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By NeeksNaman [1]

Summoners!

If you've been clamoring to add more heavy cavalry to your League of Legends lineup, Hecarim Hecarim, the Shadow of War has arrived to help you round out your roster. This high mobility fighter features excellent ganking and initiation potential, giving him great flexibility throughout the game. And what's more, he's a massive centaur with a host of ghost cavalry ready to trample his opponents under hoof!

So to help deliver your spectral warlord into the fray, Hecarim also boasts a compliment of abilities tailored to allowing him to move at frightening speeds and close distance rapidly. Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge gives Hecarim a short boost of movement speed to initiate a fight, chase down a fleeing enemy, or even escape when a battle goes south. His Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows ability can serve to disrupt the enemy ranks in a team fight as well as land Hecarim in prime position to begin laying down heavy Spirit of Dread.png area of effect damage. Meanwhile, his Warpath.png Warpath passive gives him a little extra punch for each point of Movement Speed item you acquire, making some of the speedier items into more attractive choices.

In addition to filling out his role as an initiator, Hecarim's kit also gives him great versatility. His ability to create havoc in an enemy team by laying down Spirit of Dread.png area of effect damage makes him a powerful presence in a team fight. Additionally, the speed boost he receives from Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge can either serve to initiate a gank from the jungle or to escape from an enemy's gank attempt in a solo lane. Wherever you choose to field this imposing new champion, we think you'll be happy to have him in your stable!

Champion Spotlight
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Hecarim Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Corrupting Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Sheen item Phage item Boots of Speed item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Trinity Force item Frozen Heart item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Maw of Malmortius item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Thornmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Stalker&#039;s Blade item Caulfield&#039;s Warhammer item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker&#039;s Blade (Warrior) item Ninja Tabi item Trinity Force item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Phage item Health Potion item3
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Trinity Force item Frozen Heart item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Maw of Malmortius item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Thornmail item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Crystal Scar
Starting Phage item Health Potion item3
Essential Ninja Tabi item Trinity Force item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Maw of Malmortius item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Early Sheen item Phage item Spectre&#039;s Cowl item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Trinity Force item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Maw of Malmortius item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Hunter&#039;s Machete item Refillable Potion item
Early Stalker&#039;s Blade item Caulfield&#039;s Warhammer item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker&#039;s Blade (Warrior) item Ninja Tabi item Trinity Force item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Hecarim Hecarim
  • Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread restores Health when nearby enemies take damage, including damage dealt by allies. Cast this during a large fight to maximize Hecarim's survivability.
  • Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge deals more damage based on the distance traveled. Try using Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows or Summoner Spells such as Ghost.png Ghost or Flash.png Flash to maximize this damage.
Playing Against Hecarim Hecarim
  • Hecarim gains life from nearby enemies with Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread but lacks durability, use burst damage.
  • Hecarim's Onslaught of Shadows.png ultimate causes opponents to flee in terror. Spread out to reduce his power in fights.

Tricks

  • Hecarim Hecarim is a champion with strong defensive stats, good base damage, and average AD ratios, which means he doesn't benefit very much from items that provide raw AD. Because of this, he is most of time played as an off-tank, with armor penetration and Spellblade items as his offensive options.
  • Hecarim can be played as a full-tank, but this is usually not recommended, as he doesn't have enough disruption on his kit. Also, it wastes the damage potential from his skills, mainly Rampage.png Rampage.
  • Hecarim is often played in the jungle, due to his ganking potential with Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge, which increases dramatically after he obtains Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows. Also, Hecarim has the sustain and mobility needed to effectively clear jungle camps and gank when needed. Because Hecarim is somewhat mana hungry, having easy access to the blue buff is an strong asset for him.
  • He is also played at top lane. Hecarim should be careful with mana usage until he obtains items like Sheen item.png Sheen and/or Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud, otherwise he is at risk of being out of mana quickly. While he loses some of his ganking potential by going top lane, he can still make surprise ganks at mid lane with his strong mobility. Also, thanks to his Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge and Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows Hecarim isn't easy to gank despite often not running Flash.png Flash.
  • His late-game is mostly the same regardless of whether he goes top or jungle.
  • It is important to note that independent from whether Hecarim chooses to go top or jungle, he is one of the few bruisers that doesn't fall off late game. In fact, Hecarim has amazing teamfighting potential.
Ability Usage
Item Usage
  • Buying an Elixir of Iron item.png Elixir of Iron will save another option for your boots. The 25% bonus size will increase your auto attack range in 43, and giving bonus range for your Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge too,totaling 406 attack range,this will make you a bigger threat in team fights,as you can jump in your enemies from afar,as well making easier for you to jump walls.
  • Because Hecarim Hecarim is weak against high sustained damage, consider a Warden&#039;s Mail item.png Warden's Mail against sustained autoattack damage or a Negatron Cloak item.png Negatron Cloak against sustained magic damage.
  • While defensive boots may be necessary for Hecarim Hecarim in most games, being a melee AD character, in games where Hecarim Hecarim can afford to build more offensively, his Warpath.png Warpath passive makes Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness an offensive alternative to Berserker&#039;s Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves or Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity.
    • Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility has more limited usefulness because Hecarim Hecarim can use Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge to effectively traverse the map without them and entering combat nullifies their bonus movement speed; however, they can still provide an extra burst of damage on your first attack.
    • Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness can be all the speed increase Hecarim needs to nearly maximize Warpath.png Warpath by increasing his base speed from 345 to 405, 10 points under the first soft cap. They also reduce the effectiveness of slows and allow for a more versatile itemization. A single Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed can be used to bring it to 411 movement speed, without using masteries.
  • Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade synergizes with Warpath.png Warpath and Hecarim Hecarim's burst damage tendencies in general.
  • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver provides many useful stats for Hecarim Hecarim: health, attack damage and cooldown reduction
    • Additionally, both The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver's passive synergies well with Hecarim Hecarim's Rampage.png Rampage. With its short cooldown, it allows Hecarim Hecarim to apply the armor reduction stacks and increase move speed in quick succession.
  • Despite the virtues of building bonus movement speed on Hecarim Hecarim, it isn't necessary to stack movement speed on him. Even with only a couple bonus movement speed items, Hecarim Hecarim can get a large Warpath.png Warpath bonus from runes, masteries, Ghost.png Ghost, and support champions with haste abilities such as Time Warp.png Time Warp or anyone holding Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension.
  • Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread heals Hecarim Hecarim based on all damage dealt to enemies from any source.
  • Since Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread returns health from ANY damage done to enemies while it is active, Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape makes a better-than-usual item, essentially granting up to a bonus 52.5 health regen/5 seconds for each nearby enemy champion (with enemy minion health drained being capped) for 4 seconds, in addition to the bonus armor and health. If the enemy has many basic attack users, a Thornmail item.png Thornmail will also have a good synergy with Spirit of Dread, as they would recieve damage within the zone.
  • Sheen item.png Sheen and Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet synergize particularly well with Rampage.png Rampage, as its low cooldown allows you to proc the bonus damage and slow approximately every other autoattack.
  • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is an excellent mid game item for Hecarim, as all the stats it provides are greatly beneficial to him, making it very cost effective.
    • Getting an early Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud is a common build path on Hecarim.
    • This is particularly useful if you are building Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force instead of Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet, as Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart fills in the cooldown reduction, mana, and armor you would be missing from the Gauntlet.
    • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra is somewhat of an underdog item to purchase for Hecarim Hecarim and in situations be a very good choice. The cleave and the massive AD bonus Helps Hecarim very much with additional AOE and waveclear, and Hecarim can perform a massive burst combo by implementing Crescent into the attacks. For example, Attack-Q-Attack-Crescent; this can create quick damage through animation cancelling and raw damage.
  • Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory is an amazing item for Hecarim, as it gives him health, the mana sustain he desperatly needs and most importantly it gives him a strong speedboost for deadly initiations and ganks.
  • Dead Man&#039;s Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate also synergizes exceptionaly well, as it makes him tanky, gives him a nearly constant speedboost and empowers his basic attack, which works exceptionaly well with Warpath.png Warpath and Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge.
  • Sterak&#039;s Gage item.png Sterak's Gage is a good choice on hecarim, as Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is a core item on him and Sterak&#039;s Gage item.png Sterak's Gage increases base damage, which in turn increases the damage from Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force's Spellblade passive. Additionaly, it makes Hecarim tanky, which he greatly benefits from.
Countering
  • Hecarim Hecarim is a powerful AoE threat, especially in the later stages of the game. Try to prevent him from itemizing. In addition, spreading out will reduce his effectiveness by preventing him from terrifying your team with Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows, mitigating the constant AoE damage Hecarim can deal with Rampage.png Rampage, and decreasing the amount of sustain he can gain from Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread.
  • Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread grants Hecarim Hecarim very high sustainability, but has a fairly lengthy cooldown and a short duration. Consider using burst damage or waiting for Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread to time out before targeting him.
  • Hecarim Hecarim may attempt to land behind you with Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows and/or Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge to push you towards the rest of his team. Try to Flash.png Flash away or position yourself so that this is not a possibility.
  • Powerful slows, such as Wither.png Wither, Mega Adhesive.png Mega Adhesive, Electro-Harpoon.png Electro-Harpoon or Glitterlance.png Glitterlance can completely nullify the damage bonus from Warpath.png Warpath and prevent Hecarim from engaging with Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge.
  • Hecarim Hecarim is exceptionally weak at dueling against most champions early game, so he is susceptible to early invades from the opposing jungler. He is also incredibly reliant on the Crest of Insight.png Crest of Insight buff, which can especially hinder his clear times should he lose the buff.
  • While Hecarim seems to be oppressive during early game when laning against certain champions, he is actually easy to counter on top lane. Most ranged champions will give him a hard time; examples include Kennen Kennen, who has his own movement speed boost and can harass Hecarim from a safe distance. Lissandra Lissandra, who has powerful slows and can prevent Hecarim from ever being able to engage; and Swain Swain, which has a slow on his Decrepify.png Decrepify to slow Hecarim and has powerful sustained damage.
    • Other champions who can beat Hecarim on laning are duelists, as Hecarim is a poor duelist by himself. Irelia Irelia, Jax Jax, and AD Fizz Fizz are examples of duelists who are capable of beating Hecarim during laning phase and are able to 1v1 him at most stages of the game.
    • Malphite Malphite can beat Hecarim fairly well due to his Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard which is a powerful slow. Malphite also stacks a lot of armor, which will give Hecarim a very hard time. Malphite also has his own engage ultimate to counter Hecarim.
  • Kha&#039;Zix Kha'Zix can both slow Hecarim with his Void Spike.png Void Spike and has better 1v1 potential with his isolated Taste Their Fear.png Taste Their Fear. He can also dodge Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows by using Leap.png Leap.

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