As was teased last week, League of Legends’ resident master tactician is getting a rework, and today they’ve revealed exactly what Swain’s new form will be capable of. He’s got a new look – and certain Malfoy-esque flair – as well as a fully redesigned set of abilities to take into battle.
Want more details on what’s new? Check the patch notes for League of Legends update 8.2.
Swain’s new abilities lets him claim both the life and souls of his enemies, draining health from foes and collecting Soul Fragments to strengthen powerful Demonflares as part of his Demonic Ascension ability. Here’s the full list of Swain’s new abilities.
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 Demonflare, a nova of energy that damages the closest enemies around him. Demonflare’s damage increases for each Soul Fragment consumed.
After draining enough health, Swain can end Demonic Ascension early to cast Demonflare on-demand.