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Blitzcrank is an amazing tank support that has the biggest displacement kit up his sleeves. However, the only problem with Blitzcrank is the high cost of Mana on his pull and his low mana start (the nerfs man too strong). This is why you must rush a Tear of Goddess early if you can.
You shouldn't be the MAIN tank but you should able to withstand some damage because you are going to initiate first with a rocket grab (so you will be focused early).
Remember One Thing:
One Successful and Wise Q Rocket Grab can Win the game
Now let's get started with your training to becoming the best blitzcrank.
Pros and Cons of Blitzcrank
There are Pros and Cons of Every Champ Out There
1. Displacement + Stun to bring the person TOWARDS YOUR TEAM to CC and Kill
2. Very Good CC, Stun + KnockUp
3. Spammable - Very Low CoolDown
4. Low Cooldown and Silences + AoE Magic Damage
5. Cannot be Tower Dove, Blitzcrank Death Grab into turret is SCARY.
6. Can Zone out Players from Farming + Taking Dragon Control + Baron Nashor
7. is what makes Blitzcrank so TANKY with Tear of Goddess built.
1. Zero Sustain, Danger of Getting Harassed
2. Have only ONE way of escape OR you can use
3. Unreliable - Requires Well-Placed Skillshot
4. If you miss Combo, You are DONSIES
5. Mana hungry early levels (You need to get Tear of Goddess now)
6. Vision is the biggest counter to Blitzcrank
You NEED to land those ROCKET GRABS!
I follow the 0/9/21, mainly focusing on the defence masteries
Why 21 points in Utility
- You CANNOT GO WRONG with Mana Regen- Crucial for Blitzcrank's Passive.
- Cool Down Reduction on Summoner Spells is very important, Flash Grab is good to have up as many times as possible.
- Movement Speed IS KEY NOW (Since you start Faerie Charm)
- This allows you to rush Tear as fast as possible since you don't need to get MS early anymore with the 21 pts in Utility
Why 9 points in Defence
Blitzcrank is quite squishy early to mid game. So defence masteries are quite important.
He takes alot of poke as well and needs Health and DMG reduction.
-Armor + MR is always good for bot laning phase. (you are gonna get harrassed alot)
*Blitzcrank has MAGIC RESIST per level*
-Health is important because you have the 2nd highest base health at level 1, so you can be super tanky
-Unyielding and Block are required because you will get poked many times
*Movement speed is KEY for Blitzcrank*
Reasons: No escapability, all you can do is press W and run for your life.
OR You are chasing an enemy down and that extra bit of Movement Speed is CRUCIAL.
I follow the Basic Tanky Support Rune Page Setup with Different Reds
Armor Reds - Armor is always good because of the harrass.
Armor Yellows - Harrassment vs. AD Carry Bot lane (GET GOLD REGEN YELLOWS VS NO POKE ADCs)
*Gold Regen Yellows are VERY GOOD TOO*
Flat Magic Resist Glyphs - for early harrassment of Janna, Sona, Soraka etc.
*Blitzcrank has Magic Resist Per Level*
Quints of Swiftness - Since you are starting Faerie Charm and want MS early, MS is really important, you will be blazing fast in early game which is super amazing because that allows more grabs.
Exceptions + Situational
Cooldown Glyph of Focus (CD Redutions) - I wouldn't recommend these, but if you are REALLY desperate for more grabs then sure...
Armor Pen Reds - For all in lanes, dishing out tons of damage with his Knock Up and AAs in between.
Best Summoner Spells Combo for Blitzcrank
I have yet to see a blitzcrank NOT take exhaust. The Grab and Knockup is usually not enough to chase and kill the enemy ADC unless your ADC is very high burst. The Blitzcrank Grab + Powerfist + Exhaust combo IS DEADLY if you are laning with a Vayne, Tristana, Alistar, or any other BURST AD champs. So much CC, in fact too much to handle.
Exhaust is NOT Mandatory anymore, you can choose to go ignite if your ADC chooses all in summoner spells as well. This is quite risky considering Blitzcrank only has pretty much 1 chained CC then (Which is not really a long CC compared to Thresh etc.) Sometimes it's good to go Ignite if your ADC is up for it and you can land grabs 100 percent.
I Do NOT Recommend CV
How to use Flash DEFENSIVELY
1. Bait an aggressive player in to the turret range when they get too greedy in trying to kill you.
2. Let them hit you a bit, and then suddenly flash out and grab that greedy AD Carry.
How to use Flash AGGRESSIVELY
1. A sudden FLASH + Rocket Grab combo is absolutely deadly because the carries just won't expect it.
2. Give the AD carry some confidence, miss a few grab on purpose and then when the chance comes. Grab him.
Passive: Mana Barrier
When Blitzcrank life is brought below 20% health he activates Mana Barrier. Mana Barrier can only occur once per minute. This creates a mana shield with 50% of his mana, lasts 10 seconds and refunds any unspent mana.
Now this is what makes Blitzcrank have the 2nd chance of surviving. Buyimg Tear of Goddess IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST NOW FOR MASSIVE PASSIVE BOOST.
This item will alone give you SO MUCH TANKING POTENTIAL, PLEASE GET IT.
This one item will the core tank item for Blitz, and later you really won't need any tank items.
Q: Rocket Grab
Blitzcrank fires his right hand, if it encounters an enemy unit it will stun them and deal 80/135/190/245/300 (+100% of ability power) magic damage while he pulls them to himself.
Cooldown 22 / 21 / 20 / 19 / 18 seconds
Cost 110 mana
This should be MAXED FIRST.
Lower cool down, and very high magic damage early games.
I smartcastthis skillshot. HOWEVER, PLEASE PRACTICE SMARTCASTING FOR AT LEAST 10 GAMES B4 YOU RANK.
This skill should be used with patience and should NOT be spammed.
Try and not to miss more than 2 to 3 grabs per game.
SAVE these grabs PLEASE BE WISE WITH THEM DONT JUST THROW THEM OUT
It uses a lot of mana during early laning phase, especially after the nerfs.
Blitzcrank super charges himself to increase Movement Speed by 16 / 20 / 24 / 28 / 32% and attack speed by 30 / 38 / 46 / 54 / 62% for 8 seconds. However, when this effect ends his movement speed is decreased by 25% for 3 seconds.
Use this to get in position for the Rocket Grab or just to scare them away to zone them out of XP and CS.
You can also use this to move around the minions and just simply annoy the crap out of the enemy ad carry whos trying to cs.
This CAN be maxed first, if you haven't rush Boots or don't have MS quints to support your MS.
Use this to secure dragon control
Press W and run towards them to make them think that you will grab them. This should really scare the ad carry into a defensive position.
E: Power Fist
Blitzcrank charges up his fist to make his next attack deal double his total attack damage and pop his target up in the air.
Cooldown 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5seconds
This should be MAXED LAST. You can only fit in maybe one or two powerfists in a teamfight. It really doesn't benefit the team at all by using this as your only CC. You NEED to land grabs and follow up Powerfist as Blitzcrank. If you can just Q then E a carry, then your job is done.
This should be used only for the sole purpose of stunning the enemy and locking them in heavy CC. If you are in close range of the ad carry. Press W, run in, E them (very annoying). If the AD Carry is far away from you, Rocket Grab them and then as soon as you see that you grabbed the AD Carry, Press E. This should lock the ad carry in pretty good CC.
R: Static Field
Passive: Lightning arcs off of Blitzcrank to hit a random nearby enemy for 100 / 200 / 300 (+25% of ability power) magic damage every 2.5 seconds.
Active: Deals 250 / 375 / 500 (+100% of ability power) and silences surrounding enemy units for 0.5 seconds. The passive is not in effect during the cooldown.
This can be VERY annoying for YOUR ad carry, because your passive will damage the minions leading to your ad carry raging at you.
So, best way to avoid this is to stay in the brush and stay away from the low HP minions so that your ad carry can cs.
This is VERY GOOD when chasing a SINGLE opponent, just press W and run along the enemy and the passive will continue to tick and hurt the enemy.
ONLY USE THIS ULTI WHEN IN A TEAMFIGHT to AOE Silence the entire enemy crowd.
When enemies are clumped up together, activate this.
This ulti can also be used to guarantee HEAVY cc lock.
The Full Heavy CC Combo Goes like this:
Rocket Grab > Powerfist > Ulti
(ULTI as soon as they are about to land on the ground after Powerfist)
Max the Skills in the Following Order
WARNING: THIS IS VERY SITUATIONAL.
WHEN TO MAX FIRST? - IF YOU NO MS EARLY
And, of course Max your ulti whenever you can.
Why do you NOT Max E first?
By maxing first actually does way more damage than .
People argue that is used more in teamfights and its more reliable.
HOWEVER, doubles your ATTACK DAMAGE. Since you are building like a support, you are not going to do any damage. It should solely be used only for CCing the AD Carry during the fight
ALSO, Maxing your Q means lower cool-down for the rocket grab, which is very important and 5 seconds is a big deal. There is no point of playing blitzcrank, if you are relying on your instead of . Displacing the Carries or the tanks is why blitzcrank is used in this game of LoL.
MAX W SECOND - You need that Movement Speed Early On if you have not gotten boots yet after 2nd back.
Item Builds- Getting these early will save you so much money in the end.
- This is Mandatory now. THIS IS YOUR CORE TANK ITEM. Late game this becomes a monster.
- Get this SECOND! Cool down reduction + mana regen + movement speed boost is KEY for Blitzcrank and his team at catching one and kill one.
- RUN OR CHASE!! MANDATORY Catch on Kill One.
- Very good item for the mana (passive boost) + armor + and most importantly the cool down reduction. ONLY GET THIS IN LATE GAME and ONLY IF YOU SEE NO OTHERS GETTING THIS.
- MAN, AP, CD, ARMOR Get this if someone else already has Frozen Heart
- This is an amazing item now and can be upgraded to later on.
- Late Game item, shouldn't be rushed, build it if no one else is building it.
- Super Late game item for you ADC if he/she keeps getting out of position or focused REALLY HARD by a dive team comp.
Overall Important Lesson: Build accordingly, and watch for other players items before building all the late game items, two aegis or two frozen heart just doesn't work well and is a waste of money for both players.
P.S. Have ONE SLOT OPEN FOR PINK WARDS ALWAYS. (oracles are good too)
Counter Picks + Who to Ban?
Champions that Counter Blitzcrank
- Why is this Champion even in the game...?
- Must. Not. Grab. Too. Much. CC. Death. Grab. AD. Carry. Dead.
- You grab this guy, report blitzcrank for assisting enemy team.
- Good luck trying to grab this guy. (A decent Ezreal will dodge easily)
- Same as Amumu. Have fun while he channels his ulti!
- Why would you even....sigh. facepalm.
- FEAST!! Om nom nom fresh meat! Oh wait that's pudge...
- Unless you are SURE YOU ARE GONNA KILL THIS SNAKE. DON'T GRAB HER.
- YOU CAN'T SEE ME
- Her AOE DMG + STUN = GG (ONLY IF she survives your grab)
- Yea....no. He's gonna hook you back for sure.
- NOT IN ULTI FORM DAMN IT. DON'T DO IT
- Again, if not built like glass cannon, don't grab her. She will get a penta.
- Dodged. Dodged. Dodged. BURSTED.
- He'll show you that he really loves you.
- I'm sure he wants to pounce on you. (unless he's building glass cannon)
- You can't catch me. Oh wait I silenced you. HA.
- RIGHTNING RUSHHHHH
- PLZ grab me when I have my E on. I want to die and don't mind it.
- You thought you grabbed me didn't you.
- I'm sure he'll ulti you before you get to grab.
- OH THANKS BLITZ I NEEDED THAT FOR MY ULTI! SPELL SHIELD FTW!
- Come on. Grab me.
- You. Can't. Move. HA
- Who you gonna grab? Oh wait you can't see.
- What? Trying to gank me?
- Now you see me. Now you don't. mUHAHAHAHAHAHAH
- Oh wait, my spell shield. woops.
- Grab me in my ulti form!!!!
- Spin to win. Oh i meant get grabbed to win.
- Thanks. I'll ulti you all now!
A MUST Draft Ban (when playing blitzcrank)
- This guy is an absolute MUST BAN EVERY GAME REGARDLESS.
Counter picking with Blitzcrank
- Her ulti is just done for when I grab her.
- So easy to grab.
- So easy to predict where he is going. Better pick up those blades!
- Ulti interrupted
- What ulti?
- Try to harrass me now.
- So easy to grab. Especially when he is charging up his Q.
- Piltover Pacemaker charging? Oh time for me to grab.
- Ulti interrupted.
- Wow so squishy.
- Tumble is not enough.
How to Rocket Grab (Like CLG. Doublelift)
There are MANY DIFFERENT WAYS to Rocket Grab
1. You can just do a casual in-lane + in-brush at the AD Carry
-Diagnoal OR Blind into Second brush
-Get your READY (YOUR TARGET MISSILE DISPLAY SHOULD BE READY)
-Remember that your Range is a bit longer than the Target Missile Display
2. You can the low hp Minions in front of you in order to
A very good example is in this video. CLG vs. Dignitas IEM Hanover Match
There are 3 Doublelift Combos in this video.
The 3 different times in the youtube video are at:
42:00 AND 48:10 AND 51:00
Carefully watch how Doublelift the LOW HP minions in front of him in order to and - Tons of CC combined with
How to Avoid Blitzcrank Rocket Grabs (counter dat BLITZ)
Please WATCH this video
Shows you all the blitzcrank rocket grab spots and what the exact range is
It is quite long but this video will teach you everything about blitzcrank and how they work
3. Please Spam Flash if you get grabbed. You won't be able to get out with just running away.
Most importantly, stop sticking to walls, have some map awareness and alot experience vs Blitzcrank. This comes only with experience, you can dodge/juke blitzcrank pulls pretty easily if you are not predictable with you movements. Blitzcrank players sometimes have a blatant/obvious playstyle. Use that to your advantage but NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN. That really bad blitzcrank player you are talking about, or trash talking about? yea that one. He can land ONE GRAB and the game will be over and yes I mean the ones who don't land a single grab the entire game but lands one in one important teamfight.
VISION IS KEY TO WINNING VS BLITZCRANK AND IS THE ONLY WAY
Early Game Domination Kill Lane
1. SHOULD be zoning out the other ad carry from farming or getting any experience.
2. Try sitting in brushes trying to get some diagonal grabs on the ad carry.
3. Lane Swap and Deny the Enemy Top laner who might be the problem into mid/late game.
OR You can grab Blue Golems and Steal them!
Demonstrated in this YouTube Video!
DEADLY + AGGRESSIVE COMBOS
Blitz + - Grab Powerfist Ulti (near wall), Vayne Tumbles, Condemns to the Wall
Blitz + - Grab Powerfist Ulti, Graves E, Q, Ulti burst.
Blitz + - Grab Powerfist Ulti, Varus E slow, Ulti, Q Snipe!
Blitz + - Grab Powerfist Ulti, Caitlyn place Traps under while AD carry is in the air, Q, Ulti to finish. (or Blitzcrank can grab to Caitlyns already placed traps.)
Blitz + - Grab Powerfirst Ulti, Trist W in, Ulti the Ad carry near to turret.
Blitzcrank lane should NEVER be Passive
It should be done with an Aggressive AD Carry Champ and be able to KILL the lane.
***GRAB THE AD CARRY NOT THE SUPPORT***
*Unless it's Sivir who is skilled with spell shields, then look for a grab on the NON-TANKY support*
Mid Roamin' Blitz GameI have ONE word for blitzcrank Mid Game. (Assuming you killed your lane and the tower is down)
Your bot lane should have been a kill lane and should have owned your lane.
Ward the river or the tribush, so that your ad carry is confident with being alone in the bot lane.
***(Your bot lane should be pushed when you do this)***
Go run around the map and spam abilities to charge up your Tear ASAP, don't be afraid to spam your skills at any enemies you see when you are roaming with your jungler or mid laner.
It is HIGHLY recommended you roam with a jungler with some CC
Roam with a mid laner who can push lane really hard and can have global presence or just really good for roaming.
Since Lane Swaps are sooo mainstream now, you can lane swap and deny the enemy ADC/Supp from farming if you lane swapped earlier.
Lane swap so that the enemy top laner gets zoned completely out of experience range and also cs range.
Go Gank Mid, go ward their jungle, go steal their jungle, take dragon control.
Support, that is the meaning of support, have wards all over the map. Support your team.
Try and catch a few members off guard, most likely their mid laner or the jungler if they are near the bot lane. Always stick with your mid laner/jungler who has CC or just take someone with you who can roam really welll in general. Be a threat, show your presence in lane and also out of lane.
Make sure to farm for
"Blitzcrank is a Hero" Late Game
Where Blitzcrank Gets to be the Hero
2. on Baron, Dragon, your own jungle, their jungle (IF possible)
3. Be a scout, Press W, and run around, to check for enemy wards, or enemies who are caught off guard.
4. Force Dragon Control and Baron Control
5. Scare people away (zoning, having control of space, disorient their formation)
The team will be depending on your grab as an initiator. No Pressure at all.
If this puts too much burden on you, then DONT PLAY BLITZCRANK.
BE HIDDEN, STOP SHOWING YOURSELF
Showing yourself: ***WILL GIVE THAT MUCH CONFIDENCE TO THE OTHER TEAM***
***LEARN TO BE SNEAKY WITH BLITZCRANK***
A Perfect example of being the Hero and turning the Game Around:
Team Fights (CC Dat Carry)
You Fail OR Succeed Here.You Determine the Outcome of the Match
You are the team's INITIATOR, you MUST grab someone
1.If you can grab the AD/AP Carry (which you won't be able to easily) grab them.
2.If NOT, try and bait one in by just pressing W and act like you are going to grab someone, this will mess up their positioning and confidence.
3. Give yourself some room, tell your teammates to clear the minion waves before doing anything.
4. A sudden FLASH and then ROCKET GRAB combo can work really as an initator.
5. This is when gets really handy. Activate it, rocket grab someone. This can be used with flash as well.
A HUGE teamfight has started. What do you do?
1. Your job is to the Carries as much as you can.
2. Make sure to use your ultimate when you are in the middle of the team fight so that your AoE silence and damage affects EVERYONE. Your AoE silence is quite effective in canceling some ultimates so use it wisely.
This YouTube Video is a PERFECT Example of what you should in a teamfight.
Final Comments on Blitzcrank
Things to Remember and Keep in Mind
1. You SHOULDN'T be the main tank, you need another tank just in case because sometimes you will behind.
2. You are an INITIATOR. (Although it may be safer to have a more reliable initiator on your team.
3. Practice your(Go practice any other champs that require skillshots)
4. Go EXPLORE the map for any possible grabs that you can pull off. (THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES)
5. POSITIONING IS KEY. (Be Hidden, have , TAKE OUT VISION)
6. Have GREAT team communication and synergy. (Knowing when to grab is very important)
Thanks for watching/reading my guide, I hope you will improve and climb to Diamond easily with this guide. You just have to remember key words from this guide and you will be good to go as a Blitzcrank player or vs. a Blitzcrank player.
VISION + EXPERIENCE + SKILLSHOT + HERO OF THE GAME.
Here are some funny videos to end with:
Teemo in stealth = no problem. One in a million Rocket Grab on Stealth Teemo.
And if you get real good, you can steal Dragons as well!