TFT Item Tier List: Which items to use and why
We present the best items to use in the current patch and set of Teamfight Tactics. Be confused no longer!
Deciding on what items to use in TFT can be difficult. There are currently thirty-six unique items to choose from and it is not always clear what is the best item to use with your current composition as well as its unique champions. Esports.gg is here to bring you the ultimate tier list for Teamfight Tactics on set 6.
This TFT item tier list will cover which items are the best to use right now, as well as provide insight as to why these items are either great, good or bad.
S - TIER (The must-have items in the TFT item tier list)
TFT item tier list - The S Tier items you will always want to go for
- Shrould of Stillness
- Last Whisper
- Runaan's Hurricane
- Archangel's Staff
These are generally the strongest items in the game and players should be looking to have these items regardless of the composition they are using. With the exception of Shroud of Stillness and Zephyr, all of these items in the S tier are powerful items to use throughout all stages of the game. The two former items are at their peak during the late game when composition positioning becomes far more important.
Last Whisper and Runaan's Hurricane are two of the strongest items in the game right now and serve a purpose in some of the best compositions for 12.2. Both of these items, along with Infinity Edge if needed, pair together nicely. The reason being the majority of the late game compositions will have tanky champions that have multiple armor items. Whether Yone, Jhin or even Trundle is wielding these items, you are bound to cause some damage.
The Archangel Staff is a great scaling item and is often used in the late game. This item will definitely come in handy against teams that have a beefy front line that cannot be killed quickly like Cho'Gath, Vex and Sion.
A - TIER
- Banshee's Claw
- Thieves Gloves
- Statik Shiv
- Blue Buff
- Giant Slayer
- Guardian's Angel
Depending on who you ask, the items in A tier can be classed as S tier items. However, the strength of these items is conditional in comparison to the S tier items which can be used at all stages of the game and in any composition. Thieves Gloves for example offer very little in the early game as the items are random but can be a powerful tool come the late game, building up an extra carry champion.
Giant slayer is another conditional item, whose strength relies upon the health bar on a champion being over 1800 maximum health. Two other items that are conditional is Quicksilver and Banshee's Claw. Both items when in proper use are very powerful on the right champion. However, in other rounds, can be seen offering nothing and thus a waste of an item.
Statik Shiv is one of the strongest early game items in TFT right now. Its devastating strikes against low heath units is enough to get you on a winning streak. The item does fall off heavily in the late game so players should not look to build a composition around this item.
The Blue buff is a solid item that is used to help out units that need to pump out their abilities at a quick rate. Champions like Lux thrive on this item, and when paired with augments and traits that increase mana, this item becomes very dangerous.
B - TIER
- Warmogs Armor
- Bramble Vest
- Rapidfire Cannon
- Dragons Claw
- Frozen Heart
- Gargoyle Stoneplate
- Infinity Edge
The B tier in this TFT Item tier list heavily features tank items. And while tank items are extremely flexible, they lack the strength to be put in any of the higher tiers. To simply put it, if your composition did not have the tank items in this tier, it is not the end of the world and there are strong alternatives. While historically Rapidfire Cannon has been a very strong item in TFT, currently it only features in a couple of the best compositions.
Warmogs, Redemption and Brambles vest are excellent choices to beef up your front line. Starting with Redemption, this again is another great early game item as it provides overwhelming healing multiple times throughout a round. Warmogs and Bramble are a must-have for most compositions, they provide enough health and sustainability to allow your backline carries to do their job.
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C - TIER
- Ionic Spark
- Sunfire Cape
- Spear of Shojin
- Titan's Resolve
- Hextech Gunblade
- Chalice of Power
- Guinsoo's Rageblade
- Hand of Justice
The items in C tier are generally inflexible and not as strong as any of the items above. Items like Chalice of power and Guinsoo's Rageblade may be strong in isolation, however, there are items, traits and augments that can perform the same tasks, If not at a better success rate. Speaking of Chalice, it is a very linear item in the context only players that run innovator compositions will be fighting for this item.
Gargoyles Stoneplate is a unique item that can serve a purpose on an already unkillable frontline unit. With its stacking passive, a Cho'Gath or Sion with over a large amount of health would simply be untouchable in the late game and can win the game by themselves.
If you are not running the Sunfire Board augment at the start of your game, then Sunfire Cape is a worthy substitute. This is again an item that is only really useful in the early game and definitely falls off the later the game goes on.
Hextech Gunblade is a decent supportive item to use with a unit such as Malzahar. Malzhar's ability to consistently throw out Malefic Visions means he is able to pair well with Gunblade and heal the weakest units in the fight.
Spear of Shojin is another solid option in the late game for a unit such as Viktor in the Arcanist composition. Viktor isn't really great without items and players should only look to build this item on specific champions that rely on mana to output noticeable damage.
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D - TIER
- Zz'Rot Portal
- Zeke's Herald
- Jeweled Gauntlet
- Locket of the iron solari
These items have very little value in the current meta and players should try to avoid building these items at all costs. Since patch 12.2 just came out, it is unclear how viable Locket is at the moment but it could easily move up a tier or two. The rest of the items simply do not hold much purpose given similar augments that perform the same job.
While Zz'Rot Portal is a solid option when you are in need of a frontline, it comes at the cost of two valuable components in the bow and chain vest. These components would simply be better off used in other items that provide more value later in the game.
Jeweled Gauntlet while very powerful in specific scenarios does not offer a lot in the current meta. It is, however, strong with the Arcanist composition, providing it is paired with the Blue Buff and Infinity edge.
With how many healing abilities, traits and augments are in the game, the Bloodthirster finds its way down the pecking order of this TFT Item tier list. It can be a solid item in the early game, but with one of the components being a BF Sword, there is not a justifiable reason to build this item.
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