UPDATED (Patch 9.20):
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9.20 has been out for almost a week now and the meta has slowly evolved to where it is now. Here are the major things:
- The meta started out with lots of Jinx and Draven games, but with the changes to 5-cost drops, almost every 5-cost is seeing play in top tier builds.
- Building up a large economy while losing as little health as possible is now the name of the game. Leveling to 8 and finding 2-star legendary units sets up for a strong top 4 finish.
- Whether this meta will remain in patch 9.21 will have to be seen as Riot hinted that they want the midgame to be more punishing.
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We evaluate compositions based on 3 key factors:
- Consistency: How well does this comp perform from game to game and how reliably can you build towards it given a reasonable start?
- Overall strength: If you do successfully complete the comp, how does it match up against other comps, especially those most prevalent in the meta?
- Flexibility: Can you make tweaks and adjustments to the comp while events unfold differently in game? These events include item luck, roll luck, and enemy units.
The combination of these three factors allow us to define team compositions as S, A, or B. The ones that have all three will lean toward S, those that are pretty good but may be lacking in some areas will lean towards B.
New Team Comps (Mid-Patch 9.20)
With everyone scrambling to abuse 5-cost units. Builds that effectively use those champions found their way into the spotlight. Of all the 5-drops, Kai’sa and Pantheon became the strongest late game carries. As such, Iron Dragons and Void Exodia are the two main new builds that define this meta.
Iron Dragons: S-tier
Team comp description:
Possibly the strongest late game comp in the game. Makes use of many high-cost units to create the ultimate late game comp.
When to make it:
If you’re able to eco all the way to level 8 without losing much HP, you can strongly consider transitioning to this comp. Similarly, if you find Neeko’s Help, or even find level 2 Pantheons or Swains in the late game, keep this transition in mind.
- Early game: Early game you can play either Shapeshifters or Knights as your base.
- Mid game: I try to either have Redemption or Warmog by level 6, it helps making it trough the early and mid game.
- Play Nidalee or Elise till you find Swain.
- Prioritize items for Gnar.
- Warmog’s Armor on Shyvana can carry your early game.
- Play Guardians after you hit level 8.
- Gnar: Guardian Angel, Redemption
- Aurelion Sol: Morellonomicon
- Swain: Guardian Angel, Morellonomicon
Team comp description:
This is the best possible build for Kaisa in the game right now. It relies on giving her the assassin synergy and void synergy and protecting her from CC.
When to make it:
If you start with brawlers or assassins early on and can pick up some good 2 star voids, you should keep your eyes peeled to make this comp.
- Early game: Get your 2 brawler 2 void synergy and then fill with whatever you can get your hands on.
- Mid game: Having solid brawlers and assassins makes for a good mid game transition while you look for your stronger units. Put in a Jinx to carry your items as soon as you can.
- Feel free to use Jinx to carry the items for Kai’Sa until you are ready to switch the items onto her.
- The Quicksilver ensures that Kaisa can get at least one ult off, and once she does she becomes almost unstoppable, especially if you were able to rank her up.
- Kaisa: Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Giant Slayer, Quicksilver
- Jinx: Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Giant Slayer, Quicksilver
Older Comp Updates (Mid-Patch 9.20)
The Wall: (A-tier)
The Wall much like the two above, also rely on pantheon, making use of Shyvana and ASol before Pantheon appears in shop. A pattern is starting to emerge here that this comp can also transition to Iron Dragons in the very late game.
Varus Grand Magus: (A-tier)
Varus, while not extremely popular in the top ladder, can still perform very well mid game providing a similar transition to Iron Dragons that Wild Sorcerers also provides.
Wild and Free Assassins (Staying A)
With the multiple hits, this build will definitely be not as strong this patch. Even still, the power of this build will still be something to watch out for with no change to dodge pierce on wild.
Jinx and the Meat Wall (staying A)
Jinx with Brawlers is still a very strong comp and can top 4 without relying on legendaries, but with that said, this build can also transition to Void Exodia if Kai’sa appears.
Wild Sorcerers (B to S)
This one may come as a surprise to move up to S-tier. However, what is important to note, is that Wild Sorcerers remains very strong at level 7 requiring no 5-cost units, and can easily transition late game to include powerhouses like Pantheon or Karthus.
The Imperial Guard (staying S)
This build remains a strong contender on our list, not necessarily because it is the strongest late game comp, but that it transitions easily from knights, and Draven, Katarina, and Swain are all very strong carries.
These comps can still be utilized, but have mostly been powercrept by patch 9.20 or are too inconsistent to be rated above a B. For more information on these comps, visit our Team Comps Page.
- Hyper Shifters
- Ninja Elementalists
- Hyper Knights
- Lord Draven
- Lady Jinx
- Dragons and Yordles
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Assassins
- Pirate Swashbucklers
- Elemental Rangers
That’s it for now! We’ll be making more team comp recommendations every week and for future patches. Let us know in the comments if we missed anything and good luck in your TFT matches!