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Swain Statistics for Cred1ble

Author's performance with Swain compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
7
Win %
46
Kills
6.0
Assists
8.1
Deaths
6.8
KA:D Ratio
2.1
Gold Earned
11.4K
Creep Score
152.1
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Flash is something you ALWAYS want. - 100% of your games.


Ignite is really good on Swain, and you can suprise people with the dmg of your E and Ignite. I really don't find a reason not to get ignite. You can get teleport or exhaust if you need to, but flash&ignite 99% of the times.

Exhaust against Zed? Well, you can easily kill him in lane, no reason to go defensive against something you can kill.

Flash and Teleport if you are goingtoplane, use it to tp back to your lane or tp down botlane if you have a chance om killing the enemy botlane or simply make a countergank if your botlane gets in trouble.


New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

I'll explain why I choose these masteries.


Let's start at Ferocity.
I picked sorcery, because it gives me ability dmg(makes your abilities do more dmg). Fury sucks on Swain, since Swain don't need atk speed.

I picked Double Edged Sword above Feast, since feast gives 20 health every 25 sec , which isn't that useful compared to the other one imo.

I picked vampirism above natural talent, because natural talent don't give that good stats, 15 ap at level 18, is sort of nothing. 
2% more spellvamp, is pretty good, since Swains ult heals him.

I picked opressor, since Swain have a snare and a slow = you do 2.5% more dmg towards targets that are , slowed, stunned, snared, taunted, cc'ed. 
- For those who don't exactly get bounty hunter, then it gives you 1% dmg for each unique enemy champion you kill = if you kill their midlaner and toplaner, then you get 2% more dmg, so to get 5%, then you have to kill their botlaners, jungler, midlaner and toplaner.

I picked piercing thoughts, because magic pen is way better than armor pen, on Swain.

Now, we have the 3 special masteries. Warlords bloodlust is useless, since you have 0% crit. 
I honestly don't like the one in the middle, it might be good on poke champs, such as Karma.
Deathfire touch tho... Thanks riot, more dmg over time <3.
(I honestly love watching the enemy burn down from around 350 hp at lvl 6, from Death Fire Touch, ignite, Q and E. It's great, it really is.

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I don't know if I should pick cunning or resolve, but I'll choose one at some point, not atm tho, have to try both of them.

If I would pick cunning, then I'd take SAVAGERY, then SECRET STASH, MERCILESS(you don't need the mana regen, pick merciless, it's way better), then, at last, DANGEROUS GAME.
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If I would pick resolve, then I'd take UNYIELDING, EXPLORER(when roaming), VETARANS SCARE, then, INSIGHT.
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Yes, I picked resolve, in here, but I haven't picked one yet, but I think it is the best one, it feels pretty good.
(UPDATE) Resolve seems to be the best one.

Abilities Back to Top

E
Q
W
E
E
R
E
Q
E
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
2
8
10
12
14
W
3
13
15
17
18
E
1
4
5
7
9
R
6
11
16

You want to max E, and then Q. 

Earlygame, use E at them as much as you can. But remember to use your Q after your E is on them, since it deals more dmg that way. But also AA them, it's really importent.
You can max W after maxin E, but I highly prefer to max E-Q and not E-W.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    if you know you can win early or just want to make plays, then go for this, it is very good on Swain, i use this more than i use Flash, but Flash is still pretty good.
    There used to be other starts, such as starting with cloth(armor) and 5 health pots, or flask, but cloth - 5 health pots don't neem to be that good anymore on Swain, and they removed flash.

Core Items

    You want RoA pretty fast, it is SOOOO good on Swain, then grap boots and some health pots.
    If you are against AD, or just in a normal matchup, take hourglass. Well, anyways, take hourglass almost in everygame, it is so good on Swain.
    If you are agaist AP mid, and maybe a AP jungler or top, grap abyssal. It is very good on Swain. You want RoA first, as ALWAYS, and then abyssal and then hourglass. But you'll need some hp after this. :)
    Liandry's Torment is a really good item on Swain - don't underestimate this item. I didn't want it for the first like 50-100 games as Swain, but when i tried it out in 10 games( wanted to give it a shot ), then i never removed it from my build again. Strong item on Swain, really.
    If you are a new Swain player, then you need mana/regen. A good Swain don't need mana/regen at all, but if you are new and don't know how to use your mana correctly, then build Morelleonicon/Athenes as third item after Roa and Hourglass. :)
    You can use all three boots, it depends on what you are up against. But you want Magic Pen most of the time.
    These boots with the ms upgrade are really good on Swain, really useful to catch enemies with your bind and generally just nice having.
    Some people seem to build this item quite oftent (good Swain players). I don't really think that you need the mana it gives you, but it is really good for dmg, and the shield is really good. If you want to build it, then build tear asap, then RoA and then finish it. (RoA = Rod of Ages).

Situational Items

    Standard build: 1. RoA 2. Boots(don't have to be magic pen, you can also use armor/MR boots). 3. Hourglass. Sick item on Swain. 4. Liandry's Torment - A REALLY good item on Swain. I've played Swain quite alot, and i didn't build this item at first. Then i gave it a shot, and now i ALWAYS use it as a third or fourth item. 5. Spirit Visage, also a really good item on Swain. 6. Well, you can build what you want, I prefer to build a defensive item, such as Frozen Hearth or Rulai's CS.
    Build vs heavy AP team. 1. RoA, as always. RoA is just the best item you can get on Swain. 2. Boots, if you are against a heavy AP team, then you might want MR boots. 3. Abyssal Scepter, if you want it, then grap it after RoA and boots. 4. Hourglass, there's really nothing to say about this item. RoA and Hourglass is a MUUUUST on Swain. 5. liandry's torment - It's really good, trust me. 6. I really love to grap another def item. Against a heavy AP team, grap a spirit Visage.
    Against a heavy AD team, such as Zed midlane - an ADC and AD jungler/top. if i see a heavy AD team, then I am going tanky Swain, not FULL AP Swain. 1. RoA, best item on Swain. 2. Boots, against a heavy AD team? Take Armor Boots. 3. Hourglass - your best friend, "Active while ult". 4. Liandry's Torment is still one of the best items on Swain. 5. Against a heavy AD team, then i would pickup a Frozen Hearth - You can build Omen / Sunfire too, but i prefer Frozen Hearth way more. 6. If they don't have any AP at all, then get a Omen / Sunfire. But if they have a little ap, then build Spirit Visage, since it is a great item on Swain.
    Here comes the funny build. I build this a lot if we don't need another tanky champion - we don't have any ap - i just want to go full AP. 1. RoA, get it!!! Best item on Swain. 2. Boots, if you want to go full dmg, then grap MagicPen boots. 3. Hourglass, gives alot of AP and the active is insane. + armor. 4. Liandry's Torment, if you don't like the item, then don't say "nah, i'll just build something else'. Trust me, try it. 5. if you want to go full DMG, then Rabadons Deathcap is a really good item for more dmg. 6. If they stack MR, get Void Staff. if they don't, then you might want it anyways.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Easy
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Anivia
    Hard
  • Annie
    Easy
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Cassiopeia
    Hard
  • Corki
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Hard
  • Lux
    Hard
  • Orianna
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Syndra
    Hard
  • Talon
    Easy
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Zed
    Easy

VS

Ahri

Easy

She is very annoying earlygame, but she isn't a problem after you've got 3027_32.png.

Just get 1001_32.png after 3010_32.png, then you should be fine. 

VS

Akali

Easy

Pretty easy matchup. Just poke her as much as possible. Buy a pink once in a while.

She can't kill you at any point if you play it cool.

VS

Anivia

Hard

I've only been against this once, and it is really hard to do anything against her.

Just try to poke her and dodge her Q, do your best.

VS

Annie

Easy

She is pretty easy to be against, just be care of her level 6 burst and stay at high hp most of the time. - Poke her as much as possible.

VS

Azir

Hard

Azir is really annoying to be against as Swain, he can stand away from you by using his soldiers, and if he's good, then you won't get to him.


Try to catch him off with your W, and get boots sort of early.

VS

Brand

Easy

Dodge his skillshots = won lane. - Poke him, but keep in mind that he have a Q-W. If he uses them and misses, try to fight him.

VS

Cassiopeia

Hard

This champ is really fucking annoying, she can easily outpoke you. Don't "fight" her after you get 3027_32.png. And grap 1001_32.png after 3010_32.png, really importent.

VS

Corki

Medium

Corki is really hard to get to as Swain, so get boots early, otherwise you'll find it hard killing him.

VS

Fizz

Easy

Poke him as much as possible, you should easily win against him.

VS

Katarina

Easy

Keep her away from farming, she can't do shit against you at any stages of  early-midgame. Really, poke her, just fuck her game up. 

VS

Kayle

Easy

Poke her as much as possible, you can outpoke her.

If she don't have heal up, then try to fight her, that's pretty much her only escape.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

You might want a flask and potions against this champ.

If the LeB is good, then just make sure to fight her, if her W is down, if not, then she can probably outtrade you.

After RoA, get abyssal, it is a must item against LeB.

VS

Lissandra

Medium

This a weird matchup.. Outpoke her, you have more range on your E then her Q have, so try to abuse that. She can't really burst you down, so you should out sustaine her and outtrade her. Just be careful of all her fucking cc, if anyone comes to gank you then she can stun you for ages.

VS

Lulu

Hard

Lulu is actually really hard to be against as Swain, she can easily make sure that you won't get to burst her, with her W and her Q to keep you away.


Get boots early, and try to roam when you both get to level 6, because you won't kill her easily.

VS

Lux

Hard

Haven't been against a Lux as Swain. Someone says that it is a hard matchup, just dodge her abilities and try to poke her a bit. Get  boots early.

VS

Orianna

Hard

This champ can outpoke you, can use Q-W-E on you and you won't even be able to fucking E her. She is probably the worst to be against as Swain. Get boots early, you need it!

VS

Renekton

Medium

(TOP)

Renekton can easily fight you earlygame, try and poke him down a bit with your E-Q-aa.
Be careful not to fight him earlygame.

You might need help from your jungler, so if possible, ask for help.

VS

Syndra

Hard

Syndra can outpoke you in lane, without that you can do anything about it. Just poke her when her Q isn't up. You can outsustaine her and use your hourglass when she ult's you.

VS

Talon

Easy

Talon is really easy to be against, just poke him early and try to fight him a lot, specially if his E/R/flash is down.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

Should be pretty easy, destroy him when his W is on cd. Tbh, one of the easiest lanes.

VS

Zed

Easy

This is where Swain shines, against a Zed. I've seen SOOOO many Zeds this patch. You can outpoke him, outsustaine him and use zhonias after he ults, but don't insta zhonias, then his use is still going off. Use it after 1 sec or so. So E-Q him then zhonias. REMEMBER TO USE ULT WHILE ZHONIAS! :)

Laning Tips Back to Top

Level one you want to use E on them and AA them while E still is on. 

Generally just go around and E-Q-AA them as much as possible.

If they are around 60% or lower hp. Then you can suprice them with your dmg, everyone is underestimating Swain's dmg. 
He have alot of poke and a great burst. And he is really good to stay in a fight, tanky - sustain and dmg.

If you get's behind as Swain, then don't worry that much. Just far as much as you can, Swain can get back pretty easily - just ask your jungler for help or wait and farm.

After you've got 3027_32.png and boots, you can start roaming if your lanes needs help. 
1. Push your lane up fast 
2. roame. 
Remember to ask if they have any wards and that stuff. :)

But be careful, look were ur laner is at when you roame, he might follow you.

Btw, ty for 450k views!

Pros & Cons Back to Top

Pros(Good things about Swain)

  • He is really strong after 3027_32.png
  • He is good at lasthitting under turret if you know how to use your abilities.
  • He is very tanky mid-lategame, but can still 1hit adc's.
  • If Swain is ahead and the enemy team is behind, then Swain is almost unkillable.
  • You can use zhonias while ulting, gives you a lot of HP back.

Cons(Bad things about Swain)
  • Someone find it hard lasthitting as Swain.
  • If you fall behind early, then it can be hard getting back in the game.
  • It is hard winning lane against champs such as Lux, Ziggs, etc. because they have such a long range.
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