- This is my first ever blog entry on this Wiki, so please bear with me as I try to improve.
- January 2nd, 2013: Edit - 5, 10, 14, & added 6
- January 3rd, 2013: Edit - 7, 9, & added 2, 15
Elo. I hope you have fun playing this champion in normal, good luck, and Happy New Year!is an extremely fun champion to play. Yet at the same time, it can be very frustrating for you having him as an enemy. While Blitzcrank is in the Top 3 ban list, there are many debates on whether he is truly OP or not. I personally think that this champion has the potential to be part of the tier, but misuse of his abilities will drop him down to the tier (these tiers don't officially exist lol) Anyway, regardless of his tier, this guide will give you an opportunity to use Blitzcrank elsewhere than bot lane. I don't advise you to play JungleCrank in ranked games because your teammates won't approve of this idea and they may result in cursing, trolling or feeding intentionally and will cause you to lose
Pros and Cons
- Great ganks: Has 2 non-ult hard CC. Nobody has more non-ult hard CC than this robot.
- Great initiator: Many junglers are forced to take on that role.
- Quite tanky: Singed's passive gives 25% of his mana as health, but Blitzcrank's passive gives 50% (although I am aware of the differences in how they work)
- Slow jungle speed: can be easily counterjungled.
- Risky ganks: Remember, Rocket Grab is a skillshot.
- No significant gapclosers outside of Q: If a Rocket Grab fails, Blitzcrank has no choice but to run with Overdrive for a minimum of 10 seconds (cooldown on Q) and during this time, proper usage of soft CC on Blitzcrank will result in an easy kiting game.
- Greater Mark of Attack Speed
- Alternatives: Greater Mark of Attack Damage / Armor
- Greater Seal of Armor
- Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
- Alternatives: Greater Glyph of Magic Resist / Cooldown Reduction
- Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
- Alternatives: Greater Quintessence of Armor / Attack Speed / Attack Damage / Gold
If anyone has jungled before, you would find it obvious to see AS marks as the priority. The only champions I can think of that can make better usage of other marks are Influence Points., , . Seals are pretty much self-explanatory: cheap and efficient. The chosen Glyph is a common rune for bruisers and tanks lategame. SupportCrank does have the power to wreck early game lane phase, but JungleCrank's slow and unstable jungle speed makes him not as powerful early game (his ganks are still very deadly) As for the quintessence, you could go with whatever you feel like, and it may depend on your available
- Offense (9)
- Defense (21)
General Item Build (no specific order)
- Starting Items: + 5
- Early Game Core: 490) (later into / )
(later into ) (later into ) and (later sold for
- Consider an early if you got some kills and would like to focus on ganking more.
- Mid Game Core: Tier 2 boots (depends on enemy team's damage / CC distribution) (synergy with ) (CDR and MS boost)
- Late Game Core: magic resistance) ( is OP) (great aura!) tier 3 boots ( / / / : depends on your needs, varies from game to game) (for
- Alternative Offensive Items: AP) (never a bad late game damage item) (if your team severely lacks damage) (get with this) (if your team has 2+
- Alternative Defensive Items: true damage) (against 5 AD) (if you need both damage and resistances against magic damage) (against 2+ basic attackers) (against heavy AD) (late game life) (if lots of
This build is focused on being a bruiser. Some items may not be necessary for every game; it all depends on the enemy's main damage sources. But you do want to generally build 150+ armor at the very least since you will be mostly taking physical damage from the enemy AD Carry. If your early game didn't go well, or you need more support for your AD Carry, try the Alternative Support Build.
Alternative Support Build (no specific order)
- Starting Items: + 5
- Early Game Core: , , , (you are a support now!)
- Mid Game Core: (get out of CC quicker, use CC on others quicker) (helps you initiate and/or run from initiates) (later into ) (you should no longer have ward problems: there should be at least 6 wards on the map just from you and your official bot lane support every 3 minutes)
- Late Game Core: (for more CC and CDR if necessary) , or (shut down the enemy bruiser(s) running at your carry!)
- Alternative Items: life steal) (get this rather than Aegis if the opposition's magic damage is insignificant) (this is up to you; can be a very good choice depending on how the game flows. Use this for checks, Baron steal checks, etc., to avoid facechecking into a loss) (lots of threatening CC on enemy side) (get this if your AD Carry doesn't have enough
This build is focused on purely protecting a target on your team and supporting your team overall. With 40% CDR and, you can knock up a single target and slow them at the same time every 3 seconds. It is like having a that hits one target on a 3 second cooldown. Before using this support build, think of the usual support build that you would use on champions such as Sona, Janna, Taric, etc. Build accordingly.
- : Obvious choice for junglers.
- or : Whatever fits you more. I like Flash more on Blitzcrank thanks to his built-in MS steroid.
- Blue Team
- Try to get a nice leash (Smiteless if possible) on red buff.
- Smiteless Route: Gank Top / Mid - (Smiteless) - (Smite) -
- Smite Route: Wraiths - Red (Smite) - - Wraiths - Blue (Smite) - Gank or
- Purple Team
- Try to get a nice leash (Smiteless if possible) on blue buff.
- Smiteless Route: Wolves - Blue (Smiteless) - Red (Smite) - Gank top/mid
- Smite Route: Wolves - Blue (Smite) - Wraiths - Wolves - Red (Smite) - Gank or Golems
- If the enemy jungler is a strong counterjungler, try being more flexible with your route and ask your support for an early ward on your 2nd buff monster camp.
- Standard ranged combo: Rocket Grab - Power Fist - Static Field - Autoattack with Overdrive on
- Ganking top/bot combo: Run with Overdrive - Autoattack into immediate Power Fist - Rocket Grab during chase - Static Field - Autotattack to death
- Lane surprise grab combo: Autoattack minions once each - Static Field into immediate Rocket Grab (enemy laner should be defenseless) - Power Fist - Overdrive autotattacks
- Flash combo: Flash and Power Fist - Autoattack with Overdrive - Rocket Grab - Static Field - Autoattack to death
During the first 10 or so minutes of the game, jungling for farm and ganking needy lanes is your priority. Try to help lanes that have been counterpicked or is being pushed towards allied towers. Don't neglect pushed lanes as well if your laner has decent lockdowns, as a random grab from the bush can really catch opponents out of position. Be sure to ask your laner(s) for any wards in nearby brushes before ganking. As a jungler, you should be focusing on mid lane and top lane first, as these solo lanes will be most affected by the jungle influence. Then focus near mid and bot lanes for control. If you have made multiple successful ganks, your job as a jungler can be said to be successful.
Few turrets will start falling. Dragon(s) will be acquired by teams. At this stage, start building toward an Iceborn Gauntlet. Keep jungling and ganking and follow your team or lead your team around objectives. Nothing new yet, but try to control as many objectives as much as possible.
Game changing moments, game changing team fights, game changing decisions. Depending on your success and your carries' status, you may have to either peel for your squishies or chase after their carries. The key thing with lategame as a jungler is to have 1~2 wards handy with you in case for asteal, or just simply vision. You may want to carry an with you if your support doesn't have one. Baron control is the top priority at this stage. Don't neglect farming, but don't go clean up bottom lane unless he/she is a , , , etc., or has available. Try to use long range ults with short cooldown ( , ) After winning some teamfights, you can go for Baron or multiple turrets thanks to the long death timers.
Blitzcrank is an amazing initiator. Similar to Carry. A good grab can win you the game, but on the other hand, grabbing a champion like or whom you can't burst down quickly and has AOE CC can cost you the game. Grabbing bruisers sometimes may be the better idea if he/she is a big threat to your team, but can be bursted down. Now that the team fight has began, you must choose from offense or defense. If you are fed on the team, you may want to go for enemy carries. Without proper support and escape tools, they will be easily locked down by Q-W-E-R-Spellblade. If your team needs some peel for your carries, Blitzcrank with an Iceborn Gauntlet excels at this job by having a low cooldown Power Fist and an AOE slow every two seconds. If the team fight has been won, Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab will allow your team for an easy chase. Shurelya's Reverie, if acquired, will help out as well. If the team fight has been lost, you might want to sacrifice yourself for the good of your carries. If the enemy team is attempting baron, try a smitesteal at baron. Sometimes it may not be worth attempting it, but it's better than nothing., he can pick one person out of the pack, prefferably the AD or AP
Blitzcrank relies on his Rocket Grab as his main ability. To get a relatively high accuracy on his grab, he needs a lockdown, even if it has a short duration. Also, Blitzcrank synergizes extremely well with burst champions. Since Rocket Grab is such a crucial spell, with its usage comes a delay of 10~20 seconds (depending on skill level and 0~40% CDR) and killing a target in the duration of Q-E-R is very important in Blitzcrank's success. Therefore, the following champions work well with Blitzcrank.
- Pantheon, Twisted Fate, Ryze, etc: Great burst, and a simple single-target lockdown stun.
- Graves, Corki, Ezreal, Miss Fortune, etc: Great burst, and Blitzcrank's lockdowns will make skillshots and AoE abilities much easier to land.
- Alistar, Leona, Singed, Nautilus, etc: These combos are more for dragging the enemy into turret hell. All of these champions have 2+ CC that can either set up or follow up a Blitcrank's Rocket Grab.
First of all, I would like to thank all of you for reading this guide. As I said before, do not go off with playing him in ranked unless you are completely confident in yourself or you have a trustable duo mid partner. I hope I can see more JungleCranks in the future in my normal games. Once you lay your hands on this champion, you will be soon finding yourself spending 3150.