you and your teammate are full HP with reasonable mana available.

3. Items
Items are always situational and depend on both your team and the enemy team. Here are the most common ways I start with Taric.

meki + sight ward
Start with these if you decide to build chalice and are worried about early game ganks when you push your lane. Note that you have to wait a few seconds after minions spawn to accumulate 5 more gold for the sight ward. Ward the river around levels 2-4 to prevent ganks from Shaco, WW, or another jungler.

meki + 2 heal pots
Start with these if you decide to build chalice and are not worried about early game ganks.

mana manipulator
Only start with mana manipulator if you lane with someone like Zilean who can really take advantage of the additional mana regen.

Starting with doran's ring could definitely work too, but I prefer meki so I can build chalice.

The following is what I consider a default build that works for most situations:
chalice, mercury treads, aegis, sunfire cape
Chalice and mercury treads give you some MR, which is really Taric's weak point since shatter boosts his armor. Chalice gives you quick mana regen if you become drained from your ult. Aegis makes you tanky and boosts your team. Note that games do not always last long enough to finish the sunfire cape.

The following items are worth considering depending on the enemy team and how long the game lasts:
mana manipulator and soul shroud, banshee's veil, stark's fervor, more sunfire capes, and ninja tabi in rare situations

4. Team Fights
I often use my stun as an initiator unless I save it for an interrupt on someone like Katarina or Nunu. Don't forget to activate your ult at the beginning of every encounter. In general, maintain your ult as long as possible without draining your mana completely. You want to save enough mana for a 2nd stun to catch runners.

Use shatter immediately on your team's focus target to hopefully guarantee a kill. If the enemy team is very heavy on physical DPS, you may want to save shatter to maintain the armor buff for you team. Use your heal to save whoever the enemy team is focusing.

Since you've built Taric as a tank, do your best to provide a front line presence to dissuade enemies from moving past you to focus your squishies. Join your DPS in auto-attacking the focus target. Use your judgement to decide when to press forward into the enemy team to attack or when to collapse back on those who are pressing into your team.

5. Laning Partners
Taric is one of the best, if not the best, laning partners in the game. He brings healing, a ranged stun, and some burst damage to the lane which supplements almost any champion. For those reasons, you should lane with whoever on your team needs you the most. Use Taric to help a teammate who is a weak laner. A ranged partner would be preferred but isn't strictly necessary. Normally, you should head to the bottom lane to provide a strong presence near dragon.

With that said, the following are laning partners that I've found particular devastating with Taric, either due to their ability to destroy a tower early or get kills in the lane:
Ashe, Zilean, Janna, Sion, Garen, Ezreal, Annivia
There's certainly many more, but these in particular come to mind at the moment.

There are a few champions that don't work as well with Taric, mainly because Taric doesn't really augment what they bring to the table:
Pirate, Heimer, and Alistar come to mind

Hope that helps.


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