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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png14.pngFlash ignite should nearly always be the spells you pick. It provides you with kill potential and safety early on in the lane.
4.png12.pngFlash Teleport is another good choose,You are best of picking up teleport if your lane is very passive and you know you will not going to kill your enemy midder on your own. For an example 25_64.png is extremely hard to kill because of her shield will block some of your magic damage and will also block your snare.Also teleport gives you the opportunity to have more objective control. If things go bad and your team needs your help you can always teleport and turn things around , your teleport can help you snow ball the game with objectives turrets/dragon.                   

4.png7.png Patch 4.5: Healing now gives movement speed and removes healing debuffs which is huge for swain.. When fighting a 1v1 and the opponent ignites you to reduce your heal it will give you health,remove the ignite and give you movement speed.. Swain train coming though 

New Runes Back to Top

Abilities Back to Top

E
Q
W
E
E
R
E
Q
E
Q
R
Q
Q
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
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W
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R
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Maxing E is a must on swain.. E is like a dfg.. It increases magic and attack damage taken to the person that is getting hit by swain..

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Pick this start if you are up against a poke lane.
    Pick this start if you are up against Ad.. Rush zonyas if needed
    Typical mid lane start. Can also be picked if you are going aggressive.. Don't forget your wards !

Core Items

    This is what your core game build should look like if you are confident with your opponent and you know you are ahead.
    This is what your core game build should look like if there is heavy ap opponents. Abyssal Scepter works very well with swain since he has close quarter abillitys.If you are too far behind you can also go mercury's threads instead Sorcerer's shoes.
    This is what your core game build should look like if there is heavy ad opponents.(Did you know when use Zhonya's with your ultimate turned on it heal's you while you are invulnerable)

Situational Items

    If you are ahead your late game items should look like this.
    This is what your late game items should look like if the enemies have alot of magic damage.
    This is what your items should look like if there is enemies with heavy attack damage.. Omens helps you reduce the movement speed and attack speed of the enemies focusing you which helps alot IN TEAM FIGHTS
    I personally dislike this item.. But if you are against an opponent that is passive and you cant kill you can go ahead and buy this.. It gives you great mana pool and the shield can be quite handy in sticky situations.
    Adding this to the list because i think it works well with swain , i rarely buy this but if you need that surviability againt ads this is a good choice.. Your AoE also increases with this

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Ahri
    Easy
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Anivia
    Easy
  • Annie
    Easy
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Hard
  • Gragas
    Easy
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Syndra
    Hard
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Viktor
    Hard
  • Vladimir
    Easy
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Easy

As swain early game the trades are pretty even.. E and Q Destroys Ahri in the early stage of the game since it does so much damage. After level 6 ahri get outsustain... She gets

 destroyed..

VS

Akali

Medium

Akali is a level 6 dependent champion.. Swain can deny her alot of cs and poke her out of the lane pre-6. After level 6 akali is stronger but she wont be able to kill swain with here Q/R/E/R Combo.. Akali will roam after she come to the conclusion that she cant kill you so just push your lane or try and follow.

VS

Anivia

Easy

Anivia is neutrally squishy , Her stun has more range then your w so be very careful if you can dodge it you should be fine.. If you land your w she will lose about half hp which will force her to recall if she wishes to stay and you catch her with your snare again she will die or at least kill her passive even kill her if you have enough damage.

VS

Annie

Easy

You outranged annie which mean if she tries to trade with you can predict where she will walk towords which comes to the conclusion that your w is a piece of cake to land.. Stay focused on your farming.

VS

Brand

Medium

I think this is an even matchup... Landing w wont be too hard since he has low mobillity so your combo will 80% win you your trades. Dont underestimate hes stun it last quite long.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

Cassio is very good in wave clearing which means a good cassio will push out the lane so she forces you to farm under turret. I recommend trading with cassiopeia if she has missed some of her skill shots. E/Q/W combo will probably win you the trade. After 6 even if you loose the trades you can heal back which will be your advantage and after early game you will become more beefy and she wont be able to kill you.

VS

Diana

Easy

Dianna is a melee champ and yet again punishing her for farming is the best thing to do..After 6 she will have to come close range to fight you which means your birds will eat her alive.. There is no way she can burst you down after some point. Also your combo is pulled off alot easier because she will attempt to combo you and come up close.


VS

Fizz

Medium

I think swain beats fizz.. if fizz Q'd swain and then swain pulls of hes E/Q/W combo fizz will loose the trade.. even if fizz dodges hes combo with playfull trickster he will waste alot of mana doing that.. Also if fizz's E is not up and swain lands his snare swain can literally 100-0 fizz. And because fizz has Grievous wounds doesn't make him an instant counter to any one who has sustain..


 

VS

Galio

Hard

Galio out lanes swain which means he pushes your lane and he limits your farm.. Trying to trade with galio is not the best idea not only cause he out ranges but also cause he stacks Magic resist from hes passive.I recommend to try and roam.. Swain has better ganging tools then galio

VS

Gragas

Easy

The only thing you have to be careful about is the 2-3 levels. People underestimate the damage gragas can dish out with his Body slam.. Dodge his poke and try to hit him with your snare if he dodges is with E and you can just zone him. Gragas wont be able to burst you cause of your sustain and you will neatly always win the trades again him..

VS

Karthus

Easy

Very easy matchup... Karthus has low mobillity and its very easy to land your snare.. All you have to do its dodge some of hes Qs and you should stump him.. If you can get the lead then there is nothing stopping you from killing him..

VS

Kassadin

Easy

Like Akali, Kassadin is a level 6 dependent champion.. Punishing him for farming is the key to win this lane... If you force him back you will be ahead of him. After 6 try and open your ultimate before he silences you so you do some kind of trade.. If you land your E/Q/W combo you will always win the trades.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

Skill matchup.. Its really depends if you can catch out lb with your w and just burst her.. She can poke you hard with her W/Q combo and it can be very annoying. Try and push lane so you force her to farm under turret and lose cs. Agrresive style swain will win this match up.. Be careful for gangs. 

VS

Lux

Easy

Lux has no gap closers so landing your w will not be too difficult , Lux is neatuly squishy all it takes to force her out of lane is one good E/Q/W Combo. She has good range advantage against you just beware of that... If you are too predictable about where you are going she will just kite you. After some point your birds eat lux alive.  

VS

Morgana

Medium

Morgana is very passive early on.. Its very hard to kill her cause of her spell shield will block your snare so you wont be able to catch up to her and combo her.. This match up is rather passive and no one will kill each other.. I suggest you pick teleport to increase oblective pressure since you wont be able to kill her.

VS

Orianna

Medium

Early game Orianna will keep her distance and try to kite you with her Q/W combo... I suggest playing it safe and farming untill a w hits her so you can successfully trade with her  if that doesnt work.. Wait untill 6 and go all in she wont be able to burst you cause of your sustain.

VS

Syndra

Hard

Syndra out ranges swain. Landing your w will be extremely hard and even if you do she can just push you away and get away with it.

VS

Talon

Medium

In my opinion talon is one of the strongest ads vs mages.. The silence he has teleports to you and silences you giving you no time to do anything but as he is leaving away from you the trade will be evened out. Hes E and your W have about the same range if you can hit him first the trade will be immense since he is very squishy. On your first back try and buy a ruby crystal and cloth armor to reduce the damage he does, after you get your RoA and your zonyas it will bw very hard for him to kill you.If you are uncomfortable with this match up you can always get barrier

VS

Veigar

Medium

This match up should be played very carefully. The range of he stun is quite long and if you don't be careful he can 100-0 trade with you.. I suggest trying to bait hes stun so when you go in for your combo he cant stop you. After some point your sustain is so stronger that Veigar wont be able to burst you any more. 

VS

Viktor

Hard

This matchup for swain is quite difficult.. Viktor out ranges you with his laser and he can burst you with no problem.. his ultimate stop your birds from attacking enemies which means you wont get healed... This matchup is very rare but no impossible to match against.

VS

Vladimir

Easy

Swain outtrades vladimir hard with hes Q/E combo because he is quite squishy in the early game. After 6 Swain out sustains vlad and just bullies him out of lane.

VS

Zed

Medium

Swain has the upper hand pre-6. He can punish zed for farming, Although said can harrass back with the hes shurikens and has pretty good wave clear. If swain get Zonya's zed will be no problem for swain.

VS

Zyra

Medium

Her E keeps you away from her. Even if you hit w she will snare you with her E and you wont have enough range to combo her. I suggest taking teleport since she is very defence and trying to make a good play to take objectives.


Pros & Cons Back to Top

Pros

  •         Great sustain can tank alot in a team fight and can deal damage to everybody.
  •         High burst damage with your E/Q/W/R combo.
  • Works well with champions that have AoE cc such as 57_64.png54_64.png32_64.png

  •      Good wave clean and good farming tool early on(Passive).   

Cons

           Swain has no gap closer to catch up with his opponents. 

      Ignite and grevious wounds reduces healing so it counters his ultimate.   

About me Back to Top

Hello guys. I'm ArkoN,Diamond IV in the Nordic/East Server. Im 18 years old and i'm from Greece.

  I main Mid/Support.My favorite champs for for both lanes are 
-Mid-          -Support-
Orianna         Leona
Swain            Thresh
Lulu               Annie
Leblanc          Nami
Feel free to add me on my Nordic account so we can play some games :P

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