There’s a lot that goes into it:
Vayne is awful as a person and Rookie is…Rookie.
Vayne would absolutely be the type to have a house husband.
Rookie would absolutely be the type to want to be a house husband.
Honestly might be an unpopular opinion, but does anyone else prefer Witcher II Triss visually compared to Witcher III?
I’m doing a Lady Maria cosplay for my first run, just because.
I don’t know how to feel about this. Something about it feels apt, yet awful.
Oh I don’t think he’s morally grey at all! Not even close. He just doesn’t feel ruthless and obsessed, because he often doesn’t jump on opportunities and seems to want to avoid fighting as much as possible.
That is indeed Hextech Swain, my favorite skin out of all of them! It is gorgeous
Luden’s is a horrible idea, in my opinion. The damage burst will activate on any target, including minions. This means it will often activate when you throw a Nevermove through a wave, wasting it on the first minion hit instead of the target champ.
Night Harvester might give the desired burst, but it doesn’t include the mana Swain needs, so leaning into another item for that will be a must.
For secondary I go Precision, specifically Presence of Mind (mana regen) and Coup de Grace.
If you’re into a really tanky matchup, then I’d recommend Liandry’s.
As for other items, you can go full AP or build tanky, depending on what the team needs.
For AP: Zhonyas second is a must. Then Morellonomicon, if healing is a problem (which it almost always is). I then follow that with Rylai’s Crystal Scepter and Void Staff/Demonic Embrace (depending on whether or not the magic penetration is needed).
For Tank: Zhonyas second, still. Then Thornmail, followed by Abyssal Mask (note that I sometimes slap this into my AP builds as well. The extra MR really helps bump Swain’s vulnerability to magic. Plus the damage amp is insanely good). Then you begin to lean into armor/MR depending on the enemy comp. normally Spirit Visage is a must for the extra healing.
All in all Swain is pretty flexible, I’d say play whatever you feel most comfortable using.
My Gripes With the Event, Based Upon Characters
Yeah my real gripe and question with the event was the Noxus arc. Gods that pissed me off. Like where is Swain??? They went into the secret tunnels used by the Black Rose and not even a mention of LeBlanc? It felt…empty. Baffling.
This event has only really done one thing for me, and that’s making me like Riven a whole lot more. She seems like the only genuine human being involved.
Yeah he genuinely doesn’t seem “evil.” Driven and obsessed? Yeah for sure. But not evil. He even tries to avoid fighting people whenever possible. It’s notable when he fights Atreus, he tries to tell him to chill out, and just let him have the fetter.
Sure he tells Senna he’s gonna find a way to make her give up the Fetter within her, but he’s…super chill about it? Like he could totally kick the Sentinel’s asses, especially during the first in Encounter in Demacia. He could just attack and kill Senna. But he…doesn’t? He runs away and leaves, despite the fact that he isn’t really pressed for time judging how the Ruination is successfully overrunning everything.
The Goulash actually went hard, my true favorite.
Dread it, run from it, the Mississippi Tickler arrives all the same.
Eh, the Kranvagn is an amazing tank and I love it, but it takes much longer to unload the hurt on you. The Vz. 55 massively punishes you for an instant of carelessness.
Giving the party Swashbuckler an Amulet of Constitution. Or rather, making it’s price based upon rarity as opposed to how good it actually was.
For those of you wondering why it was an issue, his Swashbuckler was a min-maxed glass cannon. The amulet took his CON from 8 to 19. Can you imagine an ultra-tanky Swashbuckler and how hard that was to balance? Yeah.
An Old God Swain along the lines of Thousand Pierced Volibear and the new Warwick and Malphite skins would be cool.
Honestly Tyrant Swain was a good opportunity for a Legendary that wasn’t used.
It might be that this match got me M7, but I've never felt a more satisfying teamfight as Swain
This is the thing! Nobody knows how to play against Kalista because you never see her. So when a Kalista shows up, nobody knows how to fucking fight her and just runs it down into her.
Good play though.
In the hands of a DM who is actually playing hardball, with his wand, Orcus is pretty close to unbeatable if we’re being honest.
Make it a Legendary and I’ll dump cash into it.
Seriously my man Swaddy doesn’t have a Legendary skin yet, somehow.
Ah, I see we’re taking the Elden Ring route of weaponized delusion.
It worked for us at Elden Ring so let’s GOOOOOOOOH