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Teamfight Tactics strategy makes champions basically immortal

Published: 15/Jul/2019 10:39 Updated: 15/Jul/2019 11:24

by Joe O'Brien


While testing out the upcoming Teamfight Tactics changes on the League of Legends Public Beta Environment (PBE), Twitch streamer Hafu encountered a strategy that made an enemy champion effectively immortal.

Hafu is one of the top Teamfight Tactics players, being the highest-ranked during the original PBE phase and finishing in the top-four of Pokimane’s TFT tournament, but she was completely shut down by a strategy that allowed the enemy Shyvana to win a 1v8 against her team.

It was a must-win round for Hafu, who only had 1 HP, and she started off the fight looking strong, with her team wiping out the enemy line-up with relative ease and leaving only a single champion for eight of her own units to deal with.

Unfortunately, that champion was a level-three Shyvana wearing a Thornmail, Hextech Gunblade, and Warmog’s Armor, which proved absolutely impossible for Hafu’s team to kill, and she could only watch as it wiped out her team one-by-one.

Unlike some carry builds which put focus on maximizing the damage output of the carry champion – such as the Akali one-shot build or the Lucian strategy that deals absurd amounts of damage incredibly quickly – this strategy focuses more on keeping the carry alive.

The Thornmail reflects 35% of all damage taken, while on the PBE Hextech Gunblade allows the champion to heal 33% of the damage they deal (up from 25% on live) and Warmog’s Armor regenerates 6% of their max health (up from 3% on live).

These aren’t the only defensive bonuses Shyvana gets in this composition, however. With an Aurelion Sol also in the line-up, Shyvana benefits from the Dragon trait bonus, becoming immune to magic damage, and with three Shapeshifters she also gets 100% increased health.

Riot GamesTeamfight Tactics’ is Riot Games’ take on the autobattler genre.

The result is a Shyvana that is effectively immortal, with the significant damage of Hafu’s Elementalist-Assassin composition barely even making a dent in the champion’s health as she marched to a solo victory.

With the likes of Hextech Gunblade and Warmog’s Armor getting buffs on the PBE, this strategy obviously won’t be quite as powerful on the current live servers – although it might still be very successful, and unless Riot make further balance changes this patch is likely to go live in a matter of days.

It’s also very possible that this item combo could prove effective on a variety of champions, although it’s certainly especially powerful when used with Shyvana under these circumstances.

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Sneaky reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS in 2021

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:36

by Andrew Amos


It’s early days in the League roster shuffle, but one of the biggest moves could be just around the corner. Veteran AD carry Zach ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi could be making his triumphant return to the LCS, with the star reportedly in talks with Dignitas.

Could Sneaky be making his return to the LCS? The two-time champion has been out of the limelight for 12 months now after being dropped from the Cloud9 roster ahead of Spring 2020.

He marked his intentions to return back in August, and now, those dreams could be realized. After “actively looking for a pro play opportunity,” Sneaky could have snagged a spot back in the LCS to make his triumphant return.

Sneaky playing for Cloud9
Riot Games
Sneaky was absent in 2020, but is ready to return in 2021.

Sneaky is reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS for Spring 2021. Travis Gafford reported the rumor in an October 23 video ⁠— but it’s just that for now, a very big rumor. He would be coming in to replace 2020 rookie Johnson ‘Johnsun’ Nguyen.

The move could send shockwaves through the North American League scene, given Sneaky’s prestige on both a domestic and international level. He made 339 appearances for Cloud9 from 2013 to 2019, and won two domestic titles.

On the other hand, Dignitas has had a less-than-stellar 2020. While they technically made it to Worlds in 2019 under Clutch Gaming, they were unable to make it a repeat appearance, coming seventh and eighth in both LCS splits this year. The organization is still yet to win an LCS title.

However, Sneaky’s rumored return to the LCS also comes at a time where fans are asking for more fresh blood. After NA’s disappointing performance at Worlds 2020, there’s been calls for dramatic reform of the LCS.

This includes buying into more academy talent, and bringing in fresh faces instead of constantly recycling players between teams.

Johnsun playing for Dignitas in LCS Spring 2020
Colin Young-Wolff for Riot Games
Sneaky would be replacing Dignitas’ rookie AD carry Johnsun.

Sneaky’s return could be seen as flying in the face of such reform. However, if there is a veteran AD carry you want to bring onboard, you could do much worse than the former Cloud9 star.

Sneaky and Dignitas are yet to confirm the rumors. We will update you once more information arises. In the meantime, be sure to check out our League off-season rostermania hub for the latest transfers as they happen.