TFT Set 9.5 Horizonbound: Item Updates, Categories Explained
Riot Games made it very clear that with Teamfight Tactics (TFT) Set 9.5 Horizonbound, it is not just focused on the mid-set, but is extremely committed to the qualify of life changes to different aspects of the game. In this mid-set update, Riot Games is adding two new regions and a number of new units and along with it, a drastic change to the item system of TFT.
The publisher noted, "We’re making huge quality of life changes to our Item system that will leave it in a better state for many sets to come."
The changes to the item system in TFT includes six new items, three adjusted items, a new support item class, an update to Artifact Items (that was previously called Ornn Forge Items), and many more.
Here's all you need to know about TFT's item system update.
Riot Games is changing TFT's item system
In TFT, items are the most important method to power up your champions. There is nothing more satisfying than getting the perfect components to finalize your carry unit's build. Riot said, "On the flip side, every TFT player has experienced getting unlucky with components and being unable to build any items for the champions they want to play."
It noted that one of the big obstacles for these are the more supportive items like Zephyr and Zeke’s Herald. While these items are incredibly powerful in the late game, they do not prove to be that useful in Stage 2 or 3 and therefore, when you notice Giant's Belt, Negatron Cloak, or Tear of the Goddess, they are not very appealing.
As a result, in Horizonbound, Riot Games is moving supportive items into a new "uncraftable category", and filling in the recipes with some new toys to power up a variety of champions.
According to Riot Games, these are its primary goals for the item system rework:
Make item categorization easier to understand
Give each class of champions a variety of viable items to build that offer broad ranges of stats.
New Item Categories in TFT Set 9.5 Horizonbound
In the item rework, Riot Games will be updating the TFT item categories into the following:
Core items: Core items will bear the standard, craftable items made from the base components. Each of these items will focus on powering up the holder unit in different, exciting ways.
Radiant Items: Upgraded versions of core items
Artifact Items: These were previously called “Ornn Artifact” items and they are uncraftable items that you get from Augments.
Support Items: Support Items are Riot Games' new item class that will contain uncraftable items focused on providing teamwide support and non-selfish outputs. It will include old items like Shroud of Stillness and Locket of the Iron Solari, and also new items. Notably, all Support items shall have a uniform 250 Health, and will be much more powerful than their core item versions. Additionally, Shroud of Stillness and Zephyr can no longer be equipped during combat starting with Horizonbound.
All new craftable items in TFT Set 9.5
The below-mentioned six items are the new craftables in TFT Set 9.5 Horizonbound and they will be replacing Zz’rot Portal, Zephyr, Shroud of Stillness, Zeke’s Herald, Chalice of Harmony, and Locket of the Iron Solari, as craftable items. However, they will still be around via the new support item class.
1. Adaptive Helm: Tear and Negatron Cloak
Magic Resist: 30
Combat Start: The holder gains bonus stats based on their starting position.
Front Two Rows: 15 Ability Power and 25 Armor and Magic Resist.
Back Two Rows: 15 Ability Power and gain 15 Mana every 3 seconds.
2. Nashor’s Tooth: Recurve Bow and Giant’s Belt
Ability Power: 30
Attack Speed: 10%
After casting a spell, gain 40% Attack Speed for 5 seconds.
3. Evenshroud: Negatron Cloak and Giant’s Belt
Magic Resist: 20
50% Sunder (Armor reduction) enemies within 2 hexes.
For the first 10s of combat, gain 25 Armor and Magic Resist.
4. Crownguard: Needlessly Large Rod and Chain Vest
Ability Power: 15
Combat Start: Gain a shield equal to 35% of your maximum health for 8s.
When this shield breaks or expires, gain 40 additional Ability Power.
5. Sterak’s Gage: BF Sword and Giant’s Belt
Attack Damage: 20%
Once per combat at 50% health, increase max health by 25% and gain 30% AD for the rest of combat.
6. Night Harvester: Sparring Gloves and Chain Vest
Ability Power: 25
Crit Chance: 20%
Deal 15% bonus damage, increased by 15% when below 60% maximum health.