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League of Legends Build Guide Author iggi

All about Blitzcrank: Support / AD / AP

iggi Last updated on August 24, 2014
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Intro

Hello, my name is Iggi and my Summoner name is JamesMort. Blitzcrank is my absolutely favorite champion in League of Legends and was the reason I started playing ][_, ([]) ][_, in the first place.
So, I saved my first 6300 IP to buy him back then and I must admit it was the best investment in IP I ever made. I've played so many games with Blitz, that I can safely say I have mastered this champion.

I have tried many ways of playing Blitzcrank and had fun with all of them. The current meta favors Support Blitzcrank, but if you just wanna have fun playing normals, there is nothing stopping you from trying AD and AP Blitzcrank solo top. I even have a section for Jungling, but I don't think it's worth it in S3. Never hurts to try though :P

For the record, my favorite build is Ad bruiser, although I nearly always choose to support with Blitz.






Season 4 has arrived!! I will be updating the guide and I'll make changes as I try the new masteries and support items.


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Lore


The city of Zaun is a place where both magic and science have gone awry. The unchecked nature of experimentation has taken its toll on the city. However, Zaun's lenient restrictions allow their researchers and inventors the leeway to push the bounds of science at an accelerated rate, for better or worse. It was under these conditions that a team of doctoral students from Zaun's College of Techmaturgy made a breakthrough in the field of intelligent steam automation. Their creation, the steam golem Blitzcrank, was developed to exercise judgment on-the-fly in order to assist with Zaun's hazardous waste reclamation process, since so often the conditions did not allow for human supervision. However, he soon began exhibiting unforeseen behaviors.

Over time, the scientists were able to identify a demonstrated learning process, and Blitzcrank fast became a celebrity. As is sadly often the case though, credit for the golem's creation was scooped up by another - Professor Stanwick Pididly - though most now know the truth. In the wake of the ensuing legal maelstrom, it became evident that neither party truly had the steam golem's best interests at heart, and Blitzcrank humbly petitioned for personal autonomy. Backed by overwhelming support from the public, it took the liberal Council of Zaun only a few weeks to declare Blitzcrank a fully-independent, sentient entity. A unique being, the golem left Zaun, distressed by the controversy and feeling there was no place he could fit in. His travels led him to the one location in Valoran where unique beings have a place - the League of Legends. Fortunately, he was easily able to adapt his design to suit the rigors he would face on the Fields of Justice.

Though Blitzcrank may batter anything that stands in his way, he really has a heart of gold... encased in a framework of iron... in a carapace of steel.


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Pros / Cons

I will present separately:

  • General pros/cons of choosing Blitzcrank
  • Support role
  • AD role
  • AP role
  • Jungle


Generally




Pros:

  • One of the most fun to play LoL champions
  • Game changing initiation with Rocket Grab
  • Insane cc
  • Has 3 ways of disrupting enemy channeling spells
  • Power Fist's knock up isn't affected by tenacity
  • Has a nice burst combo and low CD on his CC
  • Can farm easily especially after 6 with Static Field
  • He has a built in movement speed steroid Overdrive
  • He has an amazing passive Mana Barrier, that makes him naturally tanky
  • He can babysit well too
  • His legendary skin is awesome !!!
SPACE


Cons:

  • His is hard to master so as to impact a game severely
  • Relies on his skill-shot Rocket Grab to be most effective
  • Mana dependent at least early
  • Experienced players usually avoid getting caught by Rocket Grab
  • Needs a lot of patience and understanding





Support





Pros
  • Scary baby sitter
  • Can zone hard a bad enemy composition
  • Has enough CC to keep his carry alive or punish a bad gank
  • Amazing mid-late game team fight initiation (game-changing)
  • Capped CD reduction
  • Can deal a fair amount of damage and serve an easy kill
  • Has enough speed to play the warding game

Cons
  • Has no heal
  • Wards in brush shut him down early
  • Needs a strong laning partner
  • Often relies on skillshot




AD





Pros
  • Nice damage output from early on with Sheen
  • Can clear a wave fast enough with Static Field
  • Extremely tanky while dealing reliable damage
  • His speed conmbined with low CD on Power Fist gives him insane control on his target

Cons
  • No sustain in lane
  • Not that good vs most solo top champions
  • Needs a lot of farm
  • Not good at clearing waves pre 6
  • Solo top keeps him away from early game team objectives




AP





Pros
Cons
  • Relies on Rocket Grab
  • Once he uses his combo he can only use Power Fist with the Lich Bane proc for damage
  • Item dependent
  • Can be bullied in top lane by stronger laners because he has no sustain or damage early




Jungle





Pros
  • Amazing ganks
  • Good damage, same as AD
  • Tanky enough
  • Nice mobility(Useful when roaming)

Cons
  • Ganks usually rely on skill shot
  • Not a fast jungler
  • Mana needs to be conserved for a gank
  • Needs blue
  • Can be set back from counter-jungling


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Masteries


Support


Masteries
4/4
2/2
2/2
1/1
3/3
3/3
1/1
1/1
3/3
1/1
1/1
1/1
2/2
1/1
3/3
1/1

My mastery selection for support Blitz is 4-5-21. I grab health regen and Block from the defense tree and cooldown reduction from offence tree. Then I put my faith in the new utility tree, which seems the right choice for the momment. I will update as I try new combinations



AD


Masteries
4/4
1/1
3/3
1/1
2/2
2/2
1/1
3/3
3/3
3/3
1/1
1/1
4/4
1/1

In Ad build I focus my mastery selection in offense (21-9-0), choosing all Ad-related masteries along with some ap, maximazing my damage output as much as I can for early game. I also grab health and block from the defense tree.



AP


Masteries
4/4
1/1
3/3
3/3
1/1
1/1
3/3
3/3
1/1
1/1
3/3
3/3
1/3
1/1
1/1

In Ap build I also focus in offense, using 21 points in ability power related masteries, but I also pick some flat ad. Then I take 9 points in utility grabbing that delicious cookies...


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Runes


Support


Runes

Greater Mark of Armor
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Gold
3

In support build I use 9 Greater Mark of Armor, 9 Greater Seal of Armor and 9 Greater Glyph of Magic Resist for my defense. Then I choose 3 Greater Quintessence of Gold to increase my passive income from early on!

AD


Runes

Greater Mark of Hybrid Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
3

In Ad build I use 9 Greater Mark of Hybrid Penetration because Blitz deals a good deal of both ad and ap damage, 9 Greater Seal of Armor and 9 Greater Glyph of Magic Resist for my early defense and 3 Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage to inflict more damage with auto attacks and Power Fist.


AP


Runes

Greater Mark of Hybrid Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
3

In Ap build I use 9 Greater Mark of Hybrid Penetration because it synergizes well with the Devastating Strikes mastery, 9 Greater Seal of Armor because I solo top vs (usually) an Ad opponent. I also use 9 Greater Glyph of Warding] for magic defense. For quintessences I prefer [[Greater Quintessence of Potency.


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Abilities and Their Sequence


Mana Barrier: This passive makes Blitzcrank tanky by stacking items that provide mana pool.
Rocket Grab(Q): This is Blitzcrank's signature spell and what makes him so special. One of the most funny to use abilities that also helps distinguish good players. It is a skillshot that grabs the first enemy hit within 1000 range and drags him to Blitzcrank.
Overdrive(W): This spell is Blitzcrank's build in steroid that significantly boosts his speed and attack speed.
Power Fist(E): This spell is a knock-up CC with a low cooldown, giving Blitzcrank a lot of single target control.
Static Field(R): This is his ultimate, which has both a passive feature and an active one! This, along with Q and E abilities, is the 3rd way Blitzcrank can interrupt a channeling spell (like Nunu's Absolute Zero), because it silences the enemies in 600 range AOE for 0,5 sec!





As far as skill sequense is concerned, I have a different route for every role.

Support

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

When supporting I max out Rocket Grab first, mainly, because every rank reduces its cooldown, so I can use it more often to opt for a kill and it does 300 damage by level 9 that helps a lot. In addition, it has come to my attention that I nearly never have the chance to Power Fist twice due to the small duration of the 2v2 fights, when, either the opponent caught manages to escape, with Flash and the help of his support, or he dies to the combined damage output of Blitz and his Ad carry. Second I max Power Fist for cooldown and last Overdrive. I take Static Field immediately when available.

AD

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

When I am top as Ad, I prefer to max out Power Fist first, because I really need that CC on low cd to farm, harass and bully my opponent. Top laners, being tanky, tend to engage in longer lasting battles, where Power Fist can be used twice or more. Then I max Overdrive for movement speed and attack speed and I leave Rocket Grab for last as its range is equal at all levels. Static Field is picked always at levels 6, 11 and 16!


AP

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

In Ap build I max out Rocket Grab first again, due to the fact that it is my main source of damage paired with Static Field. Then I focus on Power Fist for the reduction of its cooldown per rank and I leave Overdrive for last. Static Field ranked when available as always.


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Summoner Spells



In all 4 builds I use Flash, even though it's nerfed, because I fancy the Flash-then- Rocket Grab technique to catch a fleeing opponent or Flash- Power Fist to initiate. Also Blitzcrank can escape easily if he uses that meager 400 range Flash and Overdrive away like crazy.

So, together with Flash, I use: Other summoner spells:
  • Teleport: I maybe use this as AD when solo-ing top. It gives you the advantage of a quick dragon, a quick gank, teleporting to save an ally or simply getting back to your lane faster.
  • Ghost: I really don't like this on Blitz, mainly because he has a movement speed buff of his own and Flash helps him so much more.(wall jump etc.)
  • Heal: A good spell, nowadays, that can be used instead of Flash or Clairvoyance when supporting. It's useful to other roles as well. I just don't use it often.
  • Clarity: It used to be a choice for some reason, but I never used it or appreciated it. Mana regen and mana pool is sufficient and other summoner spells are just more useful.
  • Cleanse: Good spell overall, but I would choose it for a carry that needs to be free from hard CC in order to deal more damage or simply live. If you get focused by CC then it is probably a good thing cause every CC on Blitz is -1 CC for your Carries! You are tanky enough to endure even a Chain-CC-combo.
  • Surge: I don't know much about this spell, haven't even tested it, so I will just say that I never use it and I can't find a reason why I should. I don't need attack speed or ablity power and/or other choices offer a far better advantage.
  • Promote, Revive: Bla Bla Bla... I build tanky so I don't usually or easily die and pushing with a "super catapult" is not that useful in any lane that doesn't want to get ganked.


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Items sequence and explanation









Support


Item Sequence

Boots of Mobility
800

Ruby Sightstone
1600

Talisman of Ascension
2200

Iceborn Gauntlet
2900

Locket of the Iron Solari
2800

Vision Ward
100

The most viable way of playing Blitzcrank is support.

When supporting, I usually choosed typical support items.
So first, I build Nomad's Medallion, then I buy boots and save for the Sightstone. Afterwards I upgrade it to Ruby Sightstone and buy Boots of Mobility. Then I upgrade my medallion to a Talisman of Ascension. Next follows an Aegis of the Legion which I immediately upgrade to Locket of the Iron Solari and then I opt for Iceborn Gauntlet. Some magic resist then comes in handy to become a bit more tanky and so I build Mikael's Crucible which is a great support item to keep your carry alive when it is dived.
Warding is more important when playing a support and usually helps your team win the game.
With this build, I believe I fulfill my support role successfully. Usually, warding or having an oracle on, takes a big deal of my Gold, so I don't go deep into my build. Many games end, with me only having Sightstone tier 2 boots and Aegis of the Legion. However, having bought a whole bunch of wards (especially pinks), my contribution is always vital.

Alternative item choices are:



AD


Item Sequence

Mercury's Treads
1200

Manamune
2200

Frozen Heart
2600

Trinity Force
3728

Banshee's Veil
2750

The Black Cleaver
2865

You made it to my favorite build of all!The AD one!

When I play AD bruiser Blitzcrank solo top, I start with Sapphire Crystal and a 2 Health Potions. I immediately build Tear of the Goddess followed by a Sheen for the extra burst every time I Power Fist. Cooldown reduction come next with Glacial Shroud and The Brutalizer. Then I upgrade to tier 2 boots and also finish Manamune and Frozen Heart. Next I build my Trinity Force, followed by The Black Cleaver. At last I finish my build with a Banshee's Veil. With this build you have a very strong bruiser with high resist and a big health pool in addition to a huge shield.


Alternative item choices are:




AP


Item Sequence

Sorcerer's Shoes
1100

Rod of Ages
2800

Deathfire Grasp
3100

Iceborn Gauntlet
2900

Rabadon's Deathcap
3300

Abyssal Scepter
2560

So here you are at Blitzcrank's most underplayed side, which is a lot of fun btw.

When playing AP and solo top, I (again) start with Sapphire Crystal and 2 Health Potions. So, at first, I build a Catalyst the Protector followed by a Sheen which is good for early Power Fist damage and will build into a Iceborn Gauntlet later on. I finish Rod of Ages, buy tier 2 boots and then build a Deathfire Grasp.
As a true bruiser, I build defensively and buy an Iceborn Gauntlet for my armor and an Abyssal Scepter for my magic resist. Last, I choose Rabadon's Deathcap for the extra ap.

With this build I can pretty much one-shot the AP carry, the Ad carry or the (poor) support, or even cripple severely the (assuming)tanky solo top or Jungler. This means that, with the help of my team, anyone that gets Rocket Grabbed is instantly-killed even if Deathfire Grasp is on cd.

Minion waves are obliterated with Static Field so you can push very very fast. Generally if you can survive the laning phase and be a little farmed, then you are a true asset to your team. The only problem is focus fire. In a teamfight, once you blow your ultimate Static Field and use Rocket Grab, your only source of damage is the Sheen proc and Power Fist attack. You should always try to catch an opponent off-guard to gain an advantage (preferrably a Carry).A well-aimed Rocket Grab wins games.

Alternative item choices:


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Special Offensive Support section

Blitzcrank in bot lane is a common sight. So in this section I will show you a more offensive support build for more experienced players focusing in normal games, where people have fun and don't care so much about the warding game, oracles and other gold demanding support obligations. This build can be used in ranked play too, but only if you know what you are doing!

Runes



6 Greater Mark of Armor Penetration
3 Greater Mark of Attack Damage
9 Greater Seal of Armor
9 Greater Glyph of Armor
3 Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage






Masteries


Masteries
4/4
1/1
3/3
1/1
2/2
2/2
1/1
3/3
3/3
3/3
1/1
1/1
4/4
1/1

Basically the masteries are the same as in the AD build. 21 points in offense, 9 in defense and 0 in utility.






As far as skill sequence is concerned I reccomend maxing out Rocket Grab, because of the 300 damage burst! You will only need to Power Fist once, so I prefer the burst damage of the higher rank in (Q).

Now, as you can see this build has no Gold per 10 runes or masteries, so you must build a nomad's medalion as fast as you can and then rush a Sheen. At this stage you can follow either the support build, or the AD build. Since you won't be taking any CS as a loyal support, it is extremely difficult to gather money if you can't land a Rocket Grab and convert it into a kill. Don't use this way of playing Blitzcrank if you are new to this champion. It relies in the successful cooperation of Blitzcrank and his allied bot laner. I recommend Flash and Ignite or Exhaust if your AD carry has allready picked Ignite. You will also need an AD Carry with a decent burst capability or some kind of helpful mobility. Such is Graves, Corki, Ezreal, Miss Fortune(high early game damage), Varus and Tristana(maybe a good Vayne too). But they must be aware that they are part of a kill-lane and they must be ready, so that, when you Rocket Grab, they nuke and burst and blood all over the place...

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Jungle



Bonus chapter: Jungle



Although Blitzcrank is not the best of junglers, he can perform at that role, because the jungle has been made so easy. In the new jungle, successful ganking is vital and Blitz has one or two tricks to pull off a good gank.


For Jungle I use 6 Greater Mark of Armor Penetration, 3 Greater Mark of Attack Speed and 3 Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed to speed things up, cause Blitz-jungling is a bit slow. Rest is flat armor and magic resist which help me be tanky enough for jungling and bolder in early game ganks.

For masteries I would use 9-21-0, taking the attack speed and armor pen from the offense tree and then all the defensive masteries including Bladed Armor to help mitigate some jungle damage.


My starting items would be Hunter's Machete and 5 Health Potions and for my first skill point I would level Power Fist.
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
By the time you reach level 3 you can start ganking or even at 2 if the circumstances favor it.

I propose this jungle route:
  • Ancient Golem Blue buff with the leash of a teammate where, if helped, I don't use smite.
  • lizard Elder (red buff) where I use smite
  • Gank, BOT or TOP (you are now lvl3)
  • Double Golems (if smite is on, else it's a waste of time and health)
  • Wraiths
  • Wolves
  • Gank, MID, BOT or TOP (wherever you see an opportunity)
  • Teleport Base
  • Gank (mid or bot)
  • Continue ganking and farming building tanky

Alternatively, you can level up Rocket Grab at level 2 for a gank after Blue and then continue to Red and so on. In order to make that choice look at the lanes. Your opponents. Your allies and their skills. Then make your decision. For example: Your ally mid is Annie, so she can prepare a stun and even use Ignite (usually). She sounds dangerous... So it is a good choice to go for an early gank and try to "burn" the defensive summoner spell of the opponent ( Flash, Ghost, Heal!

Build Jungle Blitzcrank as a support - tank.

So I would recommend:

I don't claim that everybody can be successful with Blitzcrank jungling, but if you try a bit, you can pull some pretty sick stuff with the Big Golem. If you find yourself being constantly counter-jungled and losing xp, focus more on ganking (stealing some xp from lanes in the process) and ward vital spots of your jungle with a sight ward, so as to catch and maybe kill the invader.
Always ask your team's help if you are getting invaded and counter-jungled by a stronger Jungler. Warding dragon and baron should be a priority for you and be sure to save Smite when their time comes.

Closing, always remember, AFK jungling is not in your favor, because ganking is where Blitz excels, not jungle farming. If you are new to jungle or just need more information about jungling, please visit a more detail general jungle guide. It will help you a lot to understand what is what.
Generally if you are not mad about playing Blitzcrank like me, then you won't be needing a jungling guide about him. But that doesn't mean you should not try it, cause LoL is about having fun after all!




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Gameplay and general tips

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  • Always remember to warn your allies in time for your gank, so as to coordinate and be more successful.
  • You can Rocket Grab blue buff at the side of the wall on its back and kill it there without it resetting.(useful for enemy blue steal)
  • While advancing towards an opponent who is aware of your presence and tries to avoid your Rocket Grab, delay it and/or try to Power Fist him instead, especially if his "avoiding" path prevents him from running straight the hell out.
  • Try to be patient and use Rocket Grab at the proper moment when you "feel" you can predict your opponent's movement.
  • Use your Static Field after you have executed a successful Rocket Grab and Power Fist and don't just save it for the end to take the kill. Generally avoid "kill-stealing", it's bad for team spirit.
  • If you know a certain enemy champion doesn't have a summoner spell ready like Flash, don't hesitate to Flash in for a Power Fist. Flash can be used offensively, especially if you know you can secure a kill.(easy with Blitz + allies)
  • If you are jungling, always remember to put more pressure to a lane where your allies are losing or doing bad. Even if it's wardedsight ward and the opponents can see you, you do good by showing your presence at your allies side, holding back their advance and make them lose some cs.
  • If a Stealth Ward stops you from ganking a certain lane continuously, try to find a different route to that lane. For example, use the side brass when your team has pushed a bit on top or bot. If you feel safe enough, go through the enemy jungle, above baron or dragon, to get to a lane unseen from river wards.

All these apply not only to Jungling Blitzcrank, but to all roles, because Blitzcrank is generally good at ganking. Even if you Support, you can pretend you go ward the river and make a quick gank mid. Same applies for top as AD or AP.


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Video Section

The first video is composed by one game only and sadly my team's AD carry was a leaver. So I started out as support, but ended up building AD. This is an old video from another season, when the game was a lot different. I must also warn you of my video editing skills :P








And now a second video composed from more games and featuring Support, AD and AP Rocket Grab highlights!



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Change Log

21-12-2011:

  • Changed Guide's Layout to a bit more pleasing!
  • Added separate Jungle section.
22-12-2011: 25-1-2012:
  • Added a bad quality video. (for the moment)
26-1-2012:
  • Added a second video of Good quality.
27-1-2012:
  • Replaced the bad quality video with a new HD one!
4-2-2012:
  • Changed Support build, because of the recent patch.
  • Changed the AD build a bit for the same reason.(runes and masteries not affected)
10-2-2012:
  • Changed Jungle build, masteries and item sequence.
  • Change support item sequence buying Zeke's Herald faster.
  • Slightly changed AD build, making it a bit more DPS-oriented.
27-3-2012:
  • Changed AD build a bit, adding Manamune as a core item and health regen quintessences for a more viable solo top laning phase.
14-4-2012:
  • Changed jungle runes for faster clear times.(AS marks)
19-5-2012: 27-6-2012:
  • Changed AD masteries a bit.
  • Added a special support section for advanced players and more offensive playstyle.
  • Changed support build a bit.
8-1-2013: Partially updated for Season 3!
  • Updated all 4 builds using the new item arsenal!
  • Modified masteries, runes and skill sequence.
  • Summoner spells and gameplay tips are still unaffected.
8-9-2013: Fully updated for Season 3!
  • Removed Jungle build, but included a quick build in a bonus jungle section.
  • Updated item explanation sections


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Summary

To sum things up, this is a multi-guide for Blitz, covering most of his potentials (well not hybrid for the lulz). Blitzcrank is a very fun-to-play champion, relatively easy if you don't take into account Rocket Grab's skill-shot nature and difficulty. Current metagame favors his Support role and rightly so.
Don't forget that, even if you aren't having a good game, a well-aimed Rocket Grab can turn the tide of the battle and even mean game for your team.

I want to thank jhoijhoi for her epic guide that really helped me improve!

I will continue adding stuff screenshots, tips and maybe another video if I find time.
Let me know what else you would like to see in this build, what feels wrong or what I missed.

Don't forget to leave a comment if you vote, I really appreciate feedback!
Have fun and thanks for reading!

Iggi


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