Swain Build Guide

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Swain A calculated risk!

written by Gangstawee

Swain Build

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Hey guys!

    This is my first guide so I might make some mistakes.
    Swain is one of my favourite champions in the game. Because he's not like the other casters.
    So I feel much more special than the others
    People say he's UP but they don't know how to play him properly.
    Good examples are Eve, Urgot,Renekton, Garen.
    They were also UP but ppl Realised they were wrong!!
    He's very Fun to play and he has the best DANCE in the game.
    But not easy to Master.
    That's why I chose the Title: A calculated Risk.

    Very looong guide.

    *Listen this while you read this guide and if you play Swain*

    *CREDITS goes to no0g who made this amazing song!!!*
    EDIT: Tobuscus song this, Didn't know it =p.

    Let's Begin!!
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  • Updates


    *Added Items
    *Added Summoners Spells
    *Skill order looks much better!
    *Added Pictures,
    *Added items.
    *Added topics, Working on the team,Builds

    Wow it has been a long time.
    *Added Topic: Pictures.
    *Added Topic: Patch Notes , Only Swain ofcourrse.
    *Added Topic: Which lane to go?
    *Wrong Seal rune. My bad!!!

    Wow long time again
    *Added Unofficial Patch Preview:
    *Added brassherald comment. * blue buff*
    *Added cool music. * Credits goes to no0g, Tobuscus*

    Here am i again!

    *Added something at Torment
    *Added Another Rune Option
    *Changed Runes Topic a bit
    *Changed Items.Too confused , I Apologize!!!
    *Changed Introduction a bit.


    Sorrry guys, I had exams and I MADE it ;DD Actually

    * Added New Release Notes
    * Edit some topics maybe you'll notice it.
    * Changed Farming Topic
    But unfortunately im going on holiday and I don't wanna go >:

  • Patch Notes

    Carrion Renewal: mana regeneration bonus increased to 300% from 250%.

    Decrepify: Ability power ratio increased to 0.9 from 0.75.
    Fixed a bug where it would slow through Highlander or Ragnarok.
    Fixed a bug where the damage portion sometimes would not stop after breaking the leash.

    Torment: Base damage increased to 75/115/155/195/235 from 72/110/148/186/224.
    Ability power ratio increased to 0.8 from 0.6.

    Nevermove: ability power ratio increased to 0.7 from 0.5.


    All in all. A Buff to Swain. Awesome.


    Decrepify: leash range slightly increased.

    Torment: range increased to 625 from 600.

    Ravenous Flock: cooldown decreased to 10 seconds from 15


    Again, Buffs to Swain. Great.


    Carrion Renewal: has been reworked:
    It now restores Swain with a flat amount of mana equal to 10 (+1 per level) after killing an enemy instead of tripling his base mana regeneration.

    Okay, I didn't saw this coming.

    Well early game is this Passive fine. But Mid/late game it just sucks =[
    A little buff early game and a little nerf Late game.

    Coronach ( Associate Game Designer )

    Unofficial Patch Preview:
    ** Reduces the target's casting speed by 200% while active.
    ** Swain gains a second pet owl for dual wielding laser action.

    ** Increased the root time to make the name literal.

    * Torment
    ** The duration does not tick down while the target is rooted by Nevermove.

    * Ravenous Flock
    ** Adding 2-3 ravens per flock. Exact # TB

    Wow this is amazing!! Swain needed something but didn't expect this.
    Butt it Is Unofficial so cross fingers :x

    EDIT: 20% ^

    League of Legends v1.0.0.120

    *Ravenous Flock now heals Swain for 50% of the actual damage he deals (instead of 50% of the raw damage he deals), but the heal is not reduced if the damage is shielded


    Whyyyy Nerff Swain, He's already underplayed -___-. ( not in EU)
    But his ulti was a little bit too good.

  • Abilities

    Carrion Renewal
    (Innate): Whenever Swain kills an enemy unit, he recovers 10 mana (+1 each level).

    A free mana regeneration. Who doesnt want that.
    But it's kinda useless late game

    (Active): Swain sends his raven to cripple an enemy. Over the next 3 seconds, the target takes damage over time and is slowed. If enemies walk out of the tether, the effect ends immediately.
    Cooldown: 8 seconds
    Range: 550

    Cost: 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 / 100 mana
    Magic Damage: 25 / 40 / 55 / 70 / 85 (+0.3 per ability power) per second
    Slow: 20 / 23 / 26 / 29 / 32 %

    The Freaking laser bird. It's a nice slow.Damage is not that bad. But the sad part is that people can just walk away from it. And that's why I max this atlast. I can live with 20% Slow.
    I rather maxing Nevermove first.

    *Tip: You can use this to land your nevermove better, ( From the champ Spotlight.
    Or use it if you want to chase some1 ( yes a baby knows this already =p)

    (Active): Swain marks a target area. After a short delay, mighty talons grab hold of enemy units, dealing damage and rooting them for 2 seconds.
    Range: 900

    Cost: 80 / 90 / 100 / 110 / 120 mana
    Cooldown: 18 / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10 seconds
    Magic Damage: 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+0.7 per ability power)

    An Aoe Root. Not a stun, A root. It's still amazing. You can use it offense and defense.
    We also need this to farm. But it's not easy to land. So you gotta practice a little bit.
    I like to max this first than Decrepify. Why? Because the cooldown is very handy. And they take atleast Full damage from it.

    *Tip: Cast it while your not walking. People will notice it if you wanna try to root them.
    For exampple:
    Guy: Oh crap he's coming to me and tries to root me. Lightbulb above his head, I just walk circles or just back off.

    Or cast it where they walk.

    It's a real tricky skill. Practice Practice and Practice.

    (Active): Swain afflicts his target, dealing damage to them over time and causing them to take increased damage from Swain's attacks for 4 seconds. Damage increase applies to summoner spells and items used by Swain.

    Cost: 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 mana
    Magic Damage: 75 / 115 / 155 / 195 / 235 (+0.8 per ability power)
    Extra Damage Taken: 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20 %

    This is your bread and butter skill. We max this first. Because it's a great harresment tool, Nice damage.
    Try to auto attk a bit when you cast it or use another ability next.So they take the extra damage. One of my favo skills in the game.

    Tip: always cast this first so your next abilities will do some extra damage (as I said before)

    Ravenous Flock
    (Toggle): Swain transforms into the form of a raven, during this time up to 3 lesser ravens strike out at nearby enemies each second, one raven per enemy. Swain is healed for half the damage dealt by the ravens.
    Initial cost: 25 mana
    Cooldown: 10 seconds

    Upkeep Cost: 5 / 7 / 9 additional mana per second
    Magic Damage per Target: 50 / 75 / 90 (+0.2 per ability power)

    This makes you unstoppable in the laningphase. Transform to Raven , transform back and go back to last hit so you regenerate your mana. You can also use it to farm. Use nevermove,Transform and hoppa. A veeeery good skill.
    But the downside?

    It eats your mana and people can just use ignite on you so you regenrate less.

    Tip* Attk the creep where the mini ravens go. You will heal more.
    And spirit visage works with your ult :)

  • Masteries and Runes

    Masteries. 9/0/21 http://leaguecraft.com/masteries/1003400100000000000000000000013040032031301


    9X Greater Mark of Insight
    9X Greater Seal of Clarity / 9X Greater Seal of Resilience
    9X Greater Glyph of Shielding / 9X Greater Glyph of Force It's what you prefer
    3X Greater Quintessence of Fortitude

    Orrr go for Flat Magic resist.

    I actually like Seal of Resilience because the extra armor will help you against AD champs and your Magic Resist will help you against Casters.

    Very Defensive rune page.

  • Skill Order

    At lvl 3 you got your combo, Nevermore->Torment->Laser Bird . Try to do something with it.
    Lvl your ultimate whenever you can ofcourse,

    Max Q at last, You can also try to mix the lvl of Torment and Nevermove.


    You're about to start a Lv1 fight it's maybe better to Lvl first NeverMove and Lasir bird.

  • Summoner Abilities

    Works great with your Torment or just to make sure to kill them
    Use it to land your combo or just flash over walls or escape from ganks. And Flash OP


    Yeah why not? So you can pop out of nowhere for example.
    If you prefer ghost , that's alright
    It's not bad. The slow and lowering damage and Ap isn't bad at all.

    You got your passive. ( Well Late game the passive sucks)
    Although it's not a bad idea because your ulty is just eating your mana
    Well if you got problems with mana, Take it
    But Personally I think that there are better choices.
    If they have lots of cc,than it could be handy.
    Bleh you got your ultimate already, cd too long!
    Awfull... No explanation. Troll: Such a nice spell. Wiseman: GTFO Troll
    [spell_icon=Rally] No.....
    Your not a Jungler!
    [spell_icon=Fortify] No......

  • Items

    Item's were a bit confusing so I will change everything. Don't worry.

    Route 1#

    In now of these days you see a lot Philosopher's Stones.
    And Swain also loves this. The Extra Health and Mana regenaration will help you and the gold will help you too.


    Buy Faerie Charm and 3 Health Potion and 2 Mana Potion
    These Health,Mana regen will help you to stay in the lane so you don't have to go often back.

    Upgrade into an Philosopher's Stone and buy Boots of Speed and Sight Ward ofcourse!
    Now basically you can stay in the lane 4 ever.

    Next were going 2 build an Catalyst the Protector Or first Ruby Crystal, Sapphire Crystal if you didn't have enough gold.

    Build your boots into Sorcerer's Shoes Or if they have Lots of cc: Mercury's Treads
    Next were gonna Build Rod of Ages
    Now you can actually go anywhere.
    I like to get Rabadon's Deathcap ,first Needlessly Large Rod ( and maybe an Blasting Wand
    You can also build an Spirit Visage Early on.
    (Sell your Philosopher's Stone if you don't need it anymore.)

    Grab Banshee's Veil. Always nice!!
    Now you can buy 2/1 item. ( 1 if you bought a Spirit Visage)
    Look below of this Topic and maybe you see something nice.


    Route 2# ( no big difference of Route 1)

    If you want to rush Rod of Ages or you just want Catalyst the Protector Asap.

    Get first:
    Sapphire Crystal and 2 Health Potion

    Try to stay in the lane As long if possible so you can get immediately Catalyst the Protector
    ( and maybe Boots of Speed) But if you can't Boots of Speed that's okay =].

    If you want , you can get a Spirit Visage. I'm a big fan of it so I just buy it.
    Now build if you can your catalyst into Rod of Ages and if you can, Upgrade your Boots of Speed into Sorcerer's Shoes or Mercury's Treads
    Now build an Rabadon's Deathcap ,first Needlessly Large Rod ( and maybe an Blasting Wand

    And get Banshee's Veil of course.
    Now you can buy 2/1 item. ( 1 if you bought a Spirit Visage)
    Look below of this topic and maybe you see something nice.

    Route 3# The I don't like Rod of Ages route.

    Maybe you don't like Rod of Ages and that's alright. Everyone has it own personal preference.

    You can start out with the Philosopher's Stone's route. ( Look at Route 1 )
    Or just Start with a Doran's Shield

    First go back:
    Get Boots of Speed and now were gonna start to build an Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
    If you wanna buy first:
    Moar HP Giant's Belt
    Extra AP Blasting Wand
    Not much gold Amplifying Tome

    If you have enough gold build it into an Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
    Orrr get an Spirit Visage. Extra HP,CD,MR, Increase Healing regen. And it's so damn cheap.
    Awesome right?

    Now get Rabadon's Deathcap cuz it's awesome.
    And Banshee's Veil of courrse.

    Now look below 4 the remaining items.

    Nice Defensive Items:
    Banshee's Veil Greaat Item, I love that bubble!
    Aegis of the Legion Actuelly, your teammate should have it.
    [item=Force of nature] If they have a lot of magic damage =[
    Thornmail If your facing a freaking Master Yi for example

    Not bad Items ( Not a big fan but maybe you are =]

    Zhonya's Hourglass The active is great But I almost forget 2 use it =[ Maybe you are better with it
    Deathfire Grasp Great item but same as Zhonya's, I forget to use it =[
    Void Staff The magic pen is great but don't just buy it randomly,Buy it if the enemie got lots of Magic resist
    Mejai's Soulstealer If you're doing great
    Abyssal Scepter The extre Ap and Mr arent bad.
    Lich Bane Works good if your using Torment.
    Archangel's Staff I dont really like to stack mana, but maybe you like, Good item overall
    Will of the Ancients Not bad Not bad, Exta healing generation,An a Aura, is great. But I dont really like Spellvamp, Maybe you like it =).

    EDIT: Just don't buy it. Only Burst/Nuke Damage profit of this item and Swain is moarrr an Dot Champ.

  • Builds

    I Prefer Rod of ages now because you don't lose the passive of catalyst if you have ROA.
    And the extra mana is veery nice

    My core build:

    I wont build Rabadon's Deathcap if I'm facing a Veigar =[ Than im gonna build Tanky *GRRRR

    Against Heavy Magic team:

    Against DPS Idiots:
    ( Thornmail) Could be handy if you're facing Yi or tryndamere For Example =]

  • Farming

    Test Your last hit skills with Swain.
    Because Swain doesn't really have a farming skill. Well not as great as Malzahar,Brand,Mordekaiser...

    Later you can use Nevermove and Your ulti to farm.

  • Which lane to go?

    Swain is a Good Solo, Duo lane. That's just awesome.
    Personally, I like to go Mid or Solo Top.

    If you go Duo Lane: You got some nice CC in your pocket. A slow an a root. You can make perfect combo with it.

    If you go Solo Lane: You'll reach lvl 6 faster that means you got your ultimate and result of that you can stay in your lane ( Almost) forever. Swain is very good in 1v1.
    Especially against melee champions.

    And how about 2v1?
    Not very bad but I don't recommend it.

  • Working on the Team

    Your not a Tank so dont step into the fight first. Well you could actuelly but they could use Ignite on you and you'll die easily.

    Swain is very mana hungry so grab the blue buff whenever you can.
    If Anivia with blue is a hell than you didn't saw Swain with blue buff.

    Try to land your nevermove Good and go for the carrys of course.
    If the fight stars out, Transform into Raven and make them suffer!!.
    Torment does crazy dmg at squishies.

    Use your Laserbird to chase someone.

  • Pictures

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  • What the Heck! It isnt done?!!

    Yes it is =)

    Thank You for reading my (First) Guide

    I hope you enjoyed it and If you got questions for me or I made some mistakes,

    Feel free to comment =]

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