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Swain Build Guide by Z-IKE

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By Z-IKE | Updated on November 29, 2019

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Runes: Demon Crow

1 2 3 4
Taste of Blood
Zombie Ward
Ultimate Hunter

Perfect Timing
Biscuit Delivery

+1-10% CDR (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


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Win 51%
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Electrocute Is a good keystone to run on Swain when playing similar to a Kill-Support like Thresh, Nautilus, Blitzcrank, and Leona. Swain can lock down a champion just like these champions with his E Nevermove. Swain is a Kill-Support that won't only engage on a champion but also use a combo of abilities and attacks. With Swain having that E of his and his passive Ravenous Flock that pulls an enemy that's immobile all Swain would need to proc electrocute would be one simple auto. Trust me when I say swain has a variety of combos he can use to proc electrocute.
Phase Rush is simply the most versatile rune to run on Swain. You could pull of hit and run attacks while using Phase Rush, and if a mobile champion tries to run away while your using Demonic Ascension and you're trying to cast Demonflare they won't be able to run fast enough. You have the damage but with this Rune, you can also have the speed.
Arcane Comet is a good rune to pick up when you're trying to play similar to a Poke-Support like Zyra, Brand, Karma, and Lux. Usually, this rune page works really good against tanky supports such as Nautilus, Thresh, and Leona.
Dark Harvest Is an absolutely OP keystone that I would absolutely not advise to people who are just beginning to play Swain. When you're playing Swain with this Keystone you have to know where to place your W Ravenous Flock. In cases where the enemy is low and is just wandering under turret or hiding behind minions, you can just W to collect the Dark Harvest stack. Sometimes you have to place your W on top of the champion other times you have to predict the play's movements and place it adjacent from the champion. Swain's W is kind of hard to hit because it's so slow.
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Zhonya's Hourglass Is a good item to start with Swain. In a match, there will usually be 2 or 3 AD champions so the Armour this item supplies to Swain is very useful. Hourglass isn't a situational item based on the enemy team comp it's CORE item because of how you will be using the item's passive to counter the enemy team's abilities. Zhonya's Hourglass can change the tide of a fight and even save your life.

Rod of Ages is an amazing item to build early to help your late game. Purchasing this as your first core item will lead to mostly no mana problems in the laning phase of the game. Swain is already a late-game so buy the item early to increase your odds of snowballing, if it's not your first item it better be your second.

Dark Seal should be purchased when ahead but I'm WARNING you it's RISKY. The passive is literally DO or DIE. When getting kills or assist on an enemy champion your AP increases, but if you die you will lose some of the AP you gained from the item. I wouldn't recommend buying this early game because the laning phase can be really unpredictable. If you don't get kills or assists with the item, it will just be a waste of Gold early game.

Mejai's Soulstealer can replace any of the situational items in your full build if you're going for Heavy AP damage. Again just like Dark Seal, it's a risky option because your AP will be dependent on your KDA. You can lose up to 50 AP with this item if you die, instead of building this item you can spend your Gold on items that give you a consistent and good amount of AP.

Against a fed assassin or mobile champion items such as Twin Shadows, Banshee's Veil, and Zhonya's Hourglass are what you need to counter them. While champions like Yasuo, Talon, or Diana activate their abilities you can activate your Zhonya's to cause you, enemy, to waste their abilities and stop their momentum. You can use Twin Shadows in a variety of ways against the enemy. The slow from activating the item's passive can be used to chase down enemies running away, destroy the momentum of the enemy, or escaping while the enemy is slowed.

When it comes to AP and HEALTH Rod of Ages, Rylai's Crystal Scepter, and Liandry's Torment are the best items for Swain. The total amount of health that these items give to Swain is 1,100 HP and when combined with his Passive can be so much more. These items will help you become tanky while giving you enough AP to become a late-game monster.

Against AP champions like Lux, Brand, and Zyra items such as Spirit Visage, Banshee's Veil, and Adaptive Helm are super effective. First of all Banshee's Veil is both offensive and defensive it allows you to continue building AP on Swain. The defensive part of the item is the magic resistance it gives to the champion and the item's passive, spell shield. With a spell shield your now able to block an enemy's attack and save yourself from CC. Not many people know this but Spirit Visage is OP as F***. Spirit Visage doesn't have any AP but does have magic resistance and a unique passive. Spirit Visage's passive increases not only the healing and regeneration of a champion by 30% but it also increases drain effects. When buying this item and using Swain's R Demonic Ascension it increases the amount of health Swain drains from his opponents.

Rabadon's Deathcap is OP on every champion but I would recommend buying the item late game thanks to it being 3600G. Though the item is expensive, it's absolutely worth it. The amount of AP this item can give to a champion is INSANE and even more INSANE in the late game.

Sorcerer's Shoes, Morellonomicon, and Void Staff are items that Swain can use against champions with Magic Resistance. Against champions with no magic resist the items will do a lot of DAMAGE piercing through the enemy's HP. You should always run sorcerer's shoes because of how it supplies movement speed while also penetrating piercing through enemy's magic resistance.
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When playing Swain Support with this build the main objective is to proc your passive Ravenous Flock as many times as possible with your W Vision of Empire and E Nevermove. Your passive allows you to gain health if you do everything right later in late game you will be a tanky AP CARRY. This is optional but to improve your Health you can go with Rylai's Crystal Scepter and/or Liandry's Torment. HEALTH and DAMAGE are very important to Swain so make sure to really try and get Ocean and Infernal DRAKE. Even though ultimate Demonic Ascension drains enemies near ur Life it's good to have a lot of health against an enemy that can burst you down.
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