To be frank here, Blitzcrank is in a tight spot. When you're playing as him, you're encouraged to do the same thing every time: wait in the bush until an opportunity arises, and then hook your kill in before popping them into the air and silencing them to prevent any counterplay. Sure, there may also be times where Blitz will instead use his W to run up to you and then hook you when you try to flash away or use other blinks or dashes, but the principle is still the same; it's a little too easy to set up kills with Blitzcrank.

One thing to keep in mind here is that Riot Games didn't design Blitzcrank to be the aggressive support he's commonly played as now. To prove this, we have his champion spotlight, which has Phreak recommending you build items such as Infinity Edge and Trinity Force on him, AD damage items. Blitzcrank was supposed to be an AD Bruiser.

Blitzcrank Champion Spotlight

Blitzcrank Champion Spotlight

Since Blitzcrank's release, Riot has given us Thresh, a dedicated support whose kill potential also centers around landing a skillshot hook. Albeit his kit has far more defensive options, and his hook is telegraphed, on top of requiring Thresh to jump onto enemies himself in order to follow up with any of his other skills. Even further back than that, there's Nautilus, who's ganking and kill potential also depends on his ability to land a skillshot that brings enemies to him. Nautilus is finding niches all over the Rift, while Thresh is still one of League's most popular supports, so what niche does Blitzcrank have left? Being a highly aggressive support that encourages a repetitive and simple playstyle? Not on my watch.

The idea here is not to completely kill Blitzcrank's potential as a support, but to merely give him more options while finding him his own niche and unique playstyle in the meta that doesn't involve easy hooks and locking down enemies with simple combos. As the title of this blog post says, my opinion is that Blitzcrank needs a rework. Badly.

Here's an example idea:

1 Growth 18 1 Growth 18
Health 583 - 2198 Attack damage (+0)
Health regen. 8.25 - 21.3  Attack speed  0.625 (+0% – 19.2%)
Mana 267 - 947  Armor 24.4 - 92.4
Mana regen. 8.5 - 22.1  Magic resist. 32.1 - 53.4
Attack range 125 Mov. speed N/A


Isolated Ironworks

Blitzcrank creates a field around himself that increases his movement speed by 30 as long as there are no allied champions within 500 units of him.

  • The first step is to encourage Blitzcrank to focus less on setting up kills for his team and more on cracking skulls on his own. Giving him better chase potential when no one's around to aid him should suffice.
Rocket Grab
COST: 100 / 105 / 110 / 115 / 120 Mana
COOLDOWN: 20-16 seconds
Rocket Grab

Active: Blitzcrank fires his right hand in the target direction, pulling the first enemy hit to him, stunning them for 0.5 seconds and dealing magic damage.

  • Magic Damage: 80 / 135 / 190 / 245 / 300 (+40% Bonus AD) 
  • Ah, Blitzcrank's hook. One of the most iconic moves in the whole game. It should be obvious why taking it out completely isn't an option. Instead, let's settle on making it scale with AD while toning up it's mana costs.
Mana Barrier
COST: 3% / 4% / 5% / 6% / 7% Maximum Mana
COOLDOWN: 16 seconds
Mana Barrier

Active: Blitzcrank spends up to 3 seconds draining his mana. When Blitzcrank re-activates the ability or the draining period ends, he releases all of the lost mana in an electrical blast that deals magic damage to nearby enemies while granting Blitzcrank a shield for 4 seconds based on the amount of mana consumed.

  • Magic Damage: 70 / 115 / 150 / 190 / 230 (+30% Maximum Mana)
  • Shield Per Mana: 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 
  • Aside from fueling the high mana costs from constantly throwing out Rocket Grabs, this ability will also be around to encourage players to stack mana items to boost its damage and shield strength.
Power Fist
COST:  60 / 70 / 80 / 90 / 100 Mana
COOLDOWN: 18 seconds
Mana Barrier

Active: Blitzcrank slows himself by 60% as he charges up his left hand over 2 seconds, preventing Blitz from auto-attacking while it charges. When Blitzcrank re-activates the ability or fully charges it, he slams the earth with his fist, dealing physical damage to surrounding enemies. If Blitzcrank was able to fully charge the attack, it will also stun enemies briefly. Since Blitzcrank is using his left hand to use this ability, he can use Rocket Grab while charging up Power Fist, since Rocket Grab utilizes the right hand.</span> 

  • Minimum Physical Damage: 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 (30% Bonus AD)
  • Stun Duration: .5 / .75 / 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 seconds
  • Power Fist is still the bread and butter ability to combo Rocket Grab into. Due to the long windup before Blitzcrank can stun anyone with this ability, his killing potential bases around charging up Power Fist beforehand and then timing his hook properly to reel someone in just before the attack goes off, guaranteeing a stun. Since Blitzcrank has no other means of inflicting crowd control on enemies after using Rocket Grab, him starting to charge up this move is almost always a decent telegraph for when he's about to hook, leaving potential counterplay. If one were to simply forego this ability and just hook them outright, the pulled enemy can easily walk away if there's noone nearby to chain in cc of their own.
COST: 25
COOLDOWN: 10 seconds
Mana Barrier

Passive: Blitzcrank fires a lightning bolt at a random nearby visible enemy every 2.5 seconds, dealing magic damage. If a lightning bolt damages an enemy champion, Blitzcrank regenerates 3% of his maximum mana. TOGGLE: Blitzcrank disables the passive half of this ability and goes into overdrive, draining his mana every second to grant him bonus movement speed and attack damage. If Overdrive is kept on for longer than 8 seconds, Blitzcrank will begin to overheat, losing 2% of his maximum health every second. Kills and assists allow Blitzcrank to go on for 2 additional seconds without overheating. 

  • Bolt Magic Damage: 100 / 200 / 300 (+20% AP)
  • Toggle Attack Damage: 30 / 45 / 60
  • Toggle Movement Speed: 10% / 25% / 40%
  • Yes, Overdrive would now be Blitzcrank's ultimate. Attack speed wouldn't really appeal to this new kit, so Blitz now gains attack damage instead. As is the case with actual machinery, Blitzcrank will start to hurt himself if he's in overdrive for too long and lets himself overheat. In order to avoid punishing himself, Blitzcrank needs to claim his kill quickly and cool off before hunting for his next victim.

Theoretical Item Build

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Frozen Heart item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Manamune item
Offensive Trinity Force item Essence Reaver item The Black Cleaver item Titanic Hydra item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Righteous Glory item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Consumables Health Potion item Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Iron item

If anyone would like to share their thoughts on either Blitzcrank's current state, or this idea for a rework, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.