TFT releases its most extensive patch yet

Four new heroes, a new origin, balance changes and more.

League of Legends's Icon Sascha Heinisch · 13 Aug 2019

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Teamfight Tactics updated to patch 9.16 and it's one of the biggest balance and content updates the game has received: a new origin, four new heroes, player damage adjustments, hero balance changes, anti-draw mechanics, a demon rework and more.



The Hextechs


The Hextech champions are all strong and serve their own purpose, but together they give some counterplay to items. But the bomb itself can be played around. We hope this adds a new and interesting dynamic to play around.


Trait: Throw a bomb at an enemy unit with an item, and disables all items in a 1/2 hex radius for 8 seconds.



Camille

Ability: Camille's ability, The Hextech Ultimatum, roots an enemy and forces her in-range teammates to target whomever she's fighting.

Class: Blademaster

Cost: 1 Gold

Ability Damage: 200/325/450



Jayce

Ability: Disrupts the enemy frontline by knocking back an enemy unit with his Thundering Blow. He then switches to his Mercury Cannon bringing increased attack speed and ranged damage.

Class: Shapeshifter

Cost: 2 Gold

Ability Damage: 200/350/500



Vi

Ability: Targets the farthest enemy and charges towards them, knocking aside and damaging every enemy along the way. Once she gets there, she knocks her target up and damages them.

Class: Brawler

Cost: 3 Gold

Ability Damage: 250/450/650



Jinx

Ability: Gets Excited after her first takedown, gaining bonus attack speed. If she scores a second takedown she pulls out Fishbones, her rocket launcher, causing her attacks to deal AoE damage.

Class: Gunslinger

Cost: 4 Gold

Rocket Damage: 100/225/350 magic damage in an explosion that covers 3 hexes total.




Systems


Matchmaking

We've improved how the player matching works to prevent the streaky scenarios where you would face the same player (or ghost army) two or more times in a row. Now this should happen almost never.


URF Overtime Mode

We don’t like draws. They aren’t fun. So now, 30 seconds in to every battle, URF Overtime kicks in and speeds things up for 15 seconds. Draws are still possible but there should be a lot less of them.

30 seconds into every battle the URF Overtime bonus will activate.

300% Attack Speed

200% Ability Damage

66% reduced Crowd Control duration

66% Healing Reduction

30% increased affection towards maritime mammals.


Ranked Changes

Teamfight Tactics' ranked system is looking pretty good overall. Even so, we’re taking stock and making a few tuning adjustments. Specifically, a couple bugs and inconsistencies made it a little more forgiving than we intended. You'll now almost always be demoted if you lose LP in any game you start at 0 LP (this was always intended). Additionally, Grandmaster and Challenger players who demote will now skip Master and go directly to Diamond 1 (this is due to some funky situations at the top of the ladder making it impossible for GM and Challengers to demote).


As intended, everyone will now be demoted if you lose LP in any game you start at 0LP.


For Grandmaster and Challenger players, if you're demoted you will now skip Master and go directly to Diamond 1. This is now true in League of Legends as well.


We've also made adjustments to LP gains and losses underneath the hood for extreme edge cases. For the most part, you will not see or feel any changes based on this optimization.



Player Damage

We made some changes to player damage in patch 9.15 and overall it worked well. But it led to games being longer than intended, especially when fights were close. So we’re making some more adjustments. Overall damage should still be less than at launch.

Base damage now scales with current stage.

Stages 1-2: 1 damage

Stage 3-4: 2 damage

Stage 5: 3 damage

Stage 6: 4 damage

Stage 7+: 5 damage



Traits


Brawler

Brawlers are quite strong and are getting a bit too much free health so we're toning that down a bit.

Bonus Health: 300/700/1200 ⇒ 300/600/1000


Demon

We’ve redesigned the Demon trait bonus to not be quite the shutdown of ability dependent units like it was before. Instead, Demons drain mana allowing them to cast their spells faster.

Demon basic attacks have a 40% chance to burn 20 mana from their target and return 15/30/45 mana to the attacker.


Ninja

Ninja should be strong single units that have a place on almost any team. Right now they're not getting there, so we're buffing their trait and some of the individual champions.

Bonus Attack Damage and Ability Power: 40/60 ⇒ 50/70


Noble

Nobles are still underperforming a bit as an end-game fantasy. We'll likely need to make bigger changes to address this, but for now we're giving them a small bump.

Bonus Armor and Magic Resist: 60 ⇒ 70


Sorcerer

Three piece Sorcerer is a just a little too strong due to its versatility.

Bonus Ability Power: 45%/100% ⇒ 40%/100%


Wild

Wild is still underperforming, we're giving it just a little bit more.

Attack Speed: 10% per stack ⇒ 12% per stack




Tier 1 Champions


Elise

Health: 450 ⇒ 500

Spiderling Attack Speed: 0.6 ⇒ 0.7


Khazix

Non-Isolated Damage: 150/300/450 ⇒ 150/250/350


Mordekaiser

No longer casts his ability if there are no enemies in range at the start of the cast time.


Nidalee

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Now always heals two units when she transforms. Previously she would only heal herself if she had the lowest health on your team.


Vayne

Attack Speed: 0.75 ⇒ 0.7

Ability Damage (% of Max Health): 8%/10%/12% ⇒ 8%/12%/16%



Tier 2 Champions

Braum

Health: 750 ⇒ 650


Lissandra

Total Mana (the mana required to cast her ability): 150 ⇒ 125


Lulu

Ability Health: 300/475/650 ⇒ 300/400/500


Zed

Health: 500 ⇒ 550

Attack Speed: 0.65 ⇒ 0.7

Ability Damage: 200/300/400 ⇒ 200/350/500




Tier 3 Champions


Aatrox

No longer casts his ability if there are no enemies in range at the start of the cast time.


Evelynn

Now prioritizes her current target with her ability.

No longer casts her ability if there are no enemies in range at the start of the cast time.


Katarina

No longer casts her ability if there are no enemies in range at the start of the cast time.

Attack Damage: 50 ⇒ 65


Kennen

No longer casts his ability if there are no enemies in range at the start of the cast time.


Shyvana

Leap AI improved to better kite away from her target.




Tier 4 Champions


Akali

Attack Damage: 70 ⇒ 80


Brand

Ability Damage: 200/375/550 ⇒ 250/450/650

Starting and Total Mana: 0/125 ⇒ 50/150


Cho'gath

Ability Damage: 250/500/750 ⇒ 175/350/525




Tier 5 Champions


Karthus

Starting and Total Mana: 0/85 ⇒ 40/125


Kayle

Attack Speed: 1.1 ⇒ 1.0


Miss Fortune

Health: 650 ⇒ 700

Total Mana: 100 ⇒ 75




Items


Hush

Reworked: Now has a 33% chance on hit to prevent the enemy champion from gaining mana (we're calling it Mana Lock) for four seconds.


Infinity Edge

Critical Strike Damage: 150% ⇒ 200%


Ionic Spark

Damage: 150 ⇒ 125. Now properly stacks.


Locket of the Iron Solari

Shield Duration: 4 seconds ⇒ 6 seconds


Morellonomicon

Burn Damage: 20% max health over 5 seconds ⇒ 20% max health over 10 seconds


Red Buff

Burn Damage: 13% max health over 5 seconds ⇒ 20% max health over 10 seconds


Redemption

Heal: 1000 health ⇒ 1500 health


Statikk Shiv

Damage and Bounces: 4 bounces, 90 damage per bounce ⇒ 3 bounces, 100 damage per bounce


Warmog's Armor

Heal: Now heals a maximum of 400 health per tick. This mostly nerfs its effect on PVE dragons.


Guardian Angel

Tooltip updated to reflect functionality (does not interrupt abilities or remove positive buffs). It now properly removes Grievous Wounds and resurrects properly.




New Drop Mechanic

In rare instances it's now possible to drop a full completed item instead of the two components separately.




Bugfixes

  • Spiderlings and Golem can now properly be the target of Frozen Heart, Kindred, Swain, Karthus, Shen, and Veigar.
  • Graves now properly gains range with Rapidfire Cannon.
  • Frozen Heart no longer applies too many slows when stacked.
  • Fixed some item slots not showing up or being in weird spots.
  • Fixed Win/Lose streak gold being granted after PvE Rounds instead of after the PvP Round that happened before (streak gold should be granted at the end of all PvP rounds and no PvE rounds).
  • Fixed Little Legends having collision after dying (and subsequently body blocking players in the shared roulette).
  • Fixed Blitzcrank attempting (and failing) at targeting untargetable enemies, and therefore not casting.

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