Jan 20, 2016

Combo Review #3: Kalista + Blitzcrank

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Welcome back to the Combo Review Series! This week we'll dive into one of the most satisfying two man combos in the game, the ol' Blitzcrank hook into Kalista ultimate!

Boasting one of the highest amounts of targeted champion displacement in the game, this combination has the potential to leave enemy champions almost a full screen away from where they started! Check out the details below:

Introduction

Welcome back to the Combo Review Series! This week we'll dive into one of the most satisfying two man combos in the game, the ol' Blitzcrank hook into Kalista ultimate!

Boasting one of the highest amounts of targeted champion displacement in the game, this combination has the potential to leave enemy champions almost a full screen away from where they started! Check out this quick video below:

Quick Video



As you can see from the above, it's relatively easy to pull off and relies simply on Kalista using her ultimate while Blitzcrank has already made contact with the target and the target is in the process of getting pulled.

You don't always get the full duration of the Kalista pull depending on the distance as you can see from the video above, but it gives you significant movement, especially if you get a Blitzcrank hook from longer range.

Major Difficulties

The main difficulty of this combo is that of course it does rely on the following:
  1. Blitzcrank landing his Rocket Grab (Q); and
  2. Kalista using Fate's Call (R) before the hook animation ends.
This means that if Blitzcrank has trouble ever landing his hook or if Kalista is too slow to execute it in time, the combo will fail.


Alternative Champions

As the main reason the combo works, Kalista is a must in this combo. However, Tahm Kench works in essentially the same way as Blitzcrank hook via his Devour (W).

If you're simply looking to do an insane amount of CC, Nautilus is my personal favorite when it comes to Kalista combos, packing the following:

  • Kalista's Fate's Call (R) knockup (2 seconds);
  • Nautilus' Staggering Blow (Passive) root (1.25 seconds);
  • Nautilus' Depth Charge (R) knockup/stun (2 seconds);
  • Nautilus' Dredge Line (Q) to bring them back; and
  • Tons of slows.
In a nutshell, I wanted to make the original article combo Nautilus + Kalista, but the Blitzcrank combo is just much cooler, if not more practical.

Conclusions

Kalista's pull combined with Blitzcrank or Tahm Kench is an extremely rewarding, although high cooldown combination that guarantees the death of an enemy champion if their team cannot respond in time.

Meanwhile, it's true that this combination results in only a single target death rather than using the knockup on multiple enemy champions. In certain scenarios, one may be preferable than the other depending on how valuable a single target is.


What do you think about the combo? Got other alternatives on your mind? Comment below!




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