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Swain, the Noxian Grand General
Swain is the visionary ruler of the Noxian empire, commanding its warhosts from the front lines. Though he was crippled in the Ionian wars, Swain seized control of Noxus with ruthless determination and a new, demonic hand. Now, the Grand General marches against a coming darkness that only he can see.
PASSIVE: RAVENOUS FLOCK
Ravenous: Swain can periodically right-click any nearby immobilized enemy champion to rip out a Soul Fragment, damaging and pulling them toward him.
Flock: Enemy champions leave behind a Soul Fragment when they die. Shadowy ravens scavenge nearby Soul Fragments, healing Swain for a portion of his maximum health. Swain can store several fragments at once.
Q: DEATH’S HAND
Swain unleashes several bolts of eldritch power in front of him, each damaging the first enemy struck. Enemies can intercept multiple bolts, but only take full damage from the first. Bolts pierce through units they kill, restoring a portion of Swain’s mana.
W: VISION OF EMPIRE
Swain opens a demonic eye at a target location, damaging and slowing all enemies in the area after a moderate delay.
Vision of Empire deals extra damage to champions caught in the explosion, reveals them, and grants Swain a Soul Fragment for each champion hit.
Swain projects his demonic hand forward, damaging all enemies in its path. The hand returns to Swain and explodes on the first enemy hit, damaging and rooting all enemies caught in the blast.
R: DEMONIC ASCENSION
Swain gains a large amount of health on-cast and drains life from several nearby enemies (prioritizing champions) for an extended duration.
When Demonic Ascension ends, Swain consumes his Soul Fragments to cast Demon Flare, a nova of energy that damages the closest enemies around him. Demon Flare’s damage increases for each Soul Fragment consumed.
After draining enough health, Swain can end Demonic Ascension early to cast Demon Flare on-demand.
Playing as Swain
As Swain, you’re a warlock general who seizes the life—and souls—of enemies on the battlefield. Stay five steps ahead of the opposition with Nevermove and Vision of Empire, clipping the wings of your foes as you rout them out of position.
With your plans set in motion, head to the front and wreak havoc with Death’s Hand, then shrug off any counteroffensive using Demonic Ascension’s health drain. Once you’ve brought enemies low, devastate their formation with Demonflare and claim victory for Noxus.
TIPS AND TRICKS
- Demonic Ascension’s lengthy duration and the short cooldown on Death’s Hand lend themselves toward the longer battles Swain loves, but he has trouble sticking to enemies as fights drag on. Master Swain players should opt into runes or items that offset this weakness.
- Vision of Empire’s extreme cast range grants you influence over a huge portion of the map. Look for chances to ‘gank’ for off-screen teammates, track the enemy jungler, or scout unwarded objectives.
- Ravenous Flock can grab enemy champs immobilized by any effect, not just Swain’s. Work with your allies—you’ll often find better targets by following up on their lockdown, rather than trying to set up plays by yourself.
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Look for the Swain champion update to hit the PBE in the 8.3 PBE Cycle!