Is Hyper Rolling Back? – Patch 10.9 Meta Snapshot

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Meta Snapshot Summary

Patch 10.9 introduced champion drop rate changes for Teamfight Tactics, which strongly affects the game.  Many compositions that relied on slow rolling got weaker while many 8 or 9 champion teams got slightly stronger.  Right now, the meta is not close to being solved, as there are many many viable compositions.  It is important to scout and play what you are dealt to do well.  You can also 1-trick and really master a composition to climb.  

We have a hyper roll build introduced that works with vanguards and sorcerers, while untested, it seems that a few top players have played it, albeit sparingly.  

S: Dark Stars
A: Cybernetics, Blaster BrawlerKayle + Friends, RebelsVanguard Sniper, Mech Infiltrator
B: Space Pirate Celestial, E-Girls
C: Protector Mystic, Mech Pilot Sorcerers, 4 Space Pirates, Vanguard Mystic
Meme: Hyper Roll Vanguard Sorcerer, Void Brawlers

Items

Methodology

TFT Compositions Tier List

S Tier: Highly Flexible or Very Strong

Dark Star Snipers


Dark Star
This is the only S-Tier comp for 10.9, but it is only barely better than A-Tier. S and A tier comps are very close together.

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: Medium
Variance: Medium

Great build if you get early Jhin.  He can use almost any Attack Damage Item.  Last Whisper is pretty strong as well.  You can itemize Shaco as your secondary carry with Ashe and Lux as a support.  You don’t need to 3* anything, but it is still nice to get Shaco 3* if you can.  You can also use Dark Star spatula, which makes 6 Dark Star easy to hit.

Items:

  • Jhin:
    • Infinity Edge>Runaan’s Hurricane>Last Whisper>Trap Claw>GA>Deathblade
  • Shaco:
    • GA>Bloodthirster>Infinity Edge
  • Xerath:
    • Quicksilver>>>>Everything else

Counters:

  • Vanguard Snipers
  • Disarm on Blasters (it is essentially a stun against Shaco and Jhin)


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A Tier: Solid Team Comps. Weaker, less flexible, requires more luck than S-Tier

Cybernetics


Best TFT Compositions Cybernetics
Great composition that got slightly nerfed in 10.8 but is still very powerful. Use Irelia as your mid game stabilizer and Miss Fortune as your late game carry with Thresh to pull CC units into the fight!

Difficulty: Hard
Item Dependency: Medium
Variance: Medium

Requirements:

  • Win streak early game
  • Ekko or transition into a 3 Cyber build or Kayle (you need to know what you are doing)

Cybernetics benefit from having at least 1 item, so it’s great to diversify your team with this build.  Lucian is a great early game carry and then you can transition into Irelia and Ekko.  Lucian can use Red Buff or Luden’s.  An early Lucian with Red Buff or Luden’s is a sign to consider Cybernetics.  This composition is great for getting 2nd or 3rd place.  If you do not hit Ekko, you will need to play some sort of Blademaster/3 Cybernetic composition.

Add Thresh at Lvl 9 and have units to pull in on your bench such as Lulu, Thresh, Cho’Gath, Wukong, Blitz

Great build because you can make use of bad/weird items, which makes them consistent.  The only downside to this composition is the difficulty since you need to know how/when to transition to a different comp when you don’t hit Ekko.  You can also just Thieve’s Gloves Irelia and then itemize MF for your late game.

Fiora, Vi, Leona can use a basic item component, but some good completed items are Zeke’s Herald, Zzrot Portal, Redemption, and Zephyr.  You can also put Force of Nature on one of them such as on the Superdense Galaxy.

Counters:

  • Vanguards
  • Bramble Vest

Blaster Brawler


Blaster Brawler 10.7 TFT
Decent composition. You need great items for Jinx and a Red Buff on any blaster (could be Jinx as well). Hard to hit this composition since you will need 4 specific Brawlers, but there is also a 2 Brawler OR 2 Blaster variant.

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: Medium
Variance: Medium

Requirements:

  • At least 1 Giantslayer on Jinx
  • Red Buff early game

 

Keep Blitzcrank next to Jinx to let her get a quick kill.  Rebel spatula is useful to get to 3 Rebel.  A defensive item is nice for Jinx.  Trap Claw>GA>QSS

Counters:

  • Red Buff/Morello to kill front line
  • Infiltrators to kill Jinx

Kayle + Friends


Kayle and Friends TFT Meta Comps
Really strong with good items on Kayle and then Defensive items for your team. 6BM VERSION IS ALSO VERY GOOD

Difficulty: High
Item Dependency: Medium
Variance: Low

Requirements:

  • Kayle Items

 

Flexible composition due to 6 unit core.  You can add in either anything you hit or anything that is good against your lobby.  You can also drop down to 2 Chrono and add 4 Brawler.

Kayle Item Priority: GA>>>>Rageblade>Rapidfire Cannon>Hand of Justice>Trap Claw>Morello>Hat

Good on Lilac Nebula

Rebels


Rebels Tier List Meta Snapshot TFT patch 10.8b
Stabilize with Jinx Carry in the midgame. Infinity Edge and Last Whisper are very strong in Rebel, but Giantslayer still works. She doesn’t need a defensive item in Rebels, but they are still useful. Use Asol and GP as your late game carries.

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: High
Variance: High

Rebels utilize their shield and damage buff to strengthen each other.  It is reliant on having Aurelion Sol and strong items.  Add in Mystics if you are against magic damage.

This composition is great on many galaxies because they rely on late game builds. 

Vanguard Sniper

TFT Tier List Vanguard Sniper
This comp is rising in popularity. Some players slow roll at 7 for 3 star units, others go 8 to find Lulu. Great in AD heavy lobbies.

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: Medium
Variance: Medium

Requirements:

  • Jhin 2* and great items
  • Winstreaking and getting Vanguards early

 

Dark Star complements each carry very well in this composition.  Mordekaiser is unkillable and Jhin deals a lot of damage.

Good on Neekoverse because you can get both 3* Morde and still get to Jhin/Lulu easily.

Counters:

  • Infiltrators to kill Jhin
  • CC for Mordekaiser if he is 3* so he can’t shield himself
  • Zephyr + Blitz combo

Mech Pilot Infiltrator


Me Mech Infiltrator Tier List Meta Snapshot TFT patch 10.9
You REALLY NEED to be uncontested. You can do 2 infiltrator, but 4 is better at the moment. Khazix is good, you don’t need to fish for Ekko

Difficulty: Low
Item Dependency: Medium
Variance: Low

Requirements:

  • Some 3* Mechs
  • Kaisa Items
  • Mech Items
  • Shaco Items

Go for either Kaisa or Shaco carry.  This is especially important if the composition is contested.  Kaisa is almost an autowin with Demolitionist Spatula with 2 other items.  Seraph’s works great on her as well.  Shaco with two BF items and a defensive item is very strong.  You only really need level 7.  Slow roll at level 6 for Shaco, Mechs, Kaisa. 

Is saying “ME MECH” worth it?

Items:

Best items by far are Demolitionist Spat for Kaisa, Bramble Vest + Quicksilver for Mech.

Good items are Titan’s Resolve for Mech and Morello/Serpah’s for Kaisa.  Almost any Sword item is good for Shaco.  Almost any Ability Power item is good on Kaisa

Counters:

  • Two Zephyrs.  One on Mech, one on a carry
  • Rebels
  • Space Pirate Celestial
  • Trap Claw against Kaisa
  • Last Whisper against the Mech
  • Protectors with the right items


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B Tier: Playable, but not Preferred. These comps could be strong if uncontested.

Space Pirate Celestials

Space Pirates Celestial Space Jam Tier List
New composition, which is pretty decent. Heavily reliant on good items.

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: High
Variance: Medium

Requirements:

  • Perfect Item Darius
  • 3 Star units on pretty much everything

 

Slow roll at 6 for 3 star units.  

You will need to hit pirates early to consider this composition.  You will also need items.  Darius can use a bunch of different items such as anything with Ability Power, but Infinity Edge + Jeweled Gauntlet is by far the best.  Guardian Angel can be replaced by Trap Claw.

Counters:

  • Bramblevest

E-Girls – Star Guardian Sorcerers


Star Guardian E-Girls Tier List
This composition received so many buffs in 10.8. It is very strong and now supports more players. Stabilize mid game before initiating your slow roll, and be sure to know when to all in.

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: High
Variance: Medium

Requirements:

  • 3 Star Syndra
  • Defensive Item Neeko
  • Seraph’s or Chalice for Syndra

Slow roll at 7 for 3 star units.  At level 8, add in second Soraka. 

Star Guardian spatula can be used for Xerath, Lux, or Velkoz and it will allow you to run 6 Sorcerers without going to level 9. 

Syndra likes Seraph’s and Hat.  You can add one more of either item to complete her build or a defensive item.  Neeko likes GA and QSS.  These two items are critical because she is your only tank.  If she gets Zephyred, it is GG.  ZZrot is good on Neeko, but try not to build it when you have GA.  Neeko can use a lot of different items such as Bramblevest, Ionic Spark, Morellonomicon, and many more!

Counters:

  • Guardian Angel on your carry

C Tier and Below: These are compositions that are weak, but if they are given to you, you might be forced to play them.

Protector Mystic


Hyper Roll Protectors Set 3
Since Jhin is very popular, this comp falls a little short right now.

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: High
Variance: High

Requirements:

  • 3 items for Xin and Rakan
  • 3 Star Xin and Rakan
  • Level 8 for Lulu for 4 Mystic

 

Xin and Rakan 2 vs 9 every game.  You really need dragon claw on at least one of them with 1 damage item (Morello, Ionic Spark, or Titan’s Resolve).

Shojin is incredibly good for multiple Rakan ultimates.  Bramble Vest counters every attack damage dealer without Last Whisper.

Sona uses Seraph’s Embrace very well.  Sona is critical because she removes anti healing debuffs.

Mech Pilot Sorcerers


Mech Sorcerer TFT Tier List
Some top Korean players are playing this. As of writing, none of the top 5 in NA/EU are playing this consistently. Try at your own risk.

Difficulty: N/A
Item Dependency: High
Variance: N/A

Requirements:

  • 3 Star Syndra
  • Hitting Mechs early

4 Space Pirates


Space Pirate Teamfight Tactics Tier List
Very fun build, but got nerfed in 10.7. Tons of extra items to throw on your units

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: High
Variance: High

Requirements:

  • Guardian Angel GP
  • Lots of AP for GP
  • Hitting GP
  • Hitting Mechs

 

GP and Mechs are the only thing that matter.  Use Thresh and your extra gold/items to cheese late game fights.

Vanguard Mystic


Vanguard Mystic teamfight tactics set 3 meta comps best
Fun composition with unkillable Jayce and Mordekaiser

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: High
Variance: High

Requirements:

  • Perfect Item Mordekaiser and Jayce
  • Level 3 Mordekaiser and Jayce

 

Slow roll at level 5 for Mordekaiser and level 7 for Jayce to get them to level 3.  You still need level 8 for finding 4 Mystic, so this composition can feel inconsistent.  Run space pirates + 4 Vangaurd until you can get to 4 Mystic


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Meme Tier (Uncategorized) – The real winners are those who have fun. This is a GAME after all, and if you are reading this, you are probably not one of the top 3 players trying to go pro. These oddball compositions may or may not work. Use at your own risk, but you will have fun.
Meme tier comps might be stronger than C tier.

Hyper Roll Vanguard Sorcerer


hyper roll vanguard sorcerer candyland Tier List Meta Snapshot TFT patch 10.9
New build. Goes 1st or 8th from what I have seen. Dependent on compositions you are facing and how easily you hit your 3*s.

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: High
Variance: High

This is the first Hyper Roll composition of Set 3.  Get your Twisted Fate Mana and Ability Power items, get Dragon Claw and Bramblevest on poppy with a 3rd item such as Ionic Spark, Rabadon’s, or Shojin.  Put leftover items on Wukong, Jayce, Leona, and Zoe.

Squid – Void Brawler


Teamfight Tactics Tier List Meta Comps
This build revolves around 3* Vel’Koz and Cho’Gath. A composition that needs to hit a 3* 4 cost unit cannot be contested.

Difficulty: Medium
Item Dependency: High
Variance: High

Requirements:

  • Hitting Vel’Koz and Cho’Gath.  At least 2 of them 2*, preferably 3*
  • Great Vel’Koz items.

 

True damage is great because it counters a lot of defensive oriented compositions.  This composition needs to rush level 8 and slow roll for 3 star units.  Quicksilver is pretty essential on Vel’Koz because it gets rid of Zephyr and any interruptions on his ultimate.

Items

Carousel Item Priority

Higher Priority Items

Lower Priority Items

High>>>Low


best carousel items TFT Teamfight tactics
Tear is really weak. You want Armor or Sword the most.

Lilac Nebula – 4 Cost Carousel Priority

You need BOTH a good champion and an at least decent item component FOR THAT CHAMPION.  For example, Irelia (good champion) with a Sword (good item for her) would be ideal, but Irelia with a Chain Vest (decent item) would be very good as well.  A champion with a bad item for them is useless.  In these cases, sell the champion (Velkoz with Bow for example).  
With this in mind, I am just going to list out good champions and bad champions.  The items that are good for these champions can be found in the composition Tier List.

Good

Bad

best carousel items TFT Teamfight tactics
Kayle is very very strong early. Jhin, Jinx, and Irelia are also very good. The rest of the champions can’t really be built around.

Item Quadrant

The closer to the Top Right, the better and more versatile the item is. Avoid items on Bottom Left if possible.

Strength (y-axis) is based on how effective an item is in the situations where it is most used.  Items that are strong at all stages of the game are listed higher.

Versatility (x-axis) is based on both the number of Compositions an item fits in and Champions an item is used on.  Versatility is also how often you could build an item.

Item Tier list patch 10.9 teamfight tactics

Methodology

Even though I was Challenger in Set 1 and Grandmaster in Set 2, I know there are many players better than me.  This is why I scout the Top 10 players in all major regions and analyze what they play and how they play each composition to make this Tier List.  Tiers are determined by what I think will get you the highest average rank.  This means that while one composition might be super strong late game, it may be difficult to acquire, so it may not be S-Tier.  For example, it is difficult to win with certain compositions, but extremely easy to Top 4.  Rankings within a tier are very close together.  Always try to play with what makes sense for every game, and adapt to your lobbies with proper tech choices.

DifficultyItem Dependency, and Variance are listed.  Difficulty is how hard the composition is to play.  Difficulty does not factor into the strength or viability of the composition but serves as a factor for new players.  Item dependency is how important specific items are to the composition.  Variance is the approximate placement range of the composition.  For example, a consistent Top 4 composition has low variance.  A composition that either places 1st or 8th has a high variance. If I mention that a composition is Forcible, it means that you can play this comp every game.

Tier placement assumes strong play.  Refer to Difficulty metric before attempting to play.

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