Swaine, The AP Tank - By Alpharius Omegon

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Table of Contents

1.       Abilities

2.      Introduction

3.      Items

4.      Skilling Order

5.      Summoner Abilities

6.      Summary

7.       Working in the team

8.      Farming

9.      Masteries

10.   Runes

Champion info
The earliest account of Swain's existence comes from a Noxian infirmary doctor's notes. According to them, Swain limped into the ward without cry or complaint; his right leg was snapped in half, with bone protruding from the skin. A small, scowling bird seemed affixed to his shoulder. The doctor gawked in horror as the young adolescent answered questions about his health and age with a calm, even stare. Even behind the echoing crack as the sand counterweights reset his tibia, Swain's measuring gaze never flickered, nor did his eyes twitch from the pop of his fibula. He refused the doctor's recommendation of magical treatment for the leg's inoperable damage, requesting only a spare crutch before shuffling away. He next surfaced in documents from the Noxian military, although it is evident that they are incomplete. Normally a crippled boy would be turned away in shame from Noxus' proud legion, but the records indicate his first designation was that of a ranking officer.

The men who've served under him (and survived) have remained in his charge with unshakable faith and loyalty. He leapt through the High Command's hierarchy, often ascending when superiors requested demotions to join his unit. A cunning strategist, Swain was decorated after every battle he fought, regularly hobbling in contemplation at the front of the assault. His rise to power seemed unceasing until he was suddenly relegated to inactive status prior to the Ionian Invasion - a bewildering decision which reeked of bureaucratic subversion. If Swain was upset by the events which unfolded, he never belied it. His face was so implacable that it was popularly rumored to be a mask, disguising something utterly inhuman beneath. More controversy surrounded the bird that never left his shoulder, whose name he whispered only to it. When Demacia escalated its presence in the League, Swain was immediately returned to active duty.

''If you haven't yet lost the ability to ask, you may not yet ask for relief.''


1. Abilities

Carrion Renewal (Passive)
Swain gains 300% increased mana regeneration for 5 seconds upon killing a unit.

Swain sets his raven to cripple an enemy. Over the next three seconds, the target takes damage over time and is slowed

Swain marks a target area. After a short delay, mighty talons grab hold of enemy units dealing damage and rooting them.

Swain afflicts his target, dealing damage over time. During this affliction, a percentage of all damage dealt by Swain is added to the periodic damage of this debuff.

Ravenous Flock
Toggle: Swain transforms into the form of a raven, during this time up to 3 lesser ravens strike out at nearby enemies each second. Swain is healed for half the damage dealt by the Ravens

2. Introduction


-Infinite Mana

-Good HP Pool

-Slow + Snare

-Insane regen through Ravenous Flock


-Needs blue buff to continuously function with Ravenous Flock

-Long CD’s      

3.  Items

Recommended Items.

Rod of Ages

Boots of Mobility

Rylai’s Crystal Scepter

Abyssal Scepter

Zhonya’s Ring

Mejai’s Soulstealer

Recommended item order:

Start out with Amplifying Tome + Hp Pot

1st Blue Pill: Mejai’s Soulstealer + Boots 1

2nd Blue Pill: Catalyst

3d Blue Pill: Rod of Ages + Boots of Mobility

4th Blue Pill: Rylai’s Crystal Scepter

5th Blue Pill: Abyssal Scepter

6th Blue Pill: Zhonya’s Ring

In some cases I get Spirit Visage instead of Abyssal Scepter.

4. Skilling Order

I start out with Decrepify for the slow + harass.

From here on I focus on maxing Torment and Nevermore.

Skill priorities are:
Ravenous Flock > Torment > Nevermore > Decrepify

5. Summoner Abilities

Flash + Ignite are preferred.

Though flash can be swapped for ghost or Clarity if you want.

6. Summary.

Game Mechanics/Strategy

-Once you hit lvl 6, you should get blue buff and start ganking.

-With blue buff, keep in range of 3 targets while channeling Ulti to have near infinite HP.

-Use torment, followed by Decrepify + Ignite, then press ulti and snare. Profit.

-Your ulti gives you great survivability when ganking or running from enemy champs.

7. Working with your team.

-Try to use Nevermore and Decrepify to disable enemy nukers / tanks to give your team easy access to the squishies.

8. Farming

-With Nevermore + Ravenous Flock, minion waves go bye-bye.


I run a 0/7/23 build for Swain.

Defense:                                                                                                 Ulitiy:

3/3 Resistance                             1/3 Hardiness                              3/3 Preserverance                      1/1 Haste

3/3 Strength of Spirit                                                                          4/4 Awareness                             4/4 Expanded Mind

                                                                                                                    3/3 Meditation                            2/2 Utility Mastery

                                                                                                                    3/3 Quickness

                                                                                                                    3/3 Intelligence


My  runes for Swain are:

Mana pr. Lvl Marks

Mana Regen pr. Lvl Seals

Cooldown Reduction Glyphs

Mana Pr. Lvl quints



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