Please Note: Teamfight Tactics is now officially available for download on BlueStacks. Version 18.104.22.16804 is a special 64-bit client that has been optimized for Teamfight Tactics: League of Legends Strategy Game. You can find this version by clicking on this link. Download this auto-battler and step in the field to show you’re the best summoner out there!
Speaking of which, the auto-battler genre is in full swing as some of the most influential developers in the industry are releasing their own take on this game mode. This category of games gets its name from its gameplay style, in which the players deploy units on a grid, and the characters battle it out automatically against the enemy team.
In these games, 8 players duke it out in a free-for-all match to see who’s the last one standing. To this end, each user must use the gold they receive after every round to purchase characters and devise a combat strategy to outplay the competition. However, considering that there is no user input necessary while the units are fighting, the player’s role in this game revolves entirely around preparation. Specifically, they must purchase specific units to create specialized team compositions, and deploy them so that they activate specific buffs based on the unit type, using all these strengths to defeat the enemy at every turn.
Teamfight Tactics is Riot Game’s entry into the auto-battler genre, and oh boy is it a BIG ONE. Of course, we expect nothing less from the developers of the hugely-popular League of Legends, and who are also currently developing several interesting games, including the recently-released card game, Legends of Runeterra, and the upcoming fighting game, which is codenamed “Project L.”
There’s quite a lot to talk about when it comes to Teamfight Tactics. Today, however, we’re going to share several basic facts and beginner tips for those who are recently getting started with this game, and that would like to learn more about it. Considering how lackluster Riot’s tutorial is, this beginner’s guide will come in handy. So let’s get started!
Getting Started in Teamfight Tactics
Riot Game’s auto-battler is a bit different than the rest, especially in the beginning. Instead of purchasing a character to get started, players start off in a circular room, with 8 characters within. Players must control their minilegend and walk to the character they wish to purchase. Once this initial selection round is over, you will be transported to your board, and the match will truly begin.
Before the round can start, you must drag your newly-unlocked champion from the bench to the field to deploy him. Don’t worry about the fighting since your units will attack and use skills automatically in battle. Once the timer reaches zero, the first round will begin.
Battles and Units
As we mentioned just now, the battles in Teamfight Tactics are automatic and require no user input. Once the round begins, your units will engage the enemy troops with their basic attacks. Every basic attack generates mana for each unit, and once their mana bars are full, they will automatically use their skills. Every skill has a different function, and most of them come in handy in many different situations. Furthermore, there are certain items that, once equipped, can increase a hero’s starting mana, giving them access to their skills much sooner. And considering that some skills are quite strong, such as the ones used by mages, there’s a lot to keep in mind when it comes to building your strategy.
The round ends only after every encounter has resolved and only one player remains victorious in every arena. If 30 seconds have passed in the round, the game will activate an URF mode for 15 seconds, during which the remaining heroes of each team have increased attack speed, increased damage from skills, and reduced healing and CC duration. Once the round has ended, the defeated player will lose HP according to the number of characters remaining on the winning team, as well as an additional amount depending on the current stage. At stage 1, players receive no additional damage, while at stage 7, they receive the maximum amount of 20 additional damage per round. Each player has a total of 100 HP at the beginning of the match.
After every round, players will receive an amount of gold depending on the current stage, the gold at hand they have at the beginning of each planning phase, and whether they’re on a winning or losing streak. This gold is used for purchasing characters at the beginning of every round. The cost of each character is determined by their quality.
While battles resolve automatically in Teamfight Tactics, it comes down to the player to build the strategy that will serve them throughout the entire match. However, there’s a lot of variety in this game, including many different unit origins and classes that grant unique buffs and benefits in combat. Furthermore, every unit can be upgraded to a maximum of level 3, and each level increases their stats and strength in combat. In order to upgrade a unit, you must acquire 3 identical characters of the same level, upon which they will combine automatically.
Nevertheless, while the level of a unit is definitely important for the strength of your team, it’s your synergies and strategies that will usually carry you to victory. These synergies rely on the class and origins of every unit, and function in the following manner:
Unit Classes and Origins
Each unit in Teamfight Tactics has its own class and origin. When multiple units of the same class or origin are deployed on the field, certain buffs will activate. These buffs are the ones that make or break a team, as most strategies consist of focusing on only a few of these categories, and stacking the buffs they grant. In this sense, it’s not enough to simply purchase the first characters you find and upgrade them. While strong early characters might carry you in the beginning, you’ll easily be outplayed in the later stages, when other players attack you with a cohesive strategy.
There are 13 classes, and 10 origins in Teamfight Tactics at the time of writing. We’ll get into further detail on the best strategies and team compositions, as well as the best item setups, in the game in other guides. For now, however, the most important thing that you need to know is that, when multiple characters of the same class or origin are deployed, you will enjoy certain benefits. For example if you have at least 3 Blademasters on the field, each of these characters has a 30% chance of triggering two additional attacks on every basic attack, significantly increasing their damage. Meanwhile, by including at least two blasters in your team, each of them will launch additional attacks on every fourth shot, allowing them to hit multiple enemies.
Since every character has both a class and an origin, it’s possible to mix and match them on the field and create different strategies and setups to destroy your enemies. The beauty of this is that the meta is constantly shifting as the developers add new characters and balance patches to the game, so there’s never a permanent best strategy. Furthermore, this system rewards creative play as some compositions might be ideal for ending matches early, while other setups that might initially be weaker than the rest, might shine if the player survives for long enough. Who knows; you might be the creator of the next meta, so get out there and start planning!
As we mentioned before, the last player to remain standing is the victor of the match. And as we know, to the victor go the spoils, so you need to bring your best game if you want to come out on top in every match of Teamfight Tactics. Luckily, with the info we shared here, you’re more than ready to get started in this game. Make sure to visit our blog if you want to find more guides on this awesome auto-battler!