TFT Tips, Tricks & Tech | DEC 29

Hello TFT players! Happy TFTuesday to everyone and we hope your holidays are going well. Not much has changed since last week, but I’ve got a fresh batch of tactics to help everyone out.

Tip – Frontline; Backline

Pretty much every composition has two key elements: a frontline, comprised of tanks, CC units with low mana thresholds like Cassiopeia, and sometimes melee carries like Yone and Warwick, and a backline, generally made up of support and DPS champions.

Your objective in TFT isn’t to build one composition, but two. When you hear “strongest board,” think of playing the strongest frontline and strongest backline independent of each other. You can worry about synergies later.

If you have Hunters but randomly find a level-two Sej and Aatrox, screw it; throw them in and go nine. If, like the last game I played, you’re planning on going Ashe/ Warwick carry but find a Chosen Ahri, screw it; throw items on her and go nine, (or eight and roll in my case).

This tip holds especially true in the early game.

Trick – Casters On The Outside, DPS On The Inside

Positioning your frontline is pretty easy: put them in a straight line in the front of the board. But even with frontline, there is some nuance.

If you only care about something casting once or twice, or don’t care about the champ at all, put it on the outside, and if you want something to survive, put it on the inside, surrounded by champs, and even corner it.

Why is that? Because champions on the outside usually get focused more, even in the frontline.

Imagine you have three units front and center. If someone has an Ashe in the left corner, your left-most champion gets focused because it’s closest to Ashe. If that Ashe were right cornered, she’ll hit your right-most champ instead. It’s very rare the middle champion takes most of the aggro.

Tech – Cassiopeia

I’ve talked a lot about Cass and there’s good reason for that. She has insane synergies, an AOE stun that lasts for 2.5 or 3 seconds, and increases all damage dealt to the stunned targets by 20%. She’s basically a Sejuani with Ionic Spark and better synergies. Also, she requires 10 less mana for first cast compared to Sej.

Now, if that doesn’t sell you, let me tell you what should: the prevalence of drain/ shield tanks. What is a drain/ shield tank? Tanks that aren’t reliant on base stats, but more on abilities that essentially regenerate health, like Annie, Warwick and Riven. Sound familiar?

You generally don’t want to get in a DPS battle with those tanks but rather burst them and Cass does just that. The bonus of her stunning them is also nice.

Cass is so strong that she, along with Sej, allowed me to stunlock and kill a double Giants Belt, Vanguarded and Mysticed, level-three Aatrox before he could cast.

Consider investing 12 gold.

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@Kevin_Fornari

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Hi, I'm Fornari and I've been playing TFT since the day of release, peaking at 269th NA (nice) season two, and finishing either Diamond 2 or Master every season. I've been coaching for three years, including over a year of TFT coaching.

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