In all the fuss created by the big E3 announcements, you might’ve missed some interesting news revealed by Riot Games. Apparently, the company is developing their own version of Auto-Chess mode for League of Legends which was inspired by the mod created for Dota 2.
The new game mode titled Teamfight Tactics will support 8-player battles in which players will buy and draft League’s champions, place them on board, and send them to battle. While it sounds very familiar to the Dota 2 mod, Teamfight Tactics has a few unique twists.
Instead of a traditional chess board, Riot Games’ take on the ‘Auto-battler’ genre with a hexagonal board. Additionally, while in the combat phase, players will battle each other directly instead of sending copies of their champions. This means that all damage done per round will stick – instead of resetting after every battle. Teamfight Tactics will also feature a Shared Draft in which players will select their champions from a pool of heroes once every couple of rounds.
In a statement released by Riot Games, Richard Henkel, product manager of Teamfight Tactics stated that the new mode is not just a simple experiment.
“We believe in making big commitments to our players and fans, from updating the game every two weeks to creating seasonal events and game modes. Players have expressed a tremendous amount of interest in the autobattler genre, and we hope League of Legends fans are excited to see the game’s signature art, style, and deep gameplay come to life in this new mode.”
Teamfight Tactics should be released on June 25th, alongside the new 9.13 patch for League of Legends. In order to play the new mode, you will need to have a League of Legends account.