Swain Build Guide

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Swain, A Competive Compendium.

written by Saintlol

Swain Build

Table of Contents

  • Abilities

    Carrion Renewal
    Learn to last hit, this ability will give you insane lane staying.

    Laser birds, it's part of your wombo combo.

    Your snare, it'll be hard to land as first, but it's huge damage once you get AP, and it's core to Swain's gameplay.

    Bread and butter, it increases everything you do, from your QWR to your Ignite and Auto-attacks, and it's your harassing abilities.

    Ravenous Flock
    Makes you invincible against a lane without Ignite or a Healing Debuff, abuse with your passive to never have to leave lane and outfarm/exp your lane opponent.

  • Skilling Order

  • Masteries + Runes

    Greater Mark of Insight
    Magic Penetration, especially flat, is strong early game.

    Greater Seal of Resilience
    Durability in lane early game and a bit of armor late.

    Greater Glyph of Warding
    Same as Armor, you'll need this in lane.

    Greater Quintessence of Swiftness
    Movement Speed is strong, especially as utility, allowing you to trade with your opponent and get out with minimal retaliation.


  • Summoner Abilities

    Flash, it's overpowered, it can be used offensively or defensively, don't waste it though, only use it when it's absolutely needed.

    Ignite, Torment increases Ignite, making it core to Swain's gameplay.

  • Items

    You'll want to start with a Faerie Charm, Health Potionx4 and Mana Potionx2. This will lead into a Philosopher's Stone and Boots of Speed on your first back. Then rush a Catalyst the Protector and Sorcerer's Shoes.

    Turn your Catalyst into a Rod of Ages if you can by 20-21 minutes. If not, save it for a Banshee's Veil, then rush a Rabadon's Deathcap, followed by a Zhonya's Hourglass

    Now you maybe like, why Hourglass? Well Billy, your ult persists through Hourglass, so you can hit it an emergency and still do damage, and get the last ticks of healing (It doesn't proc the healing while in it.)

    Past this, it's situational, you can either get Will of the Ancients, Rylai's Crystal Scepter, or Spirit Visage.

    However, be sure to upgrade your Philo into an [item=Eleisa's Miracle] for the Tenacity.

  • What not to get

    Chalice of Harmony, it's a noob trap. It only is effective when you have preexisting Mp5, which you wouldn't have enough to make it greater than a Catalyst.

    Archangel's Staff, a good item. Don't get me wrong, AA is a really good item, for those that can afford to go glass cannon. You won't need the mana or the regen if you play smart, and RoA gives you double the stats and health on top of it.

    Along with those two, use common sense, if you're getting blown up by Melee, get Hourglass a bit sooner, if you're getting owned by BEAR TIBBERS, get a BVeil.

  • Farming

    Never push the lane unless you're confident that you're not going to get ganked. IE by a jungler, or sidelane.

    Last hit with Swain, make sure you always get the passive proc, only farm with your Ulti + W if you need the health and you're allowed to free farm.

  • Working in the team

    Follow the tank, always, never be alone past the 30 minute mark, even less depending if lane phase ended. Never initiate, you can't be caught, once the fight gets committed to, use Nevermove, use your EQ combo and flash in with Ravenous Flock, using Ignite on the target of your combo.

  • Jungling

    You can't jungle, however, once you get lv6, you should be farming Wraith camp with your ulti + W and grab Blue buff, it's insanely strong for Swain, as it allows to maintain his R.

  • Pros / Cons

    -Insane lane staying
    -High damage over time
    -Is a huge threat in team fights

    -Shut down by ignite
    -Susceptible to high burst
    -Nevermove is hard to land if inexperienced

  • Unique Skills

    Once you hit 6 you never have to leave lane other to gank, you barely ever have to blue pill to base.

    You have a single target Vlad ultimate.

    Swain is one of the funnest AP carries out there, and he's durable, use that to your advantage.

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