TFT streamers are banning Shojin Pyke from premade lobbies

What's the counter?

League of Legends's Icon Sascha Heinisch · 3 Jul 2019


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Avid Teamfight Tacticians will have realized by now that items are an integral part of the game. As the meta game develops, players are finding out more and more about powerful item-champion combinations. 

One particular item has been a thorn in many players eyes, especially for those trying to take a competitive approach towards the game. Spear of Shojin, the item crafted from a B.F. Sword as well as a Tear of the Goddess, lets the carrier gain additional mana on each attack after casting their first ability. 

Already strong by itself, players quickly found out that giving the item to the champion Pyke allows him to become a completely different beast. With his ability “Phantom Undertow,” Pyke dashes behind the farthest enemy, creating an afterimage that stuns all champions it passes through for up to three seconds. 

Especially pesky is Pyke with two Spear of Shojin, as it allows him to build his ultimate off of his very first attack and then every other attack after, wreaking complete havoc through the enemy line depending on the angle his dash takes.

The counter-measure? Former professional League of Legends player and streamer Tabzz had an unorthodox approach, stating that the best way to counter Shojin-Pyke is to “get some of your friends and create some lobbies” and have everyone agree to not use the overpowered combination.

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He’s not alone in this view, as Youtube videos about the hero combination have been popping up on the platform over the last couple of hours.

It remains to be seen if Riot’s numbers match up with this assessment and if the combination will be nerfed in a future patch. 

Teamfight Tactics, Riot Games’ version of the popular DotA 2 mod “Autochess,” is currently still in open beta and is frequently patched. 

If you want to see more competitive TFT content, Twitch streamer and Youtuber Imane “Pokimane” Anys is hosting the game’s first tournament tomorrow on her channel. Popular streamers like Disguised Toast, Scarra, Hafu, Reckful and more will be participating in the event.

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