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Swain Build Guide by deathrei

Swain, Actually Kind of Hard to Kill

Swain, Actually Kind of Hard to Kill

Updated on August 28, 2011
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I'm just gonna go over the basics nothing fancy. Swain has some good damage over time but I feel building straight AP is better saved for your nuke/carries. His tank potential is way too good to ignore so I build him off tank.
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Flat MR, Armor and Health are crazy good to keep Swain in lane until level 6. I don't think I've ever recalled at mid before level 6 since I started playing these runes and usually if I'm last hitting well thanks to Swains passive I can stay in lane indefinitely thanks to his ultimate. Magic Pen is a must as it will make harassing and potentially killing the enemy mid a lot easier.
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These should seem fairly obvious based on the runes. Stacking the extra health, armor, and MR gives you a ton of survivability early game, and late game Ardor gives you a pretty good AP boost. Also the extra magic pen in offense is very important.
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Summoner Spells

Ignite is extremely effective on Swain as it stacks with his Torment to do even more damage. Flash is just an all around amazing summoner spell.
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I used to have something big here, but I changed the items so I don't feel like rewriting.
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Skill Sequence

E is the big damager as it buffs the damage of every subsequent attack. Generally I look for opportunities to snare the opponent with W. If it lands I can quickly run up and E then Q. They should exit the snare as you land your Q and if they are running the slow should allow you to catch up to tag them with Ignite. If they try to counter harass with a skill shot I like to flash out of the way giving me a huge lead on the enemy mid. Some counter harasses will be unavoidable but because this build is tanky it's almost always ends in your favor. At level 3 this combo does more than half life on most character's early builds, but if you are fighting someone with a ton of life steal (e.g. Vlad or Vampiric Scepter Vayne) it's not particularly worth it and you should save mana for when you hit level 6.
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