TFT: Teamfight Tactics Guide for Beginners Part 2, Gameplay

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Step 2: Player Versus Environment Rounds

After that first Carousel, you will get to play your first battle! Don’t worry, though, because in TFT you’ll get a couple of warm-up rounds against the computer in player versus environment (“PVE”) rounds. In these rounds, you’ll get to accumulate some gold and experience, buy champions, and build the beginnings of your army as you prepare to fight your opponent tacticians.

In that first PVE round, you’ll only have the champion that you claimed from the first Carousel to fight the enemy monsters. Don’t worry, though, regardless of which champion you chose the first PVE round is easy enough that anyone you picked up will be able to beat them.

When you do kill those computer-controlled characters, they might drop little orbs with question marks called “boxes.” If you walk your Little Legend over the boxes, they’ll drop some loot. This loot can be gold (which you can use to buy more champions), copies of a random champion, or additional items. Make sure you claim these boxes as quickly as you can so you have that gold, champion, or item for the next round!

In-game screenshot by Josh Tyler. League of Legends/Riot Games
In-game screenshot by Josh Tyler. League of Legends/Riot Games /

Step 3: Buying and Selling Champions

Beginning in the second PVE round, you will have the option to buy new champions to round out your army and sell champions you already own. At the bottom of your screen is a block that will show five random champions that are available to purchase. This is the “shop” and it will change at the start of every round, so if you see a champion you like be sure to buy them!

However, you can also use the shop to sell existing champions by dragging and dropping them onto the shop. As we touched on above, selling a champion also drops whatever items they are holding so you can sell a champion if you think the item they are holding would be better-used on another champion.

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Once you buy a champion, you might notice that you don’t have enough room for them on the board. That’s fine since you can put any extra champions on the brick walkway above the shop called the “bench” to hold for later. There is no penalty for having a champion on the bench and you can swap them for champions on the board without penalty or having to sell either.

You’ll notice that, in the shop, each champion has a different color background. This indicates their “tier” which also corresponds with their gold cost. So a Tier 1 champion (the most common and weakest) cost 1 gold, while Tier 5 (the rarest and strongest champions) cost 5 gold.

Here is how the colors correspond to tier:

  • Gray = Tier 1
  • Green = Tier 2
  • Blue = Tier 3
  • Purple = Tier 4
  • Gold = Tier 5

In the beginning of the game, you’ll only be able to buy the lower-tier units, with higher tiers becoming more common as your level increases. Above the shop, there is a breakdown of how likely you are for a champion of a given tier to show up in your shop, going from left (Tier 1) to right (Tier 5) and also color-coordinated for ease.