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A New Champion Approaches – Swain, the Master Tactician

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Ymir

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09-30-2010

Lore:

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.”
- Swain

Abilities:

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

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

Torment: 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 (Ultimate): 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.

Carrion Renewal: Swain gains 100% increased mana regeneration for 5 seconds upon killing a unit.


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WarpigtheKiller

Senior Member

09-30-2010

Nice.


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Dark RIP 13

Recruiter

09-30-2010

nicely made riot


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foo sharp

Senior Member

09-30-2010

Well, I absolutely loved the concept art, but I have to say, his abilities sound rather disappointing (actually, they sound really disappointing, his ult being a toggle version of Nasus' ultimate, his passive a slightly altered version of Defile's passive effect, a simple DoT and an AoE Root effect - nothing that really blew me away this time).
I guess I'll wait for the champion spotlight though to see whether I'm going to get him or not.

Edit: And he looks too colorful for my taste, was expecting a lot more grey coupled with some red.


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Tibore

Recruiter

09-30-2010

Niceee hope that it will be 6300 IP so we can avoid leavers in champions select!That ulti looks crazy!


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Ahri Nine Tails

Senior Member

09-30-2010

Ingame, his animations are really awesome, I'm sure everyone who likes casters would like him


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Yugi

Junior Member

09-30-2010

hehe he is stolen from the witcher and the raven is from teen titans xD make something on ur own


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Hepodix

Senior Member

09-30-2010

gg bots


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Karmaburning

Senior Member

09-30-2010

Seems really gimmicky to me, and his abilities aren't really anything to write home about either. Guess i'll have to wait for the spotlight for more info though, I was really looking forward to this champ.

I mean, he's meant to be this mysterious, cunning, highly respected military strategist, yet all his abilities revolve around birds. It just seems like too much of a gimmick to me.


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Drago0n

Junior Member

09-30-2010

He is awesome.. Is he ranged or melee?