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Swain Statistics for xzFlex

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

Value
Average
Games Played
174
6
Win %
57
43
Kills
6.4
5.0
Assists
8.7
7.4
Deaths
4.9
5.9
KA:D Ratio
3.1
2.1
Gold Earned
11.8K
10.4K
Creep Score
170.7
154.5
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png is just a must, swain is a champion with very low mobility so you need flash 100% of the game it's not even a question

12.png I take TP every game when I'm top, the reason is simple, TP is just a great summoner spell for top lane, first if your losing lane and your opponent keep pushing it can help you not get being in CS and xp as you can simply TP back to lane, I normally use my first tp like that, but if I play against a melee toplaner I normally try to poke him out of lane and then push him to force him to use his tp. The real fun start when he used his TP and you still have yours, when this happens I try to push hard and i keep spamming my bot to put deep ward and I almost 2 games out of 3 try a tp botlane to either get myself fed or get my ADC fed and then go either for the first turret or the dragon, so if this work the game is pretty much done for the ennemy team.

14.png I only take this when I mid, just put a lot of kill pressure and secure some kills (Ignite does not work with torment so be careful with that they actually remove it in patch 3.15)

3.png I very rarely use this summoner spell, but if you play against Zed or Yasuo it can be a good option.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Ferocity :


6114.png It's a really good mastery for Swain it empowers all of his ability and help you deals a great amount of damages
6122.png Feast is just better than the two others mastery, it helps you regen before level 6
6134.png I take natural talent over vampirism, because spell vamp just doesn't work with your ult so it's pretty useless, you already have a lot of healing, and the healing is scaling with your damage so the 15 ability power at level 18 is just much much better than the 2% spell vamp
6143.png I take battle trance, because it helps you deal with your laning phase and before level 6 you're pretty squishy so I prefer to not take double edge swords which makes you take 1.5% damages
6154.png Just a lot of magic penetration no need to explain
6164.pngDeathfire touch just makes you deal soooooo much more damages, I always take this mastery because it has a great synergy with swain's kit

Resolve :

I've seen people take cunning as the second set of masteries but I feel like resolves is just much better, because first it gives you more tankyness which your teams might need from their toplaner but the main reason is this 6231.png it helps your healing at 8% in the late game which is just really strong with 3065.png because it improves your healing by 38%



Abilities Back to Top

E
Q
W
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
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swainpassive.png 
Carrion Renewal
Carrion Renewal

Whenever Swain kills an enemy or structure, he restores 13 - 30 (based on level) mana. On enemy champion takedowns, he regains an additional 9% maximum mana.


This passives is not really hard to understand, all it does is when you kill a minions you get an amount of mana back which can help you sustain in lane, but the most important part of this passives is when you kill or get an assist on an ennemy champion, it gives you way more mana which helps you to stay in teamfights longer

Decrepify
TARGET RANGE: 700
 
EFFECT RADIUS: 325
 
COST: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 MANA
 
COOLDOWN: 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 / 10
Decrepify



ACTIVE: Swain commands Beatrice to fly to the target location, where she remains for 4 seconds.

Beatrice will attack enemies within the area, prioritizing the target of Torment, other champions in range and then any target in range. Beatrice's attacks deal magic damage and Slow icon slowsBeatrice deals double damage against minions and executes them below 10 health.


Your Q is now a ''skill shot'' that deal damage in a zone while slowing ennemies, since the patch 6.9 the changes also helps you cs a lot because it execute minions under 10 health. You need to max it first because it helps you land your W because of the slow and it is also an excellent poke.


Nevermove
TARGET RANGE: 900
 
EFFECT RADIUS: 125
 
COST: 80 / 85 / 90 / 95 / 100 MANA
 
COOLDOWN: 18 / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10
Nevermove


ACTIVE: Swain marks the target area. After a 0.875-second delay, talons grab onto enemy units within, dealing magic damage and Root icon rooti

  • MAGIC DAMAGE: 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+ 70% AP)

  • ROOT DURATION: 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2

ng them for a short duration.






This ability his the only ''real'' skill shot swain has, if you can land it on a carry it can set up easy pick and deal a lot of damage leading to your team succes in a fight. In laning phase it is also a good way to stay safe, the ability has a high cooldown for a spell so try to use it carefully and to not waste it to farm for exemple.

Torment
TARGET RANGE: 625
 
COST: 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 MANA
 
COOLDOWN: 10
Torment



ACTIVE: Swain afflicts the target enemy with a curse that deals magic damage to them over 4 seconds, amplifying Swain's damage against them by 20% for the duration.「 ENHANCED MAGIC DAMAGE PER SECOND: 15 / 24 / 33 / 42 / 51 (+ 25% AP) 









A click spell, basically you want to cast this spell before anyother because of the increase 20% damages, max last because the cooldown will always stay at 10 and the base damage does not help that much.


Ravenous Flock
EFFECT RADIUS: 700
 
COST: 25 MANA PER SECOND + 5 PER ADDITIONAL SECOND
 
COOLDOWN: 20
Ravenous Flock



TOGGLE: Swain assumes the form of a demonic raven. During this time, lesser ravens strike out, one every 0.2 seconds at up to 5 nearby enemies and dealing magic damage to them, prioritizing champions. Each enemy can only be attacked by one raven at a time and only once per second.




  • MAGIC DAMAGE PER RAVEN:50 / 70 / 90 (+ 20% AP)

Swain heals himself for a small amount against minions and monsters, and for a bigger amount against champions.

MAGIC DAMAGE PER RAVEN:50 / 70 / 90 (+ 20% AP)

「 HEAL PER RAVEN VS. NON-CHAMPIONS: 8 / 11 / 13 (+ 3% AP) 」






This is what makes swain a terror, when toggle you are really tanky, now there is only 1 raven per second that can attack an ennemy champion so fighting in the ennemy minions can actually gives you more healing, careful though you only have 5 ravens.

The combo on Swain are pretty basic the first one is the classic EQ combo to poke, if you play againt melee or your opponent overextend you can also EQ and W behind him so he takes full damage of your EQ combo normally if the ennemy isn't tanky it will result in a kill because of your ultimate. At level one you need E because early game your E auto deals a lot but a lot of damage it's basically a free poke so makes sure to abuse it and to poke your opponent out of lane with it but don't get overextended trying to use this. 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Always start with those items, the ap and mana regen is just to important on swain to try any other items
    First back if you can't you can go for ruby cristal and the sapphire crystal, you can also grab a second doran's ring but since the nerf on the passive it's not so good, still for 400 gold it gives good stats that can help you snowball pretty hard

Core Items

    Always always pick those two items and in that order, those are just so good on Swain, you always pick Roda first because it takes a long time to stack but if you can pick it up around 10-15 minutes it can gives you a huge power spike around 20-25 minutes. Zhonya is just awesome on Swain because your ult still works while on zhonya active, so it can help you kill a carry that is trying to sustain on you, tempo fight and bait the ennemy team to put 5 ult and all of their ability on you and then just zhonya at 200 health heal back and your team can just destroy them while you're in zhonya because they all focused on you.
    I grab spirit visage almost every game like 90% of the time because of the passive (30% of increase healing), though if you are snowballing you can just go straigh ap or if the neeemy team is full AD you can go for armor instead.
    Choose one

Situational Items

    Versus Yasuo or an heavy crit team, I also like to pick it versus champion that have a lot of attack speed because of the cold steel passive
    I just love this item, when I decide to go tanky because my team is carrying, it's really go vs full AD team which I build 100% of the time against them (with randuin's tabi's and thornmail you get a bit more than 250 armor which can be pretty annoying against heavy AD team)
    Item's damage I normally pick only one, Rylai when I need more slow vs the ennemy team, and lyandries when I need more damage and more penetration
    Since the rework this item is really good on Swain, against veigar or strong ap team it's a must buy
    My almost go to build
    Full Ap build

Items always depend on who you play against, though on Swain you need Roda and Zhonya no matter what, the rest depends on who is on the enemy team, who is fed, am I fed? etc. depending on that you need to analyse the game to build effectively.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Annie
    Easy
  • Aurelion Sol
    Medium
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Hard
  • Ezreal
    Hard
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Easy
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Hard
  • Gnar
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Hard
  • Graves
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Easy
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Jarvan IV
    Easy
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Medium
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • Kled
    Medium
  • Lucian
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Hard
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Easy
  • Rammus
    Easy
  • Renekton
    Hard
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Medium
  • Sion
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Hard
  • Twisted Fate
    Medium
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Hard
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Hard
  • Zed
    Easy
  • Ziggs
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Easy

I played once or twice vs Aatrox, don't know the matchup that well, and atm Aatrox is just bad in my opinion. Basically you can bully him pre-6, after 6 make sure to waste out his ult and then you can go all-in on him. In my opinion swain win's the match-up because you have a better poke pre-6 so you can basically bully him out of lane without him being able to do anything.

VS

Akali

Easy

So Akali, I actually like this matchup a lot because most Akali player thinks that akali just destroy any champion well not against Swain. You see pre-6 you just have a better poke and more range than her, and after 6 well they'll think they can kill you but with 3010.png and swainmetamorphism.png you are pretty hard to kill. Though if you screw up in this matchup get an early1033.png that you will eventually use later for your spirit visage.

VS

Annie

Easy

You just destroy annie, though a couple mistakes and she can snowball on you, so poke EQ than wait for your cd to be back than poke again, normally you can kill her easily early but you can also die easily before you have you're cataclyst.

VS

Aurelion Sol

Medium

He can't kill you but he can be more useful in teamfight, try to bully him in lane because if not he can deal a lot of damage in teamfight.

VS

Brand

Medium

Dodge his W and his Q if you can do that all in him and trade smart, he has a lot of burst early but if you dodge the right skillshot you can easily win this lane.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

She has a lot of skillshot if you dodge her Q her E does less damage so try to not get Q and if she does hit you wait until the poison has run down, this win is not hard but it's not easy as well.

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

His constant healing on minions and poke makes him a hard matchup, stay out of his range and keep even in cs

VS

Darius

Medium

Personnally I have found to love playing against Darius, first his Q his easily dodge and you can poke him while he tries to use it on you. But the main focus his to stay out of the range of his E, if he waste it you can simply go ham on him. All you have to do for this match-up to become easy is to learn his range and then you can safely harass him and make his lanning phase a nightmare.

VS

Diana

Easy

She's pretty squishy and she has not enough burst to kill Swain early, dodge her Q and poke her and you should easily win the lane.

VS

Ekko

Hard

Ekko is just a straigh pain in the ass, normally you can't kill him unless he makes a big mistake, and he can kill you, in this matchup play safe, match his roam and try to pick up kills in the other lane.

VS

Ezreal

Hard

I've seen Ezreal AP Mid and well you just can't lane against it, he has more range than you, better poke than you, but if he does one mistake of positioning and he was his E you can destroy him as well.

VS

Fiora

Medium

This is a skill matchup, if she is good she is going to use her W against your W when she does she is going to win every trade, but if she doesn't the fun starts and you can kill her. Be careful at level 6 Fiora can kill you easily with her ult and the true damage it dealts.

VS

Fizz

Easy

I haven't seen fizz for a while, but basically all you have to do is not get it by his ultimate and you should be able to win the lane and tradre agressively.

VS

Galio

Medium

I haven't played the matchup since the nerf on Galio Q, though this is a a very boring lane, he can kill you between level 3 and 6 because of his poke, so just make sure to don't die. Other than that it's a very but very boring lane, so tell you're botlane to ward deep and try to push in all the waves.

VS

Gangplank

Medium

You absolutely need to destroy GP in the early game because once this guys hits level 11 and a bit more with executionner he can just simply destroy you. But before that you can harrass him easily and win easy trade. Don't let him use any barrels and kill him as many time as you can before mid-late game.

VS

Garen

Hard

Garen is just an annoying overall champion. Farm well and poke him and once he is too strong try to force him into teamfighting since you are just a better teamfighting option than him.

VS

Gnar

Easy

Gnar is pretty easily countered, fight him when he doesn't have mega gnar, and poke him since you have more range than he does, and once you hit level 6 it's basically a free kill but be aware of his rage bar. Try to bait his hop out before using your W and don't get hit by his Q because if he lands it often enough he can be the one to poke you out of lane.

To resume all this : at 6 you want to fight him when you have mana and you're ult, past 6 dodge his Q and poke him and focus on farming and wait out his rage bar and finally, go all in when he does not have his E and is in his mini form.

VS

Gragas

Hard

Kind of the same lane like galio, it's a very boring lane, farm well push and try to not get push in and tp bot. Sometimes when the Gragas build AP you got to be careful because even though you might not be able to kill him, he might be able to kill you, so play carefully and keep ult to when he tries to all in.

VS

Graves

Easy

Graves is like any other ADC, Swain can just stomp him in lane so have fun, he can't kill you and you can simply destroy him. Be aware that he might call the jungler to come often has it is an aweful matchup for him.

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

Against heimer it's a questions of skills, first you got to know how to cs under turret with Swain, than you got to dodge his rockets and his E and finally you've got to play the match up smart, so try to get him and destroy one of his turret with you're W and always go in with your ult when you walk in his turrets. When you get zhonya the matchup is a lot easier but I would also recommend building Banshee's veil it can help a lot in this matchup.

VS

Illaoi

Easy

Illaoi got a lot of nerf since she got out, personnally I think she is way more weak than she was. Anyway she is a melee fighter so dodge her Q, and her E was they both are though skillshot to land and stay out of your minions wave. At 6 be carefull of her ult and fight when she has it on cooldown. After zhonya she just can't mess with you.

VS

Irelia

Hard

Irelia is one of the strongest caracter in the laning phase, her whole kit is a problem, against her I usually ask for the jungler help and I stay as close to my turret as I can and prefer to let her push me in than pushing her. Before her sheen and her level 6 you should be able to beat her but after that she's going to make your life a living hell.

VS

Jarvan IV

Easy

Easy match up at level 6 he just can't kill you and you can. Poke him and ult when he goes on you.

VS

Jax

Medium

You win this matchup early on so bully the hell out of him early and when he get's strong do a favor for your team don't die.

VS

Jayce

Hard

Intense poke, good melee fighting and good waveclear, personnally I hate to lane against Jayce with any champion, try to farm well and stay behind your ranged minions when you have melee in front of them or stay a while back behind your ranged minions and ask for the jungler help.

VS

Karthus

Easy

A good matchup for Swain, stay in your minions so his Q won't deal as many damage and poke him, he has as much ranged as you and after 6 you can trade him aggressively but make sure to not be low because if he can ult you and you're under 400 hp....

VS

Kassadin

Medium

Snowball the game early on! After 6 his mobility become a problem because you don't have any yourself.

VS

Katarina

Easy

Their is single moment in the game where Katarina can kill you. This is an easy matchup, if you don't kill her before 6 well you sure as well will kill her after 6, Swain is just one of Katarina hard counter

VS

Kayle

Hard

An incredibly annoying matchup, she has more sustain due to her W, she has poke with her E and Q, she deals more damage than you do and her ult makes her invincible, farm well and ask for early help from the jungle.

VS

Kennen

Easy

One of my favorite matchup, as Swain you just stomp Kennen, you deal more damage early on and even if he can ult you when he starts doing damage you can simply zhonya his ult. So poke him out and don't get hit by Q, pretty easy. At 6 is power spike is actually weaker than yours so you should be able to kill him.

VS

Kled

Medium

I'm still learning this matchup, so I'm not sure to how to proceed against Kled, you absolutely need to dodge his Q and you want to poke him in return, for now I consider it as a medium matchup.

VS

Lucian

Easy

Just like Graves you stomp him after 6, though be careful of his damage early he can out trade you.

VS

Malzahar

Hard

Malhazar is just an horrible matchup, get his shield down with your Q and than try to E and using your ult on him but becareful to not get caught in his combo when you have you're ult down because he can 100 to zero you.

VS

Maokai

Medium

Boring matchup zzzzz. Just out farm him and try to tp bot.

VS

Nasus

Easy

You can bully him early so ask you're jungler to camp him and put him as far behind as you can!

VS

Nautilus

Medium

Boring matchup, but you can kill him before he gets tanky so try and kill him, if not just stay safe and farm well.

VS

Olaf

Hard

He can destroy you at any phase of the lane, but if you let him push you in you can farm but just be careful to not be too far from you're turret. Though in teamfight and at mid game you can start to fight him.

VS

Pantheon

Medium

Be careful he is one of the strongest champion early game but he scales of hard, so just don't die early to him and after 6  you can start trading him, after level 11 you should start winning the lane.

VS

Poppy

Medium

Boring lane she is just going to build mr and you will not be able to kill her, be carefull though because she can kill you when you don't have your ult up.

VS

Quinn

Easy

It's really an easy matchup, she can try to kill you before 6, but after 6 you just stomp her and you can stand you're ground very easily before 6. Bully this matchup and snowball the rest of the game, it's a free win.

VS

Rammus

Easy

You can poke him allllllll day, just be carefull with the AA poke but beside that when you hit 6 destroy his face.

VS

Renekton

Hard

Personnally one of my worst matchup, be careful he can kill you at level 2 and if he got ignite be sure to not be in range of his double E. Farm with Q throw you're E and keep W when he goes on you. At 6 the lane become a bit easier but

VS

Riven

Medium

It's a skill matchup, she gets a huuuuuge power spike at 6 so be careful, you need to try and bully her early and try to flash her ult, if you can do that you can win the lane, when you get zhonya the match up become easier. If you play the matchup smart you can win if not get ready for your team to flame you. I normally love to freeze so my jungler can gank in this matchup, also use you're w when she goes in on you and use you're EQ when she has used her Q.

VS

Rumble

Medium

It's a normal melee matchup but he get tanky, be careful when he overheat he does a lot of damage but try to poke him and ask for the jungler help to kill him.

VS

Sion

Medium

Dodge his Q and don't die, early both of you can kill each other and later on well none of you can so try to farm well, boring lane.

VS

Teemo

Easy

One of the easiest matchup on Swain if not the easiest, poke him early, and at 6 go get a free kill! Try to snowball this matchup a lot!

VS

Tryndamere

Hard

I just ban trynd every game because he can kill you after 6 and can just snowball the lane hard. Also he's a one man team, you beat him early but after level 6 if he's ok on him he's going to stomp you.

VS

Twisted Fate

Medium

Try to catch him with you're W and at that point kill him and try to follow his roam or push him.

VS

Veigar

Medium

He's squishy but until you have Banshee's veil he can one shot you. So don't get stunned, dodge his W and trade him.

VS

Vel'Koz

Hard

She has too much range for you. Though if SHE make ONE mistake of positionning you have punish her sooo hard.

VS

Viktor

Medium

Don't get stunned and don't do mistake of positionning and you should be fine. You can win and lose the lane over one single kill.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

Before it was an easy matchup but since the buff on him (the rework on mage) and the nerf on Swain it's an ok matchup you heal way less so you can't just go all in him. Poke him since he has worst range than you and fight when he doesn't have empowered Q. With you're jungler's help it's an easy kill because you can snare him easily as soon as he has wasted his pool of blood.

VS

Wukong

Easy

He's a melee and not that tanky so you can poke him easily and when you hit 6 you are stronger than him, though he has a lot of damage at 6 and his ultimate is great if his jungler gank, so play smart and ward up.

VS

Yasuo

Hard

If he's good he's going to destroy you so hard. The key in the matchup is play around your CD and his. When he use and didn't windwall your EQ combo go all in, though if he did windwall the combo back and use W to keep him of you, the matchup is harder when he gets executionner. Early you can definitely win in 1 vs 1 which is not the case at level 17-18 so play that smart try to bait his W and then go ham and try to attack him on the side of his windwall, so this matchup is also about good positioning and holding on on your abilities.

VS

Zed

Easy

After you get Zhonya the matchup is gg, and even before, try to punish him when he does not farm at distance and when he ult you need to quickly drop you're W and toggle your ult and try to run as he is going to try and chase you and if he did not kill you after his mark poped off turn and smash him.

VS

Ziggs

Easy

Easy matchup dodge his Q and try to caught him with W, if you succed go all in and kill him. Easy matchup.

Introduction Back to Top

Hi everyone, I'm Flex a Swain main since well I started to play in season 5, I got to gold this season almost only using Swain on whom I have over 60% win ratio (70% in season 6). I've played over 400 games on him and even if I'm only gold well I master him quite well. I've been in love with Swain since I read his lore which his awesome and since I decided that I would main him. I've read every guide and watch every video of him, so now I decided I would try doing my own guide, so if you guys have questions or ideas let me know in the comments or you can add me on league. Also I'm sorry for all the grammar mistakes there is, see english is not my first language but my second so I'm still learning it!


Thanks you all for reading and I'm open to feed back.

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