Teamfight Tactics Patch 9.22 Breakdown


by in General | Nov, 7th 2019

Two weeks have passed since the last patch update, which means we have yet another set of balance changes to go over — this time, it’s Teamfight Tactics patch 9.22! This is quite a big patch and it’s also an incredibly important one as well because it marks the beginning of the second TFT set, meaning we’re getting all-new champions, traits, synergies, and so on. If you want to catch up on what’s being added/removed, you can click here to read Riot’s official list.

If, on the other hand, you want to get an inside look into what’s heading our way when it comes to Teamfight Tactics (along with a better understanding of Riot’s overall goal for the second set and beyond), you can read their in-depth developer blog.

With that out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty!

General Game Changes

With the second season bringing so many surprises, Riot wanted to ship mode-wide adjustments to account for new champions, synergies, etc.

  • The overall board size is going up from 3 rows of 7 hexes to 4 rows of 7 hexes. This change should make things a bit more flexible and could, in theory, allow for quite a fair bit of experimentation.
  • Player damage is going down early but will be higher once the later stages of the game come along — from 3/3/3/4/5/6 to 2/3/4/5/6/7.
  • Summoned units will no longer deal damage by themselves but will still count even though their Summoner is no longer alive if at least one of the two manages to survive the round.
  • The chances of getting level 8 champions per tier are going down from 16/20/35/22/8 to 15/20/35/24/6.

Ranked Changes

With a new season comes a new set of rules. Ranked play is currently unavailable, but it’ll be back with patch 9.23.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s being changed when it comes to ranked play:

  • If you place fourth or higher, you’ll never lose LP. If, on the other hand, you place fifth, you’ll never gain LP.
  • Riot is decreasing the number of Challenger and Grandmaster slots that are available.
  • EU West and North America will now have 200 Challengers and 500 Grandmasters.
  • Korea, China and Vietnam will have 300 Challengers and 700 Grandmasters.
  • Every other region will have a maximum of 50 Challengers and 100 Grandmasters.

Champion Pool Changes

Riot is decreasing the overall number of each champion that’s present in the pool, so it’s going to be a lot harder for players to assemble similar teams.

Going forward, there will be 29 Tier 1 champions (instead of 39), 22 Tier 2 champions (instead of 26), 16 Tier 3 champions (instead of 18), 12 Tier 4 champions (instead of 13), and 10 Tier 5 champions.

Mana Generation Changes

  • 1-Star champions now gain 8 mana per attack instead of 6-10.
  • 2-Star champions gain a flat amount of 10 mana per attack.
  • 3-Star champions gain 12 mana per attack instead of 10.
  • Finally, you’ll gain less mana from incoming damage (-15%).

Item Changes

Many item changes are shipping with Teamfight Tactics patch 9.22. Some of them are slight adjustments, whereas others have quite a solid chance of leaving a noticeable impact on the meta.

Recipe Changes

  • Cursed Blade has now been removed.
  • Runaan’s Hurricane is now built from a Negatron Cloak and a Recurve Bow.
  • Inferno’s Cinder is now built from a Spatula and a Needlessly Large Rod.
  • Mage’s Cap is now built from a Spatula and a Team of the Goddess.
  • Warden’s Mail is now built from a Spatula and a Chain Vest.
  • Talisman of Light is now built from a Spatula and a Negatron Cloak.
  • Berserker’s Axe is now built from a Spatula and Sparring Gloves.

Stat Changes

Many stat changes are shipping this patch, so make sure to read the fine print. You can take a closer look at the screenshot below:

Teamfight Tactics Patch 9.22 Stat Changes

Item System

There are a couple of important changes shipping this patch and they revolve around the item system:

  • The average gold value of gold and uncommon orbs has been decreased slightly.
  • Spatula will now have a reduced drop rate.
  • You will now have a smaller chance of getting combined items.
  • Dragons will now drop two common orbs along with their carried item.
  • Rift Herald and Elder Dragon will also have a bigger drop — a common and an uncommon orb along with their carried item.

Simple Trait UI Changes

Going forward, if a champion is contributing to a trait, their portraits and overall tier info will be displayed inside the tooltip. Champions that are active on the field will also have highlighted portraits.

This isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it’ll provide more visual clarity, which is always a plus.

Arena Skins

Patch 9.22 brings multiple Freljord-themed Teamfight Tactics arena skins.

That’s it for our Teamfight Tactics patch 9.22 breakdown! Make sure to research the patch notes as carefully as possible because we’re at the dawn of a brand-new TFT era, which is at once both exciting but also slightly overwhelming. Regardless, the future seems bright for Riot’s permanent game mode and these new changes should only make TFT that much more refreshing for both new and old players alike.

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