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LoL Champion Build Guides: Swain

Swain The Noxian Grand General

Find the best Swain build guides for League of Legends S11 Patch 11.19. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Swain build for the S11 meta. Learn more about Swain's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 11 Guides // Patch 11.19 & Patch 11.18
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[ NEW 11.9 UPDATED ] - SWAIN is the GOD OF MIDLANE PAIN! - S

Guide by RezoneVerified updated September 22, 2021
  • In-depth
9.2
79
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

MID Swain, the Ruthless Crow General

Guide by Baion updated September 24, 2021
  • In-depth
8.9
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Season 11 Swain Support Full Guide (MoonStaff Update)

Guide by karolis123 updated September 21, 2021
  • In-depth
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Carry Actualizado [season 11] para partir rajas

Guide by wenaperrito updated September 14, 2021
Season 11 Builds // Patch 11.19 & Patch 11.18
9.5
25
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[11.19] OP BUILD SWAIN MID TOP BOT

Build by Alaxus6 updated September 24, 2021
Season 11 Guides // Other Patches
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

S11 Swain Support Guide

Guide by YourCut updated January 28, 2021
  • In-depth
9.5
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

The Swain APC Guide

Guide by ShunpoLol updated July 30, 2021
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148
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[11.13] Kewllkiddo's Diamond Season 11 Swain Bot Guide

Guide by Harambe Homie updated July 2, 2021
  • In-depth
9.2
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Season 11 UPDATED 🐦Swain Guide🐦[S10 Master EUW]

Guide by LuxVikAsol updated January 23, 2021
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

(On-going) How to Swain (all lanes)

Guide by dgsl updated April 14, 2021
  • In-depth
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[11.14] UNSEALED (BUT SEALED) SWAIN

Guide by Heansuh updated July 16, 2021
  • In-depth
  • Off-Meta
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain,The grand general guide Season 11

Guide by Swaim updated December 1, 2020
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[11.11] Swain Support Guide

Guide by Multiboxer updated May 26, 2021
  • In-depth
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

How to Swain (all lanes) (Português-BR)

Guide by dgsl updated March 8, 2021
  • In-depth
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

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

Guide by Denied20 updated November 18, 2020
  • In-depth
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain, the ultimate teamfight carry

Guide by Nerkas updated March 21, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Soporte: Guía en español :D

Guide by nomiskhan updated January 19, 2021
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Algebraically Correct Swain

Guide by The War Life updated August 5, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Supp´s best runes

Guide by nomiskhan updated January 12, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

(LOW/HIGH ELO) THE NOXIAN GRAND GENERAL'S STRATEGIES

Guide by Akraziel updated January 14, 2021
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Swain Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Swain we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Swain, as determined by LeagueSpy's calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Swain this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 11.19. However, if you are a new Swain player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Swain!

Patch 11.19: 22306 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 3538 Games

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  • 3
Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 63%

Win Rate 56 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 61%

Win Rate 80 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Revitalize
Revitalize
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 13522 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 2101 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 44%

Win Rate 170 Games

Flash Heal

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 12427 Games

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 14077 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 1690 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 41%

Win Rate 184 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Top Swain Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Swain Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 11.19: 22306 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 70%

Win Rate 54 Games

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Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 58%

Win Rate 135 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 643 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 978 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 1004 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 580 Games

Flash Ignite

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 1864 Games

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 1043 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 1483 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 332 Games

Oracle Lens
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Swain's Ability Order

Swain's Best Ability Order 66%

Win Rate 44 Games

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! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.

Top Swain Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Swain Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 11.19: 22306 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 63 Games

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  • 3
Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 51%

Win Rate 87 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 73 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 1301 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 480 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 117 Games

Exhaust Flash

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 1517 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 683 Games

Health Potion Spellthief's Edge

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 197 Games

Corrupting Potion

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 1340 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 437 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 244 Games

Oracle Lens
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Top Swain Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Swain Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 11.19: 22306 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 63%

Win Rate 30 Games

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! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.
Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 29 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 41%

Win Rate 22 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 646 Games

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  • 2

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 142 Games

Flash Ignite

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 534 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 145 Games

Corrupting Potion

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Starter Items 51%

Win Rate 94 Games

Health Potion Spellthief's Edge

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 627 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 73 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 134 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Swain's Ability Order

Swain's Best Ability Order 57%

Win Rate 21 Games

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  • 2
  • 3
! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.

Top Swain Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Swain Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Swain Counters

Learn 's counters and discover matchups where they have an advantage! When you're starting a game of League of Legends you should always keep in mind if you'll be at an advantage or disadvantage against your opponent, so you can know whether to bully them or play safe. You can find detailed breakdowns of each matchup on CounterStats, and you can also check out some Swain guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Swain Support in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Swain. Counter rating is our own statistic that factors in counter kills, overall kills, early lead ratio, comeback ratio, and win percent to give the whole picture of that champion's effectiveness as a counter pick.

Swain Skins

Swain's Abilities

Swain's Ravenous Flock
Ravenous Flock Swain's Passive Swain's Passive
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Swain's Passive
Swain's Passive
Ravenous: Swain can periodically target a nearby immobilized enemy champion to rip out a Soul Fragment from them, dealing 20-105 (+30% of ability power) magic damage and pulling them 290-units towards him before a 0.25-second cast time (depending on level). If the target would be brought past Swain, they are instead knocked back the excess distance.

Enemy champions also leave behind a Soul Fragment for 16 seconds upon death, which can be harvested after 1 second if Swain is near them.

Flock: Enemy champion takedowns leave a Soul Fragment behind for 16 seconds. Swain restores 4 / 5.5 / 7% of his maximum health whenever he collects a Soul Fragment, while also permanently increasing his maximum health by 5.
Q
Swain's Death's Hand
Death's Hand Swain's Q Ability
725
65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85
9 / 7.5 / 6 / 4.5 / 3
Swain unleashes five bolts of eldritch power in the target direction, dealing 55 / 75 / 95 / 115 / 135 (+40% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies in a cone. Enemies can be hit by multiple bolts, taking 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35% bonus magic damage.
W
Swain's Vision of Empire
Vision of Empire Swain's W Ability
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70 / 80 / 90 / 100 / 110
22 / 21 / 20 / 19 / 18
Swain summons a demonic eye at the target area that reveals it for 2 seconds before exploding, dealing 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+70% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies hit, halved against non-champions, and slowing them by 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65% for 2.5 seconds.

Enemy champions are revealed for 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 seconds and each grant Swain a Soul Fragment.
E
Swain's Nevermove
Nevermove Swain's E Ability
850
50
10
Swain launches a demonic wave in the target direction, dealing 35 / 70 / 105 / 140 / 175 (+25% of ability power) magic damage to enemies it passes through.

Upon reaching its maximum distance, the wave returns to Swain, detonating at the first enemy hit, dealing 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 / 75 (+25% of ability power) magic damage to all nearby enemies and rooting them for 1.5 seconds.
R
Swain's Demonic Ascension
Demonic Ascension Swain's Ultimate (R) Ability
650
100
120
Swain frees the demon within for 12 seconds, gaining 125 / 200 / 275 (+5 per Soul Fragment) bonus health.

While Demonic Ascension is active, Swain drains the 3 enemies closest to him, prioritizing champions, dealing 35 / 50 / 65 (+14.167% of ability power) magic damage to them each second, up to a potential 420 / 600 / 780 (+170% of ability power) damage per enemy. He also restores 20 / 35 / 50 (+16% of ability power) health per second for each enemy hit, reduced by 90% against minions and monsters.

Swain can end the effects of Demonic Ascension early to cast Demonflare, and automatically does so at the end of its duration.

Demonflare: Swain unleashes a nova of soulfire, dealing a minimum of 100 / 150 / 200 (+50% of ability power) magic damage to all nearby enemies, plus 75% of the health Swain drained during Demonic Ascension. Demonflare's damage is capped at 200 / 300 / 400 (+100% of ability power).
R
Swain's Demonflare
Demonflare Swain's Ultimate (R) Ability
675
0
Swain's Passive
Swain unleashes a nova of soulfire, dealing a minimum of 100 / 150 / 200 (+50% of ability power) magic damage to all nearby enemies, plus 75% of the health Swain drained during Demonic Ascension. Demonflare's damage is capped at 200 / 300 / 400 (+100% of ability power).

Demonflare is automatically cast at the end of the Demonic Ascension duration, which can be ended early by recasting the ability.

Questions About Swain

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How to play against Swain?

The combination of [[nevermove]] + [[ravenous flock]] is basically an instant cast [[death sentence]] that hits you through creeps on a 9 second cooldown. His ultimate is literally just press R win teamfight, and he can always force a fight...

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Is new Swain good?

I've played a bit of new Swain on the PBE with mixed results, while I'm not sure what to build on him yet I'm leaning towards a AP/Health type build (like old swain). While Swain is fun he doesn't seem to be doing the damage I feel like he should,...

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Swain skin

Is there any news about the Dragon Master Swain skin? Wasn't that discussed a few years before? I'm itching to get that one. (Don't get me wrong, Tryrant Swain is the shizz).

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Least played champions?

I have just been curios guys about why some champions are not played that much. I know that unpopular picks like swain, galio, mao'kai, and yorick are all strong picks in their respective fields. What I am trying to get to in this is why some...

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Swain's time to shine

I have a hunch that Swain will rise in popularity with all the innovation that has been going on in the LCS, both in the middle and top lane. I was wondering if you could help me find the best runes and build, but currently I like this one alot:...

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Shouldn't Tear of the Goddess work with Swain?

So the new [[tear of the goddess]] says "whenever mana is spent" or something like that, but when I used it on [[Swain]] it wouldn't work whenever I toggled [[ravenous flock]]. Isn't it supposed to?

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