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Swain Champion Spotlight Gameplay - League of Legends

Swain Champion Spotlight Gameplay - League of Legends

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Catalyst of Aeons item Hextech Revolver item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Hextech GLP-800 item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Standard Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item
Situational Abyssal Mask item Liandry's Torment item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Refillable Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Hextech GLP-800 item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item Luden's Echo item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Abyssal Mask item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Orb of Winter item Spellthief's Edge item Health Potion item2
Essential Rod of Ages item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Liandry's Torment item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Spirit Visage item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing As SwainSquare Swain
  • One of the key ways for SwainSquare Swain to get guaranteed Soul Fragments from his Ravenous Flock passive is landing his Nevermove Nevermove at max range. This guarantees that Swain's target is given no chance to dodge the incoming root.
  • You do not have to cast Demonflare Demonflare as soon as you are able to. Try to benefit from Demonic Ascension Demonic Ascension's damage and healing over time as much as possible.
  • Learn as many ways that you can use Vision of Empire Vision of Empire. You can use it in concert with your other abilities (most notably your Nevermove Nevermove) to force an opponent's Flash, you can use it in concert with your other abilities to spot or delay an opponent's Recall, and you can use it to keep an eye on the enemy jungler or other missing champions. 
Playing Against SwainSquare Swain
  • If you are playing a melee champion with no means of ranged CSing, you are most likely to lose most trades when SwainSquare Swain grabs you and a good portion of your CS if you respect his pressure and he zones you off the waves. Keep track of his Summoner's and his ward patterns to give your Jungler the best chance to gank him.
  • Be sure to keep a tab on SwainSquare Swain's items. If you notice him building Rylai's you will need to respect him especially after he completes it. You will not be able to escape his grip once he grabs you unless you blow some big CDs.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Use Death's Hand Death's Hand liberally to kill minions and waveclear, refunding some mana in the process. This can also be used for damaging an enemy champion significantly.
  • Vision of Empire Vision of Empire's delay and obvious effect makes it hard to land without assistance. By yourself, landing Nevermove Nevermove first is ideal. Aim carefully if you are planning to also use Ravenous Flock Ravenous Flock's pull effect.
Runes Usage
  • Keystones
    • Phase Rush rune Phase Rush
      • Phase Rush rune Phase Rush rewards SwainSquare Swain with strong bursts of movement speed when using his abilities together. This can help you retreat after a trade in-lane, or away from a poor teamfight. When engaging a fight instead, the movement speed helps you get closer for Death's Hand Death's Hand shotgunning and Demonic Ascension Demonic Ascension/Demonflare Demonflare.
    • Kleptomancy rune Kleptomancy
      • Death's Hand Death's Hand's mana restore and low cooldown makes it ideal for readying Kleptomancy rune Kleptomancy procs. The increased gold gain and various consumables are useful throughout the game, and is particularly strong in the isolated top lane.
    • Summon Aery rune Summon Aery
      • Summon Aery rune Summon Aery boosts SwainSquare Swain's laning phase, which can be lackluster due to Death's Hand Death's Hand's longer cooldown at earlier levels. His ranged basic attacks make Aery easy to proc for constant harass.
  • Paths
Item Usage

As a Battlemage at his best in melee/short range of the enemy, SwainSquare Swain prefers items that grant damage through ability power, cooldown reduction and mana, while boosting survivability through health, defensive stats and utility.

Countering

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