Following Riot Games’ drastic changes to Swain’s identity in League of Legendsthe Grand General of Noxus has taken on a whole new complexion for his role in Summoner’s Rift.
Instead of having the majority of its power in its burst ability, the devs moved it to a terrorizing drain tank that can continuously drain the life of its enemies in a team fight if left alone. .
Her ultimate ability, Demonic Ascension, has been tweaked so she can stay active throughout a five-on-five teamfight, especially if the right runes and items are built to support that playstyle. His tankiness and damage output make him a scary prospect to face and a fun champion to dominate in solo queue and beyond.
Here is the best build for Swain in League12th season.
Phase Rush: Swain relies on staying close to his enemies, especially during the later stages of the game when he drains multiple players of their health in a team fight. It can however be easily avoided since it is not too fast. By taking Phase Rush, he not only gains a significant increase in movement speed, but also gains 75% slow resistance, allowing him to maintain the range of his Demonic Ascension to sap his enemies health.
Mana Flow Band: In late game fights, Swain must continuously cast his damage abilities to help soften his enemies before using the second part of his ultimate ability, Demonflare. As a result, Manaflow Band is a great tool for expanding one’s mana pool as the game progresses.
Transcendence: Since the Great General is focused on becoming an unstoppable drain tank in the later stages of the game, having some scaling power in his runes should help him become a threat when he passes. by the laning phase of a match. The extra 10 ability haste at level eight should come in handy during lane trades and early skirmishes. After level 11, Transcendence gives a 20% cooldown reduction to basic abilities for each champion dismount, which can help him snowball a kill in a teamfight sweep.
A threatening storm: In the same vein as Transcendence, Gathering Storm is another scaling rune that gives it even more strength as it gains levels and items over time. For example, after 30 minutes, he will have gained 48 additional AP in addition to the items he purchased.
Conditioning: As another scaling rune, Conditioning gives Swain nine armor, nine magic resists after 12 minutes, as well as a five percent increase in both stats. Instead of damage, this gives Swain the durability to withstand the barrage of damage coming his way when the boss music starts playing.
Overgrowth: This rune stacks on Swain’s health pool giving him three extra hit points whenever minions or monsters die near him. After killing 120 mobs or minions near Swain, he will even gain an additional 3.5% to his max health.
Bonuses: +nine adaptive force, +nine adaptive force, +eight magic resistance
Starting Items: Doran’s Ring, a health potion
The extra AP is pretty important for Swain, especially in trades against your opponent in lane. His healing factor is non-existent in the early game, so playing around with minions and farming well is key to a good transition into the mid and late game.
Base Build: Liandry’s Anguish, Sorcerer’s Shoes, Zhonya’s Hourglass
The fun begins once Swain gains access to his ultimate ability. By grabbing the Liandry’s Anguish-Zhonya’s Hourglass package, you can pull off a menacing combo where you spawn Demonic Ascension in the midst of a few enemies, and when you’re about to die, activate stasis. Not only does Swain’s ultimate heal while invincible, but it also ensures opponents don’t heal due to the burn effect.
End Items: Demonic Embrace, Rylai’s Crystal Staff, Morellonomicon, Rabadon’s Mortuary Cap, Frozen Heart, Spirit Visage
There are several paths Swain can take once his main items are purchased. For example, players can opt for even more damage over time with Demonic Grasp, while picking up a Crystal Staff from Rylai to help bog down enemies so they can’t escape from the ultimate radius of Swain.
Other players could also buy a tanky version of Swain by picking up a Frozen Heart when facing deadly AD threats or buying a Spirit Visage against heavy AP fighters. In fact, a Spirit Visage not only gives the player more magic defense, but also increases all of Swain’s healing by 25%, including his own ultimate.