The mid-set update for TFT Galaxies will remove the Void and Valkyrie traits. What does that mean for the future meta?
Teamfight Tactics Galaxies mid-set update is set to arrive early next month with patch 10.12 — currently slated for June 10. As Riot previously explained, this update will act as a soft reset, maintaining the theme of TFT Galaxies but adding and removing champions and traits, introducing a new Galaxies Pass and cosmetics, and more. Make no mistake, despite it being a “mid-set update,” this is very much a big one.
When update 10.12 goes live, we will say goodbye to two traits: Void and Valkyrie. That means the following champions will be removed from the set:
- Kha’Zix (Void/Infiltrator)
- Cho’Gath (Void/Brawler)
- Vel’Koz (Void/Sorcerer)
Having all three Void units on the board results in those units’ basic attacks and Special Abilities dealing true damage. This was a great counter to very tanky teams with lots of armor and magic resist as Void could completely ignore defenses. With Void soon to be out of the picture, it will be interesting to see what sort of fills the gap. The new Paragon trait turns your team’s basic attacks into magic damage, but that would still struggle against teams with heavy magic resist.
A popular comp in the first half of the TFT Galaxies set is Void/Brawler. Brawlers can still pair nicely with Blasters, but we’ll have to see what else we can match Brawler up with now.
Of the new champions coming, there are two new Brawlers: Gnar, who is a Tier 4 Astro (reduces your Astro champs’ mana costs by 30 with three), and Illaoi, a Tier 1 Battlecast (dealing or taking 10 instances of damage, trigger a bonus effect based on their current health).
Nocturne and Zed are two new Infiltators. Zed (Tier 2) is also a Rebel, so perhaps we’ll get even more synergy with Brawler/Rebels. Nocturne (Tier 2) is also a Battlecast.
Vel’Koz is an incredibly strong Sorcerer but he’ll be getting replaced with Viktor, a fellow Tier 4 Sorcerer/Battlecast.
Valkyries are also being removed from TFT Galaxies with patch 10.12. This means we say goodbye to the following:
- Kai’Sa (Valkyrie/Infiltrator)
- Kayle (Valkyrie/Blademaster
- Miss Fortune (Valkyrie/Blade Master/Mercenary)
This is probably more impactful on the current meta than the removal of Void. Kayle is considered one of the strongest champions in TFT right and Kai’Sa, in the right comp, can also be a powerful carry. As previously mentioned, Zed and Nocturne are both Tier 2 Infiltrators, so they should fill the hole left by Kai’Sa.
Replacing Kayle will be Riven, a Tier 4 Chrono/Blademaster. Unlike other Blademasters that emphasize crit and attack speed, Riven will scale with AP items as it gives her a bigger shield and helps her deal more damage.
"Energy Slash: Riven dashes and shields herself for 300/450/900, then slashes forward dealing 100/150/450 magic damage. Every third cast, Riven leaps into the air and launches a wave of energy that deals 400/600/1800 magic damage."
There doesn’t seem to be an equivalent for Miss Fortune in the second half. Kog’Maw is a Tier 2 Blaster/Battlecast.
While Riot did recommend some comps for the new Battlecast and Astro traits, it will likely take a while before the new meta settles in. The next set for TFT Galaxies will arrive with patch 10.12 on June 10.