TFT: Breaking Down the New Units and Predicting Possible Units for Set 4

In today’s TFT Set 4 reveal, Riot teased some new champions that will be coming to Teamfight Tactics.

Riot revealed the biggest gameplay mechanic coming to Teamfight Tactics, the Chosen champion earlier today. However, in fleshing this new mechanic out, Riot also revealed some brand new traits and some of the champions that will be part of those classes and origins. While only 17 champions were confirmed, we can use some of the additional information included in the reveal to predict additional champions that might be coming to TFT Set 4.

Confirmed Traits

Warlords

Obviously, from the Garen above we can find one new trait coming to TFT Set 4 and the return of a trait from Set 3. Those would be the Warlord trait and the return of the Vanguard trait. I would expect that Vanguards would operate similar to their current use (gaining bonus armor), but let’s look at the Warlord trait.

Warlords gain bonus health and spell power for each battle they win, stacking between rounds up to five times. This applies to rounds they won even when the synergy wasn’t active. So, for instance, if we dropped that Garen immediately, he would gain Warlord stacks each time he won a battle, but wouldn’t get the bonus health and spell power until the synergy became active.

I think this could be a massively impactful late game synergy because, at three Warlords and with five stacks, the bonus health granted is more than 4 Brawlers and the bonus spell damage is more than 4 Sorcerers. This also makes these champions less item-dependent (although they will likely want resistances and/or mana to accelerate the bonus they’re getting).

The current Warlords we have been shown include:

  • Nidalee (1g)
  • Garen (1g)
  • Jarvan (2g)
  • Pyke (2g)
  • Vi (2g)
  • Katarina (3g)
  • Kennen (3g)
  • Xin Zhao (3g)

Moonlight

Teamfight Tactics. Photo Courtesy of Riot Games.

The other trait Riot teased us with is the Moonlight composition, which is teased as an early game composition with nothing but 1 or 2-cost units. When you have three Moonlight champions, the lowest-level unit will have its star level increased by one (if you have two champions with the same star level but one has more items, that unit will be leveled instead). That means if you have a 1-star Diana but all the other Moonlight units are 2-stars, with the Moonlight trait active she will become a 2-star unit as well.

The coolest thing, however, is the fact that if you have three Moonlight units and they’re all 3-stars, you can actually get a 4-star unit! That’s right, for the first time ever in TFT we can get a 4-star unit.

Because all of the Moonlight champions are low cost, this makes them an easy call for a hyper roll strategy, but also one that will very much be contested early. Depending on how strong those low cost carries are, it could be a contested pick.

The Moonlight units we were teased include:

  • Diana (1g)
  • Lissandra (1g)
  • Sylas (2g)

Cultist

The final origin we were shown for TFT Set 4 was the Cultist trait. The trait will operate a lot like the Elementalist trait way back in TFT Set 1. When you have three Cultist champions on the field, they will summon Galio to the team as an additional unit.

The one unique twist, though, is that you can power up Galio by adding more and more Cultists to your composition. With 9 Cultists, Galio will have over 7000 health and 600 AD. For reference, at the end of Set 1, the Golem Elementalists summoned had only 2200 health and 100 AD.

This means that Cultists will probably act similarly to the Elementalists in Set 1 and the current Mech-Pilot in Set 3, as a single hybrid of tanky/damage carry. Killing Galio won’t be easy, but doing so probably wins you the round.

Here are the Cultist units that were teased:

  • Elise (1g)
  • Twisted Fate (1g)
  • Pyke (2g)
  • Evelynn (3g)
  • Kalista (3g)
  • Aatrox (4g)

Other New Traits

While those three traits were fully fleshed-out, we did get some teasers of other new (or old) traits coming to Set 4 from the hypothetical compositions. Using these, we can hypothesize what types of units might be coming to TFT Set 4 and what kinds of synergies we could have.

Phantasm

This is actually a newly-teased origin, showing us Thresh in his Spirit Blossom skin. While I don’t know what the synergy would be, I would anticipate that Phantasms would include champions a) who haven’t already been confirmed to be in Set 3 in another origin and b) have a Spirit Blossom skin. Those would include:

  • Ahri
  • Cassiopeia
  • Kindred
  • Lillia
  • Riven
  • Teemo
  • Vayne
  • Yasuo
  • Yone

Ninja

This is the other teased origin, but Ninjas were actually an existing origin back in Set 1. Back then, Ninjas got bonus AD and spell power based on how many were active. The only Ninja we know is coming to Set 4 is Kennen (who was also a Ninja in Set 1), but we can guess that other Ninjas from Set 1/Ionian champions in League of Legends who were not confirmed to be in Set 4 already could also be in this origin. Those would include:

  • Akali
  • Shen
  • Zed
  • Irelia
  • Karma
  • Lee Sin
  • Master Yi
  • Wukong

Sharpshooter

This appears to be some form of a long-ranged attacker, similar to something like Snipers now or Rangers from Sets 1 and 2. The only unit we know for now is Nidalee, but maybe we could get some units like Jayce, Zoe, or Ashe to fit this trait.

Vanguard

As noted above, Vanguard will likely act the same as it has for several sets, granting bonus armor depending on how many Vanguards are active. Already, we know of Garen, Thresh, and Aatrox as existing Vanguards.

Exemplar

We haven’t seen this class in TFT before, but we know of at least three: Kennen, Elise, and Jarvan. None of them really seem to have too much in common other than they have crowd control in their kits, so maybe that could be the focus on the class.

Assassin

We’ve seen Assassins in the past in Sets 1 and 2, and now they’re coming back for Set 4. If Assassins operate as they did in the past, the units will gain bonus crit damage and crit chance based on how many Assassins are active. Already, we know of Pyke, Katarina, and Diana, but other Assassins we’ve seen in past sets that haven’t already been confirmed for another class include:

  • Akali
  • Kai’Sa
  • Kha’Zix
  • Rengar
  • Zed
  • Leblanc
  • Nocturne
  • Qiyana

Based on the fact that we already have a Ninja origin returning, I would bet a lot of money we will see Akali or Zed or both in Set 4.

Mage

Mages operate differently than the Sorcerers we have in TFT Set 3. Back in Set 2, Mages had the chance to double-cast their ability based on how many Mages were active. We only know of Twisted Fate as a for-sure Mage in Set 4, but other previous Mages that have not yet been confirmed to be in another class are:

  • Brand
  • Leblanc
  • Syndra
  • Taliyah
  • Veigar
  • Vladimir

Duelist

Another brand new class, we only know of Xin Zhao and Kalista in this class. I can’t really speculate as to how those two units are similar, what other units might go with those or how this trait might work.

Shade

New class with only Evelynn teased as being included. I can’t really tell how this will work either, so we’ll hold off on speculating which other units could come with her.

Dazzler

Yet another new class with only one unit (Lissandra) teased as being a part of the class. Based on the name alone I would say Taric is a good bet to be in the class as well and both have some form of invulnerability in League of Legends. That might be a good starting point but beyond that I’m not making much of an educated guess.

Brawler

Finally, we have the Brawler class, which has been in TFT for both Sets 1 and 3. I would expect it to operate exactly the same in Set 4, granting bonus health to the units based on how many Brawlers are active. We know that Sylas and Vi are coming to Set 4, but here are some other past Brawlers that were not confirmed yet and could be coming as well:

  • Blitzcrank
  • Cho’Gath
  • Rek’Sai
  • Volibear
  • Warwick
  • Malphite
  • Gnar

The New Units

We know that there will be 58 units in TFT Set 4 throughout the set. We already know 17 units that are for sure coming to Set 4, which means there are still 41 that are unaccounted for. Although we probably can’t guess all the new units for Set 4, we can make some educated guesses for the new units that will be coming to TFT.

Confirmed Units

  • Elise (Cultist/Exemplar)
  • Twisted Fate (Cultist/Mage)
  • Pyke (Cultist/Assassin)
  • Thresh (Phantasm/Vanguard)
  • Evelynn (Cultist/Shade)
  • Kalista (Cultist/Duelist)
  • Aatrox (Cultist/Vanguard)
  • Diana (Moonlight/Assassin)
  • Lissandra (Moonlight/Dazzler)
  • Garen (Warlord/Vanguard)
  • Sylas (Moonlight/Brawler)
  • Vi (Warlord/Brawler)
  • Katarina (Warlord/Assassin)
  • Nidalee (Warlord/Sharpshooter)
  • Jarvan (Warlord/Exemplar)
  • Kennen (Ninja/Exemplar)
  • Xin Zhao (Warlord/Duelist)

Predicted Champions

Based on the traits we know are in the game, the themes of the origins, and how certain classes operated in the past, here are some other units that I would bet money are coming to Set 4.

  • Zed (Ninja/Assassin)
  • Akali (Ninja/Assassin)
  • Caitlyn (Moonlight/Sharpshooter)
  • Jhin (Cultist/Sharpshooter)
  • Ahri (Phantasm/Mage)
  • Riven (Phantasm/Duelist)
  • Lee Sin (Ninja/Duelist)
Which units do you think are going to be included in Set 4? Let us know in the comments!