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Published: 27/Jan/2021 2:37 Updated: 27/Jan/2021 2:39by Andrew Amos
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 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.
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
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.