5 things we learned from today's Teamfight Tactics AMA

Members of the TFT team fielded questions about the game.

League of Legends's Icon Nicholas Ray · 3 Jul 2019


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The team of Rioters behind Teamfight Tactics held another AMA in the TFT subreddit today that went on from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PDT. They revealed information about the future of the game mode, and some of the thought processes behind its creation.

Here are the five most important things we learned from today's AMA.

New game boards

Riot definitely plans to keep creating a variety of skins for the game board, and not simple recolors either. Imagine board skins themed around Snowdown or The Harrowing, or major League of Legends tournaments like Worlds and the Mid-Season Invitational.

Adding champion abilities

Set designer Riot Wittrock answered a question about the process behind deciding which of a champion's abilities will make the cut for TFT. There five things are generally considered when deciding champion skills.

  • What would current League players want to see?
  • Will people new to League like it?
  • Is it unique enough to differentiate it from other champion skills in the game?
  • Will the ability's authenticity be compromised by the champion's assigned power level?
  • Does it translate well into the game?

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We learned a decent bit about items in today's AMA, specifically around balancing them. Item RNG changes have already hit the PBE, but Riot is also looking into other ways to receive items besides the carousel/PvE rounds. TFT product lead Richard "MapleNectar" Henkel also stated that the team wants to avoid adding unique passives to items, and would only do it if item stacking got too out of control.

Little Legends

Good news for all of you collectors out there: Riot confirmed they will be adding more Little Legends into the game in the future, but didn't give any hints as to what kind. MapleNectar also spoke a bit about what it was like coming up with a name for the cute little avatars. Two names they considered were "Battle Buddies" and "Companions."

Game balance

If you're an avid TFT player, you've probably noticed how frequently and quickly Riot has been balancing the game. No, they haven't forgotten about League of Legends, but they are planning to slow things down as the game stabilizes. After a while, expect gameplay updates every two weeks or so.

The next set of TFT changes will hit the live servers with Patch 9.14. In the meantime, you can test the latest feature and balance adjustments on the PBE.

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