Teamfight Tactics Guide: 13 Unknown Tips on How To Play TfT

Teamfight Tactics has only been around a few months, and many are already addicted to Riot’s latest game mode. However, even if you’re a League of Legends veteran, this new game mode has a bit of a learning curve. 

But don’t worry! Keep reading and you’ll learn the basics of how to play TFT + a few pro tips from a veteran TFT player, Greg Wrobel.

In this Teamfight Tactics guide, you’ll learn the best tips for climbing your way up the ranked ladder, including:

  • The Basics Of How To Play TFT
  • The Different Champions And Items
  • And Pro Tips To Give You A Huge Edge!

Check out below, and learn everything you’ll need to get started!

But before you start reading … Even the best tips from pro gamers won’t help you if you just don’t play enough ;).

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1. How To Play Teamfight Tactics: The Basics

Teamfight Tactics can be a bit overwhelming for new players. So here’s a TFT beginner guide to get you started.

If you’re wondering how to win TFT, all you have to do is beat 7 other players in an 8-player free for all match. But don’t worry…so long as you’re in the “final three” you still technically win.

The game goes in rounds. Sometimes you’ll be fighting against other players for gold and XP, and other times you’ll be fighting NPC monsters to gain gold and other powerful items.

In fact, most of the game is spent acquiring XP, gold, items, and champions.

Each round, you’ll have a chance to spend gold to either refresh your shop (where randomized champions can be bought), draft champions to your team, or purchase extra XP.

XP determines how many champions you can have out on the board at a given time. Be sure to keep that in mind. You don’t want to be suddenly facing off against armies unprepared.

2. How To Play TfT: The Carousel

You should also know that the game begins with what’s called “the carousel”.

Players stand in a circle around a carousel of randomized starter champions equipped with a basic item.

After a bit of time, everyone will then be given the chance to pick one of the rotating champion/item combos. Make sure you choose wisely; you don’t want your competition to get an edge over you from the start.

Carousel rounds also appear periodically throughout the game – each time with more and more powerful champion/item combos to choose from.

TfT guide - the Carousel

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3. Forming A Team in Teamfight Tactics

Once you have a few champions and items packed away, it’s time to start strategizing.

TFT is all about combinations.

You can combine 3 of the same champion to upgrade them into a single better version. However, they all have to be the same tier to combine – Tier 3 being the max rank for any single champion.

Combining items is also a thing in this game mode. You can combine 2 of 9 basic items to form much more powerful items with unique effects to power up your champions.

It’s also important to watch for the origin and class of each of your champions.

Forming teams with multiple champions of the same origin or class will lead to powerful buffs to give you an edge over the other players.

If you’re curious about what combinations there are and which buffs you’d like to try out, keep reading below. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the champions, items, origins, and classes available in TFT.

TfT tips - forming team

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4. Champions and Items

Because of the nature of Teamfight Tactics, there are a TON of combinations you can mix and match. Which means every game will need a new strategy for you to be the last person standing.

Check the charts below to make sure you’re matching the best TFT champions with the best items combos.

As of right now, here is everything to combo in the game. (You can read more about Origins and Classes further down.)

TfT Champions:

(scroll down if you want to skip to the next section):

Name Cost Origin/Class DPS Armor MR
Aatrox 3g Demon/Blademaster 42.3 25 20
Ahri 2g Wild/Sorcerer 27.5 20 20
Akali 4g Ninja/Assassin 68.0 20 20
Anivia 5g Glacial/Elementalist 32.0 20 20
Ashe 3g Glacial/Ranger 45.5 20 20
Aurelion Sol 4g Dragon/Sorcerer 24.0 20 20
Blitzcrank 2g Robot/Brawler 25.0 35 20
Brand 4g Demon/Elementalist 36.0 25 20
Braum 2g Glacial/Guardian 24.0 75 20
Camille 1g Hextech/Blademaster 33.0 30 20
Cho’Gath 4g Void/Brawler 42.0 20 20
Darius 1g Imperial/Knight 25.0 40 20
Draven 4g Imperial/Blademaster 52.5 25 20
Elise 1g Demon/Shapeshifter 27.0 20 20
Evelynn 3g Demon/Assassin 42.0 20 20
Fiora 1g Noble/Blademaster 20.0 25 20
Gangplank 3g Pirate/Gunslinger/Blademaster 35.8 20 20
Garen 1g Noble/Knight 30.0 40 20
Gnar 4g Wild/Yordle/Shapeshifter 35.0 30 20

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Graves 1g Pirate/Gunslinger 30.3 30 20
Jayce 2g Hextech/Shapeshifter 39.0 35 20
Jinx 4g Hextech/Gunslinger 52.5 20 20
Kai’Sa 5g Void/Ranger/Assassin 68.8 20 20
Karthus 5g Phantom/Sorcerer 42.3 25 20
Kassadin 1g Void/Sorcerer 22.0 35 20
Katarina 3g Imperial/Assassin 42.3 20 20
Kayle 5g Noble/Knight 70.0 40 20
Kennen 3g Ninja/Yordle/Elementalist 42.3 20 20
Kha’Zix 1g Void/Assassin 33.0 20 20
Kindred 4g Phantom/Ranger 42.0 20 20
Leona 4g Noble/Guardian 24.8 100 20
Lissandra 2g Glacial/Elementalist 24.0 20 20
Lucian 2g Noble/Gunslinger 42.3 25 20
Lulu 2g Yordle/Sorcerer 30.0 20 20
Miss Fortune 5g Pirate/Gunslinger 71.3 20 20
Mordekaiser 1g Phantom/Knight 25.0 40 20
Morgana 3g Demon/Sorcerer 30.0 30 20
Nidalee 1g Wild/Shapeshifter 32.5 20 20
Pantheon 5g Dragon/Guardian 56.3 80 20

 

Poppy 3g Yordle/Knight 25.0 40 20
Pyke 2g Pirate/Assassin 36.0 25 20
Rek’Sai 2g Void/Brawler 30.0 20 20
Rengar 3g Wild/Assassin 42.0 20 20
Sejuani 4g Glacial/Knight 24.8 40 20
Shen 2g Ninja/Blademaster 45.5 30 20
Shyvana 3g Dragon/Shapeshifter 35.0 30 20
Swain 5g Imperial/Demon/Shapeshifter 42.3 25 20
Tristana 1g Yordle/Gunslinger 32.5 20 20
Twisted Fate 2g Pirate/Sorcerer 28.0 20 20
Varus 2g Demon/Ranger 35.0 25 20
Vayne 1g Noble/Ranger 28.0 25 20
Veigar 3g Yordle/Sorcerer 27.5 20 20
Vi 3g Hextech/Brawler 39.0 25 20
Volibear 3g Glacial/Brawler 42.0 30 20
Warwick 1g Wild/Brawler 30.0 30 20
Yasuo 5g Exile/Grandmaster 75.0 35 20
Zed 2g Ninja/Assassin 42.5 25 20

Teamfight Tactics Origins:

Origin Champions Ability Synergies
Demon

Aatrox

Brand

Elise

Evelynn

Morgana

Varus

Basic attacks from Demons have a 40% chance to burn 20 of the enemy’s mana and gain some mana.

Two: 15% mana gained

Four: 30% mana gained

Six: 45% mana gained

Dragon

Aurelion Sol

Pantheon

Shyvana

Dragons are immune to Magic damage Two: Gain 83% immunity of magic damage
Exile Yasuo If an Exile has no adjacent allies at the start of combat, they gain a shield equal to 100% of their maximum health. One: Gain a shield equal to 100% of max health
Glacial

Anivia

Ashe

Braum

Lissandra

Sejuani

Volibear

Attacks from Glacials have a chance to stun for 2 seconds.

Two: 25% Chance to Stun

Three: 35% Chance to Stun

Four: 45% Chance to Stun

Hextech

Camille

Jayce

Jinx

Vi

When combat begins, the ally team launches and detonates a pulse bomb, temporarily disabling nearby enemy items for 7 seconds.

Two: 1 hex radius

Four: 2 hex radius

Imperial

Darius

Draven

Katarina

Swain

Imperials deal double damage.

Two: 1 Random Imperial

Four: All Imperials

Ninja

Akali

Kennen

Shen

Zed

Ninjas gains attack damage and spell power.

One: 1 ninja gains +50 Attack Damage and +50 Spell Power

Four: All ninjas gain +70 Attack Damage and +70 Spell Power

Noble

Fiora

Garen

Kayle

Leona

Lucian

Vayne

Nobles have +50 armor, +50 Magic Resistance, and heal 25 health per attack.

Three: 1 random ally

Six: All allies

Phantom

Karthus

Kindred

Mordekaiser

Phantoms curse a random enemy at the start of combat, setting their HP to 100. Two: Curse a random enemy, set their HP to 100.
Pirate

Gangplank

Graves

Miss Fortune

Pyke

Twisted Fate

PIrates earn up to 4 additional gold after combat against another player. Three: Earn up to 4 additional gold
Robot Blitzcrank Robots start combat at full mana. One: Robots start combat at full mana
Void

Cho’Gath

Kai’Sa

Kassadin

Kha’Zix

Rek’Sai

Void units now deal true damage. Three: Void units now deal true damage.
Wild

Ahri

Gnar

Nidalee

Rengar

Warwick

Wild attacks generate stacks of Fury (up to 5). Each stack gives 10% attack speed.

Two: Wild Allies Only

Four: All Allies. Their basic attacks can’t miss.

Yordle

Gnar

Kennen

Lulu

Poppy

Tristana

Veigar

Attacks against ally Yordles have a chance to miss. Also dodges on-hit effects.

Three: 35% Chance to Miss

Six: 60% Chance to Miss

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Teamfight Tactics Classes:

Class Champions Ability Synergy
Assassin

Akali

Evelynn

Kai’Sa

Katarina

Kha’Zix

Pyke

Rengar

Zed

Assassins leap to the farthest enemy at the start of combat and deal additional Critical Strike Damage

Three: +75% Critical Strike damage & +5% Critical Strike chance.

Six: +150% Critical Strike damage & +25% Critical Strike chance.

Nine: +225% Critical Strike damage & +40% Critical Strike chance.

Blademaster

Aatrox

Draven

Fiora

Gangplank

Shen

Yasuo

Blademasters have a 35% chance to strike additional times each attack.

Two: One additional strike

Four: Two additional strikes

Brawler

Blitzcrank

Rek’Sai

Volibear

Warwick

Brawlers receive bonus maximum health.

Two: 250 Bonus Health

Four: 500 Bonus Health

Six: 900 Bonus Health

Elementalist

Anivia

Brand

Kennen

Lissandra

Elementalists gain double mana from attacks. Three: At the start of combat, summon a Golem with 2000HP
Guardian

Braum

Leona

Pantheon

At the start of combat, all Guardians and adjacent allies receive +50 armor per stack. Guardians don’t buff themselves. Two: At the start of combat, all Guardians and adjacent allies receive +45 armor per stack. Guardians don’t buff themselves.
Gunslinger

Gangplank

Graves

Lucian

Miss Fortune

Tristana

After attacking, Gunslingers have a 50% chance to fire additional attacks.

Two: Attack another random enemy

Four: Attack two enemies in range

Six: Attack four enemies in range

Knight

Darius

Garen

Kayle

Mordekaiser

Poppy

Sejuani

Your team ignores damage from all sources.

Two: 15 Damage Blocked

Four: 30 Damage Blocked

Six: 60 Damage Blocked

Ranger

Ashe

Kai’Sa

Kindred

Varus

Vayne

Rangers have a chance to double their attack speed for the next 3 seconds.

Two: 30% Chance to Double Attack Speed

Four: 70% Chance to Double Attack Speed

Shapeshifter

Elise

Gnar

Nidalee

Shyvana

Swain

Shapeshifters gain bonus maximum health when they transform. Three: Bonus Maximum Health
Sorcerer

Ahri

Aurelion Sol

Karthus

Kassadin

Lulu

Morgana

Twisted Fate

Veigar

Sorcerers gain double mana from attacking and allies have increased spell damage.

Three: +40% spell damage

Six: +100% spell damage

Nine: +175% spell damage

Teamfight Tactics Items:

There are nine base items in TFT that you can combine to form more powerful items. You can find them by defeating monsters or by grabbing them from champions during the carousel round.

Base Items

Item Name Description
B. F. Sword +15.0 Attack Damage
Recurve Bow +20.0% Attack Speed
Needlessly Large Rod +20.0% Spell Power
Tear of the Goddess +20.0 Mana
Chain Vest +20.0 Armor
Negatron Cloak +20.0 Magic Resist
Giant’s Belt +200.0 Health
Sparring Gloves +10.0% Critical Strike Chance / +10.0% Dodge Chance
Spatula It must do something

Combined Items

Item Name Combination Description
Deathblade

B. F. Sword

B. F. Sword

Whenever the wearer kills or participates in killing an enemy, gain 1 stack, granting 15 bonus attack damage per stack for the remainder of combat. Starts the round with 1 stack. This effect can stack any number of times.
Giant Slayer

B. F. Sword

Recurve Bow

The wearer’s basic attacks deal an additional 5.0% of the target’s Maximum Health as true damage.
Hextech Gunblade

B. F. Sword

Needlessly Large Rod

Basic Attacks and spells heal the wearer for 25.0% of the damage dealt.
Spear of Shojin

B. F. Sword

Tear of the Goddess

After casting their spell, the wearer’s Basic Attacks restore 15.0% of their Maximum Mana.
Guardian Angel

B. F. Sword

Chain Vest

When the wearer dies, they cleanse negative effects and revive with up to 500.0 Health after a 2.0 second delay. This effect can trigger once per combat.
Bloodthirster

B. F. Sword

Negatron Cloak

Basic Attacks heal the wearer for 40.0% of the damage dealt.
Zeke’s Herald

B. F.Sword

Giant’s Belt

When combat begins, the wearer and all allies within 2.0 hexes in the same row gain +15.0% Attack Speed for the rest of combat.
Youmuu’s Ghostblade

B. F. Sword

Spatula

Extra AD +15.0

Wearer is also an Assassin

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Infinity Edge

B. F. Sword

Sparring Gloves

The wearer gains +150.0% Critical Strike Damage.
Rapid Firecannon

Recurve Bow

Recurve Bow

Wearer gains +100% Attack Range.
Guinsoo’s Rageblade

Recurve Bow

Needlessly Large Rod

Basic Attacks grant the wearer +5.0% bonus Attack Speed for the rest of combat.

This effect can stack any number of times.

Statikk Shiv

Recurve Bow

Tear of the Goddess

Every third Basic Attack from the wearer deals 100.0 magical damage to 3.0 enemies.
Phantom Dancer

Recurve Bow

Chain Vest

Wearer dodges all critical strikes.

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Cursed Blade

Recurve Bow

Negatron Cloak

Basic Attacks have a 20.0% chance on-hit to decrease the target’s star level by 1 for the rest of combat.
Titanic Hydra

Recurve Bow

Giant’s Belt

Basic Attacks deal an additional 6.0% of the wearer’s Maximum Health as magic damage to the target and adjacent enemies behind them.
Blade of the Ruined King

Recurve Bow

Spatula

Extra AS +20.0

Wearer is also a Blademaster

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Repeating Crossbow

Recurve Bow

Sparring Gloves

When the wearer dies, Repeating Crossbow is re-equipped to a new ally. Each time Repeating Crossbow is re-equipped, it grants an additional +20.0% Attack Speed and +20.0% Critical Strike Chance for the remainder of combat.

This effect can stack any number of times.

Rabadon’s Deathcap

Needlessly Large Rod

Needlessly Large Rod

Wearer gains +50.0% Spell Power Amplification.

(All sources of Spell Power are 50.0% more effective)

Luden’s Echo

Needlessly Large Rod

Tear of the Goddess

When the wearer deals damage with their spell, the first target hit and up to 3.0 nearby enemies are dealt an additional 180.0 magic damage.
Locket of the Iron Solari

Needlessly Large Rod

Chain Vest

When combat begins, the wearer and all allies within 2.0 hexes in the same row gain a shield that blocks 300.0 damage for 7.0 seconds.
Ionic Spark

Needlessly Large Rod

Negatron Cloak

Whenever an enemy casts a spell, the wearer deals 125.0 true damage to the caster.
Morellonomicon

Needlessly Large Rod

Giant’s Belt

When the wearer deals damage with their spell, they burn the target, dealing 20.0% of the target’s Maximum Health as true damage over 10.0 seconds and reducing healing by 80% for the duration of the burn. A champion can only have one burn effect at a time, preferring the strongest.

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Yuumi

Needlessly Large Rod

Spatula

Extra AP +20.0

Wearer is also a Sorcerer

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Jeweled Gauntlet

Needlessly Large Rod

Sparring Gloves

The wearer’s spells can critically strike.

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Seraph’s Embrace

Tear of the Goddess

Tear of the Goddess

After casting their spell, the wearer restores 20.0 Mana.
Frozen Heart

Tear of the Goddess

Chain Vest

Reduces the Attack Speed of adjacent enemies by 35.0%.
Hush

Tear of the Goddess

Negatron Cloak

Basic Attacks have a 33.0% chance to silence the target on-hit, preventing the enemy from gaining mana for 4.0 seconds.
Redemption

Tear of the Goddess

Giant’s Belt

When the wearer falls below 25.0% Health, nearby allies are healed for 1200.0 Health after a 2.5 second delay.

This effect can trigger once per combat.

Darkin

Tear of the Goddess

Spatula

Extra Mana +20.0

Wearer is also a Demon

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Hand of Justice

Tear of the Goddess

Sparring Gloves

At the beginning of each planning phase, the wearer gains one of the following:

  • Basic attacks and spells deal +40.0% Damage
  • Basic attacks heal 40.0 Health on-hit
Thornmail

Chain Vest

Chain Vest

When the wearer is hit by a Basic Attack, they reflect 100.0% of the mitigated damage as magic damage.
Sword Breaker

Chain Vest

Negatron Cloak

Wearer’s Basic Attacks have a 33.0% chance to disarm the target for 3.0 seconds, preventing that enemy from Basic Attacking.
Red Buff

Chain Vest

Giant’s Belt

Wearer’s Basic Attacks burn the target on-hit, dealing 20.0% of the target’s Maximum Health as true damage over 10.0 seconds and reducing healing by 80% for the duration of the burn. A champion can only have one burn effect at a time, preferring the strongest.

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Knight’s Vow

Chain Vest

Spatula

Extra Armor +20.0

Wearer is also a Knight

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Iceborn Gauntlet

Chain Vest

Sparring Gloves

When the wearer dodges, they create a zone of ice. Enemies inside the zone have their Attack Speed reduced by 35.0%.
Dragon’s Claw

Negatron Cloak

Negatron Cloak

Wearer gains 75.0% resistance to magic damage.
Zephyr

Negatron Cloak

Giant’s Belt

When combat begins, the wearer summons a whirlwind on the opposite side of the arena that removes the closest enemy from combat for 6.0 seconds.

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Runaan’s Hurricane

Negatron Cloak

Spatula

Extra MR +20.0

Basic Attack fire an additional missile at another nearby enemy, dealing 75.0% of the wearer’s Attack Damage and applying on-hit effects.

Quicksilver

Negatron Cloak

Sparring Gloves

The wearer gains a shield that prevents the next crowd control effect from applying. This shield refreshes after 5.0 seconds.
Warmog’s Armor

Giant’s Belt

Giant’s Belt

Wearer regenerates 6.0% of their missing Health per second.
Frozen Mallet

Giant’s Belt

Spatula

Extra Health +200.0

Wearer is also glacial

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Trap Claw

Giant’s Belt

Sparring Gloves

At the beginning of combat, the wearer gains a shield that blocks the first enemy spell that hits them. The enemy that breaks the shield is stunned for 5.0 seconds.
Thief’s Gloves

Sparring Gloves

Sparring Gloves

At the beginning of each planning phase, the wearer equips 2 temporary items. Temporary items increase in power based on your player level.

[Consumes Three Item Slots]

Mittens

Sparring Gloves

Spatula

Wearer is also a Yordle

Extra +10% Critical Strike Chance, +10% Dodge Chance

[Unique – Only One Per Champion]

Force of Nature

Spatula

Spatula

Wearer’s team gains +1.0 maximum team size.

Pro Tips & Tricks

If you’re looking for more specific tips…

If you’ve spent hours lurking on Reddit and other online forums for the best advice…

Then look no further!

We’ve saved you all that trouble by interviewing our own developer Greg Wrobel, who just so happens to be a Teamfight Tactics fanatic!

(Not to be confused with Fnatic…)

Curious what his top tips & tricks are? Then check out below where we’ve included his best tips & tricks for reaching First Place in your next match!

1)  Always buy XP before your first round with a player so you’ll have an extra champion to play.

 

2)  Always match the best combination of weapons with the best champions.

 

3)  Don’t hoard your gold – try to spend it on a regular basis. It’s great if you’ve collected 10g or 20g…but 50g is way too much.

 

4)  Be careful shuffling the shop. It’s easy to lose lots of gold searching for your ideal champion.

 

5)  If you can combine two golden spoons – do it! You’ll instantly increase your team size by one. 

 

6)  Always check what other players are collecting and form a strategy around it.

 

7)  Trade out your 1g champions as the game progresses. They’ll become too weak for later stages of the game. (**Unless you can raise them to 3rd level or they’re key to your strategy.)

8)  Keep up to date with patch notes. Riot frequently rebalances the game.

 

9)  Choose the right weapon for the right character. The efficiency of a weapon differs depending on the character.

 

10)  If you are collecting pirates for extra gold, try to exchange them during the later stages. In the late game, gold isn’t as important and you’ll find other synergies work better.

 

11)  Always collect Golden Spatulas when they appear. Combining them with other items can add origins/classes to your champions or even increase your team size!

 

12)  If you lose with a certain set-up, don’t be afraid to switch things up.

 

13) When fighting the golems, be sure to fight them one at a time. If you try to fight against all of them at once, you’ll decrease your chances to win.

Conclusion

You should now have everything you need to form the best TFT strategy you can. 

But, even if your tactics are flawless, you’ll run into trouble if your computer is a relic.

Teamfight Tactics is a very time-based game. You have to always be planning your next move, rushing to get the best champions, and positioning your team.

If your PC is running too slow, you’ll have trouble keeping up with the other players. And then it doesn’t matter how good a strategy you have or how amazing your team is.

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What did you think of our TFT guide? Are there any tips you’ve picked up playing the game? Know the best item/champion combinations?

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I'm a gamer and professional writer looking to share my passions with the world. I'm consistently disappointed that real life doesn't come with Achievements. If I'm not writing or gaming, I'm likely cooking Asian food or petting cats - probably both.

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