League of Legends player discovers fake Q animation for Space Groove Blitzcrank, calls it ‘pay-to-win abuse’

League of Legends may have an issue with their competitive health, as a player seems to have discovered a game-breaking exploit on one of Blitzcrank’s skins.

The cosmetic in question is the Space Groove skin. A Blitzcrank player has found an exploit where there is a fake Q animation and it looks like opponents are going nuts over it.

Blitzcrank’s Q is one of the most powerful support abilities in the game, and grabbing a desired champion with it can easily turn the tide in his favor.

The ability also gives him plenty of lane presence and pressure. Therefore, during the early stages of the game, players are quite tired of grabbing and try to avoid it at all costs.

However, as seen in a recent Reddit post, Space Groove Blitzcrank appears to have a game-breaking exploit. The player can fake the animation with it, causing the opponent to take advantage of the ability and waste resources like mana and Flash in the process.


Is Space Groove Blitzcrank cosmetic ‘pay to win’ in League of Legends?

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Over the years, the League of Legends community discovered many cosmetic exploits that made this particular skin have a pay-to-win gimmick built into it, even though it wasn’t something Riot Games intended.

One such infamous skin was another Blitzcrank skin called iBlitz, whose Q grab animation was visually one of the hardest to handle.

In the case of Space Groove, however, the player was able to fake the start of the animation itself by using the Ctrl-4 keyboard shortcut to perform the action. The animation showed him extending his left arm while the Q ability made him extend his right.

To an unaware player, the fake would look like Blitzcrank would actually use the grab ability, causing them to trigger as soon as they see the animation start.

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The Reddit upload clearly shows how Blitzcrank the player managed to get the lightning out of the enemy Ezreal by continuously faking the Q animation.

Many people in the post called Messy gamestelling them that the ability for players to exploit the Space Groove skin in this way interferes with the game’s competitive integrity.

Animation fakes shouldn’t be allowed in titles like League of Legends, and it seems the exploit just turns the skin into a pay-to-win cosmetic. Hopefully Riot Games will look to add a fix for this issue in future updates.


Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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