TFT patch 9.24 highlights: Soulbound, Amumu, nerfs and buffs
Teamfight Tactics (TFT) patch 9.24 has arrived, marking the last major update to the game mode until 2020. Check out everything that’s new!
Teamfight Tactics (TFT) patch 9.24 is one of the biggest updates the game mode has seen since Set 2, Rise of the Elements, went live in November. True to their word, Riot has slowed down on the patches to avoid constantly changing the meta; but, when the patches do release, they bring some pretty big changes.
Patch 9.24, the last major update to TFT for 2019, packs a ton, including the new Soulbound class, three new champions, interface changes and balance adjustments. While the full patch notes can be found here, check out some of the highlights below.
Comprised of two new champions, Senna and Lucian (who has been changed from Set 1), the Soulbound class is definitely one of the more unique ones to come to TFT. You can learn more about each individual champion here, but the gist of its trait bonus is that the first Soulbound champion to die will instead continue fighting as an untargetable spirit. They will remain on the board until the other Soulbound champions are dead.
The third new champion coming to TFT Set 2 is Amumu, the Sad Mummy. Classified as an Inferno/Warden, AMumu will provide the Inferno origin with some much-needed mid- and late-game tanky-ness. His ability, Curse of the Sad Mummy, makes him explode in an infernal tantrum, dealing damage to all enemies within a certain hex radius and stunning them for two seconds.
Patch 9.24 introduces an updated level bar designed with the future of TFT in mind. The biggest thing you’ll have to get used to is the new locations of the buy XP and refresh buttons, which have been flipped. Perhaps the most useful change, however, is that it will now display champion drop rates for different tiers based on your level.
A “Home Button” has also been added for when you’re scouting other players’ boards. There’s also a “Carousel Button” to take you to the carousel during the draft.
Champions & Trait Changes
Singed is one of the bigger nerfs in this patch, with his ability damage at tier 1 and 2 reduced. The bigger thing that’ll impact him, however, is the change to Phantom Dancer, which no longer dodges an entire attack. Instead, PD only negates the bonus damage from critical strikes. The change also brings a slight indirect nerf to the usefulness of Iceborne Gauntlet, which creates an expandable 30% attack speed slow zone on dodge.
Renekton has also had his spell healing reduced across the board. But like Singed, the biggest nerf to this champion is the change to Phantom Dancer.
As expected, both Light and Ranger were buffed. Ranger has had its attack speed bonus increased by five percent at three and six champions (10/20/35% ⇒ 15/25/35%). Ranger has also had its chance to activate Attack Speed bonus increased to the following:
- (2) Chance to activate Attack Speed bonus: 30% ⇒ 35%
- (4) Chance to activate Attack Speed bonus: 65% ⇒ 80%
- (6) 100% chance to activate a 2.5x Attack Speed Bonus
Both sets of changes should hopefully result in more viability and play. Rangers have felt incredibly underwhelming and Light has fallen off tremendously since the launch of Set 2. Do you think these buffs will make this a more competitive team comp?
Lux also received a buff with the goal to make you “at least consider pivoting to accommodate her even if she isn’t currently a part of your gameplan.” Her ability damage at tier 1 and 2 was raised by 100 (500/800/9999 ⇒ 600/900/9999).
We also got the specifics for buffs to Cloud, Electric and Berserker. All of these seem pretty reasonable. Interestingly, while Ice Guantlet’s ability with Phantom Dancer was nerfed, it actually may have gained some valuable play with Cloud now.
- Berserker: (6) Now additionally grants all Berserkers +25 Attack Damage.
- Cloud: Dodge Chance: 15/20/30% ⇒ 20/25/35%
- Electric: Damage: 70/250/500 ⇒ 100/300/500
I said this before and I’ll say it again, I’m most surprised that Predator remained the same. Predator was one of the strongest and most popular team comps with patch 9.23 and unless the buffs to other classes help offset the strength of Predator, I don’t see anything that’ll change that.
In any case, you can find the full 9.24 patch notes here. This will be TFT‘s last patch of 2019, barring any emergency updates needed to fix completely broken champions. As always, we’ll provide our rundown of best champions and team comps once the meta has settled in.