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Skill usage

  •  Warwick's strength comes from his incredible sustain and durability in both the lane and jungle with his  Eternal Thirst and  Hungering Strike along with his ability to support his team with  Hunter's Call and lockdown high priority targets with  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 and  Hungering Strike,  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,  Warwick benefits most from armor and attack speed runes as it increases the effectiveness of  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 and  Hungering Strike Warwick excels at 1v1 fights. Use this knowledge to your advantage.
  •  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  Warwick and his team strong objective control regardless of build.
  •  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 off to fool weakened enemies into thinking that you are not nearby, but don't forget to turn it on again later.
  •  Warwick excels at hunting down fleeing or weakened enemy champions after teamfights. At max level,  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  Warwick hits level 6, his ganking ability spikes as his  Infinite Duress has decent range and its CC is inescapable without an interrupt.
  •  Warwick is also very useful in killing his pursuers. While running, cast  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, 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 or Ghost before casting  Infinite Duress.
  • When ganking, try saving  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 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, be careful of targets who have spell-blocking abilities or Banshee's Veil, as it will completely negate the suppression on your ultimate.
  • Casting  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.
  •  Warwick's  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  Master Yi's  Meditate or  Nunu's  Absolute Zero.
  •  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,  Warwick's  Infinite Duress can be used on an enemy carry to suppress them and, with  Hungering Strike, lower them to ~50% health, so that  Blood Scentcan kick in to chase and kill them quickly.

Build usage

Jungling

  • Starting items: Hunter's Machete 5 × Health Potion OR Cloth Armor 5 × Health Potion
  • Skill progression:  Hungering Strike Hunters Call Blood Scent Hungering Strike → (optional → recc: Hungering Strike) →  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)
  • Note: Another set of starting items could be Cloth Armor, 2 × Health Potion, 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  Hunters Call after the 2nd attack in order to gain the most healing efficiency with  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 can force  Warwick to get closer to you in order to use  Hungering Strike to break your spell shield before using his ultimate.
  • Quicksilver Sash is also effective for removing  Infinite Duress if you are a high priority target.
  • Before  Warwick has a few ranks in  Hungering Strike he can't trade damage well. Use this to your advantage to deny  Warwick early on.
  • Pre-6  Warwick lacks powerful crowd control, so escaping his early ganks will be relatively easy if you're not overly pushed.
  •  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 with a stun, silence, knockup, knockback, blind, or even Exhaust if you have one.
    • This reduces  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  Vladimir,  Irelia or Renekton can handle him in a lane.
    • Forcing  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.
  • Much like  Dr. Mundo,  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 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 and/or Wit's End), the counter is attack speed debuffs: Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart along with champions like  Malphite,  Darius,  Nasus and  Gragas or any other tank/offtank with an attack speed debuff such as  Ground Slam or  Ice Blast.
  • Getting health regeneration early on can be an effective counter against a laning  Warwick, as his harassment is limited to using  Hungering Strike.
  • Try to use Executioner's Calling or Ignite on him in every teamfight to counter his high sustain.

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