Teamfight Tactics

[TFT] Top-Tier Champions to Build Your Team Around and Top-Tier Items

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TFT is now live! The long waits on PBE are of no more. Everyone is now on the new mode, trying out how the game is. The devs did mention that it’s still in beta, so there would be more changes to the game for sure. Nevertheless, it’s more fun when you win the game. Here are some tips and tricks to make your games on TFT more fun.



Top-Tier Champions to Build Your Team Around


Aurelion Sol

Since the beginning, Aurelion Sol has been known to be the strongest champion in the game. After a buff and a nerf, he’s back where he was… At the top of the food chain. So to move on with the real talk, Aurelion Sol is a Sorcerer. It’s best to build a team of 2+ Sorcerers around him. Usually, it would include 1-cost Sorcerer, Kassadin, which is easy to grab in the early game.


Recommended Synergies

- Sorcerer, Wild, Dragon, Yordle

The Sorcerer synergy being good is obvious. Place 6 Sorcerers on the board, and Aurelion Sol will become an eraser.

Wilds are good since you only need 4 of them to activate extra attack speed for your whole team, which means Aurelion Sol would build up his mana faster. Plus, there’s a 2-cost Sorcerer, Ahri, in the origin. 

Dragons are good when matching up against an opponent Aurelion Sol and also goes well with the Wilds. Only Shyvana is needed to activate.

Yordles have two Sorcerers among them. There are six Yordles, and if you collect them all, they would be dodging half of the opponents’ attacks.


Recommended Items

- Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Statikk Shiv, Spear of Shojin, Rapid Firecannon, Rabadon’s Deathcap

Although the above are top-tier recommended items, usually any AP or AS items are very effective. Sometimes, the Deathcap may not be necessary because ASol’s damage is strong enough.


Morgana

VERY STRONG. Some say she’s stronger than ASol. Go similarly with Aurelion Sol with synergies and that’ll do the trick. For items, try to build AP. This is what happens if your Morgana gets strong enough.




Draven


Many people say Draven is not OP anymore, but I personally disagree. This guy is the only champion that can make a difference alone. Plus, the devs designed him to be stronger than the others. When accompanied by synergies like Imperials, Blademasters, or Wilds, you will be seeing him go nuts. Usually, it’s best to obtain a Draven first, and then build synergies around that, because it’s really difficult to get 6 Blademasters or 4 Imperials.

 

Recommended Synergies

- Blademaster, Wild, Noble, Glacial, etc.

Draven is a Blademaster, and it’s not that hard to grab 2 other Blademasters along the way. However, Aatrox is rather squishy and Fiora seemed to have Riposted the devs’ buff. Don’t try too hard to get Blademasters before you get Draven. Using the Blade of the Ruined King (Spatula + Recurve Bow) is also a good way to add more Blademasters to the team.

Wilds usually go well with any synergy. The game (for now) prioritizes attack speed a lot.

It’s extremely hard to get 6 Nobles, but if you get them, your Draven will most likely not die. Even with 3 Nobles, if you’re lucky enough, Draven will get the buff.

If you put a Frozen Mallet (Spatula + Giant’s Belt) on Draven, he’ll turn into a Glacial. Alongside any other Glacial, Draven will start to turn your opponents into ice.

Imperials are good for sure, but with only 2, your Draven will gain the buff only half of the time and it’s nearly impossible to get all 4 of them because Swain is 5-cost and very rare. However, if you activate the full synergy, it’s guaranteed to deliver.


Recommended Items

- Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Rapid Firecannon, Infinity Edge, Bloodthirster, Sword of the Divine, etc.

As I mentioned earlier, Draven goes pretty much well with any other synergy. Just equip him with good items, find two more of him to make him into a 2-star champion, and you’re all set.



Top-Tier Items

Basically, any item that builds from Recurve Bow is quite good, so if you’re not sure about what to pick in the Carousel, go for Recurve Bow. Especially, Guinsoo's Rageblade has been nerfed twice due to it's overpowered ability.

Spatula and Force of Nature are obviously some other top-tier items. You can build them to expand your team, or add an extra origin or class to champions that you already have.

 


Decent Items That Often Go Unnoticed

The Morellonomicon has amazing synergy with Garen. It goes well on Kennen and Anivia as well. So the champions that have skills that give damage over time, go for it.

Sword Breakers disarm enemies for a short time. When you give this to champions that have high attack speed, enemies often lose their weapons and become unable to attack.

Zeke's Herald boosts the attack speed of adjacent allies. Equip this to a champion standing next to your primary damage dealer.

Zephyr disables an opponent champion for 5 seconds at the start of a combat. You can control who to banish by placing your own champion in the spot you want to banish. It is indicated with a tornado on the other side of the board.



Extra Tips!If you’ve played Dota Auto Chess, you may already know!


- You don’t need to synergize every single champion on the board. Usually, you need a champion with an AoE CC and it’s not essential for this champion to be synergized. (Ex: Cho’Gath, Sejuani, Gnar, etc.)

- Save up your gold! Do NOT refresh! Unless you’re in a big hurry, try to build your team around what shows up. Gain as much interest as you can.

- But don’t be too afraid of buying champions. If you sell the champions, it will refund you the full amount unless they’re combined to 2-star champions. Try to use gold down to 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 (or 9, 19, 29, 39, 49 if you expect to win) at the start of a round.

- If a champion does not show up for long, forget about it and move on to another champion that can help your team.

- BM your opponents as much as you can with Emotes and actions on your Little Legend.

- Know when to win and when to lose. Intentionally losing before Carousel rounds could be good to build the teams you want or to grab items of your desire.

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