The first balance update of Teamfight Tactics: Festival of Beasts is out. Riot’s January 26 hotfix looks to balance the overpowered Elderwood-Aurelion Sol team comp by hitting Rakan and the namesake carry, as well as a few other overtuned units.
While TFT Set 4.5 has been a hit with players so far, there’s been one problem. One composition has completely dominated the meta, comparable to “Warweek” earlier in Set 4 — Elderwood-Aurelion Sol.
The 6 Elderwood 5 Mage composition, and its variants with Dragon Soul and other traits, has become the must-play board. If you want to Top 4, forcing it every game without fail is set to net you wins.
However, after the TFT 11.2 B-patch, things might be changing.
TFT ‘Elder Sol’ nerfs hit Rakan, Xayah, and Aurelion Sol
TFT lead developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer promised the changes in a Reddit post replying to players’ concerns, and now they’re here. Three core components of the Elder Sol composition — Rakan, Xayah, and Aurelion Sol — have all been nerfed in the hotfix.
Rakan’s mana has been increased to stop his endless casting, while his shield has been nerfed significantly to make him feel more like a 2-cost. A bug, allowing him to generate more mana than intended, has also been quashed.
- Read More: TFT patch 11.2 notes
Xayah’s mana lock has been increased to stop her from casting too much. Then, the main pundit, Aurelion Sol, has had his damage decreased at 1-star and 2-star. The three changes in tandem should at least make the comp a bit easier to beat, even if it remains the best.
Here are the patch notes for the B-Patch that should be going live in the next hour or so. Will tweet again to confirm it's live. pic.twitter.com/8krYt1ORMo
— Riot Mort (@Mortdog) January 26, 2021
Diana, Zed nerfs, Yone buffs round out TFT B-patch
Elder Sol isn’t the only thing on Riot’s mind right now. Diana and Zed have been a little bit too strong in their reincarnated forms for TFT Festival of Beasts, while Yone needs a little bit of love.
Diana is losing one orb of damage at 3-star to curb reroll carry comps with 4 Spirit and Assassins. Zed is also losing some of his AD shred to make him a little bit easier to deal with, regardless of comp.
Yone is also getting a big buff. The 5-cost Exile-Adept has been struggling since getting nerfed into the ground in the Mid-Set update, but with a revert buff adding 20% armor and magic resist shred on his Seal Fate ability, he might be able to break through the Vanguard-Mystic comps that have risen up.
You can find the full TFT patch 11.2b notes below.
TFT patch 11.2b notes
- Pale Cascade Orbs: 4/5/7 ⇒ 4/5/6
- Fixed a bug where Rakan could start to gain Mana while his shield was still active near the end of its duration.
- Mana: 40/80 ⇒ 60/120
- Disarming Diversion Shield: 300/550/950 ⇒ 200/400/800
- Contempt for the Weak Attack Damage Steal: 20/30/40% ⇒ 20/25/30%
- Voice of Lightning Damage: 350/550/1750 ⇒ 325/500/1750
- Mana Lock after spell cast duration: 1 second ⇒ 1.5 seconds
- Seal Fate Armor/Magic Resist Shred: 40/40/40% ⇒ 60/60/80%
- Katarina’s Tooltip has been bugged for a few patches, oops. The correct damage numbers for her spell, Death Lotus will now be accurate on the tooltip: 600/900/1650