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Warwick Champion Spotlight

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General Strategy

Playing As Warwick Warwick
  • Warwick is a fantastic tower diver against one or two enemies. All of his abilities help him tower dive and get out of it safely.
Playing Against Warwick Warwick
  • Warwick is highly prone to being kited and locked down once he enters combat because his Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt does not grant its passive movement speed in combat. Abuse this since Warwick's only true gap closer is his Infinite Duress.png ultimate.
  • Unless your champion is a powerful duelist (Fiora Fiora, Irelia Irelia, Aatrox Aatrox, Master Yi Master Yi, Riven Riven, Yasuo Yasuo, etc.), do not attempt to fight Warwick 1v1 as he will certainly outsustain you and win in a long fight.
  • When extremely low (below 20%), do not attempt to overstay under a tower alone because Warwick excels tremendously at tower diving low-health enemy champions. Simply return to base instead.

Tips, Tricks & Builds

Ability Usage
  • Jaws of the Beast.png Jaws of the Beast can be held down to swing around the target, following them anywhere they go during the brief swing. Warwick will also be immune to CC and displacements during this time. This can allow Warwick to be unaffected by key enemy abilities, by negating the powerful displacement from ultimates such as Dragon's Rage.png Dragon's Rage or Buster Shot.png Buster Shot, or dodging important skillshots at point-blank range like Steel Tempest 3.png Yasuo' whirlwind or Wind Slash.png Wind Slash.
  • Pairing Primal Howl.png Primal Howl's Fear icon fear into Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress can allow the latter to be aimed very easily, and also optimizes the lockdown duration of the two abilities. With 45% cooldown reduction, this leaves only 3.55 seconds until Primal Howl.png Primal Howl is off cooldown again.
Mastery Usage
  • Warwick can benefit from a wide array of Keystone Masteries. Fervor of Battle mastery 2016.png Fervor of Battle, Courage of the Colossus mastery 2017.png Courage of the Colossus, and Grasp of the Undying mastery 2016.png Grasp of the Undying are all viable on Warwick.
    • Fervor of Battle mastery 2016.png Fervor of Battle possesses the best synergy with Warwick's abilities and should be the standard pick. Fervor will grant more damage to his Jaws of the Beast.png Jaws of the Beast and Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress, in turn granting more healing. Both of these abilities also grant stacks (Two on every Jaws of the Beast.png Q, six for a full Infinite Duress.png R duration). His Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt grants him massive attack speed against low-health enemies, which synergizes perfectly with this keystone.
    • Courage of the Colossus mastery 2017.png Courage of the Colossus is best picked when you will be the team's primary tank or simply wish to withstand more hits when you enter teamfights, but at the expense of dealing less damage. This is best taken in conjunction with a tank build to maximize the effective health of the shield. This keystone synergizes very well with Primal Howl.png E and Infinite Duress.png R; when you use Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress to jump right into a cluster of enemy champions, you will immediately proc this keystone, granting a sizeable shield. Used in tandem withPrimal Howl.png E, you will be able to withstand tremendous amounts of damage. Note that the second active of Primal Howl.png E can also proc this keystone.
    • Grasp of the Undying mastery 2016.png Grasp of the Undying is an extremely powerful keystone when playing top with a tank build. This keystone is very easy to trigger with Warwick as his kit promotes long fights. When ready, triggering this keystone with Jaws of the Beast.png Jaws of the Beast will deal a heavy chunk of damage and heal you for an equally substantial amount of health. This can allow Warwick to almost always win trades toplane.
  • Warwick benefits a lot from Runic Armor mastery 2016.png Runic Armor as he is an extremely life-steal-heavy champion.
  • Battle Trance mastery 2017.png Battle Trance is a very good mastery on Warwick because he benefits the most from drawn-out fights.
  • Explorer mastery 2016.png Explorer synergizes very well with Warwick's Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt.
Item Usage
  • Warwick has a very wide array of potential builds and potential roles to fill with those builds.
  • In the jungle, Hunter's Machete item.png Hunter's Machete is preferred over Hunter's Talisman item.png Hunter's Talisman because Warwick already possesses ridiculous sustain in the jungle and his Jaws of the Beast.png Jaws of the Beast and Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt benefit most from on-hit effects. For second starting item, Rejuvenation Bead item.png Rejuvenation Bead should be taken if Tiamat item.png Tiamat is planned to be purchased later on, while Refillable Potion item.png Refillable Potion should be taken an upgraded as soon as possible if you find you have mana problems (though it is unadvised since Warwick shouldn't run into mana problems with any upgraded jungler item).
  • Skirmisher's Sabre item.png Skirmisher's Sabre and Stalker's Blade item.png Stalker's Blade are both viable items to build. Take Skirmisher's Sabre when facing enemy champions that are equally as powerful in duels (Shyvana Shyvana,  Master Yi Yi, Xin Zhao Xin, Yasuo Yasuo, etc.). Take Stalker's Blade when facing enemies which are prone to escaping or wish to have an early-game method of reducing potential kiting against you. It is unadvised to take Tracker's Knife item.png Tracker's Knife as the slow or damage reduction from the two other items are more valuable then wards, and Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt already allows Warwick to tell enemy positions.
  • Bloodrazor item.png Bloodrazor, Juggernaut item.png Cinderhulk, and Warrior item.png Warrior are all viable enchantments.
    • Bloodrazor item.png Bloodrazor and Warrior item.png Warrior have extremely similar results. Generally, Bloodrazor is best taken with Fervor of Battle and maxing Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt first, to maximize your damage during long fights. On the other hand, Warrior is best taken when maxing Jaws of the Beast.png Jaws of the Beast first (with whichever keystone) as it will result in a lot more healing and shorter cooldowns.
    • Juggernaut item.png Cinderhulk will not allow you to sustain in early-game fights or deal as much damage then the two other enchantments. However it will allow you to withstand a lot more damage, which might be required if you are the team's primary tank. It is unadvised to pick this without understanding your own team's requirement and the opposing team's strength.
  • If taking Warwick into a lane, Corrupting Potion item.png Corrupting Potion will help him sustain better and cover his early mana issues.
    • Doran's Ring item.png Doran's Ring is also a viable starting item to solve his mana issues, with the advantage of giving Warwick AP, which increases the healing and damage done by Jaws of the Beast.png Jaws of the Beast. It also gives HP, which is important for Warwick during trades, especially during all-ins.
  • Tiamat item.png Tiamat is very helpful early-game to improve Warwick's lackluster AoE damage. This will help clear jungle camps a lot faster as well as large minion waves. If Rejuvenation Bead item.png Rejuvenation Bead is taken as second item, then Tiamat can be taken even before upgrading the Hunter's Machete item.png Hunter's Machete, as a full jungle clear should put you just are the right amount of gold to purchase Tiamat first. Upgrading them into either Ravenous Hydra or Titanic Hydra is viable, depending on the overall build.
  • Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage is an extremely strong item on Warwick as it grants him cooldown reduction, health, magic resist and increases all his healing by 30%. It is strongly advised to get this item unless the enemy team possesses no magic-damage champions.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King synergizes tremendously with Warwick's abilities and should always be at least considered. This item's on-hit will proc on both Jaws of the Beast.png Jaws of the Beast and Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress (3 times) It will also allow Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt's passive to trigger a lot faster, allowing him to deal a lot more damage.
  • It is advised to pick up some defensive items because Warwick will often be in the front-lines, sustaining a lot of damage, and cannot rely solely on Primal Howl.png Primal Howl to survive. Dead Man's Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate movement speed boost or Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen's AoE slow are both very beneficial to Warwick. Pick one depending on the enemy team's composition (If they are crit-heavy, Randuin's Omen is strongly advised). Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil can be a solid pick if they have strong AoE crowd-controls.
  • Wit's End item.png Wit's End is potential a very strong item on Warwick as it allows him to steal Magic Resist, thus granting him some defense while his allowing his abilities to deal more damage. However, against a burst-heavy AP enemy team, it is best to pick Banshee's Veil over this item as this will not provide the necessary defenses.
Countering
  • If you are above 50% health and suddenly see the red wolf-face icon above your champion, it means that Warwick has activated Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt on you and will probably be coming for you (if the situation points to a gank, then it is most certainly going be the case). It is advised to back away or play very defensive for the duration.
    • You can also use this information to get a rough estimate on where Warwick is on the map as the Active component of Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt will always mark only the closest enemy.
  • Although not practical, try remaining above 50% health so that Warwick cannot detect you.
  • If you have an extremely low-health teammate but you remain healthy, try to setup an ambush against Warwick since he may take the opportunity to hunt down said teammate. Remember, he is highly kitable.
  • Warwick cannot be stopped while mid-air during his ultimate, but can be CC'd out of his suppress. Try to save any hard crowd control effects (Stun icon stuns, Silence icon silences, Airborne icon knockup, etc.) for this moment to save teammates.
  • It is also advisable to save any hard Crowd Control for the moment that you or a teammate, along with Warwick, falls below 50% HP, because it is at this time that Warwick is the strongest. If he cannot attack during this period, he cannot benefit from most of his abilities.
  • Even though Warwick is an AD champion, at least half of his damage is magic, especially during the early game, where almost all of his damage is magic and only starts leaning toward mixed damage during the mid and late game.
    • This means purchasing magic resistance items is a better choice against Warwick. Adaptive Helm item.png Adaptive Helm, in particular, helps, because most of Warwick's damage is sustained. Abyssal Mask item.png Abyssal Mask and Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage also help though, and may be potentially better than Adaptive Helm for some champions. Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash, which removes Warwick's ult, also happens to have magic resistance.
    • This doesn't mean armor is useless against Warwick. It is just better left as a mid game purchase, since that's where Warwick starts to do significant amounts of physical damage.
      • Bramble Vest item.png Bramble Vest in particular is a good choice against Warwick. It reduces his sustain if he tries to trade with you, so you have a better chance of winning trades. Because Jaws of the Beast.png Jaws of the Beast applies on-hit effects, it means it is also affected by Bramble Vest, therefore it will have its healing reduced. However, this item doesn't prevent Warwick from resorting to sustaining off minions or monsters.
    • Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds items overall are good against Warwick because they reduce his healing power. Warwick is very reliant on sustain to survive. Apart from the aforementioned Bramble Vest, AD champions can also purchase Executioner's Calling item.png Executioner's Calling. For AP champions, they can also purchase Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon. However, for AP champions, because Warwick tends to build tanky, it may be hard for them to bring him down to 35% HP to begin with.

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