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Warwick on mid lane?


Hey Guys,

There are a some champions in LoL that are kind of 'locked' into 1 or two positions by the 'metagame'. I do not really like the idea of the metagame. I really enjoy playing unusual picks, like Teemo Teemo, Thresh Thresh, Karthus Karthus, Corki Corki or Tristana Tristana jungle, top lane Lulu Lulu, Support Shaco Shaco or top lane Graves Graves. My personal experience with those picks is really positive, but teammates easily start to rage and blame your 'troll pick' for a possible loss. However, I want to talk about a certain pick today, and that is Warwick mid lane AP Warwick.

I had really great success with this pick, but as with my other picks, my teammates were flaming me and did not see my success, instead they thought that the enemy team is full of trolls and noobs (I thought that this was Bronze only, but it happens in Silver as well). I really like Warwick, but his jungle is kind of bad because your ganks are really weak pre 6 and even after that you are just the "Suppress machine". I looked at his top lane performance, but picks like Singed or Darius, which are pretty common, have an easy time against him. So I thought: "Why not mid lane AP Warwick Warwick ?" and decided to try it out. These are the pros and cons which I could find:


-Resistant against poke due to Q heal

-Q has a 1.0 AP Ratio, which means poking like a Nunu

-Resistant against ganks(I will point this out later)

-Pushes/clears really good due to Q damage and W steroid

-High killing potential at Level 6


-High Mana costs and low mana pool

-Low range

-Vulnerable against CC

I do not want to say that Mid Warwick does not have any flaws. The high mana costs can become a problem against poke comps, because you need to heal up using your Q and W. And sometimes you have a dick jungler who thinks that he can have all the blues, even though WW is really blue dependent. The low range is somewhat of a problem against long range champions like Xerath Xerath, but you just out sustain them and wait for ganks to help you.


First, the Runes:

I go for MPen reds, armor/level yellows, MR/level blues and flat AP quints. This gives me sustain against both AD and AP mids and a good amount of damage output. Nothing too special, really.



In the Offensive Tree I take every magic damage based mastery, but NOT the CDR one. I use attack speed instead. Do not forget the Spellsword mastery s3.png Spellsword (Deprecated template: use Mi1 to Mi6.)!

In the Defense Tree I take 4 points in Durability mastery s3.png Durability (Deprecated template: use Mi1 to Mi6.), 2 points in both armor and MR, and use the last point on Veteran's Scars mastery s2.png Veteran's Scars (Deprecated template: use Mi1 to Mi6.). I do this because health synergizes well with your resistance runes.

Finally, Items!

For AP Warwick, I get the following:

Start Items: Doran's Ring item.png Doran's Ring, Sight Ward item.png Sight Ward

Self-explanatory much. Sustain, really important mana regen, some AP, and a ward for gank awareness.

Late game build:

Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth, Sorcerer's Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes, Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap, Spirit of the Spectral Wraith item.png Spirit of the Spectral Wraith, Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage, Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape / Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass

Pretty simple: AP-DPS for great poke with Q, Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth and Spellsword mastery s3.png Spellsword (Deprecated template: use Mi1 to Mi6.) synergize with your W and Ult, as it procs on-hit effects five times. The Spirit Visage is used for CDR and bonus heal. Spellvamp on your Q is just awesome, and combined with the CDR and mana regen, Spirit of the Spectral Wraith item.png Spirit of the Spectral Wraith is a great choice. Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadons and Sorcerer's Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes are pretty self explanatory. If you want to go more offensive, go for a Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonyas. If you have a hard time surviving, grab a Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape instead.


AP mid Warwick Warwick is definitely worth a try, and something that your enemies will not except. Maybe you want to try it? 

Feel free to give me feedback.

Thanks for taking time to read this!

~Usopp the Potato~

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