Riot Reveals Warwick: The Uncaged Wrath of Zaun Rework
In its usual strides to keep League of Legends fresh, Riot has revealed a rework of Warwick, one of the oldest champions in the game. Fitted up with Hextech machinery, a monstrous new look, and a re-balanced move-set, Warwick: The Uncaged Wrath of Zaun has been unleashed, ready to tear Summoner’s Rift a new one!
While Warwick’s moves haven’t changed too heavily, key mechanics of his combat have been shifted around to make him more effective, without sacrificing his ease of use. As the official page says :
“Warwick’s new kit trades reliability for flexibility so you have options beyond “ult a poor bastard and hope they die.””
Meaning that player’s who enjoyed his play-style in the past shouldn’t feel too left out with his update.
- His default passive Eternal Thirst helps Warwick kicking in a scrap, with his basic attacks dealing additional magic damage, with that damage healing him when he gets below half health.
- His Q allows Warwick an interesting movement capability known as Jaws of the Beast , with which he leaps at the opponent, taking a bite out of them and restoring some health. If the button is held down however, Warwick leaps over them, and takes a bite out of their backside. This could provide interesting escape options if caught from behind.
- his W ability is twofold, the passive version of Blood Hunt revealing damaged enemies blood trails and causing them to be Blood Hunted , giving Warwick extra attack speed towards them, and increasing his out-of-combat movement speed when running towards them. Enemies with low health will have to beware, as the effects triple towards them. The active version reveals blood trails leading to all enemy champions, even fully healed ones, in a large radius. The nearest champion revealed will be given the Blood Hunted debuff. This has a long cooldown, but it cools twice as fast when no-one is being hunted.
- His E ability Primal Howl reduces the damage Warwick takes for a short time, after which (or if the ability is triggered again) he lets out a fearsome roar, causing nearby enemies to flee in fear.
- His ultimate ability is In finite Duress uses Warwick’s bestial form to it’s limits, causing him to leap at an enemy, stunning them while he tears them to shreds. The distance leapt is based on his movement speed, and he also heals for all damage caused by this spell. Warwick cannot be stopped mid leap, so be prepared to fight for your life.
With the new update, his lore was also reworked. No longer a mad scientist, this Warwick was experimented on by singed, his gene’s spliced with all manner of monsters and machinery, until only the beast remained. With faded memories of failing to help stop the criminals in Zaun, he believes the best way to do this is to rip every piece of filth in Zaun apart, becoming what can only be described as a furrier version of the Punisher. Warwick the man may be gone, but Warwick the uncaged wrath remains.
With Riot Studios continually working to update and refocus their older champions, it is always worth keeping an eye out for how even the most classic of champions could be refitted for the current game. Whilst these changes will help reshape Warwick, his base gameplay is mostly unchanged, to make sure those who love hunting their enemies down won’t feel left out.
For more information about the update such as developer insights , check out the official blog-post here!
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