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Swain Build Guide by Rossi Cortes
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Threats & Synergies
Aatrox became very strong champion right now, riot buffed him hard, but he is still weak at mid lane, just try to harras him, and after u reached lvl 6 go all in with your ignite.
Ahri has high mobility after lvl 6, in this match up I recommend u to max your e, u will 100% win your lane and destroy her, but im not sure that u will win a game, because as I already said, swains gold card is his q. so u will probably win game 70%.
shes stong, she has good health its hard to kill her, but 1 good gank, gg, and most important if u know how to dodge her q, you will 70% win game.
shes trash, but she has good health too, just poke her, use your ult, flash, e,w,q and gg.
Sol is a passive champion, but if root him, he is dead, and also try to dodge his q.
trash bird, poke and then ez kill.
solid choice against swain, try to survive before 11 min and hes dead.
Riot nerfed her hard but try to poke her and gg. be smart when she is lvl 6 and u have halph hp, she can ult you and enemy jungler can come, be carefull.
shes is strong early game, try to dodge her skills and shes dead, if shes ulted try to use ur muscular back))
good health, bronze abilities.
not really. be aggressive.
this guys is easy at early game, but he dont care about it. try to keep distance to survive and gg
weak early game, if she has no kills. ez kill for u
sexy ass, dont be hypnotized, dodge her stun,gg
shes good jungler, but shes weak 1 v 1
if his e on cooldown, ez kill
weak base health, weak at early game, weak at mid game, ez kill
fiora is a good duelist, in 1 v 1 you have 60 % that you will win, fiora can destroy champions with massive dmg spells like malphite,gp,garen and etc, but she cant win against your painful damage every second.
good duelist only after lvl 6, but u are stronger and powerfull, dont be greedy and dont fight him with halph hp.
he is fast,try to use your burst against him but dont waste to much mana.
good tank, dodge his e and gg
Jew, annoying rockets, but weak on a short distance.
she has high mobility and true damage, try to fight with her after u reach lvl 6 and fight her in her minions wave.
this guy is good champion in professional hands, he has high speed, ok damage, but he cant kill you 1v1, he is too young for this, try to dodge his power balls, they are annoying.
dodge her q and she will be destroyed
karthus is very good champion, try to dodge his q and use your burst, he is mana addict, try to deceive him.
this guy has good damage, he is overbuffed right now, but he is not very powerfull in teamfights and in 1v1. this champion is assassin that can kill u if u have 40% hp.
this champion is very strong when u has halph hp, her ult counters your ult, be carefull, u must show her the unleashed power, use your bird(q) to poke her, ult sometimes for more damage and be smart.
this champion is strong, but she is bronze champion, your damage is higher than hers, if u both have halph hp dont be afraid to go all in, she will surrender, your is ult much stronger at early and mid game, be patient at late game.
he is fast champion, but he has small burst, be carefull before lvl 6, after u reach lvl 6, try to kill him.
this woman is very strong at early game, she will try to kill u, but be smart, and play not very agressive, be patient, and after lvl 8 u will kill her easily.
she is strong in a small distance, but in long distance she cant do any good things.
she is bronze champion, try to dodge her q and kill her, but remember she has very good damage.
this guy is very annoying, but he is not very good right now. try to dodge his q and gg
this guys is very strong 1v1 but he has no crowd control.
dodge her stun.gg
the easiest lane, u countered him hard.
good girl, weak base health, she got nerfed hard.
ez kill for u, but she can kill your team easy, try to kill her first
trash champion, need rework, he is strong at early game, imagine, you fight champion with no ult, easy!
very good champion, i respect him, he has good dmg, good mobility,but you can deceive him, poke him a little bit and after you reach lvl 6, kill him
mid gange champion, use your w right many times and he will surrender
she is very strong at early and mid game, but if u harras her at early game,gg
very hard champion, play aggressive and gg
talon is strong against swain, but remember, if one of his abilities is on cooldown, ez kill.
trash champion,satan, ez kill.
weak against swain.
easy for u
very powerfull, he is good fighter, he has true damage,try to dodge his e and gg
everyone think that victor is the hardest counter pick for swain, the are liars, he is bad, u can win ez, try to dodge his stun, and itss gg!
good fighter, but u couner him hard
old champion, old champions are good but this monkey isnt very good, wuckong must deceive you, but he cant do this trick on u, wait lvl 4 and be super agressive, hes w isnt good against swain.this w works well against short range champions, but u can destroy him.
long range champion. dodge his q, and everything will be ok.
he is very good against swain, great mobility, no mana cost abilities, huge dmg, if u reached lvl 6 and use your w well, gg!
good assasin, try to kill him at early and gg
small yourdle, you can kill him, try to dodge his q and gg
support.Lascivious old man.
dodge her root, gg
My name is Rossi Cortes and I will tell u how to be the best at Swain on the middle lane.
Before we start, I must say that im gold 4,I have 2 Pentakills with Swain and I have 64% win rate with this great champion!
You can check me on https://na.op.gg/l=com
His passive.When Swain kills an enemy or structure, he restores 13 - 30 (based on level) mana. On enemy champion takedowns, he regains an additional 9% maximum mana. This passive works well when u last hit minions and if in teamfights u killed or assisted,you will regain an additional 9% maximum mana.
q: Swain commands Beatrice to fly to the target location, where she remains for 4 seconds.
Beatrice will attack enemies within the area, prioritizing the target of Torment( e ability), other champions in range and then any target in range. Beatrice's attacks,deal magic damage and slows. Beatrice deals double damage against minions and executes them below 10 health. MAGIC DAMAGE PER SECOND: 30 / 47.5 / 65 / 82.5 / 100 (+ 30% AP)
SLOW: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40%. RANGE: 700 / 325 COST: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 MANA COOLDOWN: 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 This spell is your gold card,max it first.This spell has high damage,good slow and low cooldown.
wSwain marks the target area. After a 0.875-second delay, talons grab onto enemy units within, dealing magic damage and Root icon rooting them for a short duration.MAGIC DAMAGE: 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+ 70% AP)
ROOT DURATION: 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2
RANGE: 900 / 125 COST: 80 / 85 / 90 / 95 / 100 MANA COOLDOWN: 18 / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10
This spell is very usefull, but in late game this spell will 80% win games if you root enemies well.
eSwain afflicts the target enemy with a curse that deals magic damage to them over 4 seconds, amplifying Swain's damage against them by 20% for the duration.「 ENHANCED MAGIC DAMAGE PER SECOND: 15 / 24 / 33 / 42 / 51 (+ 30% AP) 」
RANGE: 625 COST: 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 MANA COOLDOWN: 10. This spell is very usefull against assassins like ahri,zed and etc.
rSwain assumes the form of a demonic raven. During this time, lesser ravens strike out, one every 0.2 seconds at up to 5 nearby enemies and dealing magic damage to them, prioritizing champions. Each enemy can only be attacked by one raven at a time and only once per second.Swain heals himself for a small amount against minions and monsters, and for a bigger amount against champions.MAGIC DAMAGE PER RAVEN: 50 / 70 / 90 (+ 20% AP) HEAL PER RAVEN VS. NON-CHAMPIONS: 8 / 11 / 13 (+ 3% AP)RANGE: 700 COST: 25 MANA PER SECOND + 5 PER ADDITIONAL SECOND COOLDOWN: 20HEAL PER RAVEN VS. CHAMPIONS: 20 / 30 / 40 (+ 12% AP) 」This ult is beautifull, it gives you great damage, awesome heal regeneration and great survival.
Facing ahriAhri is one of the best mid laners right now. She has true damage, good poke abilities and great escapes( her ult or flash). When u play against her, try to be an aggressive player, when u reached lvl 2 poke her with your e and use you q immediately, this is great harras combo. If u didnt kill her till lvl 6, no problem. Wait when she used her charm(e) and if you root her(w), use your q,r,e,ignite her and shes dead. Remember, that she has ult, try to deceive her. If you cant do this things, just poke her e,q. Its easy and simple. Ahri is a great assassin, so if she dissapeared from your lane, ping to your teammates immediatly.
In mid game if Ahri has 1.0.1 or something like that, she isnt usefull to team. The main thing in mid game teamfights is to hang e on her,Ahri is a glass champion, so she will be afraid to go all in and probably she will ran,if not, use your ult, q her and she is dead.Do not admit her to your adc, cus 1 good charm will 90% kill your adc.
Late game. As I said, try to scare her, use your e or q, domination is everything against her, in late game teamfights if someone root or stunned her, shes 95% dead. As I mentioned earlier Ahri is a very strong mid champion, dont feed her, and ping to your teammater is she left you lane. Ablities:
Max your q first, then twice e , then w, q, ult and after it depends on your game.
Facing KarthusKarthus is solid choice against Swain. He has high damage, good crowd control, and great ult. When u play against Karthus try to harras him with your q, sometimes use your e, but be carefull, your e has medium range, so if you didnt use your e fast on him, then karthus will attack you hard, remember swain is weak at early game. When you reached lvl6, try to go all in, you probably will kill him, be smart, dont fight him near his turret because there 3 bad things that can happened,1- ENEMY JUNGLER,2 HIS WALL OF PAIN is very strong against you, hes passive is very strong too,so if you killed him with halph hp I recommend you to flash away or run, cus he will use his q and ult, And remember, Swain and Karthus are mana addict at early game.
In mid game teamfights if Karthus isnt very feed, you can handle him, but dont leave him alone, he will probably ult to finish off you ally , so try to destroy as fast as you can.
In late game teamfights Karthus is very dangerous enemy, he can kill your adc with his 2 q*s, so try to root him, use your full procast(w,r,e,q) and he will probably die.
Zed is very strong champion against Swain. He has high mobility, good dmg, nice poke and he has no mana.
When u stand against Zed, always max your e, zed is only champion when you should max your e,Good zeds will often dodge your w, so max your e, then q ,ult and w. Try to domtinate him till lvl 3, after this level, be passive player, and try to save you flash, because you will need it after you reached lvl 6, you can all in him after lvl6, YOUR COMBO IF YOU ATTACKED: r,e, wait when he ulted, then q, he 90% will run and try to w him.
If he attacked you: r,e,q,flash , and try to w him, and in both situations try to ignite him.( if you have ignite). Or if you afraid playing against zed, wait when he used his w, and ask your jungler to come, you will 80% kill him.
Your main item against Zed:zhonyas is you 3rd item after shoes and rod of ages, zonyas counters him hard.
Yasuo is good pick against Swain. He has high mobility, good dmg and he has no mana. When you stand against him, dont waste too much mana, his windwall (w) works against your q,e and ult! so try farm and let him push, wait your jungler and try to w him, its a very good strategy against him. If you want to fight yasuo,let him come closer to you and u can use your full procast on him, but remember, his w can dodge your ravens(ult) so try to walk around till his w finishes, and you probably will kill him. This matchup is always different, it depents on yasuo players too, so main things against him:
Dodge him tornados(q)
Dont waste too much mana on him
Be passive till lvl 6
Katarina is one of the strongest champions against Swain. She is great assassin, she has amazing dmg, and her ult counters yours.( her ult blocks you healing to 50% and that hurts)
When facing her, try to poke her with q,e. When you both reached lvl 6, if she will go all in on you, use your w to root her when she is using her ult and immediatly flash, after that use your e,r,q,ignite her and fight her, u stronger her if she used her ult, she will probably run, try to follow her and you will win this trade.
Standing against good katarina means:
You will not have kills till lvl 6
U cant be VERY agressive till lvl 6
You will 80% lose your trade till lvl 6
Syndra is the strongest champion against Swain, Shes has great damage, nice poke and good crowd control. When you stand against her, try to dodge her main ablility(q), and everything will be ok, when she reached lvl 6, dont fight her when u have halph hp, She will 90% will kill you, her burst is stronger that yours. Or she can just stun you and ult, and you dead.If you can dodge her stun (you can flash) so probably you can kill her, in late game she isnt very strong against you. Just root her,r,q,e and she is dead.
Also in teamfights, try to kill her first, that will help your team alot.
When I was in bronze and in silver I always bought Ruby Crystal as first item. I was wrong.
Dont do this, your first item is Doran's Ring. Its very usefull item for Swain. Just trust me, this item is the best thing for swain at early game. As u can see, my first build is very simple if I play against medium ap and medium ad champs.
But lets start with best items on Swain
1: Rod of Ages is the main item on Swain. If you play Swain, you MUST buy this item. You cant play this champion with out this item.
Some players think that Hextech GLP-800 is better item on Swain. They 100% wrong, If you are a good player, u will understand why, if not, ill explain:
+80 ability power
UNIQUE – ETERNITY: 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as mana. Spending mana restores 20% of the cost as health, up to 25 per spell cast.
UNIQUE – FROST BOLT: Fires a spray of icy bolts that explode, dealing 100 - 200 (based on level) (+ 35% AP) magic damage to all enemies hit (40 second cooldown, shared with other Hextech items). Enemies hit are slowed by 65% decaying over 0.5 seconds.
Catalyst of Aeons+ Hextech Revolver
I dont like activatable Items, excluding Zhonya's Hourglass
Rod of ages
+60 ability power
This item gains 20 health, 10 mana and 4 ability power every minute, up to 10 times.
UNIQUE – ETERNITY: 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as mana. Spending mana restores 20% of mana spent as health, up to 25 per cast (toggle spells heal for up to 25 per second).
Catalyst of Aeons+ Blasting Wand
As you can see Rod of Ages has better stats for Swain and only there is only one activatable Item, that works well with Swain, is Zhonya's Hourglass.