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Blitzcrank Statistics for Scrandor

Author's performance with Blitzcrank compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
844
4
Win %
56
47
Kills
2.9
2.4
Assists
12.1
11.4
Deaths
4.3
5.7
KA:D Ratio
3.5
2.4
Gold Earned
8.9K
8.4K
Creep Score
40.2
46.8
Average
  • Author Champion Statistics
  • Guide Details

Summoner Spells Back to Top

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I prefer 14.png over 3.png  mainly because of the kill pressure that it adds.
Often times Ignite gives you the ability to kill the enemy ADC with minimal help around level 6.
As well, Blitzcrank's playstyle often leaves you far from your ADC so you are unable to peel with Exhaust.
Additionally, Exhaust has been nerfed in 7.5, leaving it undesirable.

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This one's kind of obvious.
Flash is a super important spell on Blitzcrank as positioning is key, so being able to quickly reposition to hook a priority target is nice.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

0/12/18 is the best setup to run as it allows you to be as tanky as you can be with Stoneborn Pact which procs off of both rocketgrab.png and powerfist.png

Also! The Tenacity from Swiftness works on your overdrive.png slow.
Some Blitzcranks use Thunderlord's but that isn't optimal because it scales AD/AP which you build none of, whereas Stoneborn Pact scales with Health which all of your items provide.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
Q
W
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
3
5
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W
4
14
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E
2
8
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12
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R
6
11
16
Basic Skill Descriptions (more in-depth in the Gameplay section)

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This shield often goes overlooked, but it's important to remember that it's there and calculate it into your effective HP. Most enemies don't factor it in when they go for a Blitzcrank so it can also be useful as a baiting tool.

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Obviously the most important skill. Blitzcrank's hook is a game-winning ability if used correctly and your whole gameplay is based around this skill's cooldown. 

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Useful for closing short distances or even just increasing DPS with the AS increase. Over long distances, do NOT use this skill as it does not make you travel farther than having not used it at all (at early levels)

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Pretty powerful spell to extend CC lockups. Always remember to animation cancel with this and if possible knock someone up, then hook for a guaranteed pull.

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Huge burst ability. More importantly, also high sustained damage. The lightning bolts don't proc if your ult is on cooldown, so try to use this skill as late as possible without taking every kill.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

Core Items

Situational Items

General Build Path

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Item Explanations

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Sightstone is a must, but I'll explain the decision to choose Ruby. Given that all your items are actives, the 20% CDR on active items is great as well as it gives lots of Health and allows you to build FoTM which is needed to get 40% CDR.

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Mobies are always the best choice on Blitz as they allow you to make roam plays, clear more vision, place more vision, and reposition faster. These are essentially the only things that Blitz needs to do besides soak damage, but the MS is necessary to make key picks.

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A very strong item that only gets stronger as the game goes on. With the recent buff that allows it to shield two targets, this item is a must. The shield scales with Health, so all of your items help it to be better. Gives Health/CDR which is exactly what you're looking for.

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Too busted to not buy. Redemption heals/damage as well as the stats it provides make it a tier 1 support item. Learning to place it well will take time, but once learned, this item can be the key factor in winning a fight. Remember that you can use it while dead!

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I don't see this item picked up often, but I think it's one of the best tank support items. Gives Health and allows your ally to heal you while you tank for them. Couple of important tips:
-You don't have to bind your ADC! Bind whoever is putting out the most damage!
-When your ally dies in a fight, remember to switch your Vow to someone else!

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While this item doesn't say it gives Health, it does, as the shield it provides (which is huge) can be calculated as effective HP. Useful item to pick up for late game teamfights where surviving high damage AoE is necessary.

As well, remember to switch your 3340.png for a 3341.png when you get 2049.png and sidegrade it to a 3364.png at level 9.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Alistar
    Easy
  • Annie
    Easy
  • Bard
    Easy
  • Blitzcrank
    Hard
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Braum
    Easy
  • Ezreal
    Medium
  • Janna
    Easy
  • Karma
    Easy
  • Leona
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Nami
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Easy
  • Sivir
    Medium
  • Sona
    Easy
  • Soraka
    Easy
  • Tahm Kench
    Easy
  • Taric
    Easy
  • Thresh
    Easy
  • Tristana
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Easy
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Zilean
    Easy
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Alistar

Easy
Against Engage Supports

When you're pushing, feel free to try and hook either the ADC or the Support as you can win any fight if you're in your minion wave! However make sure that you're not hooking close to turret against a champion that can displace you into turret (Alistar, Poppy, etc.)

When the lane is neutral, it is important to form a triangle between you, your ADC, and the enemy support when you're not aiming to hook their ADC (they're in minions or too far back) This allows you to position in a way that if your ADC gets engaged on, you can hook the tank support into turret, which will almost always result in them losing the trade or even dying.

When you're getting pushed in, hooking anyone under a turret is always a positive, so aim to do that whenever possible.

VS

Annie

Easy
Against Mage Supports

Against Mage Supports, hooking them and killing them is very important, so in these lanes you have to focus on accuracy. A missed hook can mean your death or your ADCs as you have no CC left to stop their high damage. They may often step up to harass your ADC as they have less utility and more damage, so it is important to punish them when they do this and all in with your combo + Ignite.

VS

Bard

Easy

Refer to Annie Matchup.

VS

Blitzcrank

Hard

???

I have no advice for this matchup as I only really play Ranked, but I HATE mirror matchups so GL figuring this one out.

VS

Brand

Easy

Refer to Annie Matchup.

VS

Braum

Easy

Refer to Alistar Matchup.

VS

Ezreal

Medium

Ezreal, Tristana, and Sivir are all the more difficult ADs to face as they can reliably get out of your hooks. However, there are ways to play around this, such as running up behind them and using E then Q or trading your Q cooldown for Ezreal E or Trist W until they have no mana to continue doing it. Or just hooking at an unexpected point (like from an unwarded bush)

VS

Janna

Easy
Against Utility Supports

Against these champions it is important to play it like a Mage matchup where you focus heavily on accuracy and keeping cooldowns up as pressure i.e. Not going for random hooks. However in this lane it is not always best to hook the utility support as it may put them in position to land a stun on your AD or they will be able to survive the burst with a shield and this will leave their AD able to free-hit yours.

VS

Karma

Easy

Refer to Janna Matchup.

VS

Leona

Easy

Refer to Alistar Matchup.

VS

Lulu

Easy

Refer to Annie Matchup.

VS

Lux

Easy

Refer to Annie Matchup.

VS

Malzahar

Easy

*UPDATED* With patch 7.3 Malzahar no longer needs to be banned! The voidling delay is long enough that you can hook without being scared that it'll do nothing. Just make sure your AD procs his spell shield first!

VS

Morgana

Medium

Refer to Janna Matchup.


Against Morg it's also important to try to fake them out by running one way and hooking the direction you're not facing i.e. Hooking the target she doesn't think you'll hook.

VS

Nami

Easy

Refer to Annie matchup.

VS

Nautilus

Easy

Refer to Alistar matchup.


P.S. Nautilus is my go-to pick for when Blitz is banned or picked!

VS

Sivir

Medium

Refer to Ezreal Matchup.

VS

Sona

Easy

Refer to Annie Matchup.

VS

Soraka

Easy

Refer to Annie Matchup.


In Soraka lanes it's also important to mainly hook Soraka unless you have Ignite up. Hooking the AD early is fine because the Soraka W cooldown is long, but later on she will just heal the AD too much that it will end in a lost trade.

VS

Tahm Kench

Easy

Refer to Alistar Matchup.


One cool trick in this matchup is to hold hook as long as possible to either hook a TK with an ally in his mouth or hook your ally to safety when they're being eaten!

VS

Taric

Easy

Refer to Alistar Matchup.

VS

Thresh

Easy

Refer to Bard Matchup.


Hooking him when he's hooking often results in freelo as they overextend most of the time when they posture for a hook. Know when not to do this as well as he may lantern in a scary enemy!

VS

Tristana

Medium

Refer to Ezreal Matchup.

VS

Trundle

Easy

Refer to Alistar Matchup.

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy

Refer to Annie Matchup.

VS

Zilean

Easy

Refer to Annie Matchup.



VS

Zyra

Medium

Refer to Annie Matchup.


Plants can be hard in this matchup against a good Zyra, but most of the time your hooks will be too fast for them to predict and place plants in front of.

Ten Tips and Tricks Back to Top

This will just be a list of tips and tricks to improve your gameplay!


1. The Auto-E
Whenever you hook someone, you always have to time to auto-attack them, then immediately cancel the animation by pressing E. This works 100% of the time if you're fast enough. This gets one more auto in which is sometimes what is necessary to kill someone. Note: If you're with a CC ADC like Cait or Jinx who need to set up traps, consider not doing it or informing them as often the enemy will get one step further from where they should be so the CC may miss.

2. SAVE YOUR ULT!
Very often I see Blitzcranks hook, E, and then ult. This is bad. Do NOT do this! The lightning bolts do not proc when your ult is on cooldown which cuts your DPS significantly and results in MANY lost kills. Your ult as a silence is also useless, 0.5s is not enough to get anything done, so only use it as a silence if you're interrupting something like Katarina ult or Vel'Koz laser. Only use your ult if you know someone is going to get insta-bursted or as the hit to put someone at very low life for someone else to secure.

3. HOLD HOOK!
When you're running up on someone who is closer to your base than theirs, hold your hook! Walk up, E, auto, proc your lightning on them, but don't hook until they are closer to their base, as you never want to give someone help escaping as well as there is a chance they will use their mobility spells which will then make it easier to hook them. As well, if you are running up for a hook, try to hold it if you notice they are juking. When they are juking it allows you to walk up and maybe just E them or get closer to them for an easier hook.

4. W Sucks
Honestly this skill kinda just blows. It has a high mana cost, and it telegraphs exactly what you're doing. Never W up to hook someone unless you are SURE the trade will go in your favor (you have a jungler coming and you know their's can't come, you have a huge lead, you have a TP incoming, etc.) Try to save W for escaping or forcing very high value plays.

5. INVADE EVERY GAME
Honestly, I think not invading on Blitzcrank is just a mistake. These are the invade routes you should take, they are safe and can not result in disaster as long as you leave base at 0:14 and spam omw ping at the Tri-bush.

On Blue Side: Run through Tri-Bush, and path directly into their Tri-Bush. Then walk up to their Blue Buff Bush and camp there. If no one shows, retreat.

On Purple Side: Run through their Tri-Bush, path to the back of the Krug den, ward over to the Red Bush and hook anyone there. If no one is there, instantly walk back through Tri-Bush to the Dragon pit and hook the bush Northeast of Red Buff.

6. Hook Buffs Level 1
If you have the info that the enemy jungler is starting bot-side, hook their buff over the wall, it delays them heavily and delays them more time than you would give to your jungler by helping to leash.

7. Purchase iBlitzcrank
This might sound troll but this skin seems to have much quicker animations for Q and E and harder details to identify on Q. I'm not 100% sure on this but this skin is OP imo.

8. Use Text Chat (Kinda Troll)
If you want, saying GLHF or asking a question before your invade hits can sometimes land you a kill as the enemy is typing. Obviously don't rely on this, just a fun trick when it works.

9. You Can Be Good At Blitz, But Not At Support
There's no point in being able to land all your hooks, or put out maximum damage, if you keep overextending or focusing the wrong target. Always keep in mind what can go wrong in your play. Don't go for hooks without wards, if the mid laner is MIA, or if their top laner has TP advantage and you're pushed. While Blitzcrank is fun, always remember to play smart.

10. The Level 2 All-In: Minion Deaths
Level 2 All-Ins are very potent on Blitzcrank. If you can, try to do them every game. You hit level 2 after the 2nd wave melee minions are all dead. Understanding this, start walking into the bush as the last minion is getting low, so that you level up while in the bush, and as you're exiting, go for the all-in (e/hook or hook/e + ignite) Don't flash for a level 2 all-in unless you're last hitting them!

Another way to use minion deaths is to time a hook so that it's flying as the minion dies that a character is hiding behind. You can do this with your ADC killing a minion, or do it yourself with a Relic Shield stack into a Q.


Challenger Best Blitz NA Back to Top

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My Stream! (The Best Way to Get Better!) Back to Top

My Stream!

While it's kinda self-promotey, I think one of the best ways to get better is to watch a very skilled player play, which I am! Watching me play is the best way to understand how I play best and start working your way to Challenger!

I stream all my SoloQ games and even some other games too with friends!

I don't really have a set schedule as I have school/work but drop a follow and you'll see that I'm live quite often!

My Reddit AMA Back to Top

The AMA

When I hit Challenger, I created an AMA where I answered some questions you might find helpful to read!


Changelog Back to Top

08/06/2017-Changed Items, Masteries and Runes; Descriptions will change soon

11/03/2017-Added additional reasoning for Ignite > Exhaust
                  -Changed CotC to Stoneborn Pact

25/01/2017-Switched back to Courage of the Colossus as Bond of Stone is DOOKIE

24/01/2017-Changed Courage of the Colossus to Bond of Stone because of Courage nerf in patch 7.2

18/01/2017- Added my Reddit AMA
                  - Changed Veteran's Scars to Runic Armor

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