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Swain Build Guide by Jashadow

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Jashadow

Swain, the Crow of the Shadows

Jashadow Last updated on July 10, 2011
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Ability Sequence

2
10
13
15
18
Ability Key Q
3
8
12
14
17
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 21


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Chapter 1- Starting in the lane

The way I have swain built is so he can lane long enough to level 4-6, if you aren't careless. Swain is a very squishy character and can NOT fight well until at least level 6. You just need to hold out until then.


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Chapter 2 - The ultimate

By the time you're level 6, you should have least built tear of the goddess and level 1 boots. As long as you have mana now, and if there are minions, you can easily kill your enemy as long as exhaust + ignite is up. Your 'e', followed by your DOTS (Damage Over Time Spells), does quite a bit of damage, and your ult allows you to substain your HP while you carry out all of this. Of course, you can't rely on your ult for long. Late game though, you can.


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Chapter 3 - Mid game

This is the time team fights start happening. And guess who initiates; YOU! Your 'w' is perfect for initiating a team fight, as it's a 2 second stun, and as long as you have decent armor and magic resist, you can literally be the best tank, since you have plenty of survivalbility. Just don't overdo it. Swain can 1v2, just not 1v5. Blue buff is exceptional to have, and will help a lot. By the time you're going into late game, sell Will of the ancients and get Rod of Ages.


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Chapter 4 - Late game

Remember that blue buff I told you about last chapter? Yeah, you'll need it a lot. The only way the enemy can kill you now is if you are out of your ult, or if you're ignited + exhausted. No, don't fight the entire team; play smart. You can easily 1v1, maybe even 1v2, but don't push it. The reason you need blue buff is because if you are caught out of your ult, you're dead. Same with running out of mana. Mana is Swain's best friend, and is a MUST. My build gives a lot of mana, but you WILL run out at one point. Blue buff is there to take care of you.