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With the release of TFT: Reckoning just around the corner, the ranks of every player will reset once more. Starting at the bottom, players are going to have to climb back up to the top. Whether a player is picking up the game for the fist time or they are returning from a hiatus, improving at the game is key. These three tips will give an extra boost when it comes to game plans and players should take note before queuing up for some TFT: Reckoning games.
Commit to a composition early and have a backup plan
Going into a game, players should have enough knowledge to play a couple of different compositions, in case their main comp doesn’t pan out. The decision of playing a specific comp should not happen before a player loads in, but should be decided pretty early into the game. Don’t force a single composition before being shown any items/champions, but equally players shouldn’t fail to commit before it’s too late.
An ideal spot to commit to a comp is after the Krugs round, to prevent frustration and confusion later in the game. Players should make this decision based on the items and champions they have. The more comps a player knows, the more chance they have at being able to adapt effectively. Knowing just two or three different comps will give players more than enough options to make a good decision.
Play the “strongest board”
“Strongest Board” is a buzzword in the TFT community that has a very simple definition but is often misunderstood. A strong board in TFT typically consists of a good front line that can tank damage and a good back line that can dish it out. So to play the strongest board, players should try to hit the sweet spot of front line tanks and back line damage.
Although things like traits are a good guide for players and are the backbone of strong late game comps, it’s important not to rely on them in deciding which champions to play at level’s four, five, and six. For example, if a player has two Knights with one being an upgraded 2-star and the other being a 1-star, they might think that is their best front line. However, they might not even consider that they have a 2-star Cavalier and the chance to upgrade their 1-star Legionnaire in their shop. This could potentially be a stronger front line than the two knights, because both of these units are upgraded and during the early game, traits don’t matter as much.
Knowing the early game tanks and carries, and their limits, takes time to recognize and as such, playing the strongest board gets easier with more games played. But, the general rule of thumb is that 2-star units are stronger than 1-star units even if their traits don’t synergize well in the early game. As long as they fit the role of tank or damage, it should work out.
Streaking is key in TFT: Reckoning
In TFT, players gain passive gold every round. One of the most important factors in passive gold generation, is streaking.
In an ideal world, a player would want to win streak all the time. However, the gold made from just the streak, is the exact same whether winning or losing. The only difference is that win streaking nets players bonus gold per round. However, both the passive gold earned from a round win, and the item priority on carousel earned from a loss, are both great incentives. So, building up any form of streak is key.
In the second stage of the game, the bonus gold for streaking is worth more than later in the game. This is due to ramping up econ and compound interest. A player who either win streaks into Krugs, or lose streaks into Krugs, will earn an additional 10 gold off the streak bonus alone.
What this means is after round 2-1, players should evaluate if they think they have a strong enough team to either win streak or lose streak. If a player is strong enough, then they should look to level aggressively. This means they will most likely want to level to four on 2-2. Players should also level to five on 2-5. If a player is weak, they should avoid levelling at all.
The goal here is to play a weak board on purpose to maintain a lose streak. However, players should always try to make rounds competitive, to not lose much HP in the early game. If a player’s streak snaps, they should look to build up another streak, typically in the opposite direction.
So, these are our three main tips for improving your game, ahead of the rank reset coming with TFT: Reckoning.
ASU alum with a B.A in Sports Journalism, Warren is one of the premier TFT Journalists in the scene and is a decent TFT player as well who has peaked Challenger and has had multiple accounts in Master+ over all sets. Warren also specializes in other esports content including League of Legends, Valorant, Smash Bros, and more.