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Swain Build Guide by Draintrain

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Draintrain

Swain - " Another enemy , another disappointment "

Draintrain Last updated on August 25, 2011
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Ability Sequence

2
8
10
12
14
Ability Key Q
3
13
15
17
18
Ability Key W
1
4
5
7
9
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Sorcery
Alacrity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
Awareness
4/
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 21


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Introduction

Hello everybody. This is my first guide on a champion. It's going to be about Swain , my "main" in League of Legends. Before we begin. I want to tell you that I've been playing Swain since release. I'm a dedicated player , never stopped playing him. And I consider myself to know a lot about him. Most of my games , and when I saw most I mean around 80%-90% are wins with me having a good score. I cant say all , because no one is perfect. Ok , now that we got that out , let us begin!
Enjoy!


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Runes

For Runes I use a pretty standard setup. Magic penetration red's , mp5 per lvl yellow's , and cdr per lvl aswell. I dont use the flat cdr , since I dont think its as needed early is it is late game when you have most of your build up. Now , as for quints. I found out that 2 movement speed quints are simply incredible on Swain. So I use 2 ms quints and 1 for magic penetration or flat hp. You can choose between those 2. But if you can , I really hope you will use the ms quints.


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Masteries

A standard caster mastery setup. Nothing new here. I think we can move along :)


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Items

Okay. Now for the build. I start the game with the doran's ring. Always go mid. I ussually pick up first blood , or at least the 1st kill on mid. Once you have enough money ( around 800 ) , go back get boots lvl 1 , and 20 ap tome.On the next way back home finish boots first , afterwards the soulstealer. I know soulstealer is a snowballing item , but once you learn Swain well , it will always profit for you. I ussually have over 20 stacks before finishing my next item. RoA. Its a wonderfull item on Swain. Health , mana and ap. All that he needs. Get a rabbadons after. To boost your ap to the max. The last 2 items are what you think you need the most. A few suggestins is going tanky from there and getting zhonya + abyssal. Which is a pretty good way to round up your item build. However , lately I found out that getting Hextech gunblade works wonders on Swain. Not your typical caster item , but the slow works wonder. Plus the spell vamp and lifesteal. Swain has a stereoid that boosts all of his dmg. Which is wonderful , and the biggest reason I get hextech gunblade. If you choose to finish hextech gunblade , I recommend going for deathfire grasp as your last item.


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Skill Sequence

I max E first. Q second. And I pick up W on lvl 3. For your full combo , which is devastating early game , and thats when Swain is at his strongest. Good early game = domination the entire game. As long as you know what you are doing. Get your ultimate when ever possible.
So:
R -> E -> Q -> W


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Laning early game ( 1 - 6 )

I thought this would be important for me to mention. So here we go. Swain is an absolute beast this part of the game. And I have never lost mid to anyone. So to "pick up fb" try and practice on the following. First of you need to hit with nevermove 90% of the time. Practice it well.
Use E and harras the opponent when ever you can with it. AS soon as you throw it , move away. On lvl 2 pick up Q , and then on 3 W. So use E and Q on him , and while he is slowed and retreating , fire off W in front of him. This will do a lot of dmg to him. After the harrasin on lvl 1 with E , this 1st combo on lvl 3. The next time your cds are up , its a guaranteed kill. Flash , use E , Q , W and ignite. Auto attack if you think its necessary and pick up your kill.


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Summary

I hope you enjoyed my guide. As I mentioned the first one I made so far. Please rate and comment. Try it out and tell me what do you think.
Thanks for taking the time to read my guide.
Draintrain out.