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Blitzcrank Champion Spotlight

Blitzcrank Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Relic Shield item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Sightstone item Boots of Speed item Targon's Brace item
Essential Ruby Sightstone item Boots of Mobility item Face of the Mountain item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Righteous Glory item Abyssal Mask item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Knight's Vow item Gargoyle Stoneplate item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Tear of the Goddess item Health Potion item2
Essential Manamune item Frozen Heart item Mercury's Treads item
Offensive Abyssal Mask item Trinity Force item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Dead Man's Plate item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Iceborn Gauntlet item Locket of the Iron Solari item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Abyssal Mask item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Dead Man's Plate item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing As BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank
  • The 1-2-3 combo of Rocket Grab Rocket Grab, Power Fist Power Fist, and Static Field Static Field can devastate an individual opponent.
    • Using this combo under your own tower can be very deadly with the help of the tower shots.
  • Blitzcrank doesn't usually contribute enough damage to eliminate a healthy target, so you should never engage without ensuring that your team can follow up.
  • The rest of Blitzcrank's kit allows him to stick around targets during a fight, your allies will be more confident to follow up if you are present to apply pressure.
Playing Against BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank
  • Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab Rocket Grab has a very high cost at early level, with about a 20-second cooldown at level 1. He loses a lot of his power during this window, it is a safe time to farm and retaliate without worrying about his engage.
    • If you pay attention to Blitzcrank's mana pool, note that Rocket Grab Rocket Grab costs 100 mana.
  • Blitzcrank cannot utilize the benefits of his crowd control without damage. If you decide to circumvent him and engage his allies, he can only peel for a single person.
  • Blitzcrank can be a hard target to eliminate due to his Mana Barrier Mana Barrier passive.
  • Staying behind creeps can prevent you from being Rocket Grab Rocket Grabbed. Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab Rocket Grab only pulls the first enemy target it encounters.
Playing With BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank
  • Blitzcrank's hook is very spontaneous, stay alert to quickly capitalize on his hooks.
  • Outside of hooking an enemy, BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank provides very little protection for his allies because he'd already use his crowd control in the engage. Stay on your toes for a retaliation from the enemy.

Playstyle

BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank is a utility based champion who picks off enemies with his Rocket Grab Rocket Grab and locks them down for an easy kill. He is usually played as a bot lane support due to his utility, although he is sometimes played top lane.

  • Since Blitzcrank was designed to be a top laner, his damage is noticeably higher than most supports. This leads to a very offensive playstyle which focuses on killing the enemy bot lane and snowballing the lane from there.

Ability Usage

Mana Barrier Mana Barrier [Innate]
  • Mana Barrier Mana Barrier provides a decent safety net against damage. When it is up, don't be afraid to do something risky, especially early on when enemies will have difficulty breaking the shield.
    • The shield scales off your current mana, so use your spells considerably or your shield will be tiny and unlikely to save you from trouble.
Rocket Grab Rocket Grab [Q]
  • Don't spam Rocket Grab Rocket Grab at early levels as it has a steep mana cost of 100 mana, while your maximum mana at level 1 is around 300.
    • Sometimes, it may be better to hold on to Rocket Grab rather than using it as simply having it available creates a lot of pressure. When it is on cooldown, Blitzcrank loses a lot of his threatening presence.
      • Hiding in brush is as great way increase the amount of pressure you intimidate.
  • Rocket Grab makes Blitzcrank a great champion for an early invade. It can be used to easily catch people in the narrow pathways of the jungle or to steal camps from the enemy jungler.
Overdrive Overdrive [W]
  • Using Overdrive Overdrive to close the distance on your targets would make it much easier to land your abilities.
    • As with any speed boost, Overdrive can also be used for running away. Just be wary of the self-slow at the end of the ability as that may hamper your escape somewhat.
    • Overdrive helps greatly in taking objectives due to its significant attack speed boost.
Power Fist Power Fist [E]
  • Power Fist resets Blitzcrank's auto attack timer, using it in quick succession from a basic attack delivers a very quick amount of damage.
  • Power Fist can be activated just before Rocket Grab is fired to ensure that enemies don't dash away after the hook ends.
  • Alternatively, you can close onto your enemies with Overdrive Overdrive to use Power Fist Power Fist if you are not confident at landing grabs. You can then follow up with a guaranteed Rocket Grab Rocket Grab while they are knocked up or as they attempt to escape.
    • This technique is much easier to react to than a sudden Rocket Grab. Take note of enemy crowd control and utilise bushes to make it safer for you to perform this combo.
Static Field Static Field [R]
  • Use Static Field Static Field with your standard combo to prevent your enemies from immediately escaping your hook. This can also clear any minions in the way of your hook.
  • Entering combat will activate the passive damage from Static Field Static Field, causing you to hit targets when you don't intend to.
  • In an extended 1v1 with no minions or monsters around, it may be beneficial to let Static Field's passive hit your opponent rather than activating the ability as the passive damage will surpass the active's damage after around 3 strikes.
    • In short, only use the active if you need the burst damage or the silence.

Runes

  • Aftershock rune Aftershock works very well with Blitzcrank's aggressive participation by supplying resistances when he needs to tank damage.
  • Guardian rune Guardian can provide protection for Blitzcrank's allies where he cannot, but they need to remain close in order to activate it.
  • Manaflow Band rune Manaflow Band tremendously compensates Blitzcrank's high mana consumption.

Items

As a tank support with relatively low cooldowns, Blitzcrank benefits from items that provide Health icon Health, Cooldown reduction icon Cooldown Reduction, and Mana icon Mana, along with active ability effects.

  • The slow from Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet is quite beneficial against targets that lack effective escapes.
  • Knight's Vow item Knight's Vow can provide protection towards important allies in chaotic fights or spontaneous engages. Support Blitzcrank receives a lot of benefits while near his allies either during an engage, or when peeling off diving enemies.
  • Zeke's Convergence item Zeke's Convergence can be used very frequently along with Static Field Static Field's low cooldown, and synergizes with his required followup.
  • Righteous Glory item Righteous Glory's speed boost works great when Blitzcrank decides to speed into action when paired with Overdrive Overdrive.

Counterpicks

  • Think about targets Blitzcrank wouldn't want to grab. Try tanky supports like AlistarSquare Alistar and LeonaSquare Leona, who can benefit greatly from the free engage provided by Rocket Grab Rocket Grab. These supports are also less likely to die if pulled, which helps prevent the snowball.
    • For other roles, champions like AmumuSquare Amumu and GalioSquare Galio can be used for the same reason.
  • Marksmen with escapes like EzrealSquare Ezreal and TristanaSquare Tristana ruin the rest of Blitzcrank's engage.
    • Similarly, champions with shields such as SivirSquare Sivir and MorganaSquare Morgana can dispel a hook to prevent an effective engage.

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