What is the Chosen mechanic in TFT Fates? Stat boosts, champions, more - Dexerto
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What is the Chosen mechanic in TFT Fates? Stat boosts, champions, more

Published: 27/Aug/2020 3:30 Updated: 1/Sep/2020 3:16

by Andrew Amos

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First it was Elemental Rifts in Rise of the Elements. Then it was Galaxies in Set 3. However, for the first time in Teamfight Tactics, the set “mechanic,” named Chosen, will revolve around the units themselves ⁠— and not the board.

Riot are adding a new Chosen mechanic to TFT Fates in Set 4, powering up one of your champions to the extreme. The mechanic will not only make your team superpowered, but can ultimately be your win condition.

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Ahead of TFT Fates’ release on Patch 10.19, we’ve got everything you need to know about the mechanic, from the stat boosts you can get, to how they’ll affect your team compositions, and more.

Spirit Blossom Yasuo in TFT Fates
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Riot have unveiled the Fates mechanic, Chosen, powering up champions in your composition.

How does the Chosen mechanic work?

Chosen brings power to individual champions in your shop. You’ll definitely want to build your compositions around these champions, who have very handy stat boosts to really amp up your team. Finding the right one can be the difference between winning and losing.

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A Chosen champion will occasionally pop up in your shop as a two-star unit. They’ll cost three times the normal one-star price ⁠— so a one-cost unit will cost three gold, while a five-cost unit will be priced at 15 gold.

The price tag is definitely worth it though. They come with a “Chosen” origin or class, counting as two towards that trait ⁠— similar to Lux’s Avatar from Set 2.

Each of the two-star champions will also receive a bonus 200 health, as well as another unique stat to boost them up. Here’s a full list of bonuses your champion can get:

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  • 500 extra health
  • 35% bonus spell power
  • 50 attack damage
  • 25% reduced mana cost
Chosen Garen card in TFT Fates
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Chosen champions will look like this in your shop in TFT Fates.

What bonus stats will my Chosen champion get?

To minimize the RNG of the new mechanic, Riot are making it so each shampion will receive the same Chosen stats every game to help maximize their power. That means you won’t get a Jhin with bonus mana, or a Yuumi with extra attack damage.

TFT lead developer Mortdog has released a table of all the bonuses, and who gets them. For your convenience, we’ve linked it below.

How many Chosen champions are there in TFT Fates?

Every champion can be “Chosen” in TFT Fates. However, there’s some conditions. You cannot have more than one of them at a time. Once you pick up one, they’ll no longer appear in your shop.

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If you want to change your Chosen champion, you’ll have to sell your original one first. This can be risky, but ultimately could pay off ⁠— especially if you can upgrade a one-cost to a three, four, or even five-cost.

Riot ultimately designed the Chosen mechanic with this in mind. “You’ll be left with some tough decisions: Do you buy an early Chosen to lock in a direction, or do you keep yourself flexible for a late-game pivot,” they asked players in a dev blog.

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Lunar Wraith Sylas in TFT Fates
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Finding the right Chosen champion can be the difference between winning and losing.

Ultimately though, while you’d ideally hit the champion you want every game, it’s unlikely. It’ll force you to think on the fly though to adapt your compositions to potentially fit in the right champion.

“You won’t be able to force a Chosen champion every game. Getting a specific champion is hard enough, but getting that champion with the right Chosen trait will be close to impossible.”

TFT Fates, the autobattler’s fourth set, will release on League Patch 10.19 on September 16. Curious to know who you can play in the set? We’ve got everything you need to know right here.

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Mac on MAD Lions failing at Worlds: “We’re not the same team from Summer”

Published: 1/Oct/2020 9:02

by Isaac McIntyre

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MAD Lions may have stunned the League of Legends community after the LEC youngsters failed to escape the Worlds 2020 Play-In Stage, but it wasn’t a huge shock for coach James ‘Mac’ MacCormack: issues had been brewing behind the scenes for a while ahead of crunch time in Shanghai.

The surprise pack in Europe this year was MAD Lions, a young LEC team built around Marek “Humanoid” Brázda. The team, who had rebranded from Splyce ahead of the 2020 season, made the rest of Europe sit up and take notice.

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First, they ousted giants G2 Esports in the Spring finals upper bracket, before going on a tear through the Summer regular season. Unfortunately, their run ran out of steam at the playoffs hurdle, and they barely scraped into Worlds as Europe’s fourth seed.

Once in Shanghai, however, LEC fans felt MAD Lions had a second chance.

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Instead, in one final twist of cruel fate for the LEC stars, they were handed the ignominious title of the first-ever EU team to be eliminated in Play-Ins. It was just the second time ever a major region team had failed to advance to Worlds groups.

MAD Lions became just the second team from a major region to be eliminated in the Worlds Play-In stage.
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MAD Lions is just the second team from a major region to be eliminated in Play-Ins.

The result, Mac told Dexerto after their SuperMassive loss, was “embarrassing.”

“Obviously we’re extremely disappointed. We’re all a bit embarrassed, to be honest… we’re the first European team to drop out in Play-Ins. It sucks,” he said.

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“Frankly though, my initial thought is that we didn’t deserve to win. We were not the better team, and we haven’t been the better team for most of Play-Ins. We haven’t been the same MAD Lions everyone saw in Summer for a while now either.”

The issue, Mac explained, was two-fold. The team’s scrims had “ironically, been really good” in the build-up. That led to them collecting “a lot of bad information,” and having to re-adapt on the fly as the Worlds qualifying stage played out.

Add to that, the young MAD Lions roster hadn’t played a stage game since late Spring Split, and the nerves rolled in “hard.” The squad was nearly consumed by it, Mac said, and it showed in their games.

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“I don’t want to use any of that as an excuse, but yeah there were definitely a lot of nerves as we came into the Play-In stage,” he said.

“We had a lot of problems that should have been solved earlier too. We had to re-adapt… a lot of the stuff we’d practiced fell apart. That’s a failure from me, and the coaching staff; we couldn’t adapt quick enough, and it cost us in the end.”

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MAD Lions had a misread on the meta in Shanghai, coach Mac admitted.
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MAD Lions had a misread on the meta in Shanghai, coach Mac admitted.

MAD Lions’ short Shanghai journey was not a complete failure by any means, however. Mac admitted the team had already learned “so, so much” just from scrimming other international teams, and warned the LEC, “we’re bringing back what we learned.”

“I think these events, Worlds and the like, they’re so valuable for teams. You can get caught in your own little bubble, like us in Europe, and you don’t know where you stand with the meta and talent and everything like that,” the English coach said.

“Every region is different, right? You never get punished for your best aspects. When we scrimmed good international teams here we got punished a lot. That was a real, good thing for us, and that’s what we’re all looking to take away.”

MAD Lions finished 19th/20th, and will receive 0.75% of the Worlds prize pool.
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MAD Lions finished 19th/20th, and will receive 0.75% of the Worlds prize pool.

There was also a shining light from the roster itself; Mac believes Humanoid was given a chance to “show the world just how good he can be,” and did just that, despite MAD’s struggles at the championship.

“There was, what, fifteen, maybe twenty mid lane bans against him? To be able to come out of that and have good performances, that’s something really quite special… Marek has definitely proven himself this Worlds.”

Worlds continues with groups on Saturday, Oct. 3. Chinese champs Top Esports will open the main event against Group D rivals FlyQuest at 4pm local time (GMT+8).