Our League of Legends Teamfight Tactics guide contains everything we currently know about the upcoming game mode.
Auto Chess has been quite a big deal over the last few months, with Valve recently committing to making their own official version of the popular - and very unofficial - Dota mod.
Now it looks as though Riot Games are keen to get a piece of the action from within their own League of Legends client.
Titled Teamfight Tactics this is a very familiar take on the genre, albeit one that's built around LoL champions and lore.
In the first edition of our Teamfight Tactics guide we've got an overview of everything that's been confirmed so far.
As Riot releases new information, we'll add it in here. Once the mode is actually live in the game, we'll be producing comprehensive gameplay guides to help you master the strategy involved.
How does Teamfight Tactics work?
If you're unfamiliar with the Auto Chess - or auto-battler - genre, this is what you can expect from Riot's take on the game mode:
- Each of the eight players in a match has their own game board, with tiles for unit placement.
- Gameplay takes place across a series of combat rounds between these game boards.
- Using a Gold currency you recruit new champions to your team at the start of each round. You then position these units tactically.
- When a round of combat starts, you'll either visit an opponent's board or they'll visit yours, and both team's units fight automatically.
- After combat you'll gain gold which can be spent on more units.
- Units can be upgraded by buying more of the same type and combining them.
- You'll need to build a team around certain strategic synergies to have the best chance of success.
- If you lose your player health, you'll be knocked out of the game. It's a fight to be the last player standing.
Of course, these are the fundamentals and there's a great deal of information we're not going into here. For a much closer look at Teamfight Tactics' gameplay mechanics, as well as beginner tips and tricks, we'd highly recommend you visit our Teamfight Tactics: How to play page.
When will Teamfight Tactics be released?
Teamfight Tactics is currently in a beta state, meaning only those who have access to the PBE (Public Beta Environment) will be able to try out the game.
To access the PBE, you'll need to own a League of Legends account with an honor level of 3, and no bans or restrictions.
You can check your eligibility on the official verification page.
If your account is in good standing you can sign up for a PBE account. Once you've done so, you'll need to download the PBE client via Riot's official support page.
If you're not able to access the PBE for whatever reason, Teamfight Tactics will likely be released on the live servers within the next few weeks for everyone to try out. As soon as this happens, we'll update our pages with all the latest.
Will there be ranked play in Teamfight Tactics?
Riot has confirmed that ranked play will be a part of Teamfight Tactics. It will be introduced to the game with patch 9.14, so a little while after the initial launch of the new game mode.
Just like League of Legends, we imagine Teamfight Tactics will have ranks it's players will be familiar with: Iron, Silver, Gold, and so on.
What customisation options will there be in Teamfight Tactics?
Customisation for the mode will come in the form of something Riot is calling Little Legends.
These creatures will represent your avatar in Teamfight Tactics and you'll earn your first Little Legend after completing a handful of games.
Further Little Legends will be able to purchase for 750 RP, and there'll be six to buy at launch. More will be released as new patches for the game go live.
As well as appearing in Teamfight Tactics, Little Legends will also show up on the Howling Abyss.
Little Legends can also be upgraded. See the next section for more details.
How do you upgrade Little Legends?
You'll be able to buy something called Rare LL Eggs for 490 RP each time.
These eggs contains variations of the standard Little Legends. If you already own the Legend that hatches, you'll level your current one up with new flashy animations.
Little Legends can be upgraded a maximum of three times, after which it'll stop appearing in the egg loot pool.
That wraps up the first edition of our Teamfight Tactics guide! We'll have more information and strategy advice for you once the game mode actually goes live with Patch 9.13.