TFT Set 7 Dragonlands Guides: How to play Swiftshot Bruisers
TFT Set 7 Dragonlands Varus Swiftshot Bruisers

TFT Set 7 Dragonlands Guides: How to play Swiftshot Bruisers

An in-depth guide on how to play the best front-to-back comp in TFT Set 7

Teamfight Tactics can be a hard game to grasp, especially when it comes to using the best strategies. This guide goes in-depth on how to play the best front-to-back fighting composition in the entire TFT Dragonlands expansion. Swiftshot Bruisers is a very easy and simple composition to master but it’s also one of the strongest. Here is a look at what augments, items and champions to use to win ranked games with the Swiftshot Bruiser composition.

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Augments and items

The main carries in this comp are going to be Varus and Xayah, with the main tank being Illaoi — because of this, players should focus on building the following items:


  • Deathblade
  • Rageblade
  • Hurricane
  • Quicksilver


  • Bloodthirster
  • Infinity Edge
  • Rageblade


  • Any defensive items

As for Augments, some of the best to keep in mind are ones that do one of two things; buff the attackers of the comp or champs that give gold. Econ augments are best as a first selection, but not so good later in the game. Some of the best augments for the comp include:

  • Trade Sector
  • AFK
  • Press the Attack
  • Celestial Blessing
  • Best Friends
  • Swiftshot Heart
  • Bruiser Heart

Early Game

Always try to get three Astral champions in as soon as possible. | Provided by Warren Younger/ team builder.

In the early game, it’s wise to make sure you keep hitting your econ intervals. Sacrificing board strength is okay here, because the mid-game power spike is unreal. Try to get in the Astral trait as early as possible and only hold onto champions like Varus, Illaoi and Skarner. Until those are found, players can use other Astral champions as placeholders; Nidalee can hold Varus items and Tahm Kench can hold tank items. Do not reroll until level six, but make sure to keep pace in the lobby by leveling to match the tempo.

Mid Game

The standard level six board. | Provided by Warren Younger/ team builder.

At Stage 3-2, level to six and reroll until Illoai and Varus are two-star. This should be easy, as the Astral trait will allow players to hit those champions easier because they are part of the trait; plus, they will help with recovering gold. The standard level six board should consist of Varus, Twitch, Illoai, Skarner, Shen and another Bruiser. Once players hit this board with sufficient upgrades, proceed to generate econ and level to seven.

Late Game

The end game board Swiftshot Bruiser players should strive for. | Provided by Warren Younger/ team builder.

At Stage 4-1 or 4-2, players should level to seven and reroll for Illaoi and Varus three-star; these are the comp’s win conditions. Once those two are at three stars, level up to eight. At level eight, the comp should consist of four Bruiser and four Swiftshot. Outside of Illaoi and Varus, Xayah and Ornn will function as the secondary carry and tank. Level eight is most likely where players will stay the rest of the game; however, if the opportunity arises to go to level nine, throwing in a Bard is good as well. Or, if playing around Augments like Swiftshot or Bruiser Heart, throwing in an extra trait synergy bot is also good. Aura items like Zeke’s Herald and Banshees Claw are good to pair alongside Varus.

As for positioning, splitting up Xayah and Varus is wise to play around Assassins and other champs with backline access. Putting these two in opposite corners will almost always allow for one major damage dealer to survive the fight unharmed.

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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.