Warwick Rework Revealed, Initial Thoughts

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It's been teased and promised for quite a while and it looks like League of Legends players are soon going to be able to get their hands on the new and improved Warwick.

Teased in a short clip, Warwicks new kit looks downright terrifying. 

That. Jump.

Let's start things off with his Q. It seems as if Warwick deals percentage health to the opposing champion while dashing behind. This ability could be a game changer. If you don't react quick enough, the dash behind just may be enough to throw off the opposing players mechanics.

Warwicks W looks to mark the nearest enemy champion as well as granting Warwick a movement speed buff towards them. There also seems to be a trail, giving Warwick a clear path towards the enemy.

His will certainly cause a lot of trouble. Appearing as a recast-able ability, his initial cast gives Warwick a shield which will allow him to jump into the middle of team fights. Upon recast, Warwick loses his shield but fears those around him.

It's time to jump around. If you look at the beginning of the clip, you can see Warwick leap far. I mean real far. From the brush behind the red buff to the brush in front of it, that's a distance. His R loses the point and click charm that it once had but seemingly has replaced that with a bigger distance to strike opponents. Instead, it's a skill shot now which when landed on an opponent successfully will strike the enemy six times as well as suppressing the champion for a set amount of time.

According to James Bates, WWG's League of Legends Writer and Analyst, the change is a welcomed one. "It looks like they maintained a lot of Warwick's core play patterns without keeping his design flaws," Bates said. "Removing the percentage heal on Hungering Strike will remove him from the top lane permanently, and his new ultimate lacks the same point-and-click targetting that made Warwick such a problem in the first place. Overall, it looks like the rework grants more agency to both Warwick and his pray, which makes it a huge win for a champion that was traditionally viewed as both boring and uninspired."

"Overall, it looks like the rework grants more agency to both Warwick and his pray, which makes it a huge win for a champion that was traditionally viewed as both boring and uninspired." - James Bates

Riot is yet to release an official statement on the details of Warwicks full kit.

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