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Warwick Build Guide by Mainling

Top [11.6] Essence Reaver / Botrk Warwick Top (2 play-styles)

Top [11.6] Essence Reaver / Botrk Warwick Top (2 play-styles)

Updated on March 29, 2021
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Runes: (PTA) All-ins

1 2 3
Press the Attack
Presence of Mind
Legend: Alacrity
Last Stand

Bone Plating

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


1 2 3
LoL Summoner Spell: Barrier


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash



Update: Essence reaver build path highly recommended after Botrk nerfs
Starting items
All matchups
Do not start with these
Doran blade still provides better sustain
Take a rune for mana, doran blade fighting power is vital
Not recommended
First back
High mana usage lane / early lead needed
If struggling with waveclear / getting pushed in
All-in 1st item, Botrk
Poke 1st item, Essence Reaver
First back / rush
2nd item mythic
I am convinced this is the most efficient mythic on warwick, tank or not.
Possible mythic alternatives
Anti-kite / target access
Against heavy tank comps
3rd item
Option 1. Slight aggressive / splitpush: Waveclear, On-hit, Hp

Threats & Synergies

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Champion Build Guide

[11.6] Essence Reaver / Botrk Warwick Top (2 play-styles)

By Mainling
2 Core items, 2 Playstyles
You should be rushing one of two core items which will represent your largest single power spikes in the entire game.

1) With Blade of the ruin king, you will want to take this into tank/bruiser matchups where all-in are unavoidable/unescapable or where you will win with high certainty. Botrk will give you a lot of dueling power (what it's supposed to do) so use it well to get ahead in lane and use your gold lead to buy tank items to prepare for teamfights. You should be comfortable doing small-scale scuttle / gank fights but it is not optimal to enter full team fights with just Botrk. This synergizes well with PTA / Conqueror.

2) With Essence Reaver, the logic behind this is the mana refund and the large damage spike it provides to your Q. When you will have built this item, your Q is essentially free since it will refund the same mana your Q uses. This allows you to Q minions for *massive* sustain. Poked to 20%? Q a melee minion to get back to 70% with full mana. You will be spamming Q pokes at this point and all-in when the enemy is low. This synergizes well with grasp.

?) With both builds you have lane sustain from minions (lifesteal from Botrk and manaless Q's from essence reaver). They excel both at doing different things, think about your lane and matchup and consider whether pokes or all-ins are better for winning lane. You can think about this just like the new Ezreal builds - taking Botrk usually against tanky comps and essence reaver against squishy comps. Essence reaver at this point is very forgiving with the amount of essentially infinite sustain it provides, but take note at heavily reduced team-fighting potential and being even more squishy than a Botrk build.
Mythic items seem to be the biggest controversy for Warwick. He seems to spike the least with conventional mythics like divine, stridebreaker, and goredrinker. All seem to give stats or passives that he can't use fully or doesn't synergize with (the ideal mythic will be something on-hit that doesn't give lethality or armor pen which are both useless as you do 60% magic damage). After lots of experimentation the new frostfire gauntlet seems to be the pick here. Giving you all the stats you need alongside blade of the ruined king. Despite being a tank item, the increased resistances, slow, and HP will allow you to survive longer and deal more damage with your main item which is botrk. DPS-wise this puts you on the same level as other 2-item top laners and you will be doing more in team fights.

Think I have enough information up there. Don't think anyone really needs a basic Warwick guide with all the other ones already out there. Feedback welcome, let me know if this works for you.
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