I really don’t know why it took so long for us to give you a League of Legends guide about Warwick. He has a considerable amount of lifesteal even without items, plenty of crowd control, and a kit that you can get used to within 5 games. He is the perfect champion to start jungling with and learn how ganking works.
Be warned though, the playstyle you will adapt to with him is pretty addictive.
When should you use this build?
The short answer is: any time you would like to have some fun. Warwick is simple to play, so he doesn’t require your full attention, unlike most other League of Legends junglers. This means that you can slaughter everyone while having dinner without a problem, and sometimes you will get called a hacker while doing so. And we all know how great that feels.
However, this build is also great for ranked games and not just for fun. If you really put your mind to it, you can easily go up several ranks. The best part is that you will literally only need Warwick, some willpower and dedication.
What items does Warwick need?
- Skirmisher’s Sabre – Warrior
- Titanic Hydra
These are you two basic core items, although you should have your Tiamat before completing your jungler item. That way you will have a little more health regeneration earlier, which will be a huge boost in teamfights, and during and in-between ganks. After that you need to get boots. Ninja Tabi or Mercury’s Treads will do just fine.
Sterak’s Gage and Iceborn Gauntlet are both offensive items that you will need if you want to be ahead of the enemy team as fast as possible. Note, that you already need to have a little bit of extra gold in your pocket to be able to do that, otherwise you will just spend way too much time completing these two items and the enemy will beat you into the ground. If you don’t already have a headstart, only buy Sterak’s Gage.
Alternatively, if you managed to get 10 kills before the 18-minute mark, you can even buy Death’s Dance. It will give you more damage and a little bit of CDR, which is perfect for making that snowball even faster.
Next up are your defensive items. Spirit Visage and Dead Man’s Plate are must-haves, even if you are ahead, although you can skip either of them if you’re feeling confident, or both if you’re crazy. Regardless, it’s crucial to know when to buy them and in what order. I personally advise you to buy a situational item first. You will need to tailor this choice to the current situation. Thornmail against extreme healers, like Soraka; Adaptive Helm against heavy AP; and Frozen Heart against a lot of AD.
Which runes does Warwick need?
When to switch it up
Warwick has no real counters. Statistically speaking Ivern is the worst, but in reality Warwick can crush him if he becomes highly aggressive in the early game. In all honesty, the biggest threat would be Hecarim. His speed cancels out your ability to gank, unless the enemy team doesn’t have enough vision – in which case you are in low ELO, and counters don’t matter all that much down there. Carry a pink ward and sweep as often as you can, but you won’t really need to change the build.
The worst champion that you could fight against is Soraka. She will heal up all of her teammates within a few seconds, so your damage will basically not count. Hence why you should buy Thornmail against her.
How to play as Warwick
As a jungler, your goal should be to improve the situation in the lanes, so that your teammates can progress faster and push in. Fortunately for you, Warwick is the perfect champion for this in League of Legends. All you need to do is farm a tiny bit in the early game, then start ganking.
During these ganks, you need to at least get a summoner spell out of the enemy. An Exhaust, a Barrier or a Flash would be best. With these on countdown, the target laner will die to your next gank. But of course, your main goal should be getting a kill for yourself or your teammate, depending on the situation. If you don’t have enough gold to start your snowball, don’t be afraid to act a little selfish and take the kill. Your build will help the entire team advance, so the laner has nothing to complain about.
Once mid game starts and the teams start to group up, you become the initiator. Your ultimate is technically great for this, but please do NOT use this as an ability to start the fight. It would be a waste, as the tank will be at the front of the enemy team and you won’t do much harm to them. Instead, use Jaws of the Beast to get yourself in the fight, and once the way is clear between you and the enemy ADC, you can use your ultimate.