Blitzcrank Build Guide by MooshMooshMoosh
S8 WHY YOU GOTTA NERF EVERYTHING I LOVE RITOBy MooshMooshMoosh | Updated on March 16, 2018
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Threats & Synergies
Thresh is a toss up. If you get hooked, the enemy team gets a LOT of damage on you. Especially if your adc doesn't know how to dodge a hook... However, late game you steam role.
I always try to ban caitlyn. Her traps and poke is insane early game.
If it is a good morgana, then you are going to have a really bad game.
Not a terrible match up. Don't clump up with your adc and you should be fine.
Annie is also a toss up. Depending on who their adc is, annie can be deadly. Anyone with a stun as an adc (ashe, caitlyn, varus, draven) are all really good combos with Annie. Otherwise, she is decent to deal with.
Easy match up. Don't clump up with your adc however.
Braum in the currently very strong. His stun works amazingly with every adc. However, it isn't impossible. Get a good hook off on the adc and the lane is won.
Pretty easy to win against. Don't try to hook him with his Arcane Shift up (his "flash") because timed correctly, he can negate the hook. Against ezreal, I always rush him with my w, making him extremely paranoid about a hook. Then he begins to predict a hook and arcane shifts. After arcane shifting, you can hook him.
Extremely annoying to play against because of her massive shield. Also, a do not get cocky. If the jaina is good, she can definitely beat a blitzcrank with a good flash R combo, pushing you and your adc into the enemy turret.
Really really easy to hook because he is really slow.
A difficult match up, but playable. Stand behind your adc always because Leona's Zenith Blade grabs the last person hit. Also, if you stand behind your adc, you can flash hook her into your own tower.
Easy easy easy. Just don't stand still.
Get the sightstone ASAP. Her poke is gross. Her Crescendo is also super effective with the right adc.
People say soraka is the easiest match up, but it can be difficult. There are times when her poke slow is annoying and her heals are sometimes stupid...
VERY DIFFICULT. Her plants can sometimes get in the way. In general, the damage from her plants is insane. Stay under tower in this match up.
Easy match up. Dodge the stun and its a free game.
If its a good sivir with amazing reaction timing, you will not be hooking her. However, her damage is crazy good so be careful hooking her support.
You can take Exhaust or Ignite but I suggest taking Exhuast. It's just a much better summoner spell in general. The current meta of rengar/khazix jungle makes supports required to take exhaust so that their carries don't get 1 shot.
However, depending on who you're against, Ignite can be more effective. Such as against a Soraka or Garen who either do insane amounts of healing or health regen. Just be smart about your decision. It's all about counter what the enemy has.
This is the build order in which you should follow:
2. Boots of Mobility
3. Talisman of Ascension
4. Either Hextech Protobelt or Ruby Sighstone
5. Finish the one you didn't do in step 4
6. Normally I go ZZ'rot as my next item but sometimes, if they have someone carrying hard, go either of the following:
1. Thornmail for AD counter (like Vayne)
2. Randuin's Omen for AD crit counter (like Yasuo)
3. Banshee's Veil for AP counter (like Syndra)
Otherwise, go ZZ'rot and then either of the 3 items above.
If you get baron and you think you can end, get your Elixir of Iron. It really helps in that final push and secures the victory. This is in the case where you haven't finished all of your items. This happens often to me as I start or am part way through my ZZ'rot portal as my 5th item.
***** AND DON'T FORGET YOUR SCANNER WHEN YOU GET SIGHTSTONE AND UPGRADING IT AT LEVEL 9 *****
Q is Rocketgrab. The infamous grab that everyone dreads.
W is a speed boost with a slow at the end. Pretty basic.
E is a point click knock up. Can't really mess this one up.
R is an AOE silence + dmg. Pretty good DMG ratio too.
You want to max Q first. Then W. Then E. Level up your R whenever you can (at level 6, 11, and 16)
Talisman is also great for disengaging. Gaining 40% movement speed when running away from the enemy means that no one is going to get picked off. Unless if the enemy also has a talisman, you are almost guaranteed to get out in safety.
SO WHY PROTOBELT?
Protobelt is a cute little item I like to get. First off, it has great value. It's 2500, relatively cheap AP item. It also gives 10% Cooldown reduction which is great to spam your hooks.
However, the place protobelt really shines is its active. The active is an amazing item. For those of you who do not know, it moves the champion a small distance in the direction of your cursor and deals AOE dmg in direction you are facing (semi circle shaped). Great for wave clear and sometimes securing kills on enemy champions. It also however does a great deal of damage. As blitzcrank, a combo I like to use is...
talisman and W >> flash or protobelt or both >> R >> then E + Q whoever
This combo is great for many reasons. First, protobelt + R is guaranteed to clear all minions that the enemy may be hiding in (except for super minions). It gives a clear shot at an enemy champion because it clears all minions except for cannon minions, and it's unexpected with the speed boost.
Another combo is protobelt + Q. Since protobelt moves you forward a small distance, it is sort of like a flash. It is quick and sometimes allows you to catch your opponent off guard. It can also be a slight gap closer. This small gap closer is the difference between a connected hook and a not connected hook.
Other times, you can be a total lane bully. Just walk towards them. Unless if it is a leona or alistar, they will definitely back off and your adc gets to free farm while the enemy adc losses a lot of CS. Finally, sometimes, flashing at the enemy will make them **** their pants and also waste their flash which is useful to get rid of the enemies flash and makes it easy for jungler to gank.
If your adc is good at freezing the farm and you can confidently trust them not to get murdered 2v1, spend some time mid lane. I usually gank mid after the enemy bot lane has backed. While they back, I back or go straight mid lane and let my adc push the wave and get extra XP alone usually for lvl 6. After I buy my items, I'll walk to mid lane. Usually you can get the kill. Walk up through the far sides of the bushes towards the red side and w in. They will back themselves up nicely into the wall dividing midlane and raptors. The best way to land the hook here is to hook when they choose if they will go towards the enemy red or to midlane. Once they make that decision, it is easy to hook. If they flash, no worries. Pretend you are going back to bot lane and wait in the bush while waiting for your w to come off cooldown. Once you have w back up, repeat the steps above. Easy kill for your midlaner.
If you are really far ahead, you can also gank top. Ganking top will relieve pressure off your top laner if they are behind and it usually guarantees a kill because the top laner never expects the support on the other side of the map.