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Skill usage

  • WarwickSquare.png Warwick's strength comes from his incredible sustain and durability in both the lane and jungle with his Eternal Thirst.png Eternal Thirst and Hungering Strike.png Hungering Strike along with his ability to support his team with Hunter's Call.png Hunter's Call and lockdown high priority targets with Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress. However, he lacks hard burst and is reliant on his teammates to follow up with him.
  • Due to the sustain granted by Eternal Thirst.png Eternal Thirst and Hungering Strike.png Hungering Strike, WarwickSquare.png Warwick can easily remain at full health in the jungle, allowing him to take many jungle routes and making him difficult to counter-jungle.
    • In the jungle, WarwickSquare.png Warwick benefits most from armor and attack speed runes as it increases the effectiveness of Eternal Thirst.png Eternal Thirst while making it easier to kill jungler monsters.
    • His lack of AoE makes his clear time somewhat slow, which aggressive junglers can take advantage of.
  • Due to the health regeneration from Eternal Thirst.png Eternal Thirst and Hungering Strike.png Hungering StrikeWarwickSquare.png Warwick excels at 1v1 fights. Use this knowledge to your advantage.
  • Hunter's Call.png Hunter's Call can help a lot when pushing a lane since it will increase the attack speed of both you and your allies and also grants WarwickSquare.png Warwick and his team strong objective control regardless of build.
  • Hunter's Call.png Hunter's Call can grant assists even if you are not close to the enemy champion, or even if you did not damage him yourself, so long as your ally had the buff active <15 seconds before making the kill.
  • Turn Blood Scent.png Blood Scent off to fool weakened enemies into thinking that you are not nearby, but don't forget to turn it on again later.
  • WarwickSquare.png Warwick excels at hunting down fleeing or weakened enemy champions after teamfights. At max level, Blood Scent.png Blood Scent reveals the location of enemy champs with less than 50% health from great distances and gives him a large boost in speed for chasing, it also reveals their locations for all friendly champs, making escapes very difficult and preventing brush jukes.
  • Once WarwickSquare.png Warwick hits level 6, his ganking ability spikes as his Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress has decent range and its CC is inescapable without an interrupt.
  • WarwickSquare.png Warwick is also very useful in killing his pursuers. While running, cast Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress to regain most of the health you have lost, then spam the rest of your skills. This should shut down your pursuer's hope in killing you.
  • Take care when initiating a teamfight with Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress, as the enemy team will likely focus you quickly.
  • To maximize your ganking pressure you should try to force enemies to use their escape abilities such as Flash.png Flash or Ghost.png Ghost before casting Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress.
  • When ganking, try saving Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress for later in the fight when enemies are trying to run away. This way you have a higher chance of getting a kill, however it is sometimes better to use Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress to suppress your target until your team catches up to them.
  • Only initiate the fight when your team can focus down an opponent to ensure they won't escape.
  • When choosing a target for Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress, be careful of targets who have spell-blocking abilities or Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil, as it will completely negate the suppression on your ultimate.
  • Casting Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress on the enemy carry is the priority for Warwick in any team fight. The cooldown on the skill is relatively short, so don't be afraid to use it if you think it will grant your team a kill.
  • WarwickSquare.png Warwick's Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress suppresses an enemy, so using it on an enemy that is targeted by a friendly turret will ensure at least three turret hits. It can also be used to disrupt channeled abilities like MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi's Meditate.png Meditate or NunuSquare.png Nunu's Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero.
  • Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress is easily disrupted by a stun, knock-up or suppression, so wait for the enemy disables to be used before using this ability.
  • As a carry, WarwickSquare.png Warwick's Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress can be used on an enemy carry to suppress them and, with Hungering Strike.png Hungering Strike, lower them to ~50% health, so that Blood Scent.png Blood Scentcan kick in to chase and kill them quickly.

Build usage

Jungling

  • Starting items: Hunter's Machete item.png Hunter's Machete 5 × Health Potion item.png Health Potion OR Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor 5 × Health Potion item.png Health Potion
  • Skill progression: Hungering Strike.png Hungering StrikeHunter's Call.png Hunters CallBlood Scent.png Blood ScentHungering Strike.png Hungering Strike → (optional → recc: Hungering Strike) → Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress
  • Jungling order: Blue Golem (smite) → Wolves → Wraiths → Red Lizard (smite) → Small Golems → (Fountain / Gank) → Wolves → Wraiths → Small Golems → Wolves → Blue Golem → Wraiths → Red Lizard → (Gank) → Fountain at lv 7 → Dragon (assumes having Madred's Razors item.png Madred's Razors)
  • Note: Another set of starting items could be Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor, 2 × Health Potion item.png Health Potion, Sight Ward item.png Sight Ward. The ward is almost always used to ward your own Blue Golem or Dragon, so if an enemy jungler attempts to take it, you can set up a gank. Alternatively, you can place the ward at enemy Blue/Red to try to gank the enemy champion trying to obtain the buff. Use Hunter's Call.png Hunters Call after the 2nd attack in order to gain the most healing efficiency with Eternal Thirst.png Eternal Thirst.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5 Sweeping Lens item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Spirit of the Ancient Golem item Wit's End item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Frozen Mallet item Sunfire Cape item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Randuin's Omen item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Chalice of Harmony item Sorcerer's Shoes item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Wit's End item Sunfire Cape item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Frozen Mallet item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Ninja Tabi item Wit's End item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Nashor's Tooth item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Faerie Charm item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Wit's End item Grez's Spectral Lantern item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Buying a Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil can force WarwickSquare.png Warwick to get closer to you in order to use Hungering Strike.png Hungering Strike to break your spell shield before using his ultimate.
  • Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash is also effective for removing Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress if you are a high priority target.
  • Before WarwickSquare.png Warwick has a few ranks in Hungering Strike.png Hungering Strike he can't trade damage well. Use this to your advantage to deny WarwickSquare.png Warwick early on.
  • Pre-6 WarwickSquare.png Warwick lacks powerful crowd control, so escaping his early ganks will be relatively easy if you're not overly pushed.
  • WarwickSquare.png Warwick is a very resilient opponent at all stages in the game, and is fairly tanky along with his sustain from his passive and Q, so you should avoid focusing him.
  • Always try to disrupt his Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress with a stun, silence, knockup, knockback, blind, or even Exhaust.png Exhaust if you have one.
    • This reduces WarwickSquare.png Warwick's overall damage while freeing one of your teammates for the fight.
  • An opponent who can match his sustain and continuously poke him like VladimirSquare.png Vladimir, IreliaSquare.png Irelia orRenektonSquare.png Renekton can handle him in a lane.
    • Forcing WarwickSquare.png Warwick to switch targets during the laning phase with continuous pokes will prevent him from getting stacks in his passive leading to weaker heal from his Eternal Thirst.png Eternal Thirst.
  • Much like DrMundoSquare.png Dr. Mundo, WarwickSquare.png Warwick is very tanky with sustain, so while he can be burst down, allowing him to heal back to full health will waste all your efforts.
  • Build magic resistance to lower the damage from Hungering Strike.png Hungering Strike and his ultimate, as those are his main sources of damage.
  • Since his DPS comes from attack speed and on-hit effect items (typically Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King and/or Wit's End item.png Wit's End), the counter is attack speed debuffs: Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart along with champions like MalphiteSquare.png Malphite, DariusSquare.png Darius, NasusSquare.png Nasus and GragasSquare.png Gragas or any other tank/offtank with an attack speed debuff such as Ground Slam.png Ground Slam or Ice Blast.png Ice Blast.
  • Getting health regeneration early on can be an effective counter against a laning WarwickSquare.png Warwick, as his harassment is limited to using Hungering Strike.png Hungering Strike.
  • Try to use Executioner's Calling item.png Executioner's Calling or Ignite.png Ignite on him in every teamfight to counter his high sustain.

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