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Swain Build Guide by SebinisScalpini5
The Real Dragon Master (Mid)
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Threats & Synergies
Whoever makes the mistake loses (but you are reading this guide so you won't) ;)
As long as you dodge her Q or she has it on cooldown you can go all in , she can't stop you with anything.
Try to dodge mostly his stun and you will be fine. If you know that his W or Q is on cooldown you can do a quick pull (E + passive) and use ult. Unless he flashes he won't escape nor stun you.
Pretty much the same things that I said for Brand are true for Ahri too. If her charm is down you could Pull her and go all in but the problem is that she might escape with her ult so if you want try to keep your E to pull her when she ults.
Even if it's a good yasuo if you poke his shield all the time and dodge his 'nados ('cause he can ult you and you're dead) he is an easy matchup. Also try to use your E to the side and when it comes back try to root him or he will block it.
Veigar will be annoying and will poke you all the time. Just keep on the move so he misses all his Q....now for his E don't worry too much you can stay in it and try to pull him so you are both in a bad situation but he is closer if you pulled him right? then Q and you will have won the trade most likely.
Now this is the hard one. His ult will screw you over every time. He will dodge your E with the trickster....the only thing you can do is play safe and farm and wait for either roams or ganks to get him and don't forget to get Magic Resist and/or a zhonya to always counter his Ult.
Zed is the hardest out of all. He dodges everything with ease and ults you when you ult him. The only thing you can do here is get zhonya for armor and to escape his ult. If its a team fight you can get him because no one will see your E in a team fight with so much going on.
He will poke you until you want to rage quit. Just stay under tower and when its time for gank try to pull him and he is screwed. He will most likely have more farm than you all the time with all the zoning so try to recover if you get the chance to find an empty lane.
Ekko can counter you very easily by just ulting when you ult so he dodges everything. Also his dash helps him escape anything you throw at him and also goes on you and damages you. Play super safe because he is one of the best tower dive champions because his ult saves him from everything. Just wait till its team fight time.
A good kata is a pain in the a*s. She will dodge EVERYTHING and I mean it. Her ult will always counter yours because it gives you grievous wounds which will reduce the healing you get by a lot. Play extremely safe and ask your jungle to gank mid every time until you are fed.
Akali....you can poke her a lot early but when she will be level 6 you have to be careful...pretty much the counter for swain is strong gapclosers and akali is one of them. Not only does she dash but also if you are close to her she will kill you almost every time unless you are fed of course.
Talon is another Akali but even stronger because he doesn't need level 6 to be able to screw you over. When he uses his ult , use yours to damage him even if he is invisible so when his ult expires he might change his mind about going all in after he took all that damage. Also use your Q when you think he is close with his R so you can even kill him when he turns visible again.
His ult is the most annoying thing. He will want to engage a bit with you to get his E on you so when he does that E him and do the classic combo. Also if you try to hit him with W it will be hard like any champ that can blink and dash so yeah.
I don't know much about her abilities and all that but I know that if she engages with the dash and stuns you , you are pretty much dead.
Annoying af. His silence plus his little minions are gonna be a pain because obviously a mage that is silenced is nothing. Try to dodge that and get Magic Resist Quick! or he wont even have to use any abilities later on but just Ult you and you will die every time.
He lands his combo? he 99% won the trade or even killed you. Try to dodge it (I know its easier said than done but atleast try) and then use your own combo and if he is close to you he cant do anything especially if you ulted.
I honestly rarely see vel'koz nowadays but still its the same stategy as with veigar. Be on the move and he will be confused on how to hit you with his abilities. Just engage him with the classic swain combo and he should die.
I don't know much about her but if you know that she will ult you at somepoint try to ult too so if when she ults you her team goes on to you , you have higher chances to survive because at the same time you're healing and damaging everyone.
This one's an annoying fellow. When you ult (if he is low) he could just ult out of there or just root you and escape which means that you will have to focus more on pulling him than ulting and going all in. But of course if you know his root is on cooldown you could go all in and even tower dive.
Avoid her stun and that's pretty much it. No stun = No damage. Though her ult might be annoying because you can't really escape it so she slows you a lot.
She will be much stronger on team fights by pulling all your team in one spot but that will also work on you so try to stay near your tower when you know she has ult ready or you're low. Your abilities might not be that effective either because she can shield herself but if you pull her she can't escape in any way apart from flashing.
I know I have said a lot about pulling but this one is a MUST. Pull him away from his turrets and kick his butt. If there are a lot of turrets in an area you could rush in with ult because as you get damaged by them you also heal so you could ignore them but if he is fed you can't do anything.
Quite a hard one because he can dodge everything and at the same time go on to you and damage you. Play safe , vlad is dangerous this season.
This one is a special one. Sometimes its a bad idea to pull him because his "balls" may damage you a lot if he gets close so even if you pull him stay away and you won't have any trouble.
Simple stuff. He will be annoying early as always but when you get lvl 6 he can't do much but slow you with his "wall"
Hmmm this is a weird one. Will always make you waste your ult if you fall asleep so the only thing you have to dodge is her E and if she is fed obviously avoid Q all the time. Also go for some Magic Resist.
Hardly ever see an Annie on Mid this season but like any champion just play safe when her stun is ready or who knows, maybe there is a Gank awaiting. Also her Ult is a hard thing to get through. Its like a pokemon fight. You summon a demon and she summons a bear....Fight until death lol.
So I guess you are here to learn something new and get better at Swain. Well I hope I can help you. So go aheadscroll down and maybe you will learn something new.Also don't forget to leave a comment and tell me how to improve this guide since its my first one so it won't be the best.
At this point I prefer getting Arcane Comet because it helps you deal more aoe damage because it can hit a lot of champions at once unlike the Aery. Phase Rush isn't a bad idea either though.
With The new rune Nimbus Cloak your ultimate is much stronger. You can use it with a spellbinder so when you ult you deal much more damage but also go quicker than a hecarim
he farms Champions. If you get good at him you will realise it too. Early on its hard to farm (weak abilities) but when he gets his ultimate he starts Farming Champions. That's how you get a flawless win with him.