Make enemy deaths more worth to your team with the new item Cryptbloom.
But among these, the removal of the mythic item system and the addition of new items will potentially have the most impact. I have always believed that items are the most influential in directing the meta. We all know about the notorious Ardent Censer meta and how Supports ruled the entire game for a year. Even top and mid-laners had started using it back then.
Even when mythic items were introduced, Galeforce, Goredrinker, etc, had a tremendous impact on the game. This year, Riot is planning to change the items similarly, perhaps on a bigger scale. Not only are they removing the mythic items, but they are also introducing several new and unique items with very interesting passives.
One such item is the new Cryptbloom, a mage item. In this article, I will try to explain how it works.
Cryptbloom Item Description
- Total Cost: 2850 gold
- Item Recipe: Blighting Jewel + Fiendish Codex + 850 gold
- 70 Ability Power
- 15 Ability Haste
- 30% Magic Penetration
- Passive – Life From Death: Whenever you get a takedown on an enemy champion within 3 seconds of damaging them, create a healing nova on their location that heals allies for 50 (+50% AP). 60-second cooldown.
What Makes it So Special?
Well, if you look at the bonus AP and Abiltiy Haste the item gives, it’s nothing special. There are items like Horizon Focus and Rabadon’s Deathcap that give you 100+ AP. Almost all the mage items have some form of haste as well.
But this 30% Magic Pen, on top of that, is what makes it notable. The only item in Summoner’s Rift that gives you %Magic Penetration is Void Staff. However, that gives you 40% penetration but for nearly the same price and 5 AP less.
Cryptbloom gives you additional Ability Haste as well. You might think this item is already better than Void Staff for only 2850 Gold.
Well, here’s another big surprise for you. It is the passive ‘Life From Death’ and this alone makes the item much more special. This passive essentially entails that you can heal your ally after quickly taking down one of the enemy champions. However, there is a 3-second window. So if the enemy dies even 0.1 seconds later from your initial damage, this passive can’t be proc-ed.
When you successfully activate the passive, it creates a nova on the location of the dead champion. This nova heals allies for 50 base health plus 50% of the AP your champion has. This healing off of successful takedown reminds me of Fiora’s Grand Challenge and the Victory Zone created upon the enemy’s death.
Which Champions Will Benefit the Most from Cryptbloom?
It is quite a versatile item, to say the least. On one hand, it has raw damage and magic penetration; on the other hand, it can heal your ally. At first, I thought it’d be a great Mage Support item. But then I looked at the 3-second window.
Essentially, this item should best fit the Mage Burst champions. So, something like Syndra or late-game Veigar can greatly benefit from the item. Not to say that other champions can’t utilize it. It’s just that Poke champions, such as Morgana or Brand, may take more than 3 seconds to take down the enemy. However, 3 seconds in-game time is quite a big window.
It’s entirely possible to get the takedown in team fights faster than usual. So yes, it can also work as a pretty good support item. In fact, AP Karthus, with his Ult to execute, can work like a charm if used properly. Regardless, it’s going to be a solid snowballing item if you get an early lead. Then it becomes much easier to get quick kills and more Life from Death procs.
When will Cryptbloom come to League of Legends?
This item, along with all the new ones and season 2024 changes, will be added to the live serves with Patch 14.1, set to release in early January 2024.