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Swain Build Guide by Denied20

Middle [SWAIN] Swain's Escapade (Build for SWAIN) - for swain mains

Middle [SWAIN] Swain's Escapade (Build for SWAIN) - for swain mains

Updated on November 18, 2020
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Runes: Base

1 2
Presence of Mind
Legend: Tenacity
Coup de Grace

Cheap Shot
Ravenous Hunter

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist


1 2 3 4 5 6
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Champion Build Guide

[SWAIN] Swain's Escapade (Build for SWAIN) - for swain mains

By Denied20
What is a Swain?

This is Swain

Swain is a medium to hard scaler. Against some matchups Swain is late game nightmare and against some he will be one among the rest, but One thing that remains consistant is that Swain will ALWAYS be this nightmare monster in the mid game.
No need for an item advantage or anyhting. All that is required is a slight XP lead. The bigger lead, the more of a monster you become.

What is preventing Swain from Dominating in the Mid game?

Swain has difficulties pressuring the enemy team with a lead, this is due to him having difficulties initiating fights.
Swain has no inbuilt movement speed. Only way for Swain to initiate a fight, is to snatch someone outside of his vicinity with his Vision of Empire (W), then get into a range of a Nevermove (E). This is the standard catch for a Swain.
Any smart player will not engage on top of a Swain when they can simply try their best to whittle him down from a far distance.
Know how to kill a Swain

It is just a bird

When you know how to kill a Swain yourself. You will know how to avoid death.
With this knowledge, Swain in particular is quite hard to die with.

How to kill!

Bait out his R.


When to wait

Poke/short trades
What makes Swain a Good Snowballer
This guide was built around the Night Harvester Mythic Item.
After extensive testing I found out that Luden's Tempest is much more FORGIVING than Night Harvester while keeping most of the Snowballing elements.
One obvious note being the 600 Mana difference, but also being beneficial in 1v1:s as the cooldown is x4 shorter.
Swain running Luden's Tempest will make Swain act like a typical Mage, while keeping his battle mage prowess. One important factor is that Swain does not need help in power during the early mid game. Swain's base stats are high enough to 1v2 quite handidly without the edge in AP values.
Night Harvester:
With a focus on Snowballing by purchasing Night Harvester this is predominately a MID/ADC guide. Night Harvester is afterall a very strong early-mid item and works best against squishies. This Item weakens as longer into the game you go, therefore switching mythics when you get into the late game is preferable - you should have expendable gold by then.
Luden's Tempest:
I am not here to say that Luden's Tempest is irrelevant in terms of damage compared to Riftmaker and Liandry's Anguish past mid game. It still serves it uses, being a good squishy killer. Luden's Tempest is strong against everybody
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