Our TFT Positioning guide will help you select the best places for your units in various scenarios.
Keeping your primary units safe from harm is key to winning League of Legends’ Team Fight Tactics. Whether it’s the early game or end game, positioning is critically important. Champions demonstrate many unique interactions in TFT that you’ll need to know about to best judge their position on the board. Assassins, for example, will look to dive into the enemy backline. However, bad placement will either place the champion out of position or completely stop the jump altogether.
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In this Teamfight Tactics positioning guide, we’ll be covering the best positions for Assassins, Range, Mages, Melee, and Tanks. We’ll also take a look at popular unit layouts for each stage of the game. Please note, TFT is still relatively new and the meta will change fast including optimal setups and positions of units.
Best Position for Assassin units TFT
Assassins actions are one of the most unique classes in Teamfight Tactics. At the start of each round, your Assassins will enter a brief stealth period and attempt to lung at the furthest enemy on the board. I say attempt loosely as bad placement can and will prevent this unit from jumping and removing its unique ability. Check out the example below.
As you can see the Katarina and Evelynn are not in a prime spot, they’re placed on the first line of the grid and will potentially be within melee range of the enemy once a match starts. If an assassin is within one unit range of an enemy, it will not stealth and jump. Instead, it will simply start attacking the enemy’s front line, which is typically the tanks.
The Zed, on the other hand, has no chance of this happening due to being placed on the second row of the grid making it impossible to ever be within one unit away from the enemy as the battle starts.
Early Game: It will be hard to track which enemy you’ll be facing so predicting specific champions to target can be challenging. So you’ll want to look for a more global solution such as placing your Assassin on the third (Back) or second (Middle) grid row. This can either be with your team or on the opposing side, however, remember Assassins will leap away from your team so don’t rely on them to defend your range champions.
End Game: Scout your opponents! This is vital to achieving the best position for your Assassin units. At this stage of the game, you will have valuable information on the enemy’s team build, items and dangerous champions that you’ll need to target. Once you’ve identified the threat, position your Assassins accordingly to nullify.
Tip: In the later stages of the game, players tend to clump their teams together making it difficult for your Assassins to jump over to the prime targets. In this scenario, place your front line on the third grid row and your Assasins on the second grid row. Due to Assassins starting the game in stealth, this will pull the enemy team off the board’s edge allowing your Assassins to dive to prime targets once more.
Bad positions: Anywhere on the first grid row adds the risk of Assassins not jumping to targets of significant threat.
Best position for Range Units TFT
Typically, you’ll require your range DPS to be as protected as possible. Setting units like Guardians adjacent to your range units will help soak up a majority of the incoming damage. End game, this can be better achieved, however, in the early game, it can be hard to protect your ranged carries. As such, I heartily recommend adopting ex-League of Legends pro-player Scarra’s Y formation.
The very simple Y formation requires four units.
The left side of the board: The first two units will go on the first grid row with the tank on the right and melee DPS on the left. Behind on row two, you’ll place your range carry and then lastly on row three, place another melee DPS that can deal with assassins.
The right side of the board: The same setup, however, you’ll want to switch your tank and melee DPS around.
Adopting the Y formation will prevent assassins from diving straight onto your range units as well as optimizing your melee DPS output. There are some downsides to the Y formation that you’ll need to keep in mind. Direct ultimates that hit along a straight line like Ahri or Varus can make light work of this formation. Graves AOE auto attacks can also cause issues with this formation.
Speaking of Graves, while his class is the Gunslinger, he is an exception to the range position guidelines. Handle him as a Melee DPS to bolster his damage output. He is still squishy so make sure to bring a tank along to accompany him.
Early Game: Adopting the Y position mentioned above will shut down many Assassins. If you’re experiencing more issues with the likes of Ahri and Graves then move to a more traditional setup with your range units on row three(Backline) and tanks on the first row.
End Game: There are multiple scenarios to bear in mind when calculating the best positions for your range units. Two general factors will be your build and enemy setups. If your primary source of damage is your range unit then you’ll want to box them in. Tanks at the front, guardians/melee DPS to the sides, however, if your damage is spread throughout the team then you may want to guard the range unit with just the one guardian or Melee DPS.
Bad Positions: It’s important to keep range units safe so any position that leaves them vulnerable is a bad one.
Note: Tristana, Ashe, and Varus all have a range of 4 grids while the rest of the range carries have a range of 3 so make sure you adjust these accordingly.
Best Mage Positions TFT
Mages role in Teamfight Tactics is straightforward, stay alive long enough to use their ultimate one or two times per battle. You’ll want to keep these at the back of your team to allow them to poke down enemies to gain the required mana to ult. Once again, there are some exceptions to this rule like Kennen and Morgana. These two have large AOE ultimates that require more strategic positioning to hit as many enemies as possible.
While Mages role in the team is relatively simple, their positioning represents another matter entirely. Depending on who you have selected for your mage determines where you’ll want to place them on the board. The goal is to get the most impact out of their ultimate ability so keep that in mind at all times.
Examples: Aurelion Sol is best placed in the far corner on the grid to hit as many enemies as possible with its powerful ultimate. Kennen and Morgana aim to place them closer to the action on row two to maximize the number of enemies caught in their ultimates.
If in doubt, stick them in the far corner!
Best Melee DPS position
Getting the perfect position for your Melee DPS can be hard as it’s very reliant on your enemy’s setup. Ideally, you’ll want to have your Melee DPS next to your Tank. As mentioned above in the Y formation, the placement depends on the side you’ve chosen and your opponents. Playing left of the board, place your DPS on the left and the tank to the right. Swap these if you are playing on the right side of the board. Use the images below for more clarity.
Best Tank Positions
It’s vital to set your tanks up to soak as much damage possible. You’ll want to place these as the first line of defense. Ideally, you’ll want the enemy team’s champions to be solely hitting your tanks so that your damage dealers are free to eliminate at will. In most scenarios, the tank line should be in front of the rest of your team. This is not an absolute rule, certain builds you’ll need to make adjustments. Yordles, as an example, can afford to be placed in front of tanks as they have a chance to evade incoming damage.
Teamfight Tactics Positions – Gameplay
It’s important to note that the Murk Wolves round may require you to reposition your units. This is because the Wolves act like Assassins and will jump to the back of your team. If you struggle in this round, just move your range units to the front and your tanks to the backline.
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