TFT patch 14.8b is scheduled to release later today. In a meta dominated by Fortune, Gnar, and Kai’sa, creating diversity is the goal here.

Teamfight Tactics (TFT) had one of its biggest patches of Set 11, Inkborn Fables on April 17. However, with the nerfs to reroll 3-cost compositions and Senna and buffs to Gnar, composition diversity shrank instead of widening.

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There were buffs across the board to many 4-cost units, but it wasn't enough to stop Kai'sa compositions to be overwhelmingly present in the meta. The balance team is acting fast to remedy the situation and bring about more composition viability. Nerfs to many aspects of the Kai'sa line aims to achieve that goal. Here are the notes for patch 14.8b, courtesy of TFT lead designer Stephen "Mortdog" Mortimer.

What's happening in TFT patch 14.8b?

Fortune Kobuko (Image via Riot Games)
Fortune Kobuko (Image via Riot Games)

TFT patch 14.8b trait changes

Fortune

  • Stage 3 base luck per loss reduced from 3 to 2

As players have figured out how to optimize fortune, it became abundantly clear to use fortune rewards to play towards Kai'sa compositions. This nerf should reduce the power of Fortune in general, which also keeps the Fortune to Kai'sa pipeline more in check.

TFT patch 14.8b champion changes

2-cost

Gnar

Dryad Gnar (Image via Riot Games)
Dryad Gnar (Image via Riot Games)
  • Passive Attack Damage (AD) per stack reduced from 4% to 2.5%
  • Passive max stacks increased from 25 to 40

Although the maximum stack total AD is net neutral, this is a nerf as it slows down the rate at which Gnar's AD will scale throughout the duration of a fight. It's not a full revert to his previous patch numbers, but it's relatively close.

Teemo

Fortune Teemo (Image via Riot Games)
Fortune Teemo (Image via Riot Games)
  • Ability damage reduced from 420/630/1050% Ability Power (AP) to 380/570/1050% AP

Teemo has been quite the early-to-mid game powerhouse in the Trickshot line for a long time now. He is the best Morellonomicon item holder and is still relevant in the late game on Trickshot boards. The amount of damage you can do and HP you can save with this unit has been a bit above his paygrade so this nerf was bound to happen.

4-cost

Kai'sa

Inkshadow Kai'sa (Image via Riot Games)
Inkshadow Kai'sa (Image via Riot Games)

For clarity, Kai'sa's ability is as follows:
"Fire 20 waves at the current target over 2 seconds, each dealing physical damage to the first enemy hit. If an enemy is hit by 10 waves, they take amplified damage per wave instead."

  • Ability wave damage decreased from
    45/45/100% AD + 10/15/45% AP to 40/40/100% AD + 8/12/36% AP
  • Ability amplified wave damage reduced from
    70/70/140% AD + 10/15/45% AP to 65/65/140% AD + 8/12/36% AP

Alas, the star of the 4-costs for the past few weeks is being knocked off her pedestal. Kai'sa has been terribly dominant as a 4-cost carry in a meta that made single-target burst damage a necessity. With Fortune and Teemo getting nerfed as some of the premiere paths to Kai'sa, another nerf to the unit itself should really bring her down to Earth. We'll see how the meta shakes out among the 4-costs with all the changes.

Ornn

Dryad Ornn (Image via Riot Games)
Dryad Ornn (Image via Riot Games)
  • Ability shield reduced from
    20% HP + 300/350/1200% AP to 15% HP + 300/350/1200% AP

In capped versions of the Kai'sa line, Ornn is the primary tank as he fits in with Udyr and Azir for their Behemoth and Dryad traits. He also serves as frontline and utility with his ability shield and item crafting. His nerf is yet another hit to the Kai'sa line. Additionally, the lowering of his power level could incentivize playing other frontline variations in the late game.

5-cost

Irelia

Storyweaver Irelia (Image via Riot Games)
Storyweaver Irelia (Image via Riot Games)
  • AD increased from 75 to 80

Alongside Xayah, Irelia is one of the other premiere AD carry legendary units in this set. With the Kai'sa line being dominant and the buffs to Xayah in 14.8, Irelia got a nudge to help compete as a late-game AD carry.

Xayah

Dragonlord Xayah (Image via Riot Games)
Dragonlord Xayah (Image via Riot Games)
  • Ability feather recall damage reduced from
    50/50/500% AD + 15/25/75% AP to 35/35/500% AD + 15/25/75% AP

Kai'sa has been the real star of the show as her single-target damage is what every player needs. However, buffs to Xayah made her rather strong even at 1-star. This is a nerf just to the recall portion of her ultimate ability, slightly toning her power level down a bit.

With many tournaments worldwide happening soon, the balance team took swift action to create a B-patch that should promote more diversity in the meta. Let's hope that the goal of this B-patch is met as the meta shakes out in the next few days.

When does TFT patch 14.8b go live?

According to TFT Lead Designer Mortdog, the patch will go live onto the servers later today. At that time, he will make another post on his X account announcing that the changes have gone through.

That's all for now. Stay tuned to esports.gg for the latest TFT news and updates.

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