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Teamfight Tactics strategy: the best TFT tactics to get wins

The autobattler genre leans toward knowledge rather than reflexes, here’s what you need to know to outsmart your foes


What’s the best Teamfight Tactics strategy to use in Riot’s new autobattler? Outsmarting foes has long been a focus in games, but it’s a notably prominent part of the autobattler genre. Tactics is in the game’s name, after all, so having a gameplan is critical. This isn’t the first autobattler, either, so there are some nuances you’ll find here that aren’t in Dota Underlords or Auto Chess.

What you need to know about Teamfight Tactics is made up of gold management, item recipes, Champion identification, and time management. It can appear daunting when written down, but you’ll get the hang of it quicker than you know. We should also note that a lot of the game comes down to RNG and your ability to react to that. So we certainly can’t teach you everything.

For everything else, though, that’s where our TFT Tactics guide comes in. We’ll break down all of the above into neat and coherent sections so you can get to grips with Teamfight Tactics as swiftly as possible. To that end, here’s our TFT Tactics guide.

Teamfight Tactics strategy

You can browse our TFT tactics guide by the sections listed below:

Teamfight Tactics economy

This is the big one and is probably the most important part of strategising in Teamfight Tactics. There are multiple ways of earning money in Teamfight Tactics. No matter the result of one round, you’ll always make money from it, and you can acquire more through winning and losing streaks. You’ll also earn more the higher level you are, and you can sell Champions to make gold, too.

What you’ll want to be paying close attention to, though, is the way the money you earn stacks up over time. For every ten coins you keep saved up, an additional coin will come your way at the end of each round. This stacks up to five gold per turn if you have 50 gold in the bank and will make you a heap of money in the long run. In Teamfight Tactics, you typically want to play the long game, which involves saving up money and not refreshing your store too much.

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Updating, or rerolling, your store can be easy to do, especially if you’re trying to build a particular comp and aren’t getting the Champions you want, but try to be flexible. The benefit of this is that you can put your money into increasing your level and team size, which means that higher tier Champions will become available to you before other players. Handy for building sturdy TFT comps.

This is a give and take, though, and sometimes you’ll need to refresh the store if you’re genuinely on a rotten run of luck. For the most part, though, play the long game.

Teamfight Tactics positioning

Since the fighting plays out in front of you, it’s easy to forget that you can influence the outcome in TFT beyond simply assigning items to Champions. In short, where you place each Champion matters.

As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to keep your assassins in the backline, as they teleport themselves into the enemy’s backline at the start of the match. Typically, Assassins try and leap straight in front of them, so your opponent may shift their units around to change their course and stop you from killing their carry Champion. This is hard to anticipate at first, as who you’ll face is random. Once you get to the late game, however, or are in a one on one situation, you can predict this more readily as you can click on their icon and see what they’re up to. So react accordingly.

Aside from that, it’s worth putting some thought into how you want to set up your teams defensively. Classes like Archers and Sorcerers put out of a lot of damage, but are quite squishy. As such, think about putting tankier Classes in front of them – like a Guardian or a Knight.

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Teamfight Tactics Classes

TFT Classes are an essential part of building destructive team comps in Teamfight Tactics. One of the staples of the autobattler genre is the way it incentivises you to stack up on Champions of the same Class or Origins by offering a buff. Ninjas, for example, deal 80% more physical damage if there are four of them on the board.

Certain comps have already proven popular in the early meta due to having strong heroes that cross over, like the Ninja-Assassin comp that builds around Zed. It is crucial, however, to have a good grasp on what these all do so you can be adaptable if your luck isn’t in. Ninja-Assassin is popular, but Void-Assassin is also sturdy and can be built if the other isn’t working.

While certain comps are excellent, pulling them off Champion for Champion can be a tall order, so experiment.

Teamfight Tactics items

There are two ways you can come across items in Teamfight Tactics. The first is in the Creep waves, as killing them has the chance to drop a random one. The other is during the carousel phase, where you can see Champions walking in a circle. You’ll know what item they’re carrying, as it’ll be floating above their head. While this phase is typically for picking up Champions, you can use it as an opportunity to hunt for items, too. Once you get your Champ, sell them, and you’ll snag the item they were carrying.

In total, there are eight base items, and they can all combine to make something else. Remembering all of those item combinations is a tall order, which is why we’ve put together a TFT recipes guide. If you don’t have a second screen, though, it’s worth remembering a few for heroes you like. For example, we fancy Assassin comps, so the Infinity Edge works wonderfully. It increases the critical strike damage by 100% and takes two B.F. Swords to make.

And there you have it, some TFT Tactics to keep in mind when you next boot up Riot’s League of Legends-inspired autobattler. In the end, it mostly comes down to being patient and playing the long game. Gambling earlier can pay off but do keep in mind that RNG plays a huge part in Teamfight Tactics.