Swain buffs aim to make him more “satisfying” in the next League of Legends patch

Swain has been struggling to live up to his title of Great General in League of Legends lately. The Noxian Ruler does not appear in top, mid, or bot lanes. However, Riot is planning some buffs to make him more “satisfying” to live up to the name.

Swain has been a bit lost on the Summoner’s Rift identity for a few years now. Once a well-defined, short-ranged mage, he has morphed into a drain-tank support hybrid with enough damage to play elsewhere.

This lack of identity has slightly degraded his win rates, but significantly reduced his play rate. As a support where he has shone most, it’s a decent 51.17% win rate since patch 12.5. However, both mid and bot lane carry have suffered, particularly in the lower ranks.

His kit is niche and doesn’t fit into the meta like traditional picks.

In an attempt to more clearly define its role ⁠— and live up to the tag of the Noxian Grand General ⁠— Riot is planning some buffs for League of Legends Patch 12.6.

Swain gets a lot of buffs in this league patch.
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Riot wants Swain to feel as powerful as his title promises.

Developer ‘TheTruexy’ explained “The goals here are to shift power from less than satisfying places into the spells that make Swain, well, Swain.”

Riot removes all damage from his passive to transfer power to the rest of his kit. This includes reducing the cooldown of his ultimate, Demonic Ascension, as well as reducing the mana cost of his Q.

It should give him more room to spam spells in lane, as well as more access to his game-changing ultimate as levels increase.

“This should both help and support Swain in Mid by giving him better access to his meaningful spells. We expect it will be small [to] medium buff for Swain everywhere,” added TheTruexy.

Swain Mains aren’t convinced by the changes – the reduced damage with no buffs elsewhere, they claim, will make his burst combo significantly worse. Similar to the Rengar overhaul, some are urging the developers to bring it back to the drawing board.

It’s still early days ⁠ though – and with plenty of time between the March 8th announcement and March 30th League patch 12.6, you can expect more updates in this area. The full list of Swain buffs is below.

Swain buffs in League of Legends patch 12.6

Passive: Ravenous Herd

  • No longer deals 20-105 (+30% AP) magic damage

Q: The Hand of Death

  • Cooldown: 9/7.5/6/4.5/3 seconds >>> 7/6/5/4/3 seconds
  • Mana: 65/70/75/80/85 >>> 50/55/60/65/70

R: Demonic Ascension

  • Cooldown: 120 seconds >>> 120/100/80 seconds Swain buffs aim to make him more “satisfying” in the next League of Legends patch

Emma Bowman

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