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Teamfight Tactics: Top 5 Changes Riot Made In The First Half Of Set 3

Teamfight Tactics patch 10.12 coming on June 10th and so does the end of the first half of set 3. This will include a ranked reset, 14 new champions, new traits and some old champions and traits going away. If you’d like to read about my first impressions of the Mid-set update, which can be found here. Many players have felt like set 3 has been an improvement from the last set, and today we are going to be looking at my top 5 changes which helped make set 3 stand out so far.

#5 The first Carousel

Although many players have expressed a dislike for the new carousel options such as full items or all spatula’s, one change that stood out for me was making the first carousel only contain 1-cost champions instead of only 2-cost champions. In set 2 players could always buy all 5 champions from the shop after the first round, with the 3 gold on income plus selling their 2 cost champion. Between this change and decreasing the passive gold income, players were forced into making more decisions early on instead of buying everything possible from the shop. Although at times, players felt like they couldn’t purchase enough champions from the shop, this helped diversify the early game and reward players for making the right decisions and is something I’d like to see remain the same in future sets.

#4 All Champions Scale with AP

In previous sets a number of champions did not benefit from additional Ability Power, meaning a Needlessly Large Rod on them was a wasted item slot. This change opened up new build paths on champions such as Rabadon’s Deathcap on Jhin while reducing feel bad scenarios. This was mostly a quality of life change, but one that gives players more flexibility each game...and also, who doesn’t love Rabadon’s Deathcap on Irellia?

#3 Mana Reaver and Shroud Of Stillness

With the introduction of Mana Reavers and Shroud of Stillness, players were given more options than ever to play around powerful abilities. This trait and item combination served a similar purpose to Mystic: an option that is powerful that can be prioritized in certain situations to give a massive edge in fights. More items and traits such as these are things I’d like to see moving forward, allowing players to fight back against enemies who are causing issues for them without them creating poor play patterns.

#2 Mech Pilot

As crazy as it may sound, Mech Pilot deserves to be high on my list. This was an experimental idea by Riot, and although it’s been difficult to balance the Mech Pilot, it has opened up gameplay options like we’ve never seen before. This composition heavily rewarded scouting regularly and, although it was mainly seen with Demolitionist Kai’sai, it could be put into almost any composition at times. I look forward to seeing this composition after the Mid-Set expansion with Demolitionist charge, Kha’zix and Kai’sai being removed. In general, crazy ideas are something I’m happy to see tried out, and encourage Riot to do more things like this in the future.

#1 Demolitionist….I’m kidding. Space Pirates

Demolitionists will be talked about in the top 5 things I disliked about set 3, but Space Pirates have been an amazing addition to this set. This set brought back a lot of the crazy moments you expect to see in a highlight reel, and many of them came at the hands of Darius with the Space Jam composition. This trait could be sprinkled into any composition early to help get some extra gold, while also being a stand alone composition at many points with either 2 Space Pirates + 4 Celestials making up the space jam, or the late game power house of 4 Space Pirates. The champions in this composition are extremely fun to play with, and the Space Pirate trait gave players a lot of late game flexibility with how they round out the composition. There is no doubt that Space Pirates is one of the main reasons this set grabbed my attention more than either of the others, and I can’t wait to play them after the Mid-Set expansion.

Set 3 has been a controversial, but amazing set so far and with many more changes coming I don’t see my enjoyment slowing down any time soon. With the Mid-Set expansion coming next week, expect to hear about my top 5 least favorite parts of the first half of set 3 and my thoughts on the future of Teamfight Tactics as well. Thanks for reading, and if you have any thoughts on my top 5, or want to share your own do so in the comments or on the official Backlash Twitter.


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