You’ll find plenty of resources out there for learning how to play TFT, so instead, I want to focus on some of the most essential tips to consider when first starting out.
Even if you’ve played many games already or watched a bunch of different video guides, I’m sure you’ll still learn a little something from this!
Table of Contents
- 1. Play the same composition over and over again
- 2. Carry your weight but don’t try too hard to win round 1
- 3. You can get carried by your opponent’s composition
- 4. Watch professional TFT players’ replays
- 5. Get professional TFT players’ coaching lessons
- 6. Play TFT more than once per day
- 7. Learning the meta is a continuous process
- 8. Keep track of all your games played
- 9. Make sure you’re having fun too
1. Play the same composition over and over again
First, it would be great if you had a preferred TFT composition, one you’re comfortable with, or just an overpowered TFT comp.
I won’t give advice about which compositions are best because even if they were all mathematically equal, that doesn’t mean people will play them equally well.
You must find a composition you’re comfortable running and then practice it. The goal here is to prove to yourself that this particular composition has some merit. Learning what works is also something you’ll want to do for future reference.
2. Carry your weight but don’t try too hard to win round 1
If this advice were about ranked ladders in League of Legends, it would contradict everything I wrote above. But TFT isn’t the same game mode, which means you should approach it differently.
You don’t need to be that one guy who always tries hard to win every single round in Teamfight Tactics. Don’t pressure yourself into choosing poorly or rushing things; patience is the key to success here.
3. You can get carried by your opponent’s composition
If you get matched against a powerful team, you might want to consider playing something completely different from what you usually pick. I know this sounds crazy, but ask yourself whether the current round is worth building for.
This decision gets easier when you’re used to losing rounds within 10 seconds. In that case, it makes sense to rebuild your composition to avoid getting crushed over and over again.
4. Watch professional TFT players’ replays
Some people manage to get unlucky and lose even rounds they should have won – try figuring out how their opponents pulled off such a feat.
Watching non-pro TFT players isn’t anywhere near as helpful because they make all kinds of mistakes that you wouldn’t point out yourself while playing.
5. Get professional TFT players’ coaching lessons
Some people would like to learn gradually from their own games or the opponents during the rounds they lose. However, this could take a long time to progress since most players don’t usually see everything they do wrong or what others do well.
If your goal is to improve fast and become one of the top players, getting coaching for TFT from professional players could be the most time-efficient way.
During your coaching sessions, they will provide you with all the knowledge and advice to better select and upgrade champions, decide compositions and itemizations, manage your gold, etc., and instant feedback on your improvement.
6. Play TFT more than once per day
Yes, that means you have to give up on playing some other games or grinding out resources in some other mobile game of your choice for now, but the payoff will serve you well if things pan out.
If you’re starting out on your journey to rank up in TFT, it might be too early to play nonstop right away. Still, after finishing placements, it’s probably not unreasonable to at least try playing 3 hours of total duration each day. After all, getting good at TFT is something that takes practice. Don’t make the mistake of prioritizing other games over this one!
7. Learning the meta is a continuous process
There will always be new strategies, item combos, and team compositions that you can learn from watching or reading about. In fact, it’s more of a case of constantly updating an existing list or adding new things to it. This includes taking note of champions and items being added once they’re available for testing on the PBE because those might trigger a whole new wave of changes in terms of what works well together and so forth.
You might occasionally have days where you feel like you don’t stand a chance no matter what champions/items you pick, which means it’s probably time for some deeper analysis into exactly why that is.
8. Keep track of all your games played
It’s not very useful to keep track of the number of times you’ve won or lost because TFT is so heavily based on randomness that you might lose most games for a few days in a row even though you’re doing everything right. However, it can become beneficial to look up win rates by champion.
If some champs consistently perform well without much hassle, it makes sense to focus more on picking them whenever possible! Use this information responsibly. Remember that there are always two sides to every story.
9. Make sure you’re having fun too
This is an essential point, especially for people new to gaming in general. If you don’t enjoy TFT, there’s no point in playing it, even if it’s one of the best games ever made.
Everyone has their preference for how much they enjoy a game and what makes said game fun. There are many ways to make or break this aspect of TFT but don’t give up too soon if you find TFT challenging to get into at first; maybe some help from experienced players will lead you to a deeper understanding of the game. Always give yourself a chance to enjoy it!