Teamfight Tactics – Patch 11.7 and the upcoming season, TFT: Reckoning

Patch 11.7 has been released and will lead us into the next season, Teamfight Tactics: Reckoning, which will be launching on April 28th.

Released in 2019, Teamfight Tactics is a unique game mode in League of Legends (available as a standalone app on iOS and Android) in which eight players build teams of units on battlefields and fight to the last player standing. The current season, Teamfight Tactics: Fates, at its peak, had 10 million daily players, who collectively played a remarkable 2.5 billion hours. Besides, the standalone mobile version has drawn in over 33 million players.

Patch 11.7 will be bringing some very welcome changes. Of particular note is Vanguards’ return to their original strength, reversing a nerf introduced in a previous patch. Additionally, there have been some very major adjustments to quite a few champions, most of which increasing their strength and utility at the three-star level. For your convenience, the changes are described here:

  • Nidalee – Javelin Toss damage increased from 300 to 350 at three stars
  • Vladimir – Transfusion damager increased from 900 to 1000 at three stars
  • Darius – Fortune’s Guillotine damage falloff has been decreased at the two and three-star level.
  • Irelia – Bladestorm disarm duration increased to five seconds at three stars
  • Yuumi – Zoomies Heal buffed from 75% at three stars to 90%
  • Aatrox – Infernal Chains damage increase from 2000 to 2500 at three stars.
  • Cho-Gath – Rupture damage increased from 2000 at three starts to 2500
  • Sejuani – Firecracker damage doubled at three stars from 800 to 1600
  • Xayah – Featherstorm return damage increase from 400 to 600 at three stars
  • Shen – Max Mana Lock duration has been lowered so that it will just be 4 seconds regardless of star level. This means that his mana will begin to refill halfway through his shield’s duration.
  • Talon – Truestrike bonus damage has been increased slightly at every star level. Talon was already performing fairly well, so with this buff, it should come to no one’s surprise when you start to see more of Talon on the battlefield.

Many of these changes were made to make it more worth it to players to bring these champions up to 3 stars. Formerly, leaving them at 2 stars was often sufficient because the benefit of bringing them up to 3 stars was not enough to bother.

The next season of Teamfight Tactics, Reckoning, will emphasize the good vs. evil theme and places Garen and Darius at the forefront of the in-game story, and introduce new mechanics around those powerful champions. Players will meet a powerful devil called Teemo, who costs HP to play, and a fan favorite, Draven, will be returning to the game.

A new Origin will be added, called Draconic, which will apply to Dragon-like champions. Knights and Guardians will be great companions to champions of this type. One important mechanic for dragons is that while at least 2 dragons are in play, all dragons received a massive 75% boost to their magic resistance. Draconic champions include Aurelion Sol, Pantheon, and Shyvana. Draconic origin champions can be countered by classes that do high damage basic attacked, such as Assassins like Akali, Diana, Katarina, Pyke, and Talon.

According to Riot Games’ press release, Reckoning will introduce two new methods to access the season pass. Reckoning Pass will be free, while Reckoning Pass+ will require payment. While both passes will unlock content through the season, the Pass+ will feature hire-tiered content. It should go without saying that players should be aware that, as with all new seasons, players’ ranks will be reset.

We’re looking forward to the end of April when the next season begins!

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