How to Beat Blitzcrank and Avoid Feeding
When we ask bot laners around the world who their biggest fear or hardest champion to play against is, a name that consistently pops up is Blitzcrank. There are a variety of reasons why he is the hardest Support to lane against for many, and it is easy to see why players struggle against him.
In this Mobalytics guide by PicklePants, we discuss how to counter Blitzcrank to make laning against him that much easier and to stop you from ruining your perfect
For more tips on countering Blitzcrank, check out our Blitzcrank counters champ page!
1. Prepare for the invade
Blitzcrank has a very good level 1 and can easily invade. Most Blitzcranks will invade at level 1 and try to get a head start or at least blow a Summoner Spell or two.
You can prevent these sort of engages by positioning aggressively at level 1 and backing off if you spot him and his allies making their way towards you.
Please note: This is an example layout. It depends on the champions you’re playing and what side Blitz is on. And what side your Jungler wants to start on.
Having a few different positions is good as you can spot Blitzcrank from using one of two paths to invade.
In this picture, you can see where your allies should be stood before the minions spawn. Standing around these areas is a good way to spot the enemy team if they decide to invade.
It also gives you enough time to warn your team and back away accordingly if he does invade. If he doesn’t invade, at least your team is gaining knowledge that he is not in invading.
Alternatively, you can place vision inside the river bushes to spot Blitzcrank if he tries to invade.
This prevents the enemy from also pulling the bottom buff away from your Jungler and forcing it to reset which can come in handy and will not force your Jungler to fall behind.
In my opinion, I recommend trying to do option one first but prepared to do option two and ward if you think that the enemy might try to pull the buff.
2. Adapt your positioning
Something that players tend to forget is where to position in the lane.
For bot laners, standard positioning would be quite close to one another as this allows you to both be a threat and lane.
If one person is positioned quite back, it will be difficult for the other player to lane effectively and it may feel like you’re in a 1v2 matchup.
Now, “standard positioning” is not going to be as effective (depending on who you are playing) when you are against Blitzcrank.
This is because; instead of watching your allies positioning and lining up accordingly, you have to watch where the Blitzcrank is positioned and making sure there is at least one minion between you and him at all times.
This is easier said than done, but a great tip to use is to constantly switch between looking at your positioning, his position, and the enemy ADC’s positioning.
This will prevent you from being hooked by him as there will always be a minion blocking his path.
A good Blitzcrank will constantly adapt his positioning to try and get cheeky angles on to you. You have to be aware of this and adapt your positioning accordingly.
As an example, if he swings towards the bushes in the bottom lane, you should ward them and play towards the top side of the lane instead. This reduces his chances of hitting you and will make laning so much easier.
3. Hit level 2 at the same time
One of Blitzcrank’s biggest strengths is his level 2 all in. While he is solid at level 1 if he lands a hook, landing a hook at level 2 allows him to utilise his basic combo which can often result in blown Summoner Spells or even a kill.
To counter his level 1 strength, make sure that you stand towards the opposite side of the lane to block his Q.
You can prevent his level 2 all-in by using your range advantage at level 1 to poke him down with your abilities and basic attacks.
This can make it challenging for him to engage or look for hooks as you will deal a lot of damage to him if he pulls you in which can result in him killing himself.
The most viable way to counter his level 2 all in is by hitting level 2 before or at the same time as him. In the bottom lane, to hit level 2 you need to kill the first 9 minions.
This is the whole of the first minion wave followed by the 1st three melee minions on the second. Ensure that you kill the melee minions otherwise, you will not hit level 2 at the same time.
If you have an advantage, you could get level 2 first and then look for an all in or trade.
Hitting level 2 before (or at the same time) reduces Blitzcrank’s ability to kill you as:
- You have a second ability to either protect yourself, dodge his hook or deal damage.
- You will be tankier and have extra defensive stats thanks to natural growth by your champion.
Make sure you always hit level 2 at the same time as him regardless of which champion you are playing, as if you give him any little advantage he can easily exploit it.
4. Hold on to your dash ability
A lot of top tier AD Carries have a dash or movement ability such as Vayne, Lucian, Ezreal, and Caitlyn.
When playing against Blitzcrank as any one of these champions, you need to keep in mind that when your dash ability is on cooldown- you are vulnerable to being hooked and pulled in by him.
This is why it’s recommended that you do not use any of the dash abilities that can save your life unless you have to, and keep them up and available at all times just in case he looks for a hook.
A good Blitzcrank will always abuse the cooldown and look for plays while you’re unable to defend yourself.
The best time to use your dash ability aggressively is if he has missed his hook. This is because it’s impossible for him to hook you when it’s on cooldown.
A good time to use one of these abilities like Lucian’s E is quickly after he has used his Q as this gives you a rather long time to play aggressive and potentially kill him.
Other good times to use your dash is when he is low on mana as he can obviously not hook you without mana. Or when your Support lands CC.
If you are going to use your ability aggressively when his Q is available, ensure that there is a minion between you and him so he is unable to land his Q once you have dashed.
Finally, always check the minimap before playing (dashing) aggressively as the enemy Jungler might be nearby and you’re going to get yourself killed if you’re overextended.
5. Abuse his Q cooldown
Similar to our previous tip, Blitzcrank will look to abuse your dash cooldown to get kills. With this in mind, you should be looking to abuse his cooldowns as well.
Whenever he misses his hook, you should use the long cooldown to play aggressively and look to trade.
This is because his ability to trade back with you will be decreased as he is missing a key ability; which reduces his damage output as well as his CC potential.
For some champions such as Janna, Nami or Annie, this would be an ideal time to attack the Blitzcrank as it is the safest time for them to move forward and harass without fear of being pulled in.
If you have any Spellthief’s stacks or any stacks on your supporting item when is Q is down to you need to consume them all.
If you do not look to harass or play aggressively while his Q is on cooldown, you are telling the Blitzcrank that he can have the lane all to himself and that he is free to do whatever he likes- whenever he likes.
You need to walk up and harass him and be a threat to him while he cannot attack back, period.
His Q has a 20-second cooldown at level 1 (and rank 1) which allows you to gain a significant health lead over him if you attack while it’s down.
The best time to actually harass and trade with him though is shortly after he has used the ability because that removes the threat of him having it come back up when you are trading with him.
Trading quite a while after his Q has been used could potentially mean that it will be back up before you disengage
To make trading much safer, think twice before fighting when there is a cannon minion in lane as it will deal a lot of damage to you as soon as you auto-attack the Blitzcrank.
Additionally, make sure that you check the map before going in to ensure that the enemy Jungler is not nearby and ready to counter-attack.
- Blitzcrank likes to roam, so if he goes missing ping that he’s gone and be prepared to follow up or go aggressive on to the enemy ADC.
- Blitzcrank isn’t very good against champions who can hard engage like Alistar or Leona. Picking these champions into him will make his laning phase much harder.
- Blitzcrank’s best against squishy and immobile champions. Don’t pick them into him, pick tanks.
- He is very squishy and offers very little when he misses it. In the later stages of the game, if he misses the ability make sure you collapse and focus him down.
- Don’t let him pull you under Tower by keeping the minion wave even or closer to your side of the map early on.
Blitzcrank is a frustrating champion to play against and we hope that these tips provided in this guide will make laning against him a little easier.
Remember that if you can’t beat him, why not start playing him so you know what Blitzcrank needs to look for to win lane.
You can then use this experience to your advantage to start winning against him.