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Top 5 Best TFT Builds for Ranked (Patch 9.16)

l2pbomb's Best TFT Builds for ranked in patch 9.16

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Update: League of Legends TFT 9.16b

We see some changes in the latest patch that rein in some champions and traits. The builds for 9.16 shown below are still working great, however, other options like Shapeshifters especially Gnar are now great choices to keep in mind.

Adjusting to the current meta in TFT is crucial. Just like the core League of Legends game mode, knowing what works and what doesn’t will provide a profound impact on the outcome of your games. Teamfight Tactics offers a diverse range of champions, items, and traits which is rapidly expanding. Our TFT Best builds guide will steer you through some great team comps that will help you do better in Teamfight Tactics ranked ladder.

Further on you’ll find five great TFT builds and how they work including, recommended items, early and mid-game pickups and our tips to make the build shine. But before we dive into the specific builds let’s go over some general tips that will help increase your win rate no matter what Teamfight Tactic build you wish to run in 9.16.

General TFT Tips

In the latest patch for TFT 9.16, the meta has changed significantly. The previous patch adopted a considerably slower and economy friendly playstyle. Positioning was as simple as placing tanks in the frontline and damage dealers in the backline. Now we see this meta flipped on its head!

While maintaining a strong economy is still valuable, especially around level curves. Players are now bulk buying more champions, in the hopes of producing many two-star units and then creating and adjusting their team based on the luck of the draw. Note, this is buying many champions and not spending gold rolling for more champions. This has increased the speed in which you’ll need to assemble a team due to your opponents occupying many powerful two-star units. Therefore it’s no longer feasible to econ all the way to 50 gold early without taking significant damage to your health.

Introduced to TFT patch 9.16 was the Hextech Origin, which has caused massive changes to the way you need to position your units. Owning two or four Hextech units will disable opponents items for 8 seconds around a specific area. It’s vital to split members of your team up that are carrying items to limit the impactfulness of the Hextech perk.

In addition to the new Origin, Brawlers have emerged as the go-to safe option to carry you through the early and mid-game. Which has caused a rise in the amount of Blitzcrank we see each game. So not only do we have to keep Hextech in mind to protect our items, but we also need to adjust our backline to protect from Blitzcrank’s pull. You may have already noticed opponents positioning units in unusual formations and spread out across the backline and such, this is why.

As previously mentioned, brawlers are generally a safe option to start each game with and then transition to your final build once you’ve acquired the necessary units. Our builds below will reference early game unit options with specific build in mind. However, we personally recommend going with the luck of the draw initially and make traits like Brawlers, Knights, and nobles when possible.

Glacial Jinx TFT Build

Noble Glacial TFT Build League of Legends
Frozen Nobles – TFT Builds 9.16

TFT Build Overview

  • Braum: Gains a barrier that reduces incoming damage. Dedicated frontline unit with perfect synergies (Glacial & Guardian.)
  • Leona: Calls down a solar ray that damages and slows enemies inside it. The enemy in the center is stunned. Nice CC, needed for the guardian armor buff.
  • Lucian: dashes away to safety and attacks an enemy twice, once with Attack Damage and once with Spell Damage. Good early game unit required for the Noble buff.
  • Kayle: Shields the weakest ally, making them immune to damage. You may need to spend a decent amount of gold to secure Kayle but it’s definitely worth it.
  • Jinx: Gets excited as she participates in kills, first gaining attack speed and then pulling out her rocket launcher. Very strong in the current meta. Once excited, Jinx will effortlessly clear enemy units. With the addition of the Frozen Mallet, Jinx will also freeze multiple enemies!
  • Vi: Charges down the furthest enemy, knocking aside anyone in her way. When she reaches her target, she deals magic damage and knocks them up. Other enemies knocked aside take the same damage. Used to secure the Hextech trait and Brawler.
  • Volibear: empowers his attacks to chain between enemies, applying on-hit effects. Our tanky carry! Using a Rapid Firecannon to increase his attack range enables Volibear to comfortably maul enemies.
  • Sejuani: creates a large glacial storm, stunning enemies within it after a short delay. Perfect sponge unit for the team with an impressive ult that can change fights.

Optional Units

  • 9 Units: If you can place 9 units on the board and haven’t acquired the Frozen Mallet for Jinx then I would suggest dropping Sejuani and instead pick Cho’Gath and Rek’Sai to gain 4 Brawler’s buff. This will help Volibear survive even longer!
  • Replacement: Use Garen until you can get kayle if you need a Noble unit.

Build Strategy

Our focus is to prolong the fight long enough for Volibear to reach enough mana for his ability and Jinx to have her rocket launcher loaded. We achieve this by utilizing strong defensive units with powerful tanky traits. Rapid Firecannon is core for Volibear while other items can be used at your leisure. I personally pair the RFC with a Static Shiv and Guardian Angel to increase damage and survivability. However, On hit items like hush and Cursed Blade are also a viable option.

If you’re building for perfect synergy with Sejuani then you’ll need a Frozen Mallet for Jinx.


Sorcerer Brawlers TFT Build

Best TFT Builds 9.16 - Sorcerer Brawlers
Sorcerer Brawlers – League of Legends TFT Builds

TFT Build Overview

  • Vi: Charges down the furthest enemy, knocking aside anyone in her way. When she reaches her target, she deals magic damage and knocks them up. Other enemies knocked aside take the same damage. Capable brawler that has a great displacement ability.
  • Cho’gath: Ruptures an area, stunning and damaging enemies inside of it. Large AoE Ability and crowd control.
  • Brand: Launches a bouncing fireball, damaging enemies hit. Our main carry with an impressive multi-target ability, especially once made into a two-star unit.
  • Rek’Sai: Burrows for a short duration becoming untargetable and healing. When Rek’Sai unburrows she deals damage and knocks up the closest enemy. A great “sticky” unit that’s hard to deal with!
  • Twisted Fate: Throws a card that either stuns, deals damage around his target, or restores mana to himself and nearby allies. Ahri could work here too, however, with no ad carries I prefer to go with TF in this team comp.
  • Kassadin: Attacks steal mana from enemies, converting it into a shield. Cheap unit to complete both Void and Sorcerer traits.
  • Blitzcrank: Pulls the furthest enemy to him and knocks them up. Brilliant displacement ability which can be strategically utilized.
  • Morgana: Fires chains to nearby enemies, dealing damage and stunning after a short delay if they are still nearby. Multi-Target AoE Ability, that in addition is a decent CC.

Items Overview

To get the most out of Brand, place a Rapid firecannon on him paired with a Morellonomicon. If you can seize these items early, pick up an Ahri and place them on her until you can make the switch to Brand. Defensive items you may acquire along the way should go on Vi (Guardian Angle, Warmogs) or Cho’Gath.

Build Strategy

Significant AoE crowd control! Morgana, Cho’gath, and Vi all hit multiple opponents with their abilities and offer some form of crowd control. Add Blitzcrank and Rek’Sai to the mix and the enemy team is perfectly locked in place for Brand’s ability to bounce around at will.


Void Brawlers

Void Brawlers Teamfight Tactics Build 9.16
Void Brawlers TFT Build 9.16

TFT Build Overview

  • Vi: Charges down the furthest enemy, knocking aside anyone in her way. When she reaches her target, she deals magic damage and knocks them up. Other enemies knocked aside take the same damage.
  • Cho’gath: Ruptures an area, stunning and damaging enemies inside of it.
  • Kha’Zix: Slashes the closest enemy, dealing bonus damage to enemies that are alone.
  • Rek’Sai: Burrows for a short duration becoming untargetable and healing. When Rek’Sai unburrows she deals damage and knocks up the closest enemy.
  • Jinx: Gets excited as she participates in kills, first gaining attack speed and then pulling out her rocket launcher.
  • Lucian: Dashes away to safety and attacks an enemy twice, once with Attack Damage and once with Spell Damage.
  • Blitzcrank: Pulls the furthest enemy to him and knocks them up.

Build Strategy

There’s genuinely not much to this build other than reliability with strong Brawlers and good damage between Lucian, Jinx and Kha’Zix. Most of the time this composition should enable you to reach top 4, however, you may need to make adjustments in the end game to compete for the win. I refer to this build a lot before branching out mid/end game to another build depending on my opponents. I’m featuring this build in our top 5 best TFT builds, but I recommend to use it as more of a template to guide you into the end game.

Item Overview

For this particular build, I would look to build both strong and versatile items . Items like Luden’s Echo, Shiv and Hush are great to use on multiple champions. This leaves us with many options if we are forced to switch the build up late game. If you plan on keeping Lucian as part of your damage think about placing a Red Buff on him, this will help extend his usefulness in the end game.


Magical Elementalist Yordles

Magical Elementalist Yordles TFT Build 9.16
Magical Elementalist Yordles TFT Build 9.16

Build Overview

  • Lulu: Grants an ally bonus Health, knocking up enemies near them. Lulu’s ability perfectly synergizes with the Yordle evasive trait and can at time clutch you the victory.
  • Kennen: Summons a storm around him, dealing damage and stunning enemies inside of it. High AoE damage and particularly effective against Assassins when Yordle trait is active.
  • Brand: Launches a bouncing fireball, damaging enemies hit. Once again we lean on Brand to pump out tons of damage.
  • Lissandra: Encases the target in ice, dealing damage to nearby enemies. Below half HP, Lissandra instead encases herself, becoming untargetable. She’s not my favorite unit but works relatively well within this composition and allows us to pick up the Elementalist and Glacial bonus.
  • Twisted Fate: Throws a card that either stuns, deals damage around his target, or restores mana to himself and nearby allies.
  • Sejuani: Creates a large glacial storm, stunning enemies within it after a short delay.
  • Poppy: Swings her hammer, damaging and knocking up the closest enemies. We choose Poppy for this team to offer some CC, soak up damage and to complete the knight bonus that helps the entire team.
  • Morgana: Fires chains to nearby enemies, dealing damage and stunning after a short delay if they are still nearby.

Item Overview

Both Brand and Kennen can shred enemies so look to bolster that damage by crafting Morellonomicon. Just like the Sorcerer Brawlers build, a Rapid firecannon on Brand will help tremendously. This build does not possess the innate tanky properties of the current meta Brawler setups, so items like Thornmail, Warmogs can allow Sej or Poppy to stick around and soak damage more consistently.

Build Strategy

There’s a lot going on with this build, with Golems spawning, large shiny AoE skills exploding and the occasional disappearing act (thanks Poppy). Be careful running this team comp, pay particular attention to your opponents. If you notice any of your opponents running a Dragon composition, it may be time to switch things up.

Full Nobles

Nobles Teamfight Tactics Build 9.16
Nobles Teamfight Tactics

Build Overview

  • Jinx: Gets excited as she participates in kills, first gaining attack speed and then pulling out her rocket launcher.
  • Leona: Calls down a solar ray that damages and slows enemies inside it. The enemy in the center is stunned.
  • Kayle: Shields the weakest ally, making them immune to damage.
  • Garen: Rapidly spins his sword around his body, becoming immune to magic damage and dealing damage to nearby enemies.
  • Lucian: Dashes away to safety and attacks an enemy twice, once with Attack Damage and once with Spell Damage.
  • Vayne: Deals bonus true damage every third attack based on the enemy’s maximum health.
  • Camille: Singles out an enemy, dealing magic damage and rooting them for a few seconds. Camille’s team will prioritize attacking that enemy.
  • Fiora: Becomes immune to damage and spells. After a short delay, she stuns and damages the closest enemy.

Build Strategy

Maximum Nobles, this team composition is more about the Origin then strategy. Trying to go full Nobles is a high risk strategy as it’s not always easy to get Kayle. Plus there’s the chance you get knocked out before Kayle becomes available if you heavily invest. That being said, if you manage to get all six then you can almost guarantee a high finish. Draven is also a very good option to add to the Nobles if that’s what you prefer. However, Hextech and Gunslingers are more fun to watch!

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can u tell how u play frozen noble, who do u replace with fiora and when ? 🙂

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