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Swain's Passive

Ozuar April 7, 2013 User blog:Ozuar

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Before I begin, I would like to clarify that this is not a post crying about how Swain Swain is underpowered, or that he needs buffs, or anything else of the sort. I love Swain, and think that, if anything, he is too powerful because of how high is ratios are. With that out of the way, let's get started.

What I think Carrion Renewal.png Carrion Renewal is:

A way for him to maintain a reasonably high amount of mana in lane to deal with the high early game mana cost of his abilities. This, in my opinion, is not where Carrion Renewal.png Carrion Renewal fails. I believe that it makes Swain Swain's early game manageable, and simultaneously makes it so that you need to balance the amount of farming you do and the amount of damage you can deal to your lane partner. This adds a great depth of play to Swain Swain.

Carrion Renewal.png Carrion Renewal scales poorly:

Although Carrion Renewal.png Carrion Renewal makes Swain Swain have an interesting early game experience, it does not scale well at all into late game. To put this in perspective, the passive on Karthus Karthus's level two Defile.png Defile will give him the same amount of mana for killing units that Carrion Renewal.png Carrion Renewal will give at level 18. Not to mention that Karthus Karthus has a much easier time of farming with minimal mana than Swain Swain does. Also, a Doran's Ring item.png Doran's Ring will give half of the effect that Carrion Renewal.png Carrion Renewal does at level one.

My suggestions:

Perhaps change Carrion Renewal.png Carrion Renewal into something that provides an additional level of gameplay, such as Illumination.png Illumination does for Lux Lux or Essence Theft.png Essence Theft does for Ahri Ahri. This would need to be something that gave Swain Swain mana, considering that is what he really needs out of his passive (either that or something that made it so shields didn't so easily save people from Torment.png Torment).

Draft of passive, suggested by the community, specifically Archonell and Emptylord:

Carrion Renewal
Carrion Renewal

Whenever and enemy unit dies within 1000 units of Swain, it leaves behind a piece of Carrion. Picking up this Carrion will restore 3% of Swain's mana.


This would allow Carrion Renewal.png Carrion Renewal to scale into late game, because it's a percentage.

Questions? Comments? I want to hear all of them below!

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