Teamfight Tactics, Riot's auto-battler, is getting a hefty new shake-up as part of the Festival of Beasts.
This mid-season refresh will offer new champions to choose from, abilities to use, and a new battle pass, too.
Here's everything we know so far, or jump straight to the relevant section below:
Teamfight Tactics: Fates II Festival of Beats Event
The event is coming as part of patch 11.2 and will arrive for all players on January 20.
New Champions and Rotations:
There are two new champions arriving for their TFT debuts with the Festival of Beasts, Tryndamere and Samira.
Players will also see 19 champions rotated out of the game, and 20 rotated in with new traits (as per Riot's blog post).
- Xin Zhao
Trait: Dragonsoul is the new big vertical in Festival of Beasts. It’s a 3/6/9 piece trait so you can go quite deep (and Rod + Spatula now makes a new trait item called Spirit of the Dragon). The trait empowers your champions with a powerful dragon buff that grants stats and a powerful dragon breath attack!
- Brand: Tier 1 Mage
- Tristana: Tier 1 Sharpshooter
- Braum: Tier 2 Vanguard
- Shyvana: Tier 3 Brawler
- Olaf: Tier 4 Slayer
- Aurelion Sol: Tier 4 Mage
- Swain: Tier 5 Syphoner
Trait: Fabled is a 3 piece trait with exactly 3 champions in it, so you’ll either need all 3 champs or a Fabled Chosen. All the Fabled champions are returning from previous sets, with tales of their power grossly exaggerated! Each Fabled champion gains an additional, unique effect that powers up their ability when the trait is active. Nautilus gains damage reduction after stunning an opponent, Neeko’s damage output is amplified on her final burst, and Cho’Gath? Oh man. Cho’gath will knock up the entire board! We're getting some serious “TFT on launch” vibes from him.
- Nautilus: Tier 2 Vanguard
- Neeko: Tier 3 Mystic
- Cho’Gath: Tier 4 Brawler
Trait: Syphoner is a 2/4 piece trait that is all about providing sustain to your team and creating unique drain tanks who can heal back up the damage being done to them. When the trait is active, your whole team will get some healing via damage done, but the Syphoners get a much larger amount!
- Nasus: Tier 1 Divine
- Vladimir: Tier 2 Cultist
- Morgana: Tier 4 Enlightened
- Swain: Tier 5 Dragonblood
Tier 5 Champions:
Traits: Elderwood Vanguard Blacksmith
Ability: Ornn summons an elemental from behind the furthest enemy to travel towards him, knocking up and stunning enemies hit for 1.5/2/15 seconds, and dealing 100/200/4000 magic damage.
If the elemental runs into Ornn, he headbutts it, redirecting it towards another distant enemy.
How he works: With solid all-around base stats, Ornn serves as a frontliner for comps that need one. At the Call of the Forge God, he brings much needed utility to the fight.
Blacksmith: But Ornn’s true power comes from his unique trait, Blacksmith. After participating in combat, Ornn begins crafting an Artifact. The higher his star level, the faster he’ll craft these powerful new items. Once complete, the item will appear and you’ll be able to equip it to any allied champion with an open slot who doesn’t already have an Artifact equipped! These artifacts are brand-new unique items that can only be obtained from Ornn.
Traits: Daredevil Slayer Sharpshooter
Ability: Samira dashes towards the largest group of enemies, gaining 100% dodge, becoming unstoppable, and firing out 15/25/50 shots at random nearby enemies over 2 seconds.
How they work: Samira is the capstone physical damage-dealer of any composition running Slayers or Sharpshooter—or anyone lucky enough to snag her early and throw some AD items on.
DaredevilSamira doesn’t have mana, instead relying on her combo system. After every other basic attack she’ll flip towards a new target, gain a short-duration shield, and fire twice, increasing her combo rating in the process. Once she reaches S-rank, she’ll pop-off in a hail of bullets, mowing down anyone unfortunate enough to stand within her sights.
Moonlight / Assassin → Spirit / Assassin
Ninja / Shade → Ninja / Slayer
New: Zed now has a passive ability where he jumps to the back to replace the old Shade passive. It does not include the aggro drop part though, so he is a lot more vulnerable this time around.
Spirit / Hunter → Spirit / Executioner
Enlightened / Dazzler → Enlightened / Syphoner
The built-in healing on her spell has been removed and replaced with a 40% AD reduction effect
Quality of Life Changes
Players will be able to re-roll champions in the shop for those with the same traits, as well as remove items from a Champion.
You'll also be able to re-roll items, as well as deploy Training Dummies to take some hits.
We're yet to find out what's included in the event's battle pass, but players can expect the usual:
- Little Legends
- Star Shards
There will also be both premium and free tracks to complete.