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League of Legends patch 9.19 makes Blitzcrank’s hook insanely powerful

Published: 25/Sep/2019 9:12 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 9:48

by Joe O'Brien


The latest League of Legends update, Patch 9.19, introduced a major buff to Blitzcrank’s hook.

The patch gives his Rocket Grab a range increase, up to 1150 from 1050, making it the longest-range hook in the game.

Visualizing exactly what a change of 100 units of range actually means in-game can be tricky, so naturally players have been testing the limits of the new Blitzcrank, and discovered some incredibly powerful hook options that are now possible.

Riot GamesBlitzcrank’s hook got a significant range buff in Patch 9.19.

As u/BigBrainedGam3r demonstrates, it’s now possible for Blitzcrank to pull off hooks over even the widest sections of wall in the jungle. Meanwhile, players who would previously have been safe standing in the middle of lanes can now be caught out by surprise hooks at a much greater distance.

Meanwhile, the change also opens up new options for contesting objectives in the jungle such as blue and red buff. The two can now be pulled from relative safety, giving new opportunities for either stealing them, or simply resetting them to delay the enemy jungler.

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The change certainly isn’t an insignificant one, and it’s likely that Blitzcrank will prove especially effective as players get used to the new range of danger. Blitzcrank’s hook now exceeds even the range of Thresh’s Death Sentence by a significant amount, with the latter sitting at 1075.

The 9.19 patch is particularly important, because it will be the patch on which the 2019 World Championship is played. The champions that prove the most powerful on this version of League of Legends will shape the tournament, and could even play a role in who is crowned victor.

Whether the change to Blitzcrank is significant enough to see him become a key pick at the tournament remains to be seen, although how viable he proves could well depend on how the rest of the meta shakes out, especially with a variety of champions getting balance changes ahead of the event.

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Riot dev reveals Ornn ability buffs for League 2021 preseason

Published: 21/Oct/2020 14:58

by Daniel Cleary


A Riot Games developer has revealed League of Legends 2021 preseason buffs for Ornn’s Masterwork passive ability after the latest set of changes were expected to nerf the champion during the massive item overhaul.

While there are 150 unique champions in League of Legends, Ornn could be one of the characters affected most by the upcoming item overhaul, as his Passive ability can upgrade items for himself and teammates.

Ornn is currently one of the most played top lane champions in League of Legends, particularly in pro play, after becoming the leading champion for picks and bans at Worlds 2020, appearing in 90.4% of champion select phases, but he may soon fall out of the meta.

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Ornn’s ‘Living Forge’ skills are set to receive some buffs in the preseason.

Concerns were raised for the future of the Forgelord after Riot devs initially revealed changes to his passive ability that would remove one of his masterwork items, resulting in a considerable nerf of around 400 HP.

However, Riot developer Phlox has now responded to the concerns, sharing some new changes that the LoL design team is testing on PBE, to buff the fan-favorite Freljordian’s passive once again.

The League of Legends dev explained that, while Ornn would not be able to upgrade two items at the level 13 mark, there would be other ways for him to gain resistances to opponents’ damage.

“Put an experimental change to Ornn for preseason on PBE,” he explained, “now every time he upgrades any mythic to a masterwork his passive Armor/MR amp increases by 5% (10% without upgrades, same as live).”

Unlike the current version of Ornn, the champion’s new passive ability would gain Magic Resist and Armor from simply upgrading Mythic items for himself or others.

While this was listed as an “experimental change,” Phlox also indicated on the Ornn Mains subreddit that this was the direction they wanted to take with Ornn and that there may be more changes with the statistics before live release.

As of now, the start date for the League of Legends 2021 preseason has yet to be announced by Riot but is expected to go live in November.