Twitch streamer DisguisedToast demonstrated a ridiculous strategy in the new Teamfight Tactics “Set Two” that allowed him to flood the board with copies of his Zed.
Set Two is a complete refresh for Teamfight Tactics, with a whole new cast of champions, origins, classes, and some new environmental mechanics.
The update isn’t yet available in the live game, but it is now available for testing on the Public Beta Environment, and many players, including DisguisedToast – one of the game’s top players and streamers – have been exploring the new possibilities.
While there are some returning champions, they too have been updated – Zed, for instance, is now a 5-cost unit whose ability is Living Shadow, which allows him to create a shadow version of himself behind an enemy with the same items and stats as the original. The shadow can also create a shadow of its own.
With the right combination of composition and items, DisguisedToast was able to put together a strategy that resulted in literally dozens of Zed’s Shadows flooding the board, causing him to win the round with significantly more units than he started with.
The strategy relies on a combination of the items Zed has on him, and the composition he’s in. Most importantly, he’s wearing the Spear of Shojin, which allows him to gain mana to cast Living Shadow more quickly, and a Mage’s Cap, a new item that makes the wielder a Mage.
The Mage is a new class that has replaced the Sorcerer, and its bonus effect gives Mages the chance to cast their abilities twice, with a 100% chance of doing so when six Mages are on the field.
By giving this class bonus to Zed, along with the ability to generate mana significantly faster, the result was an insane rate of replication, causing a huge number of units to appear for a resounding and hilarious victory.
It’s still very early days for Teamfight Tactics, and with so many changes having been made to the game at once it’s inevitable that some champions, traits, or strategies will prove too powerful. In this particular case, it remains to be seen if Riot will tone down this tactic, or whether a clear counter to such a strategy will develop naturally.