Teamfight Tactics Articles RSS Feed | Teamfight Tactics RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Sexism Prevents Female Gamers from Achieving the Same Level of Popularity as Their Male Peers Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:58:04 -0400 JacobDennis

Ever notice how the vast majority of top streamers on twitch are male?

It's probably not surprising to hear that since video game personalities and competitors are generally male, and there is nothing wrong with that. At least there's nothing wrong with it if everyone was competing on a level playing field.

Female personalities trying to get to similar levels of popularity face very different challenges compared to male streamers.

Female personalities are generally reduced to being a girl, and being very attractive rather than having actual merit in their respective games. Quite often the attention that certain female gamers get is only attributed to their gender, which can often be a very harmful thing to hear when they know that they deserve more recognition for their accomplishments.

Take for instance popular streamer itsHafu.

Her gaming career started over a decade ago when professional gaming was not viable as a career choice. She won tournaments in World of Warcraft, Bloodline Champions, and spent most of her streaming career playing Hearthstone arena (which she has recently quit). Hafu was well known as a top arena player consistently placing within the top 100, with several showings in the top 30.

Over the last several years she has steadily grown her following. At the time of her retirement from playing Hearthstone, she would average at around 2000 viewers. Recently she has been playing the new auto-battler from Riot Games, Teamfight Tactics, which has exploded in popularity. Since her switch over to the new game, she has been averaging in the area of 10,000 viewers every stream.

To further her claims as being a very talented eSports professional, she was recognized by Riot Games as being the number one player during the game's beta period. With all these accomplishments, pretty much anyone would be able to say that her popularity is driven by her talent at her chosen games, and her otherwise very well run stream.

Unfortunately, not everyone would agree with her success.

Many of her accomplishments have been dismissed as her getting carried, the games not counting, or her getting lucky. Many people would say that there are dozens if not hundreds of men that are better than her. This is a problem that she would speak very candidly about after Riot Games' recognition of her Teamfight Tactics ranking.


The sad part is that this is relatively common. Hafu clearly deserves to have her achievements recognized, but people seem reluctant to do so because she is a woman.

It's not just about accomplishments being reduced to nothing, but rather their entire online persona can be called into question depending on how they present themselves.

A large number of female streamers end up having their conventional beauty be both a boon to career and their biggest setback.

Streamers such as Pink Sparkles and Amouranth both market themselves as sexy women who use said sexuality to attract people. This is perfectly fine. People are allowed to use whatever they have to their advantage and if that means being sexual, then more power to them.

Pink Sparkles and Amouranth are more akin to pin-up models playing video games than outright sex icons. They are very aware of the fact that they are using their sexuality to their advantage and it is 100% within their control, which is why they do not care that maybe their streams are more risque.

However, it results in a lose-lose situation for them and other streamers.

A popular term to describe female streamers like this is "Twitch thot". This term helps to ruin female streamers' ability to exist on the platform. Any woman, whether she uses her sexuality or avoids it completely, can be called this for basically no reason. It removes any amount of quality from their stream or their popularity and boils it down to, "You're hot, so creepy guys follow you".

It's an insult to what they do because it takes their agency away. When they or anyone else is being called a "Twitch thot", it robs them of that agency, and the viewer is trying to take control of the streamer's sexuality by telling them that they should cover up more or that they are popular just because of their body.

Even when it's not about their body, female streamers may have their viewers focus on other aspects of them.

The most popular female Twitch streamer, Pokimane, deals with people worrying about her personal life. Frequent topics of debate include: does she have a boyfriend, why is she hiding her boyfriend, and is she hiding her boyfriend to get more donations from her fans. This is a continuous problem that has plagued her for several years.

This unhealthy obsession with her life stems from people not understanding that the relationship they have with a streamer is almost 100% one-sided. The viewers do not know a streamer, nor do they hang out. Rather the streamer lets the public in on their lives akin to how celebrities have their lives followed. Viewers often do not understand that and believe that they are entitled to know more about the streamer than they deserve.

The streamer is allowed to set whatever boundary they want with their audience.

All of these are unhealthy topics for people to obsess over about a person that they only have a parasocial relationship with. In some of Pokimane's IRL videos, she actually ends up talking about some of these topics to dissuade the rumors.

Fortunately, everything listed above can be seen as female gaming personalities challenging the problems they face and coming out on top. There are several less fortunate people that have gone through much worse.

Bocchi is a 15-year-old trans-female competitive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player who recently gained a lot of notoriety for beating long-time player Ally. Bocchi mained the low-tier character Isabelle and managed to barely eke out a win against Ally's Snake. The match was absolutely insane and she took the win in a very stylish fashion.

Fast forward a day or two and Bocchi starts to get harassed for the amount of notoriety that she gained. Many people on Twitter were claiming that she did not deserve the boost in popularity, that her win was a fluke, and that she was actually bad at the game.

Sound familiar yet?

Bocchi, being 15, could not reasonably expect this to happen, nor really handle the backlash that she received. At the time of writing, she was disabled her twitter account and turned down a deal for Gravity Gaming to become both a competitor and a content creator.

One of the worst parts is that at a similar time, 17-year-old newcomer Puppeh placed 5th at CEO 2019 beating top Smash players Samsora, Abadango, and Nairo, all while playing mid-tier Pokemon Trainer.

Was this particular accomplishment more noteworthy than Bocchi's? Maybe, but the more important thing to note is that Puppeh did not receive backlash for beating top smashers with a mid-tier character, nor did he get harassed by people saying his victories did not count.

Puppeh and Bocchi both deserve a lot of credit for the accomplishments that they have, but Bocchi managed to be the right gender for people could not accept her accomplishments. No one knows if or when Bocchi will return despite the outpouring of support that she has gotten in the wake of people putting her down.

These are just a few examples of the wide variety of problems that female gaming personalities go through just for trying to do what they enjoy. Hafu just wants her accomplishments to be recognized, Amouranth and Pink Sparkles do not want their sexuality to be the only thing that defines them even if it is their main selling point, Pokimane does not want people to creepily obsess over her personal life, and Bocchi just wanted to improve and be a good Smash Bros. player.

The vast majority of people in every gaming community are male, and that is for the most part, fine. In fact, it wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that most of the men are not the problem, but a vocal minority of guys that decry female Twitch streamers and competitors as bad at games or as "Twitch thots" need to either change or stop their harassment.

Remember, if you don't like a stream, or you don't think someone is good at a game they are popular for playing, you can always just not watch them, and support other people rather than harassing them.

It's that simple, but a lot of people need to change to make that dream a reality.

Teamfight Tactics Guide: Best Team Compositions Mon, 08 Jul 2019 10:04:33 -0400 Sergey_3847

If you ask any experienced Teamfight Tactics player what keeps any team going, the answer will be class synergies. The bonuses that you get from combining the right types of champions define your team's strengths and weaknesses.

So what is the most optimal build in TFT right now? It all depends on what kind of build you're looking for, whether it's a straight up DPS team, a spell damage team, or something in between with a lot of tanky characters.

Here are four of the most optimal builds for each of these different types of synergies. If you're a new player and really want to understand how to play in the most efficient way, then follow our guide for the best team comps in TFT.

Rangers + Knights + Guardians

  1. Garen
  2. Mordekaiser
  3. Vayne
  4. Braum
  5. Varus
  6. Ashe
  7. Kindred
  8. Leona

This build is predominantly Ranger-based, which brings up the chance of double attack speed up to 90%.

The two best items used on Rangers are Guinsoo's Rageblade and Rapid Firecannon.

The Knight units are well armored and can block up to 20 damage per hit, which in combination with Guardian ability adds +30 armor to every adjacent ally.

The two best items used on Knights are Dragon's Claw and Phantom Dancer.

Since two of the Rangers in this build belong to Glacial origin, they also have a 20% chance to stun enemies.

Altogether, your team will have a massive ranged damage boost, and some proper protection for allies in the front lines. This is a solid universal team composition for any type of player.

Sorcerers + Elementalists + Shapeshifters

  1. Nidalee
  2. Warwick
  3. Ahri
  4. Lissandra
  5. Lulu
  6. Kennen
  7. Veigar
  8. Brand
  9. Gnar

If you like to play with a lot of mana, then having the Sorcerer synergies is the best way to go.

This build offers three Sorcerer bonuses, which is enough to double your mana when attacking. On top of that, you'll get 35% bonus to your spell damage.

The two best items used on Sorcerers are Guinsoo's Rageblade and Spear of Shojin.

But Sorcerers aren't the only tribe capable of generating a lot of mana. Elementalists have the same effect and double all their mana when attacking. Instead of spell damage, they get to summon an additional Golem unit at the start of combat.

The three best items used on Elementalists are Locket of the Iron Solari, Zeke's Herald, and Zephyr.

All this mana will stack up giving you a massive advantage both in the early and late games.

Shapeshifters + Sorcerers + Brawlers

  1. Nidalee
  2. Warwick
  3. Ahri
  4. Lulu
  5. Kennen
  6. Shyvana
  7. Aurelion Sol
  8. Cho'Gath
  9. Gnar

In case the full-on mana build isn't up your alley but you would still like to utilize the double mana bonus for each attack, then here is an alternative build that focuses both on mana and health gain.

All Shapeshifters in this team gain 100% bonus maximum health, while all Brawlers get +300 bonus health points. Together these two classes stack up a lot of health, which makes them very hard to kill.

The best item for Shapeshifter allies would be Phantom Dancer, while Bawlers will benefit the most from Warmog's Armor.

Also, you have two Dragons in your team that both have total immunity against magic damage, which makes them almost invincible on the board.

This team composition is very strong, but it is mostly recommended for experienced players.

Assassins + Brawlers

  1. Kha'Zix
  2. Pyke
  3. Rek'Sai
  4. Evelynn
  5. Katarina
  6. Rengar
  7. Akali
  8. Cho'Gath

Now, here's something completely different. This build is the ultimate DPS team composition mostly made up of Assassins.

As a result, you will gain 500% critical strike damage bonus, which is the most amount of damage you can get in Teamfight Tactics right now. No other team will be able to withstand this much damage.

However, there needs to be a certain level of security in your team as well. That is why you need a couple of Brawlers in your team that will guarantee you +300 bonus health points.

The three best items, which you can use on your Assassins are Seraph's Embrace, Sword of the Divine, and Spear of Shojin.


If you're looking for the best champions tier list in Teamfight Tactics, then check out this guide. Also, be sure to come back soon for more TFT guides here at GameSkinny.

Teamfight Tactics Guide: Best Champions Tier List Fri, 05 Jul 2019 10:11:11 -0400 Sergey_3847

Recruiting a number of strong champions is the basis of the successful match-up in Teamfight Tactics, a brand new autobattle mode in League of Legends.

With 50 such units in the game, it can get really hard to choose the best of the best.

If you're new to Teamfight Tactics, and don't know where to start, then be sure to check out the best champions tier list below for some of the most overpowered units in the game.


  • Origin: Imperial
  • Class: Blademaster
  • Cost: $4

Draven has undoubtedly been the most consistently powerful champion in Teamfight Tactics.

Even when his Spinning Axes ability got nerfed, which now costs 50 mana to activate, it is still one of the best passive abilities you can have in this game.

His origin is also very fitting for any DPS composition, and if you have four Imperials on board, then all your damage is doubled up. Try to beat that!


  • Origin: Glacial
  • Class: Knight
  • Cost: $4

If you like tanky characters, then Sejuani is a great choice. Her Glacial Prison ability effectively stuns enemy units, which gives advantage to your whole team.

Since her ability works like an AOE it can easily stun the entire enemy team for three seconds, which is more than enough to deal a lot of damage.

If you get her to two and three stars, then the duration of her stun ability extends to four and five seconds respectively, and that is more than enough to win any match-up.


  • Origin: Wild/Yordle
  • Class: Shapeshifter
  • Cost: $4

Despite his cute appearance Gnarl is one of the hardest-to-kill champions in TFT. Because he is a Shapeshifter, he can transform and gain 100% health bonus, which will make him incredibly beefy.

This means that you can fearlessly put him in the frontline of any match-up and let him deal with any number of enemies at once.

Gnar is also one of the most versatile champions in the game due to his double origin, which is Wild and Yordle.


  • Origin: Demon
  • Class: Elementalist
  • Cost: $4

Out of all champions in TFT Brand has the most synergistic combination of origin and class.

As a Demon, Brand has a 50% chance to destroy opponent's mana, and if you scale it up, then this chance increases up to 80%, which means that four out of five times this trick will work.

As an Elementalist, Brand stacks up mana for himself and the rest of the Elementalists on the board, virtually doubling it up.


  • Origin: Imperial/Demon
  • Class: Shapeshifter
  • Cost: $5

While Gnar gains a lot of health by transforming, Swain sucks the health out of enemy units when he shapeshifts.

On top of that, his Demonflare ability sends out a powerful surge of energy that blasts all the enemies that are left without any health, which is truly devastating.

If you give him Dragon's Claw, then he'll be very much resistant to any magical damage, which is really the only way he can get defeated.


  • Origin: Noble
  • Class: Knight
  • Cost: $5

Here is the best support champion in the game. Kayle protects the weakest champions on board with her Divine Judgement ability, which can make the whole match-up really anjnoying for your opponent.

Obviously, it's a good idea to team Kayle up with other Noble units in the game, but experience shows that she is also very good with Glacial units, such as Sejuani. So try it out!


  • Origin: Pirate
  • Class: Assassin
  • Cost: $2

There is a reason why Pyke needs to have two instances of Spear of Shojin item and not just one. It helps him quickly regain mana and spam his ability that allows him to become virtually invincible.

He also synergizes really well with Glacial units that stun enemies, which basically allows Pyke to dash through all of them and deal huge amounts of damage really quickly.

Aurelion Sol

  • Origin: Dragon
  • Class: Sorcerer
  • Cost: $4

If you give Aurelion Sol the Phantom Dancer item, then he will become almost unbeatable.

Spear of Shojin is also exceptionally strong on Aurelion Sol, which has a similar effect as with Pyke.

This means that Pyke and Sol are basically the only two champions in TFT that can properly counter each other.


  • Origin: Glacial
  • Class: Ranger
  • Cost: $3

Just like most Glacial champions Ashe is a good choice not for her damage, but for her stun ability called Enchanted Crystal Arrow.

The best part about it is that the further the enemy stands on the board, the longer the stun works, which gives a lot of time for other units to get there and finish the job.

Rapid Firecannon item fits her the best, as it increases her maximum shooting range, which automatically adds up to the duration of her stun ability.


Now you can quickly recruit a very powerful team of champions in Teamfight Tactics without spending too much time analyzing each and everyone of them.

Teamfight Tactics Champion Traits and Buffs List Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:01:25 -0400 Glitchieetv

Teamfight Tactics takes the champions of League of Legends from the rift and puts them into the world of an auto battler.

Each champion in the game has at least two traits: an origin and a class. When combined with others of the same trait, these give the player certain buffs. Traits are important when considering builds, which champions to obtain, and which items to create. 

It is vital to pay attention to trait combos as you play. Here is a breakdown of which champions have which traits and what buffs are given.

Trait Buff Champions
Ninja 1 ninja: 40% attack damage 
4 ninjas: 60% attack damage 
Zed, Kennen,
Shen, Akali
Assassin 3 assassins: +150% Crit damage 
6 assassins: +350% Crit damage
Zed, Kha'Zix, Katarina,
Evelynn, Rengar,
Akali, Pyke
Brawler 2 brawlers: all brawlers +300 health
4 brawlers: all brawlers +700 health
Rek'Sai, Cho'gath,
Volibear, Warwick
Guardian 2 guardians: +30 Armor
to adjacent allies
Braum, Leona
Knight 2 knights: block 20 damage
4 knights: blocks 40 damage
6 knights: blocks 60 damage
Darius, Garen, Kayle,
Poppy, Mordekaiser,
Demon 2 demons: 30% chance
to mana burn 
4 demons: 50% chance 
6 demons: 70% chance
Varus, Brand, Aatrox, Morgana, Evelynn, 
Swain, Elise
Gunslinger 2 gunslingers: 50% chance of
attacking an additional
target in range 
4 gunslingers: 50% chance of attacking all targets in range
Tristana, Miss Fortune, Lucian, 
Gangplank, Graves
Ranger 2 rangers: 25% chance to double attack speed for three seconds every three seconds
4 rangers: a 65% chance
Varus, Ashe, Vayne, Kindred
Imperial 2 imperials: double damage
for one imperial.
4 imperials: double damage for
all imperials in play
Darius, Katarina, 
Draven, Swain
Elementalist 3 elementalists: summon a golem at the start of the round Brand, Kennen,
Anivia, Lissandra
Glacial 2 glacials: 25% chance to stun
enemies on hit for two seconds
4 glacials: 35% chance
6 glacials: 45% chance
Braum, Ashe, Sejuani, Volibear, 
Anivia,  Lissandra
Blademaster 2 wild units: only wild units
have stacks of fury
4 units: All units in
play stack fury
Warwick, Nidalee, Gnar, Rengar, Ahri
Shapeshifter 3 shapshifters: 100% health
when they transform
Shyvana, Nidalee, Elise, 
Gnar, Swain
Dragon 2 dragons: dragons immune
to magic damage
Aurelion Sol, Shyvana
Yordle 3 yordles: 20% chance
of evasion
6 yordles: 50% chance
of evasion
Tristana, Kennen, Gnar, Lulu, Veigar, Poppy
Sorcerer  3 sorcerers: all units
+35 ability power
6 sorcerers: all units
+100 ability power
Veigar, Kassadin, Lulu, Morgana, 
Ahri, Karthus, Aurelion Sol, Twisted Fate
Noble 3 nobles: one random ally +100 armor and 35 hp on hit heal
6 nobles: all units +100 armor and 35 hp on hit heal
Fiora, Garen, Vayne, Leona, Lucian, Kayle
Pirate  3 pirates: chest of gold to loot at the end of each PVP round. Up to 4 gold can be given Gangplank, Miss Fortune,
Pyke, Graves, Twisted Fate
Phantom 2 Phantoms: a random opponent champion has health set to 100 at the beginning of the round Kindred, Karthus, Mordekaiser
Robot 1 robot: unit gets 100% mana at the beginning of the round. Blitz
Exile As long as the exiled unit has no adjacent allies, it begins the round with armor equal to 100% of its health Yasuo

What is your favorite trait and team build? Do you think Riot will add in new traits or champions? Share your thoughts in the comments!

League of Legends Follows Auto Chess Trend with Teamfight Tactics Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:47:12 -0400 Glitchieetv

Riot Games just unveiled a new game mode hitting the Public Beta Environment (PBE) later this month. Players can expect Teamfight Tactics to hit live servers in Patch 9.13, with features like ranked play estimated to be included in Patch 9.14.

Teamfight Tactics is the League of Legends version of Auto Chess, a strategic game revolving around the champions of League of Legends. Facing off against seven opponents, the goal is to be the last player standing. 

Each round starts off with players using gold to hire League Champions. They can then combine three of the same champion to form a super champion, as well as three of the same super champion to form an ultimate champion. Champions with the same origins or classes can unlock trait bonuses when put together on a team. 

Once a team is ready, the battle will begin. Each turn, players will decide where to move their champions, what spells or attacks to use, and what the best way to defeat the enemy is. Wise placement of champions is key to creating effective team compositions. 

When a round is won, gold with be awarded, which can be spent for future rounds.

Riot says that Special Events will occur as well. Only certain champions will be able to be selected in these events. Players will select their team in reverse order of their standing, giving underdogs more equal footing. 

Little Legends


A new game mode is not the only thing coming to the world of League of Legends. Unlockable after the first few games of Teamfight Tactics, Little Legends will be players' avatars in the game. Players can only unlock one Legend for free, with additional ones costing 750 RP.

The six species featured above will be available at launch, with more species and skins coming in later patches. On top of that, Rare LL Eggs can be purchased for 450 RP and include rare variants of the above species.

Just like Teamfight Tactics Champions, if players have a variant already and hatch another, it will level up the Legend. If players level up a Little Legend to Level 3, it will no longer drop from Rare LL Eggs. 

Little Legends will also be appearing in Howling Abyss, cheering on player's ARAM skills from the sidelines. 

A new Auto Chess, separate from Dota 2 Auto Chess, was revealed to be in development during the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019.