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League of Legends announces Dota Auto Chess inspired mode

Riot Games has announced Teamfight Tactics, a new Dota Auto Chess inspired mode launching on League of Legends later this month.

"Recently, we've been trying different kinds of modes that are deep and unique additions to the League experience. TFT is our next big exploration in that space and the first time we're jumping into a different genre," said the team in today's update. "We've always loved strategy games and recently we've gotten into the new auto-battler genre — folks around the office have been playing an insane amount of Dota Auto Chess in particular. We love it, and it actually got us inspired to create something new as a mode in League."

A round-based strategy game, success in TFT centers on building the best team composition. Before each round, you'll recruit League champions by spending gold in the store. Recruiting champions with shared origins and classes unlocks special bonuses. You can also combine champion duplicates to transform them into super and ultimate versions of themselves.

Once a round begins, TFT transports you to a hexagonal board displaying the traditional League of Legends styling. Combat then unfolds automatically, with success depending on the strength of your team's synergy and positioning. When the round ends, you'll earn gold for future rounds. You win by being the last person standing.

Besides the normal game, Riot plans to host special draft events where all players pick from the same pool of champions. The players with the lowest rankings will pick first during these events, giving them a chance to rally and make a comeback. 

As part of the new mode, Riot will introduce Little Legends: animated avatars that dance and emote in TFT and the Howling Abyss. The first LL is free, with additional species available for 750 RP in the store. TFT will launch with six species, with more varieties planned for future patches.

Public Beta Environment players can try out Teamfight Tactics later this week with a full launch to follow on June 25 alongside Patch 9.13.