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Hecarim Champion Spotlight

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

Tips

Playing As HecarimSquare Hecarim
  • Spirit of Dread 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 Devastating Charge deals more damage based on the distance traveled. Try using Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows or Summoner Spells such as Ghost Ghost or Flash Flash to maximize this damage.
Playing Against HecarimSquare Hecarim
  • Hecarim gains life from nearby enemies with Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread but lacks durability, use burst damage.
  • Hecarim's Onslaught of Shadows ultimate causes opponents to flee in terror. Spread out to reduce his power in fights.

Tricks

  • HecarimSquare 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.
  • HecarimSquare 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 Rampage.
  • HecarimSquare Hecarim is often played in the jungle, due to his ganking potential with Devastating Charge Devastating Charge, which increases dramatically after he obtains Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows. Also, Hecarim has the sustain and mobility needed to effectively clear jungle camps and gank when needed. Because HecarimSquare 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. HecarimSquare Hecarim should be careful with mana usage until he obtains items like Sheen item Sheen and/or Glacial Shroud item 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 Devastating Charge and Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows, HecarimSquare Hecarim isn't easy to gank despite often not running Flash 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 HecarimSquare Hecarim chooses to go top or jungle, he is one of the few bruisers that doesn't fall off late game. In fact, HecarimSquare Hecarim has amazing teamfighting potential.
Ability Usage
  • Warpath Warpath benefits from all movement speed bonuses, including those provided by boots, Ghost Ghost (+27%), and Devastating Charge Devastating Charge (up to +75%)
    • Devastating Charge Devastating Charge deals more damage based on the distance traveled. Try using Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows or summoner spells such as Ghost Ghost or Flash Flash to maximize this damage.
    • There are also Explorer and Wanderer masteries and Swiftness runes
      • However raw movement speed in the range of 415-490 suffers an 80% multiplier, and raw movement speed beyond 490 suffers a 50% multiplier. See Movement speed for further information.
        • Therefore, it is probably better to simply build AD instead of getting movement speed buffs, simply for the better AD per gold ratio(s).
        • As a rule of thumb, having at least one movement speed item would be very efficient, two is optional and any above is considered cost inefficient.
  • HecarimSquare Hecarim can cast Rampage Rampage while moving, making it good for harassing melee champions, chasing enemies, and hit-and-run tactics.
  • Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread restores health when nearby enemies take damage, including damage dealt by allies. Cast this during a large fight to maximize HecarimSquare Hecarim's survivability.
  • When jungling as HecarimSquare Hecarim, be sure to use Smite Smite while Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread is active to gain a small burst of healing.
  • Slow icon Slow effects significantly reduce HecarimSquare Hecarim's damage output if you build him with high movement speed. Cleanse Cleanse and Tenacity help to combat this.
  • Devastating Charge Devastating Charge applies on-hit effects and also damages turrets, try to combine it with Sheen item Sheen or Trinity Force item Trinity Force to maximize its damage.
  • Be sure to activate Devastating Charge Devastating Charge just before using Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows whenever possible:
  • Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows can be used for avoiding many skillshots with disables, like AsheSquare Ashe's Enchanted Crystal Arrow Enchanted Crystal Arrow, with the right timing.
  • In team fights, try to use Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread when your teammates use their high-damage abilities on enemy champions. In this case, HecarimSquare Hecarim can be almost unkillable during the 4 second duration.
    • Note that the trick cannot be applied on team pushes as the healing is capped against minions.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Buying an Elixir of Iron item 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 Devastating Charge too, totaling 406 attack range. This will make you a bigger threat in teamfights, as you can jump in your enemies from afar, as well making easier for you to jump walls.
  • Because HecarimSquare Hecarim is weak against high sustained damage, consider a Warden's Mail item Warden's Mail against sustained autoattack damage or a Negatron Cloak item Negatron Cloak against sustained magic damage.
  • While defensive boots may be necessary for HecarimSquare Hecarim in most games, being a melee AD character, in games where HecarimSquare Hecarim can afford to build more offensively, his Warpath Warpath passive makes Boots of Swiftness item Boots of Swiftness an offensive alternative to Berserker's Greaves item Berserker's Greaves or Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity.
    • Boots of Mobility item Boots of Mobility has more limited usefulness because HecarimSquare Hecarim can use Devastating Charge 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 Boots of Swiftness can be all the speed increase Hecarim needs to nearly maximize Warpath 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's Ghostblade item Youmuu's Ghostblade synergizes with Warpath Warpath and HecarimSquare Hecarim's burst damage tendencies in general.
  • The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver provides many useful stats for HecarimSquare Hecarim: health, attack damage and cooldown reduction
    • Additionally, The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver's passive synergizes well with HecarimSquare Hecarim's Rampage Rampage. With its short cooldown, it allows HecarimSquare Hecarim to apply the armor reduction stacks and increase movement speed in quick succession.
  • Despite the virtues of building bonus movement speed on HecarimSquare Hecarim, it isn't necessary to stack movement speed on him. Even with only a couple bonus movement speed items, HecarimSquare Hecarim can get a large Warpath Warpath bonus from runes, masteries, Ghost Ghost, and support champions with haste abilities such as Time Warp Time Warp or anyone holding Talisman of Ascension item Talisman of Ascension.
  • Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread heals HecarimSquare Hecarim based on all damage dealt to enemies from any source. Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage boosts this healing. It is also a very useful item for HecarimSquare Hecarim in general, granting magic resistance, health, health regeneration/5 seconds, and cooldown reduction, all of which are useful for HecarimSquare Hecarim's common role as a tank.
  • Since Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread returns health from any damage done to enemies while it is active, Sunfire Cape item Sunfire Cape makes a better-than-usual item, essentially granting up to a bonus 52.5 health regeneration/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 team has many basic attack users, a Thornmail item Thornmail will also have a good synergy with Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread, as they would receive damage within the zone.
  • Sheen item Sheen and Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet synergize particularly well with Rampage Rampage, as its low cooldown allows you to proc the bonus damage and slow approximately every other autoattack.
    • Alternatively, Trinity Force item Trinity Force can be a useful offensive item for HecarimSquare Hecarim. The bonus movement speed from Zeal item Zeal helps his roaming and gives bonus damage due to Warpath Warpath, and Phage item Phage grants bonus movement speed on-hit, improving his already potent chasing ability. However, unlike Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet, it does not provide armor or the slow, both of which are very useful for HecarimSquare Hecarim.
  • Frozen Heart item 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 Glacial Shroud is a common build path on Hecarim.
    • This is particularly useful if you are building Trinity Force item Trinity Force instead of Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet, as Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart fills in for the armor you would be missing from Trinity Force item Trinity Force.
    • Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra is somewhat of an underdog item to purchase for HecarimSquare Hecarim and in situations would 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 Righteous Glory is an amazing item for Hecarim, as it gives him health, the mana sustain he desperately needs and most importantly it gives him a strong speed boost for deadly initiations and ganks.
  • Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate also synergizes exceptionally well, as it makes him tanky, gives him a nearly constant speedboost and empowers his basic attack, which works extremely well with Warpath Warpath and Devastating Charge Devastating Charge.
  • Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage is a good choice as well, as Trinity Force item Trinity Force is a core item on him and Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage increases base damage, which in turn increases the damage from Spellblade. Additionally, it makes HecarimSquare Hecarim more tanky, which he greatly benefits from.
Countering
  • HecarimSquare Hecarim is a powerful AoE threat, especially in the later stages of the game. Spreading out will reduce his effectiveness by preventing him from terrifying your team with Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows, mitigating the constant AoE damage Hecarim can deal with Rampage Rampage, and decreasing the amount of sustain he can gain from Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread.
  • Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread grants HecarimSquare Hecarim very high sustainability, but has a fairly lengthy cooldown and a short duration. Consider using burst damage or waiting for Spirit of Dread Spirit of Dread to time out before targeting him.
  • HecarimSquare Hecarim may attempt to land behind you with Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows and/or Devastating Charge Devastating Charge to push you towards the rest of his team. Try to Flash Flash away or position yourself so that this is not a possibility.
  • Powerful slows, such as NasusSquare Nasus' Wither Wither, SingedSquare Singed's Mega Adhesive Mega Adhesive, RumbleSquare Rumble's Electro Harpoon Electro Harpoon or LuluSquare Lulu's Glitterlance Glitterlance can completely nullify the damage bonus from Warpath Warpath and prevent HecarimSquare Hecarim from engaging with Devastating Charge Devastating Charge.
  • A jungling HecarimSquare 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 HecarimSquare 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 KennenSquare Kennen, who has his own movement speed boost and can harass HecarimSquare Hecarim from a safe distance; LissandraSquare Lissandra, who has powerful slows and can prevent Hecarim from ever being able to engage; and SwainSquare Swain, whose Decrepify Decrepify can slow HecarimSquare Hecarim and also has powerful sustained damage.
    • Other champions who can beat Hecarim on laning are duelists, as Hecarim is a poor duelist by himself. IreliaSquare Irelia, JaxSquare Jax, and AD FizzSquare Fizz are examples of duelists who are capable of beating HecarimSquare Hecarim during the laning phase and are able to 1v1 him at most stages of the game.
    • MalphiteSquare Malphite can beat HecarimSquare Hecarim fairly well due to his Seismic Shard Seismic Shard which is a powerful slow. MalphiteSquare Malphite also stacks a lot of armor, which will give HecarimSquare Hecarim a very hard time. MalphiteSquare Malphite also has his own engage ultimate to counter HecarimSquare Hecarim. However, keep in mind that HecarimSquare Hecarim is immune to CC during Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows.
  • Kha'ZixSquare Kha'Zix can both slow Hecarim with his Void Spike Void Spike and has better 1v1 potential with his isolated Taste Their Fear Taste Their Fear. He can also dodge Onslaught of Shadows Onslaught of Shadows by using Leap Leap.

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