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Galio Middle guide

/!\ Due to the latest patch this article is now outdated and needs a rework /!\

This is a guide for a character in League of Legends.


Galio the Sentinel's Sorrow.

Galio can be played either middle, top or as a niche support. This guide will cover the middle lane gameplay.

Galio is specialized in countering mages.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Counter most middle picks.
  • A tanky caster.
  • Good Burst.
  • Skill shots are travelling fast.
  • Amazing passive.

Cons

  • Not so good against AD. (will be improved with itemization).
  • His ulti relies a lot on Flash.

Summoner spells

  • Flash: Mandatory for Galio as your engage will often consist of Flash + ulti.
  • Ignite: Standard boost/finish for AP mages. You better take at least one ignite per team the healing reduction is so useful.
  • Teleport: You can also pick it to ninja/tele/gank bot (mostly) with your ulti.

Skills

  • Runic Skin (Passive): Galio generates half his total magic resistance as ability power.

This passive is amazing. It counters most mid AP on itself. You can build yourself as a decent AP caster that tanks other AP mages. Beware! Even if this passive is really good you never build your hero completely around it (a common mistake). Some raw AP will be good and some armor too as we will see.

  • Resolute Smite (Q): Galio lands a blast dealing AOE damages that slows target(s) for 2.5 seconds as follows: (80/135/190/245/300 +60% AP) and (24/28/23/32/36/40% slow). Range: 940. Cooldown: 7. Cost (60/65/70/75/80 mana). Radius area: 235.

The range on this is good the projectile speed too so you will barely never miss with some practice. The AOE is not so big but you can catch tree guys easily in team fights. The slow and damages are ok it's a very solid Q.

  • Bulwark (W): Galio shields himself or a teammate buffing the magic resistance of the target for 4 seconds as follows: (30/45/60/75/90 MR).It will also heals Galio when the shield got hit as follows: (25/40/55/70/85 +30% AP as heal). Each consecutive hit on Bulwark will reduce the heal for Galio with a max cap as follows :(125/200/275/350/425 +150% AP max heal). Range: 800 Cooldown: 13. Cost: 60 mana.

Bulwark is great too. When you apply it to yourself you will gain even more AP from your passive! That's why even in a sequence where you are not focused you can put it on you to do even more damage. In a massive gank something like Q→flash→W→R→E→Q. With some CDR you will land the last Q under bulwark. When you put it on mates you benefit of a decent heal.

  • Righteous Gust (E): Galio lands some wind in a given direction. It will deal magic damages as follows: (60/105/150/195/240 +50%AP). A path will remain as an after effect of this skill for 5 seconds. Your mates can travel on, granting them bonus movement speed as follows: (20/28/36/44/52% bonus MS). Range: 1180. Cooldown: 12. Cost: (70/75/80/85/90mana).

So it's a vector shot (a skill shot adding a direction component) that grants utility too. As usual bonus MS is good to chase or run away.

  • Idol of Durand (R) (Ultimate): Galio cast a huge AOE taunt around himself that channel for 2 seconds. It will deal base magic damages plus bonus magic damages based on the amount of hits Galio took during the taunt as follows: (220/230/440 +60% AP as base damage) and (308/462/616 +84% AP as maximum damage).The damage is increased by 5% to a maximum of 40% for each hit that Galio took while casting.

Galio will taunt enemies for 2 seconds. I don't know what the recast rate but it's now pretty high. Back in the days everyone with mercury's threads walked off this ulti before its end. That was so bad. Now Galio seems to taunt every 0.something seconds so you can’t get away. It can still be interrupted so you will do fewer damages in this case like Nunu's ulti for example. This ulti is great overall. Always think to cast Bulwark first. We will see we can do some itemization around it too. Try to engage with flash as much as you can, it's a winning condition in team fight. Otherwise slow with your Q first and get in fast with E.

Skill Sequence

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Q x x x x x
W x x x x x
E x x x x x
R x x x

Here you want to max you Q first but then you can tweak between W and E. If you need more burst put more points in E early.

Masteries

On The offensive tree you are looking for some CDR and the flat AP bonus.

On the defensive tree you pick everything related to MR as it will synergize with your passive. The bonus armor/mr per enemy around you will be great with your ulti too.

Runes

Galio is set as a tanky mage. You can tweak between those two sides depending on your team and the enemy team.

  • 9X Magic penetration (marks).
  • 9X Flat amor (seals).
  • 9X Magic resist per level (glyphs).
  • 3X Flat AP (Quintessences). Or more flat MR if you want.

Build

You can start either with a Doran's ring or a Null-Magic Mantle +a mana/health pot. Chalice is of course mandatory for Galio. So it will lead to Athene's Unholy grail. Then you finish Mercury's thread and this will be your core items. The next target is Rabadon's death Cap and Thornmail! I was (I think) one of the first players to put a Thornmail on Galio and I was often laughed at because of this. It's winning games, plus the feeling you have when you know you are right and the rest still try to make fun of you. It turns Galio's weakness against AD in a force as it will synergize so well with your ulti. For 2 seconds everyone will be forced to hit you with auto attack so they will proc Thornmail taking even more damage during Idol of Durand. Abyssal scepter is good too on you. You can pick a guardian angel on very late game or you can go for more AP depending on your composition. You can consider Twin Shadows sometimes.

Gameplay middle

One of the most efficient things you can do mid is to take the enemy with your Q alongside the creeps. Itemize yourself to one shot the weaker creeps in a wave with your Q. It will be the most of you farm as your auto attacks are melee. So you prioritize creeps and then you try to catch the enemy in. One rock two birds. Some AP mid will try to zoom you out if you try to last hit with an auto attack. In this case save your skill to prevent this by hitting them first right before the last hit. Your Q will slow them and you will win the trade anyway. The laning phase is pretty easy as Galio unless you face Zed, Kha'Zix or any non AP middle laner.

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