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Teamfight Tactics 2019 hover icon Teamfight Tactics (or TFT) is an autobattler game mode. It was first presented on June 10, 2019, available on PBE on June 18, 2019, and available across live servers on June 25-28, 2019.

Teamfight Tactics is an 8-player free-for-all drafting tactics game in which the player recruits powerful champions, deploys them, and battles to become the last player standing.

Main pages

This page explains general information about the game mode, for more details about specific mechanics and game elements, see:

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Little Legends
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Champions
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Items
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Monsters

Tutorial

Teamfight Tactics tutorial 1
Recruit
  • Choose a champion from the store and recruit them with gold. Then, drag them from the bench to the battlefield to deploy them.
  • Combine three of the same champion to create a stronger, two-star version of that champion.
Teamfight Tactics tutorial 2
Deploy
  • Champions have traits and earn bonuses when deployed with other champions that share those traits.
  • Positioning matters! Experiment with different layouts to find the best results.
Teamfight Tactics tutorial 3
Battle
  • Each round, your team teleports to an enemy's arena (or vice-versa). Champions fight automatically, and if your team is defeated, your Little Legend takes damage.
  • When your Little Legend's health reaches 0, you're out of the game.

Client

Teamfight Tactics Client

Teamfight Tactics Client

Teamfight Tactics is a gamemode with normal and ranked queues. It has both a lobby for pre-game customization, and a main tab for rewards tracking.

Normal Games

Teamfight Tactics Lobby

Normal Game lobby

Teamfight Tactics Arena Selection

Arena select screen

Ranked Games

Teamfight Tactics ranked restrictions

Ranked party restrictions

  • Ranked uses a similar league system as in Summoner's Rift icon Summoner's Rift and Twisted Treeline icon Twisted Treeline, but without promotion series.
    • As soon as a player reaches 100 LP, they will promote and carry over any extra LP with them.
  • Players can queue together in parties up to 3 players.
  • Players win or lose LP for each person they place higher/lower than, based on their (and the other person's) skill.
  • Players gain significantly more LP when they finish a game in first place, since they have won against seven other players. Players typically gain LP if they finish 4th or higher, and lose LP if they finish 5th or lower, but spots in the middle only cause fairly small changes in LP most games.
  • Players only demote if they lose a game while at 0 LP.
  • Players gain more LP per game when things go really well, and lose more LP per game when things go really poorly.
  • Grandmaster and Challenger players who are demoted go directly to Diamond 1.


Gameplay

Little Legend

River Sprite

River Sprite, the default Little Legend

Teamfight Tactics Legend Selection

Legend Select screen

The Little Legend is the player-character for games of Teamfight Tactics. Players can control their Little Legend using RMB, although this has little gameplay function other than moving to collect item drops and a champion from the Carousel. A notable feature that requires your Little Legend is the Pirate TFT icon Pirate ability, which requires you to move your Little Legend to open the chest that spawn on the field as well as move to collect the coins that emerge from the chest during the set-up phase and before the start of combat.

Your Little Legend is fully customizable in the pre-game lobby.

Controls

  • LMB Click and drag champions between spots on the battlefield, or between your battlefield and bench.
  • LMB Click and drag items to give them to champions.
  • LMB Left-click on champions to purchase them from the store.
  • LMB Click and drag champions back to the store to sell them.
  • LMB Click on the minimap or scoreboard to view other players' arenas.
  • RMB Right-click to move your Little Legend to the clicked location.
  • RMB Right-click to inspect champions and learn more about them.
  • W - Press while hovering over a champion. This deploys that champion from your bench to the battlefield, or recalls it from the battlefield to your bench.
  • E - Press while hovering over a champion to sell the champion
  • 1, 2, and 3 - Press to cycle through each player's arena. "1" goes to the previous arena, "3" goes to the next, and "2" goes to your Little Legend's current arena.
  • Space - Snap the camera back to your Little Legend.
  • Emoting functions are available.

Arena

Teamfight Tactics Arena configuration
  1. Little Legend
    • Your Little Legend is present at all times.
  2. Battlefield
    • Where the fighting happens. Allocated battlefield is hexagonal board with size 3 x 7, situated on the southern half.
    • If your unit cap is not reached, the leftmost champion(s) on your Bench is automatically placed near the center of the Battlefield.
    • If your Bench limit is reached and you enter the carousel, the champion you picked is placed on the bottom row, on the furthest left available space.
      • When this is happening, you cannot position your champions on the battlefield or switch them with the champions on the Bench.
      • These extra champions are not limited by your level.
      • If the number of benched champions is decreased, the number of champions needed reduce the units on the board to your level will be returned to the Bench randomly and automatically if possible, if not, only the amount equal to the amount of freed space will be transferred.
      • PENDING FOR TEST: You can have up to X extra champions like this.
  3. Bench
    • Up to 9 champions are inventoried until you move them onto the battlefield.
  4. Store
    • You'll see a random selection of champions, including duplicates, from a shared pool in the store. Duplicate champions combine to create stronger versions of that champion.
    • Possession of three duplicates will upgrade into one high-level champion (Bench & Battlefield).
      • If there is no room on the bench but there is enough of a champion in the store to upgrade an owned one, then when the player tries to purchase one of them, enough will be bought to upgrade the unit and use no extra space.
    • Lock/unlock the store: You can lock your store so that it won't automatically refresh at the start of the round. This is useful if there's something you want but can't afford in a given moment.
    • Refresh (Gold 2): Pay a little gold to refresh the champions in the store. This happens for free at the start of each round, but sometimes you'll want to see more options.
    • Buy XP (Gold 4): Pay gold to gain 4 experience points. The higher your level, the more (powerful and expensive) champions you can pick from.
  5. Trait Tracker
    • Track the origin and class bonuses that your champions qualify for. Displays up to 10 origin and class.
  6. Item Inventory
    • Items go here until they're equipped to champions (drag and drop to equip). When you sell a champion with items equipped, the items return here.
    • You can have up to 10 items.
    • You can hover items together to see the combination.
  7. Gold Generators
    • Gold generators appear based on how much gold you already have. Each generator is worth one interest gold at the start of your next turn.
  8. Scoreboard
    • Tab 1 shows all players' health in the game. Click on players to view their arena.
    • Tab 2 shows realtime damage output from your champions in the stage.
  9. Stage Tracker
    • Records which rounds you won in the current stage, which ones you lost, and what are left to play.
  10. Phase Tracker
    • Tells you which battle phase you're currently in and how much time is left.
  11. Opponent's Side
    • When facing another player's team, you'll also see their bench, item inventory, and gold generators. And of course, you'll encounter their Little Legend.
  12. Layout
    • Players each own an arena, all surrounding the Convergence.


Gold

TFT Gold Income

The gold amount and gold income

You accrue gold over the game that you can spend on experience, champions and re-rolling your champion pool. Choosing when to spend your gold is one of the pillars of mastery for Teamfight Tactics.

Gold can also drop like items, requiring the Little Legend to retrieve them.

  • Income:
    • Passive Income - Gain Gold 5 at the beginning of each planning phase.
      • This is reduced to Gold 2 / 3 / 4 at the beginning of rounds 2 / 3 / 4.
    • 10% Interest - Gain an additional Gold 1 gold for every Gold 10 gold already held (calculated before passive income; up to Gold 5 per turn).
    • Win Streak
      • Gain an additional Gold 1 when at 2 - 3 wins in a row.
      • Gain an additional Gold 2 when at 4 - 6 wins in a row.
      • Gain an additional Gold 3 when at 7+ wins in a row.
    • Loss Streak
      • Gain an additional Gold 1 when at 2 - 3 losses in a row.
      • Gain an additional Gold 2 when at 4 - 6 losses in a row.
      • Gain an additional Gold 3 when at 7+ losses in a row.
    • After winning a PvP round, gain Gold 1.
  • Pirate TFT icon Pirate Synergy - Gain up to Gold 4 at the start of each PVP round.

Experience and Levels

  • Each summoner is capped at a certain number of units that they can place on the field. They can increase that cap through leveling with Experience. Leveling up also gives access to stronger champions in the store.
  • The summoner can spend Gold 4 gold to gain 4 Experience toward their next level.
  • You gain 2 Experience for free at the end of each round.
Legend Level Requirement Unit cap
1 At the start of the game 1
2 After the first wave 2
3 2 XP 3
4 6 XP 4
5 10 XP 5
6 18 XP 6
7 30 XP 7
8 46 XP 8
9 64 XP 9

Champion Store

  • The summoner has a champion store of 5 randomly picked champions.
  • The summoner can spend Gold 2 gold to reroll the pool.
  • The champion store resets with every round for free.
    • The champion store can be locked to keep the current champions in the store.
  • Champions from the store can be bought at the cost of their tier in Gold gold. And they can be sold for:
Champion Tier ► 1 2

Standard Skin

3

Epic Skin

4

Hextech Skin

5

Ultimate Skin

Champion Star Level ▼
1 Star 1 Star Gold 1 Gold 2 Gold 3 Gold 4 Gold 5
2 Star 2 Star Gold 3 Gold 4 Gold 5 Gold 6 Gold 7
3 Star 3 Star Gold 5 Gold 6 Gold 7 Gold 8 Gold 9
  • Higher champion tiers only drop at higher levels, and their chance of dropping increases by levels, while decreasing the lower ones:
Champion Tier ► 1 2

Standard Skin

3

Epic Skin

4

Hextech Skin

5

Ultimate Skin

Legend Level ▼
Level 1 100% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Level 2 100% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Level 3 65% 30% 5% 0% 0%
Level 4 50% 35% 15% 0% 0%
Level 5 37% 35% 25% 3% 0%
Level 6 24.5% 35% 30% 10% 0.5%
Level 7 20% 30% 33% 15% 2%
Level 8 15% 25% 35% 20% 5%
Level 9 10% 15% 35% 30% 10%
  • All summoners share the same pool of champions. Each champion can only be found a specific amount of times based on its tier:
Champion Tier 1 2

Standard Skin

3

Epic Skin

4

Hextech Skin

5

Ultimate Skin

Size per champion 39 26 21 13 10

Champions

  • Most champions uses mana as a charge up system for their Special Ability. Mana is generated by basic attacking and taking damage.
    • 1-Star units generate 6-10 mana per attack, 2-Star and 3-Star units generate 10 mana per attack (double for Sorcerer TFT icon Sorcerers and Elementalist TFT icon Elementalists). Taking damage generates up to 50 mana, depending on the pre-mitigated damage.
    • Champions with mana automatically use their Special Abilities when their mana bar is full.
    • Some champions have no mana, instead having other conditions for their Special Ability.
    • Almost all Special Abilities deal magic damage, with some exceptions.
Teamfight Tactics champion star level
  • Three 1-star champions can be combined to create a stronger 2-star champion. Three 2-star champions can be combined to create an even stronger 3-star champion.
    • 2-star and 3-star champion have respectively 180% and 360% of the maximum health and attack damage of the 1-star version of the champion. The ability also becomes stronger by an amount specific to the champion.
    • Champions combine automatically when you have three of the same. The combined champion will automatically appear on your battlefield if one of the original champions is already deployed.
  • Champions have a tier that represents their rarity that ranges from 1 to 5 (Tier 1, Standard Skin Tier 2, Epic Skin Tier 3, Hextech Skin Tier 4, Ultimate Skin Tier 5).
  • Most champions have one origin and one class, with a few exceptions. Satisfying the origin or class conditions grants bonus effects.

Champion Item Inventory

  • Defeated monsters sometimes drop items for you to equip to your champions.
  • Champions can hold up to 3 items at the same time.
  • If two items are used on the same champion, they are combined into a stronger item, granting various effects based on the combination.
  • If a champion with items is sold, the items returns to the summoner's inventory.

Rounds

Carousel

Teamfight Tactics Carousel

The Carousel

At the start of the game and then every 6 rounds after, all players participate in a shared draft, also known as the carousel. In shared drafts, everyone is transported to the center island of the Convergence and gets to pick a free champion from a single, randomized line-up of 9 champions. That champion is pre-equipped with an item. Pick the champion you want by running to it with your Little Legend, but move carefully: Little Legends pick up whoever they touch first, and there are no do-overs.

As the game progresses, shared draft serves as a comeback mechanic, with the two lowest health players allowed to make their selections first, followed by the next two lowest health players, and so on. Champions are guaranteed to have at least a basic item, and have an increasing chance to spawn with an advanced item as the game progresses.

While the general strategy is to choose a champion and/or item that benefits your composition well, at times it can be more advantageous to choose a champion or item that would benefit another player well to slow their progression.

A PvP match takes place right after every Carousel round, in the same round. The only exception is the first Carousel, which is right before a PvE match.

PvE

All rounds indicated here are the neutral rounds, where you either face a group of monsters/minions, or a round of shared draft (or carousel). All the other rounds are PvP. In the event that the player does not get an item during a PvE round, one of the minions, monsters, or epic monsters will now drop gold instead. Dragon, Rift Herald and Elder Dragon always drop a random combined item upon defeat.
Round Event / Enemies
1 Red Siege MinionSquare 2 melee minions
2 Red Siege MinionSquare 2 melee minions and 1 ranged minion
3 Red Siege MinionSquare 2 melee minions and 2 ranged minions
9 Ancient KrugSquare 3 Krugs
15 Murk WolfSquare 1 Greater Murk Wolf and 4 Murk Wolves
21 Crimson RaptorSquare 1 Crimson Raptor and 4 Raptors
27 DragonSquare 1 Dragon
33 Rift HeraldSquare 1 Rift Herald
39 Elder DragonSquare 1 Elder Dragon

PvP

During every round that isn't a neutral wave or shared draft, players will be randomly assigned an opponent, and one player's team will be teleported to the other's map. The teams will then fight until either one team is defeated or 40 seconds have passed. The losing team takes damage proportional to the tier and upgrade level of each surviving champion on the other team. If the timer runs out and neither team has been defeated, it is considered a loss for both players and they are each damaged accordingly.

When there are an odd number of players remaining, one player will be paired against a copy of another player's team, also known as a ghost army. If it wins the round, it deals damage to its opponent as if it were a real team. If it loses, nothing happens because it vanishes at the end of the round anyway.

Once the match is down to three players, the highest-health player always faces off against a duplicate team and the other two players always fight each other. This gives the two lower-positioned players more time to build up their teams without being crushed by the player in the lead, making the eventual duel for first place more competitive.

Loss and Victory

Players start with 100 Life Points. If a player is brought to 0 Life Points, they are defeated. Defeated players are presented with the options of exiting the game or continuing to watch, and if they continue watching they may quit at any time with no penalties.

Players are ranked based on the order they are defeated, and the last player standing is declared the winner.

Phases

Planning

Each round begins with a 30 second set-up phase, during which players can position their champions ready for combat.

Arrival

Some players are Realm Warp transported to other player's arenas to battle them.

Battle

If your unit capacity isn't fully used, the left-most champions on your bench are automatically positioned in the bottom center of your battlefield until the cap is reached or no more champions are on your bench. The champions positioned on the battlefield then engage in combat. You can still buy champions but they won't affect the ongoing battle. You can equip items to champions and their effects will work as usual from then on, with the exception of effects that trigger on the beginning of combat which won't activate retroactively.

URF Overtime Mode

After 30 seconds into every battle, URF Overtime kicks in and speeds things up for 15 seconds.

  • 300% attack speed.
  • 200% ability damage.
  • 66% reduced crowd control duration.
  • 66% healing reduction.
  • 30% increased affection towards maritime mammals.

Resolution

The losing player takes damage to their Life Point total, based on the current stage plus an additional amount per surviving enemy champion based on the champion's tier and level:

Stage Base damage
1 - 2 1
3 - 4 2
5 3
6 4
7 5
Champion Tier ► 1 2

Standard Skin

3

Epic Skin

4

Hextech Skin

5

Ultimate Skin

Champion Level ▼
1 Star 1 Star 1 2 2 2 3
2 Star 2 Star 2 3 3 4 5
3 Star 3 Star 4 5 6 6 8
EliseSquare Spiderling and Elementalist TFT icon Golem 1

If players are using Pirate TFT icon Pirates, a chest will spawn that players must open using their Little Legend. After combat, the chest will always spawn in the upper left corner of one's own arena. That means that if a battle was fought in the own arena, one can obtain the contents before the next round's planning phase starts, potentially granting additional interest. If the battle happened in another player's arena, one must return to the own arena to find the chest there. Base gold and interest are granted in the time of the returning Real Warp, essentially denying potential additional interest then. Chests will despawn at the start of the following combat phase.

Departure

The battlefield transitions to the next round. Players are transported back to their arenas.

Trivia

Teamfight Tactics: Development

By Riot Cactopus and Riot Beernana (June 10, 2019) [2]

Teamfight Tactics Teaser 01

Teamfight Tactics is a totally new game mode in League that'll hit PBE later this month.

TFT is a round-based strategy game that pits you against seven opponents in a free-for-all race to build a powerful team that fights on your behalf. Your goal: Be the last person standing.

How It Works

You'll spend gold in the store before each round to recruit League champions to your team. Throughout the game, your team will become more powerful as you draft champions that share origins and classes to unlock trait bonuses. Additionally, you can combine three duplicates of the same champ to upgrade them into a super version of themselves, and combine three supers to create the ultimate version.

Teamfight Tactics Teaser 02

Your team will then travel to an opponent's board (or they will come to you) and a battle will unfold. During combat, your champions will move, attack, and cast spells automatically. Just like in League, you'll need to choose a team comp and position your champs wisely to unlock their full potential.

At the end of each round you'll earn gold to spend in future rounds. Occasionally, everyone will gather for a special event and draft from a single line-up of champions of varying strengths. Players will pick in the reverse order of their current standing, giving the players falling behind the chance to make a comeback. Win teamfights consistently to avoid losing health and deal damage to your opponents. Outlast everyone else to win, and don't forget to spam your emotes along the way.

How and Why We're Making Teamfight Tactics

Recently, we've been trying different kinds of modes that are deep and unique additions to the League experience. TFT is our next big exploration in that space and the first time we're jumping into a different genre. We've always loved strategy games and recently we've gotten into the new auto-battler genre—folks around the office have been playing an insane amount of Dota Auto Chess in particular. We love it, and it actually got us inspired to create something new as a mode in League.

We're building this one with you. TFT's initial launch is a beta, so expect it to be a work in progress as we work all of the kinks out. Every step of the way we'll be listening closely to your experiences and feedback, so please let us know what you think. For our part, we'll be in frequent contact via dev articles, updates and patch notes.

Part of treating this like a Real Grown Up Game Mode means we'll support it with cool metagame features. That includes ranked. You can expect to see the ranked for TFT start up around patch 9.14. At that point, we should be in a good spot with bugs and initial game balance.

Introducing Little Legends

With the introduction of Teamfight Tactics, we're excited to bring a whole new personalization option to League: Little Legends. These critters will be your avatar in TFT, dancing, emoting, animating, and generally showing off. After your first few games, you'll unlock your first LL just by playing.

After picking up your one-time-only free Legend, you can purchase additional species in the store for RP icon 750 RP. We're launching with six species:

Teamfight Tactics Teaser 03

If you're not yet smitten with these Little Legends, expect more varieties with each patch, just like skins. Additionally, for those of you who want to really pop we'll feature Rare LL Eggs, purchasable for RP icon 490 RP. Rare Eggs contain special variants of those same species, with an added twist: hatching a variant you’ve already found will make them star up just like the champions in TFT, powering up their models and effects. Once a variant has reached its third level, it will not drop from future Rare Eggs you open.

Teamfight Tactics Teaser 04

Little Legends will also join you on the Howling Abyss, where they'll cheer you on from the sidelines while you battle.

You'll see all of the Little Legends emoting their faces off on PBE, but we’ll talk more about what they are and how they work before they go live.

Expect TFT to hit live servers during patch 9.13.

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