I'm new(level 25) but I've been playing Swain for a while now and this was my general build.
sorcs, roa, rylais, rabadons, situational
One of my friends said however that I should be buying an abyssal or zhonyas over the rylais so I tried it out. I'm still not sure though because another friend mentioned that the slow utility of Rylais and the tankiness was better.
I'm still not sure about what to build after roa however;
Could someone give some advice on what to build?
Personally, I always enjoy having a Rylai's, it's better in most situations than Zhonya's (unless you're going against a 4 AD team or something stupid like that) because of the slow and allowing you to combo much more easily. I would say only take Abyssal if you really need to pen them (tanky chumps like Galio) or engage in a lot of early team fights.
Then again, this is just from my experience, haven't tried Swain with the new items.
Rylai's is considered a poor choice on Swain because you already have your slow, and snare. The slow from your ult+rylai's is negligible because you only get the aoe version. Zhonya's is an excellent pickup because you can walk into the enemy team, and as you get low you zhonya's with your ult up and heal while they can't do anything about it. Abyssal is generally picked up because Swain's ratios aren't the best, and it allows you to capitalize on your base damages even more, and Swain needs the resistances from these two tanky ap items due to his relatively short range and jump in the enemy team tanky play style.
He's not a ap nuker like a lot of mids, and shouldn't be played like one. He's someone that if left to stay alive takes a lot to kill, and does good damage over a prolonged period of time.
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