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Cloud 9 Jack on how to save TFT following Twitch viewership slump

Published: 6/Sep/2019 4:23 Updated: 6/Sep/2019 8:38

by Andrew Amos

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Teamfight Tactics viewership on Twitch is currently in the midst of a massive decline, and Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne has offered a potential fix.

Riot Games’ answer to Autochess has been struggling on Twitch in the last few weeks, leading to criticism about the long-term health of the game. Every metric in terms of hours watched, average viewers, and amount of streamers has been going down at a rapid rate.

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This comes as organizations like Cloud 9 look to pick up Teamfight Tactics players in the hopes that the game will become a competitive title. C9’s CEO Jack Etienne spoke about the viability of TFT esports with Chris ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles on September 5, and what it would take to revive the game on Twitch.

Twitter: Cloud9Cloud 9 picked up their first TFT players in August.

The Twitch stats don’t lie

According to streaming stats site Sullygnome, Teamfight Tactics viewership in the last 14 days has decreased by 40%, from 14 million hours watched to 8.4 million. The average viewer count for these streams has declined too, with the top TFT streams now averaging 25,000 viewers compared to the 42,000 two weeks ago. 

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The game has also dropped out of Twitch’s top five games in the last month, now sitting at tenth in the popularity charts. While a drop in viewership was expected, a plummet this drastic wasn’t on many people’s minds. Riot has been working on keeping the game fresh with new units and items, but without a spectating mode in game, the competitive side of TFT has suffered.

SullygnomeStats over the last 14 days paint a dark picture for TFT.

C9 Jack’s spectating solution for TFT

Jack Etienne said that there’s a long way to go for TFT to regain some traction on Twitch. The biggest hurdle for the game to overcome is to implement a spectating client, and the Cloud 9 CEO had his own visions on what that would look like. 

“Say there’s a player you really like, maybe you can drop down and you can say “I love this player, I want to follow this player through the match” instead of jumping over to someone else,” he said.

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The popularity based off the amount of active players seems to be there, but the long-term health of the scene relies on the game being watchable on services like Twitch. Cloud 9 are willing to take the risk though by picking up players and content creators to see where the scene goes.

“I love working with Riot, I love TFT personally, I see the popularity of the game. Maybe not all the boxes are checked for TFT to be an esport, but there’s enough interest there for me to take a risk and be involved.”

That final big box is a spectator mode, so the game becomes more watchable in a tournament setting. If the viewing experience for the game is improved, people may be more inclined to watch tournaments and streamers, and the game’s popularity on Twitch could regrow.

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When is spectator mode coming to TFT?

Riot has put a spectator mode for the game at the top of their development priority list. In a recent stream, lead developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer mentioned that it was coming soon, but there was no timeline.

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“It takes time, but absolutely. Especially because spectator will enable things like tournaments,” said the Rioter.

Being able to run big tournaments is the next step in TFT’s evolution. It is lagging behind the likes of Dota Autochess in that regard, but Riot have done things in the past to support a budding competitive scene, including running a $125,000 Twitch Rivals event.

There is a chance for Teamfight Tactics to climb back up the Twitch rankings once spectator mode comes online, but for now, the game’s steady slide down is set to continue.

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TFT Patch 10.20b notes: Spirit nerf, Aphelios & Ashe nerfs, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos

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Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.

While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.

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They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.

“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.

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Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted

The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.

Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.

Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.

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Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.

Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.

Janna and Veigar are also being targeted in TFT Patch 10.20b. Janna’s total mana is going up from 50 to 60, while Veigar is losing damage on his Dark Blossom ability at all levels.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.20b changes below.

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Spirit Blossom Ahri in TFT Fates
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Spirit is getting nerfed again, but power carry Ahri remains untouched.

TFT Patch 10.20b notes

Champions

  • Aphelios starting Mana: 120 ⇒ 90
  • Janna max Mana: 50 ⇒ 60
  • Ashe Hunter’s Focus Bonus Attack Speed: 50/75/300 ⇒ 45/65/300
  • Veigar Dark Blossom Damage: 500/650/1000 ⇒ 450/600/900

Traits

  • Spirit Attack Speed: 35/80 ⇒ 35/70