Managing your economy is key to winning in Teamfight Tactics (TFT), but it’s not always easy. There are a lot of different strategies for managing your economy, along with a lot of different challenges. Here are some of the best strategies and how to execute them.
Understanding the basics
Before we discuss specific strategies, it’s important for you to understand how to earn gold in TFT. As of patch 10.10, here are the different ways in which you generate gold:
- Passive gold: The first four rounds you will earn two gold, two gold, three gold, then four gold. After this, you will gain five gold every turn.
- Win/loss streaks: A two-three streak will earn you one gold, four will earn you two gold, and five or more will earn you three gold.
- Interest: You earn one gold in interest for every 10 gold you have at the end of each turn, maxing out at five bonus interest gold.
- Winning: You get one gold at the end of a PvP round if you win
So, for example, if you win your fourth round in a row with 22 gold, you will get one gold for winning, which will put you at 23. You will then get two gold in interest, two gold for your win streak, and five gold passively. That leaves you with 32 gold at the beginning of the next round.
Now that you have an idea of how to generate gold, let’s take a look at the two most popular strategies for maintaining a good economy.
The Fast 8 strategy in TFT focuses on rushing to level 8 as fast as possible so you can get more units on the board and so you can find rarer units in the shop. Despite what may seem logical, you don’t want to just level up whenever you can. You want to save your money until you have over 50 gold so you can get maximum interest at the end of each turn. Once you have over 50 gold, you can spend money to level up while ensuring you don’t drop below 50 gold.
You will still need to buy important units for your team during this time. If you don’t have good units, you risk losing too much health too quickly to win. While you shouldn’t re-roll your shop very often, you should try to buy as many strong early game units as possible so you don’t wind up losing before your level 8 power spike.
Once you reach level 8, you can start using your gold to fill up your board and level your units. This strategy works well with meta teams such as Brawler Blasters and Chrono Kayle that rely on having all 8 units for success.
Hyper Rolling is a TFT strategy that involves saving money until round 3-1, then re-rolling your shop to get 3-star one-cost units like Xayah and Poppy. This strategy is fairly easy and doesn’t require a lot of difficult decision making like going for a Fast 8.
If you start getting a composition together where Hyper Rolling is the best strategy, like this one, you shouldn’t level up or reroll for units until round 3-1 (the round after the Terrabursters). Once here, you should spend the money you saved to try and get the right units for your team. When you have the units you need, you can save up gold to gain interest and level up.
Remember that adaptability is key in TFT to maintaining a good economy. You need to realize when it’s time to use your money and when to keep saving. This will take time and practice, and sometimes you won’t be able to strictly follow a specific strategy like the two listed above.