Every so often in Teamfight Tactics (TFT), new patches roll in, introducing different mechanics, units, traits, and more. In the latest news, Riot Games unveiled TFT’s Mid-Set, Dragonlands: Uncharted Realms—a continuation of Dragonlands, but with many more dragons.
Before unveiling TFT's Mid-Set worldwide, Riot Games allowed us to test Dragonlands: Uncharted Realms and play around with all the newest features. This article won't mention minor details such as statistics but will instead focus on the more eye-catching features within Set 7.5 to answer one simple question: are these features fun to play?
What Are Some Interesting Dragons In TFT Set 7.5?
TFT Set 7 Dragonlands introduced players to the world of these mystical beings and featured seven new dragons. Set 7.5 emboldens the notion that it's all about dragons, taking that number to twelve with different traits and allowing players to build a team purely around dragons. Here are some of my favorites.
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Nomsy, originally a summoned unit from the Trainers trait in Set 7, makes its way as one of the mighty dragons featured in Set 7.5. However, this time, the unit’s Prodigy trait allows the dragon to summon Trainers on the battlefield.
In this patch, Nomsy’s also less of a frontline tank and more focused on dishing out fiery balls of doom from the backline. The unit brought such an advantage in the early-to-mid game, as Nomsy was acquirable for such a low cost despite being a dragon and dealt over-average damage.
Swain, Dragon Tyrant
Those who've played TFT for a while might know that Swain is not much of a deal, right? I thought so too. From Set 7 to 7.5, Swain evolves from the Dragonmancer to the Dragon trait.
The unit goes from being mediocre, average at best character, to one of the strongest tanks in the game. Swain's ability allows him to heal massively from any unit affected around him. It felt great playing a full-tank Swain but infuriating on the receiving side.
In previous patches, TFT has received characters who aren’t traditionally a part of League of Legends (the game TFT usually derives its characters from to feature in Sets), like Silco from the animated series, Arcane.
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In Set 7.5, players will get to play a TFT-exclusive character again called Sohm, a water dragon with Lagoon, Mage, and Dragon traits. Its ability Tideblossom sends out a tide to an unmarked target, marking them with Tideblossom and dealing damage to enemies along the way. After three Tideblossom casts, Sohm unleashes a vortex under each Tideblossom.
The unit functions similarly to Daeja with its attack intervals but considering it has Mage as a trait; it’s powerful when built around a magic damage-reliant composition. I found Sohm to be the strongest dragon and one of the more fun units to play with during the preview.
What Are Some Broken Traits In TFT Set 7.5?
During the preview, I had the opportunity to test various traits to see which worked the best. It was pretty hard to ascertain that, considering TFT’s developers tuned down Set 7’s beefy traits like Jade, Astral, Ragewing, and more.
Initially, Set 7 focused much more on rerolling compositions and one-cost units than being patient and constructing unique, dynamic builds. TFT Set 7.5 changes the gameplay flow with every trait comprising fewer units than before. This alteration means mix-matching units and countering opposing builds is critical. These are some of the traits I enjoyed playing.
One of the most broken compositions in TFT Set 7.5 is Lagoon. Many units across the board are overpowered, including Sohm, Nilah, Kai’sa, and Zeri. The Lagoon trait provides bonus ability power and attack speed.
There’s also a Seastone mechanic that grants loot as Lagoon units cast abilities over time. Again, it's unclear whether this trait would continue being overpowered, but it was also one of the most enjoyable to build. I mean, who doesn't like winning?
Darkflight was one of the new traits that brought a lot of creativity to the table. The trait allowed whatever unit placed in the Darkflight hex to be sacrificed at the start of combat, granting a copy of a random item they have to each Darkflight unit and bonus health to each.
This mechanic allowed me to create hyper-aggressive offense or defense builds and conquer the early-to-mid game. It also featured Swain, Dragon Tyrant, one of the newer dragons that felt disgustingly good to utilize as a tank.
Is TFT Set 7.5 Fun To Play?
These are just a few new features I enjoyed while playing TFT Set 7.5, but there are many more additions. For example, Rengar’s back in the game, and Jayce and Lux have been revamped. In addition, Fimbulwinter replaces Frozen Heart, and Spear of Sholjin is built using Needlessly Large Rod instead of B.F. Sword.
Although some features felt a little unbalanced than others, TFT Set 7.5 was extremely fun to play. On the other hand, there was arguably more room for creativity. Still, building compositions didn't require me to focus on only one or two traits, and all the new features made the game feel refreshing.
As with all things, TFT’s Set 7.5 is subject to change before reaching live servers. As a result, not everything represented through the preview will remain the same.
TFT Dragonlands: Uncharted Realms goes live on PBE servers on 23rd August 2022, with the game hitting main servers in early September.
We want to thank Riot Games for the opportunity to participate in the preview of Teamfight Tactics Dragonlands: Uncharted Realms.
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