Riot Games is Considering Exclusive TFT Champions in the Future

by in Teamfight Tactics | May, 19th 2021

Now, it’s not 100% confirmed to have TFT exclusive champions for the auto battler by Riot Games. But in a recent Reddit post, this was certainly discussed by the Riot Games devs behind TeamFight Tactics. It’s clear that it’s something they would like to do, but we do have to wonder if it would make League of Legends fans upset. If there were characters that feel like League champs but aren’t in the main game? We could see how some might be angry about that. But TFT’s whole point is that it’s steeped in League of Legends lore. But if we see TFT exclusive champions, that would be a pretty serious game changer.

It Could Very Well Happen:

It’s important for TFT to not just feel like a clone of League of Legends, only in an auto battler. This helps it stand on its own two feet, and that’s key. There is the possibility of seeing some unique characters or even some blasts from the past. A user on Reddit asked if there is a chance of TFT using exclusive champions, and Riot Wittrock had a response:

“Champs exclusive to TFT: Not off the table, but there’d have to be a really strong reason to; probably a thematic one.”

It’s also important to note that the TFT team has eyes on the Champion development team at all times. This allows them to look at new ideas, and see if they can do something that aligns with what is going down. So could we see a TFT exclusive set of champions somewhere down the line? They definitely are interested in the idea. Of course, it has to have a purpose. It could be someone that is bound to/aligned with someone very important, for example. 

Wittrock was also asked about bringing older League of Legends champions back (old Urgot, old Jax, or Xin Zhao just as examples).  He had this to say about it:

“When we’re designing Champion spells we’re not necessarily looking to do something exactly as they do on Summoner’s Rift; which means we’re considering things like overall thematic, past spell iterations, or mash-ups of their current kit.”

The closest we’ve come to a “unique/new” champion was Viego dropping in TFT near his original release, in Set 5. So far, there are no unique champions, but it’s certainly within the realm of possibility, and that is quite frankly exciting. We’ll have to keep our eyes on the future and see when or if this happens. If it does, we’ll be sure to keep you in the know.


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