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How to play Teamfight Tactics: Beginner’s guide, champion tier list, more

Published: 18/Jun/2019 14:20 Updated: 12/Jul/2019 14:43

by Joe O'Brien


Teamfight Tactics is a League of Legends-based ‘autobattler’, Riot Games’ take on the genre popularized by Auto Chess.

The autobattler is having a bit of a moment right now, with Auto Chess and Valve’s new DotA Underlords both also contending to be the top title in the genre, and Riot’s Teamfight Tactics has proven immensely popular with players and Twitch viewers since its launch on June 25.

Whether you’re a League of Legends player interested in trying out Riot’s new game, or an Auto Chess veteran looking for a new flavor, here’s everything you need to know about Teamfight Tactics.

Riot GamesTeamfight Tactics is Riot Games’ take on the “auto-battler” genre.

How to play Teamfight Tactics

Despite being essentially an entirely separate game, Teamfight Tactics is technically featured as a mode in League of Legends, and as such is accessible through the LoL client.

Anyone who’s played League of Legends before can simply log into their account and queue up for a game, or if you’re a complete newcomer to Riot’s title, sign up for free and install the League of Legends launcher.

Unlike League of Legends itself, Teamfight Tactics requires no mechanical skill – as the ‘autobattler’ name suggests, combat is played out automatically, with players mostly unable to interfere once a battle begins.

Victory, then, depends on a variety of factors relating to the composition of each player’s team. As well as some champions simply being more powerful than others, champions have traits that provide additional bonuses when fielded with other champions sharing those traits, and items can also be acquired that give champions further power boosts.

After each round, the losing player will take damage – the amount increasing the greater number of champions the victor has standing at the end of combat – to their health bar, and once your health runs out you’re out of the game.

Riot GamesArrange your champions on the Teamfight Tactics battlefield.

Beginner’s guide to Teamfight Tactics

A game like Teamfight Tactics can be a bit daunting for an absolute beginner, with a lot to think about and nuances that aren’t necessarily immediately obvious to those unfamiliar with the genre.

The game kicks off with a ‘shared draft’ in which players stand around a revolving carousel of champions. When the game starts, the players race to grab their preferred champion, which then becomes your first unit.

The first few rounds of the game are played against the AI, before meeting other players from round 3. As the game progresses, players can use gold to buy champions and experience, which allows you to level up and therefore field more champions at once.

Powering up champions

There are two ways of increasing the power of your champions. If you have three of the same champion, they can be combined to form a more powerful level two version, and three of these can be combined again for a level three version.

Like in League of Legends, players can also acquire items, which are dropped by minions during battles against the AI. Items can be given to champions to increase their power, with the ability to combine basic items to create more powerful items with additional effects. A full explanation of items and combinations can be found in our item guide.

For an explanation of how it all works, streamer Disguised Toast has produced a video tutorial covering the basics of the game, which also includes a full gameplay to give you a sense for how things will play out.

Which champions are best in Teamfight Tactics?

Naturally, once you’ve got to grips with the basics of the game the next question is which champions you should be choosing if you want the greatest chance of success.

To help give you a sense of which champions are most powerful at different stages in the game, have put together a tier list, which also details champion stats like, health, armor, and damage-per-second.

A champion’s raw power isn’t the only consideration, however, as Teamfight Tactics also includes a “synergy” mechanic. Every champion has two traits – an ‘Origin’, and a ‘Class’. Fielding champions that share traits can unlock additional bonuses.

A full list of the champion Origins and Classes, as well as what effects they can produce and the circumstances under which those effects come into play, can be found in our champions guide.

Last updated: July 12, 2019 – 10:30 AM EST

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin


Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.