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Taric Champion Spotlight

Taric Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Relic Shield item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Targon's Brace item Boots of Speed item
Essential Remnant of the Aspect item Mercury's Treads item Oracle Lens item
Defensive Righteous Glory item Locket of the Iron Solari item Zeke's Convergence item
Situational Knight's Vow item Frozen Heart item Iceborn Gauntlet item Randuin's Omen item Spirit Visage item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Stalker's Blade item Bami's Cinder item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Cinderhulk) item Mercury's Treads item Oracle Lens item
Defensive Righteous Glory item Locket of the Iron Solari item Zeke's Convergence item
Situational Knight's Vow item Frozen Heart item Iceborn Gauntlet item Randuin's Omen item Spirit Visage item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Zeke's Convergence item Sunfire Cape item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Knight's Vow item Thornmail item Locket of the Iron Solari item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Locket of the Iron Solari item Ninja Tabi item Frozen Heart item
Offensive Zeke's Convergence item Iceborn Gauntlet item Redemption item
Defensive Knight's Vow item Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing as TaricSquare Taric
  • After casting a spell, attempt to attack with Bravado Bravado to utilize its Cooldown reduction icon cooldown reduction components. If you need more healing charges for sustain, all the more reason to keep whacking.
  • Try to position yourself to evenly distribute your abilities with Bastion Bastion over a wide area for your team.
Playing against TaricSquare Taric
  • Taric's ultimate, Cosmic Radiance Cosmic Radiance, has a long delay before its effect. Try to quickly assess whether to disengage a fight or attempt to kill his allies before it goes off.
  • Taric reduces his spell cooldowns by basic attacking enemies with Bravado Bravado. Try to kite him for approaching the minion wave in lane.
  • Dazzle Dazzle is arguably Taric's most important basic spell. Without it, he will lack damage as he can't get close enough to use Bravado Bravado and a source of initiation or peel as it is his only source of CC, thus forcing him to play defensively. Fortunately, it is very dodgable due to the telegraphed cast.
  • Don't underestimate Bravado Bravado's damage in the early game, it has a substantial scaling and frequent uptime when Taric fights.
  • Cosmic Radiance Cosmic Radiance does not make its targets immune to CC. Holding him or his allies down can waste the ability's duration and waste its effectiveness.
Playing with TaricSquare Taric
  • Remain close to receive the benefits of his AoE spells, it won't cost him any more when healing multiple people.
  • The delay on Dazzle Dazzle is the moment you need to get into position to stun as the Bastion linked ally.

Playstyle

Taric has two roles, Controller icon enchant his allies with Heal powerHybrid resistances icon heals and shields while Tank icon warding off anyone that tries to intercept him. Bravado Bravado can keep Taric fighting, while Bastion Bastion asserts more cooperative tactics among teammates.

Ability Usage

Starlight's Touch Starlight's Touch
  • It is ill-advised to cast this costly ability for the sake of Bravado Bravado procs.
  • In a teamfight, try to heal many allies with a couple charges at once. It's a burst of healing for the same cost as one charge.
Bastion Bastion
  • Keep linking to allies in distress to give them the shield.
  • Most teams are divided in two parts during teamfights - the frontline and backline. If you are in the frontline use Bastion on your ADC, and if you are in the backline use it on your tank/bruiser or your assassin if they are melee like AkaliSquare Akali or FizzSquare Fizz.
Dazzle Dazzle
  • This should be used more preemptively than normal due to the cast delay.
  • You can cast this on a Bastion linked diver as they engage out of range, the effect will still activate on them.
Cosmic Radiance Cosmic Radiance
  • Cosmic Radiance has a long delay, and most of the time the enemy team will try to kill your carries before the proc. Use it right after you use Dazzle Dazzle, this will help your carry defend itself for the 2.5 seconds delay and then kill the enemy during the next 2.5 seconds in which they are immune.


Runes

Resolve icon Resolve has tons of synergy with Taric's kit from active effects to buffs to his durability.

  • Guardian rune Guardian is yet another shield that works within the proximity Taric keeps to his allies.
  • Revitalize rune Revitalize gives Taric more Heal powerHybrid resistances icon heal and shield power to a dramatic effect given how often he can cast his abilities.

Items

Taric functions best as a tanky protector/support that accompanies an ally while particularly scaling with armor and health. As such, build items that grant Armor icon Armor, Cooldown reduction icon Cooldown reduction, Magic resistance icon Magic resistance, Health icon Health, or Mana icon Mana.

There are plenty of situational options of durability items that Taric can take advantage. Some of them grant armor or mana that serve him well, while others can protect him against magic.

  • Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart is one of the best defense items against enemies using basic attacks since it does everything against them. All the stats from this item are also very good for Taric's uptime.
  • Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen can be paired with Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart to really cripple attack speed reliant champions. Its critical strike reduction passive also helps in dealing with champions that rely on critical strikes and its active provides another source of CC in the form of a slow. Active and Passives aside, the high health and armor values that this item provides also increases Taric raw tankiness. However, bear in mind that this item, for the most part, only benefits Taric, making it a somewhat selfish purchase.
  • Thornmail item Thornmail's massive armor stat, along with its damage reflecting passive, makes it seem very appealing. Much like Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen however, it only benefits Taric. Also take into consideration that if playing as a support, it is unlikely that enemies will be focusing you over squishier targets which renders Thornmail item Thornmail's passive less effective.
  • Knight's Vow item Knight's Vow is a good item to get for protecting an ally under frequent fire when Bastion Bastion doesn't reach them as often as they need it. It outperforms Zeke's Convergence item Zeke's Convergence as a linking item because Cosmic Radiance Cosmic Radiance has too long of a cooldown for frequent usage.
  • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage is very effective on Taric even if the enemy isn't heavy on magic damage, and it also bolsters Starlight's Touch Starlight's Touch for Taric's survival.
  • Abyssal Mask item Abyssal Mask is a good choice with Dazzle Dazzle and Bravado Bravado having AP scaling. As a melee champion you will often be in range weakening the enemy's magic resistance. The more magic damage both the enemy and your own team have, the more value this item brings.


Alternatively, Taric can build a mixture of Attack speed icon Attack Speed, Attack damage icon Attack Damage, and on-hit effects to synergize with Bravado Bravado attack speed boost and damage. Although it can do very high damage, building this way is not recommended as Taric lacks an easy way to stick to targets and a lot of his kit will be less effective.

Synergies & Counterpicks

Taric's frenemies are champions with high mobility engage that can position themselves for Dazzle Dazzle, such as Fighter icon Divers or certain Marksman icon Marksmen.

Taric has two glaring weaknesses: Poke and Ability power magic damage.

Works well with: Struggles against:

GravesSquare
Graves - the Outlaw

Graves and Taric pair up pretty comfortably, and thrive when they get aggro. Graves' short range means he pretty much has to get real close to the things he wants to shoots holes out of, at which point Taric has a much easier time landing Dazzle Dazzle on his Bastion 2 Bastion buddy. What's more, while other marksmen might die before Dazzle Dazzle and Cosmic Radiance Cosmic Radiance kick in (remember they both have delays in their cast time) Graves is usually Quickdraw tanky enough to survive a few seconds of punishment.


ZyraSquare
Zyra - Rise of the Thorns

Zyra's a real headache for Taric, particularly during laning. Not only does she have plenty of Grasping Roots slows and Grasping Roots snares to punish the Shield of Valoran's lack of mobility, but she can effectively counter his hard Dazzle Dazzle engages with Grasping Roots Grasping Roots and Stranglethorns Stranglethorns, too. What's more, Taric's generally pretty vulnerable to poke, which Zyra has in spades. And yes - that is a gardening reference.


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Vi - the Piltover Enforcer

There's no two champ wrecking crew quite like Vi and Taric. The pink-haired punching machine always looks to go in hard on her engages, but she can go so much harder while she is Taric's Bastion 2 Bastioned ally. Dazzle Dazzle complements Assault and Battery Assault and Battery perfectly, stunning Vi's target as she lets loose with her very own fists of fury, while Cosmic Radiance Cosmic Radiance and Starlight's Touch Starlight's Touch protect her from whatever enemy attention comes her way. Taric's safety net might just encourage Vi to build more damage than usual, too, letting her knock out her targets in record time.


LeBlancSquare
LeBlanc - the Deceiver

Area of effect Starlight's Touch heals and Cosmic Radiance invulnerability is cool 'n all, but it's all a bit pointless when an enemy assassin's able to Distortion dart in and blow up Taric's ally before Cosmic Radiance Cosmic Radiance actually kicks in. The ult takes a couple of seconds to arm - more than enough time for a nimble-fingered and opportunistic LeBlanc player to unleash her combo and blow up whoever Taric's trying to save.


DianaSquare
Diana - Scorn of the Moon

Similar to Vi, Diana loves diving squishy enemy targets, but lacks the hard crowd control she needs to secure her kills. Not with Taric on her side, who can cast Bastion Bastion on League's grumpiest mid laner before Dazzle Dazzling her target as she lands Crescent Strike Crescent Strike and Lunar Rush Lunar Rushes in. And while Diana lacks the traditional escape tools other assassins have, she'll be able to lean on Cosmic Radiance Cosmic Radiance alongside her natural Pale Cascade tankiness to keep her ticking as she makes her way to safety.


CorkiSquare
Corki - the Daring Bombardier

Taric's generally a pretty tanky chap, but if there's one chink in his glorious armor, it's magic damage. The permanent armor boost on Bastion Bastion, for example, won't do a thing to slow down the magic damage pain train. Enter Corki, the most magical of marksmen who also happens to come equipped with plenty of abilities that handily expose Taric's other weakness: poke.

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