Build Guide by Tanmanc1
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Alright so this is my first build on mobafire. I'm making this build because I think a lot of people should understand better how to use Swain.
For the runes its pretty simple Magic pen is wonderful on any caster. Mana regen is very important for swain early game and even late game. It lets you harass more and takes advantage of his passive ability.
The mastery tree is based on two sides, the offense and the utility. the offense is for getting some extra AP spell pen cooldowns and ignite for the little extra damage to get you the kill. The utility side is for mana regen ghost because I have used it many times for getaways and kills early game. Also cooldowns and movement speed are very nice as well as extra mana and a little bit of extra EXP.
The skill build is simple as well. Get decrepify for when you have someone else with a disable in your lane laning middle with swain isn't as good. get one level of your snare because it can gain many many kills. last max torment because it will maximize your damage output making all your other skills better. get your ult whenever possible.
The items. its important that you understand why you get each one. boots in the beginning is because swain can be insanely fast starting with 371 movespeed if you put in your masteries correctly. extra speed early game makes it very easy to avoid being first blood but also lets you kite because of your slow getting a kill.
the health potions are for lasting in your lane even longer.
Next is Boots of swiftness read above for explanation.
Rod of Ages is best when getting it early game. Giving it time to grow in power. Swain needs a large mana pool to sustain his ultimate so it is nice. as well as giving him health and AP
Arch Angels Staff is great on swain because it feeds him mana, mana regen and AP which are all well needed aspects of swain being a caster.
Next is rylais crystal scepter. This item makes it almost impossible for people to get away from you as well as making you more beefy and giving more damage. with your ult on your crows slow people constantly.
next is Zhonya's ring. Every caster needs one. This item will make your damage jump through the roof.
The last item is empty because if you get all these items you will dominate. If you aren't its because your too squishy. So i recommend depending who your playing against to get a tanky item. survivability is a must. nice items like Soul Shroud, Banshees veil, Frozen heart or even a Guardian Angel can make it so you out last your enemy's and help your team for longer in fights.
please feel free to comment with opinions or suggestions. Again this is my first build on mobafire. but i went 21-1-16 with this build and the death was because I got greedy. So try it out Swain is a little tricky at first but once you get the hang of him he is an easy hero to be.