Get a few tips to help you roll it all down straight to a victory in TFT’s fast-paced game mode, Hyper Roll!

Ever since Teamfight Tactics was released in 2019, players have been captivated by the auto-battler. It definitely helps that TFT continuously innovates and introduces new champions, mechanics and, perhaps most importantly, game modes like Hyper Roll and Double Up.

Although, for those only familiar with standard TFT, it can be hard to adapt. Double Up is more familiar for those kinds of players, as the pacing is fairly similar.

But Hyper Roll is a whole new beast. In this quick-rolling, fast-thinking mode, every decision you make means so much more. With some crucial features being different, there’s a lot of nuance to this mode over the standard mode. Even though some people might call it the simpler TFT mode, simple doesn’t always mean easy, and there’s quite a bit to learn about Hyper Roll if you want to hop in and climb the ladder!

How are TFT and Hyper Roll different?

Before jumping into some tips to be a better Hyper Roll player, there are some key differences between normal TFT and Hyper Roll to understand.

First of all, the games are shorter. Much shorter. Where a normal game might take half an hour, Hyper Roll games typically take around 10-15 minutes. That’s because you only have 20 HP as opposed to 100.

In addition to the HP values, damage taken from losing rounds is different. Instead of it being based on how many enemy units are still alive, it’s entirely dependent on what stage you’re on. Early on, you’ll only lose 2 HP, while later you can lose upwards of 6 or 8 HP.

Different mode, same Pengu greatness! Photo via Riot Games.

Another change is that you get more opportunities to choose items, without having to fight other players on carousel for them. Though you don’t get the same wide range to choose from, it can be useful for finding more optimized builds for champions.

Economy is also vastly different. The biggest change is that saving gold doesn’t give you more income. This means that, barring some specific circumstances, you’ll want to be spending that gold on rerolls as it comes in.

Another change is that gold often comes in large bursts. At each level, you’ll get an influx of gold, but in the rounds between levels, gold is much more sparse. To make sure you stay ahead of the curve, you’ll have to think fast when the cash flows in…

TFT Hyper Roll requires you to think fast!

The absolutely most important thing to do when playing Hyper Roll is to always be thinking as fast as possible. With far fewer rounds to decide what to do, it’s crucial you have fast decision-making.

No matter what stage of the game you’re at, you need to make sure you’re keeping up with the rest of the lobby. That means you usually can’t afford to be sitting on gold and thinking about what you want to do.

If you take too long to decide your next move, the rest of your lobby will undoubtedly get stronger. If you don’t spend your gold quick enough, you’ll fall too far behind and hemorrhage HP.

Whereas standard TFT is more forgiving in this regard, Hyper Roll is fast and fairly unforgiving. Make sure you’re focused and always planning your next move or get left in the dust!

Think fast when you jump into TFT hyper roll
Think fast and jump straight into an early lead! Photo via Riot Games.

Early game is crucial in Hyper Roll

As mentioned before, you should always be rolling in Hyper Roll. You definitely don’t want to be slacking on this early on either. In the opening rounds, it’s highly beneficial to buy as many units as you possibly can.

This way, you’re more easily able to pivot into what the game gives to you. You can’t always force a single composition, even the best ones, so you need to keep your options open. If not, you could miss out on the makings of a perfect comp for the game.

As a note, sometimes people choose to save some gold for when they hit level five or six. This can be viable if there is a super important unit or power spike you need to hit then. However, unless you have a very specific reason to do so, it’s almost always best to spend your gold as fast as possible.

But don’t neglect your late game

The early game is, of course, important for not falling behind. A strong start can lead you to a top-four finish, even if you don’t manage to scale well.

But if you’re looking to consistently hit top four or win your lobbies, you have to know how to scale with your comp. One of the best ways to do this is to pick up five-cost Legendary units and hold them when you hit level eight or nine, if you can.

Unless you’re really looking to three-star a three or four-cost unit, picking up the most powerful units in the game makes you more flexible and gives you generally more power. Even if they don’t exactly fit into your composition, five-cost units are extremely good, especially if you can upgrade them.

Jayce in TFT hyper roll is a solid choice
Jayce is a potent five-cost unit with versatility to fit into many comps. Photo via Riot Games.

You should also be willing to go for three-star units in the mid and later stages of the match. So long as you’re not super contested, it’s relatively doable to get at least one or two three-stars.

In the end, the stakes get much higher in the late game. Due to the increased HP loss for losing a round, players start to drop like flies at a certain point. Do what you can to make sure you’re not one of them.

Keep learning how to be the best player you can

Though this advice has been focused on Hyper Roll, there are plenty of tips that can help you in Hyper Roll from our guide on how to become a better TFT player! At a glance, here are some of the main points that can help you be the best player you can be:

  • Learn two or three comps very well
  • Be versatile if contested
  • Don’t tilt
  • Keep late-game carries in mind for item choices
  • Always remember to position your units to counter others’ boards
  • Don’t slack on scouting
  • Learn from the best and stay on top of the meta

Other than that, if you’re new to Hyper Roll, be sure to keep playing a bunch to better get an idea of the pacing of the game. The best way to get better is to get more experience, so even if you’re worried about losing some rank, it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Watching skilled players stream on Twitch is always helpful too, as well as using sites like TFTactics or LoLCHESS to track the meta and champion builds. There are certainly enough resources out there so ensure you’re making use of them! But most importantly, hop into game yourself and have some fast-paced, explosive Hyper Roll action!

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Brandon Sturak

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Brandon is a US-based writer and a League of Legends expert who has been writing on esports for years across multiple publications. He also helped found Niagara University Esports and coached their LoL team for a stint after graduating. When he's not playing Vladimir on the Rift, you can catch him spending arguably too much time in TFT or FFXIV.