Riot Games have been updating and upgrading champions from the original roster for quite some time now. Champions like Sion, Poppy, Taric, and Yorick have already received full relaunches which have completely changed their kits, as well as their appearance.
The latest champion to receive an update is Warwick whose updated visuals and kit will be available for everyone in a few hours. The ‘Uncaged Wrath of Zaun’ has an entirely new backstory, new visuals, a new skillset, and a new reason to hunt down his enemies.
If you have been following the update thus far, you are probably already familiar with the direction that the design team has gone for. Though Warwick has always been a terrifying champion, his story now better reflects his predatory nature. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out his teaser below.
Personally, I think that the new Warwick is a far more intriguing beast. The visual update was absolutely necessary but the updated toolkit will also be interesting to use in the Rift. Now, Warwick might actually be able to fulfill the role of a bruiser far better than he could before while remaining true to his spirit.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at his updated abilities.
Passive: Eternal Thirst
Warwick’s basic attacks will deal bonus magic damage, same as before. Whenever he is below half health, he will also be healed for the same amount.
Q: Jaws of the Beast
Instead of a generic targeted attack, Warwick’s Q will now lunge him forward, healing him for a percentage of the damage dealt. Holding down the key while attacking will cause Warwick to leap behind the target. The best thing about it is that it also follows champion movement abilities, such as leaps and Flash.
W: Blood Hunt
This new ability is like a mutated combination of Warwick’s previous W and E abilities which comes with a passive and active component. Passively, enemies with less than half health will leave behind them a global blood trail which Warwick can follow for increased out-of-combat movement speed and increased attack speed when dealing damage to them.
If Warwick chooses to activate the ability, he will simply tag the nearest champion as “Blood Hunted”, giving him the same bonuses regardless of their current health. As expected, the active component has a massive cooldown but it actually regenerates faster when no enemy champions are hunted.
E: Primal Howl
After activating the ability, Warwick will receive reduced damage for some time. At the end of that duration, or if activated again early, he will force all nearby enemies to flee.
R: Infinite Duress
At its core, Warwick’s ultimate remains the same lock-and-shred ability as before. The way it is activated, however, has changed. Instead of a targeted ability, Infinite Duress is now a skillshot leap which suppresses the first champion Warwick comes in target with.
The leap’s distance increases based on Warwick’s movement speed and he is immune to crowd control during the leap but not during the actual shredding phase.
If you would like to see more, make sure to check his new champion spotlight as well as the links below: