What do you need need to know about Teamfight Tactics newest set TFT Reckoning and the new shadow items? We’ll tell you.
Riot Games is providing more information on Teamfight Tactics: Reckoning releasing April 13 and major changes will be made to the set mechanics.
Teamfight Tactics: Reckoning is sure to introduce a number of new changes to the game. The most noteworthy change will be the transition away from Chosen Champions in TFT Reckoning. Instead, a new mechanic will be introduced to replace Chosens.
TFT Reckoning New Set Mechanic: Shadow Items
Shadow Items will be the primary mechanic to Teamfight Tactics’ newest set, Reckoning.
Instead of focusing on building around units, TFT Reckoning looks to place more focus on item utilization.
What is a Shadow Item?
A Shadow Item is pretty much a normal fully built item, with pros and cons. Think of a double-edged sword when you think of Shadow Items. Each shadow item will increase base attack of the item at the cost of the user’s health.
Sample Shadow Item Cons
Zeke’s Evil Herald will steal Attack Speed from allies to empower the user.
Rabadons Evil Deathcap gives the wearer even more Ability Power... at the cost of the users max Health.
Guinsoos Evil Rageblade drains a percentage of the wearer’s maximum Health each attack, but even more attack speed.
Good practice would be to build these shadow items alongside items that mitigate the cons. For example, building a Bloodthirster so you regain the lost health and gain more attack speed.
Where Will Shadow Items Appear?
Shadow Items will appear in every carousel after the first one, as well as in the Armory. The Armory will be a pop-up shop where you choose specific items, similar to buying units.
The shadow items will replace the Chosen Mechanic from Fates, meaning that there will be a learning curve once again.
With the new Shadow Item mechanic, the early game in TFT could look very different. Tacticians may choose to forego early win streaks in order to pick up good Shadow Items in the Carousel.
Chosen Mechanic Will Be Replaced in TFT Reckoning Set
The Chosen mechanic is currently a very important mechanic to TFT Fates' gameplay. Many compositions build around a specific chosen unit. Some will go as far as to create hyper-roll or slow roll strategies depending on their carry units importance.
While strategies like Tristana Slow Roll are going to be gone either way, similar compositions will too. Without the Chosen Mechanic, tacticians will be forced to make way for a new strategy with shadow items to build around compositions.
TFT Reckoning Compositions To Choose From
Like other sets, TFT Reckoning will introduce new compositions that tacticians can choose from to use those shadow items. The ten sample compositions explained by Riot Games will be listed below.
More information on what units make up each composition can be found here
Forgotten: Bonus Ability Power and Attack Damage, and each Shadow Item worn by a Forgotten champion increases these bonuses.
Hellion: Bonus Attack Speed that scales at (3), (5), and (7) Hellion units. Whenever a Hellion unit dies, an imperfect Doppelhellion of the same unit will leap from a Hellion portal and join the fight.
Nightbringer: Gain a decaying shield equal to a percent of their maximum Health the first time they drop below 50%. When this shield is applied, that Nightbringer gains bonus damage.
Dawnbringer: First time Dawnbringers (2/4/6/8) drop below 60% health, they’re rapidly healed a percent of their maximum Health. When this heal occurs, all allied Dawnbringers gain bonus damage.
Kayle: Redeemed Verdant Legionnare: No composition information just yet, but said to be the strongest unit in Reckoning Set.
Teemo: Cruel Hellion Invoker: Cost 6 Little Legend Health to Buy. Build in Hellion composition preferably.
Cavalier: Similar to assassins where they charge at targeted units. Cavaliers gain increased damage reduction that is doubled for 4 seconds at the start of combat and after their charges.
Coven: Need all three to activate effect and build in Nightbringer Compositions. Champion nearest the center of your Coven units to become the Coven Leader, gaining 50% bonus Health. Additionally, each time a Coven unit casts their ability, a fraction of the mana cost is bestowed upon the Coven Leader.
Ironclad: Supplement Trait to counter AD-heavy carries by providing armor, similar to Mystic.
Revenant: Revenants revive after their first death each combat. Once they come back, they take and deal increased damage. The more Revenants you add to this (2/3) trait will increase the amount of health they resurrect with.
Itching to Play New TFT Reckoning Set?
TFT Reckoning will hit PBE on April 13 2021, where tacticians will get to put these new compositions and shadow items into action. The set will go live alongside patch 11.9 and will include more updates on the newest set.