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Control, Domination, Immortality

Swain Top Guide





Quick Swain AP Top Build


Summoner Spells


Starting Items

Best Overall Build

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Introduction

Swain is my favorite champion due to his strong damage, healing, and teamfighting. This guide will teach you all the basics, as well as matchups and some tips/tricks. I hope you find this guide helpful, and if there are any changes you want me to make, leave a comment and I'll try to improve this guide. If you like this guide, click the little heart button so more people see it. So, let's get into it.



Runes



  • Conquerer
  • Phase Rush




For runes you generally want to go conquerer. This rune gives so much damage for free, which swain needs since he typically builds more utility focused mage items (ie: rylai's, demonic, morellos) and not pure ap, like rabadons deathcap. The precision tree also gives you acess to presence of mind, which gives you tons of mana sustain both in lane and in teamfights. Legend: Tenacity gives you more agency in teamfights due to the tenacity, and last stand is just good all around.



For secondaries, the resolve tree is amazing because of the tankiness it provides. You usually want to take conditioning and overgrowth, but make sure to change conditioning out for bone plating or second wind as needed, depending on matchup. If you are up against heavy cc and need even more tenacity, unflinching is amazing.



Phase rush isn't very good, but it does help you in certain matchups like Jax, Irelia, Fiora, and Riven. The sorcery tree isn't as good as the precision, but it still offers mana, cooldown reduction, and scaling. (refer to the above paragraph in regard to secondary rune choice)



Items



  • Ap
  • Tank





  • Ap Items
  • Tank Items



I didn't include boots in the item breakdown, but I usually opt for defensive or cooldown reduction boots. For starting items, I always start tear when going tank, but if you are going for ap, start dorans ring and buy tear later if you still want to build seraph's.



Skill Path/Summoner Spells



  • Skill Path

Swain

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  • Summoners

I always go flash ghost, no matter what the lane. Flash because outplays and it's so versatile; and ghost because of the teamfighting power, and it allows you to escaoe bad situations without having to flash. You could run exhaust or teleport, but I don't like either of these because they don't provide the same positional advantage that swain requires in fights.





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Tips

Standard trading combo is e+w+e recast+q.

When you have ult going, recast ult THEN use e because the slow from ult makes the e much harder to dodge.

You can usually 1v2 the enemy top laner and jungler as long as you keep them at range with e+w.

Make sure to use w to check vision around objectives and to get assists (maybe kills) from fights that are happening in other spots on the map. You can also use your w when the enemy is going for a minion, as they will sometimes back off and miss the last hit.



Conclusion

Thanks for checking out my guide, I would appreciate it if you liked, and I always welcome criticism, so drop a comment down below if you think I could improve upon anything. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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