All of the new champions and traits in the new upcoming TFT Set 8.5.
Once again we are nearing the end of another TFT set and are about to welcome another mid-set expansion. This time around, there is a glitch in the Spatulapolis and some big changes are about to hit the city with the TFT Set 8.5: Glitched Out!
TFT player base is used to big changes during mid-sets nowadays, for Set 8.5 doesn’t seem to have too many drastic changes. Only 14 champions and three traits won’t appear in the new set, which is quite low compared to the previous mid-sets. Still, there are many new things to be excited about, especially two big system changes focused around the carousel.
First, Riot decided to fix the problem of deciding between a unit and an item when players are on the carousel. Now, when you pick a champion, the item will automatically pop off before the next stage begins. No more skipping the champion you wanted because you are afraid to have a bad item stuck on them. The devs are also introducing a new type of Glitched Out Carousels. They will appear at stage 2, and maybe more, and will include all kinds of different things that will excite the players.
TFT Set 8.5: Glitched Out! will be available on the Public Beta Environment (PBE) next Wednesday, March 8, with the official release for live servers being Wednesday, March 22, 2023. TFT dev team lead Stephen ‘Mortdog' Mortimer also posted a PBE rundown video on his YouTube channel, talking in-depth about the upcoming changes.
New traits in TFT Set 8.5
- At combat start, any champion placed on an InfiniTeam portal, summons an alternate version of themself with different items, 1 for each Augment you own. The copies have reduced Health and damage.
- 3: 1 portal opens, 40% damage and 40% HP
- 5: 2 portals open, 55% damage and 55% HP
- 7: 2 portals open, 90% damage and 90% HP
- Riftwalkers open a gap between dimensions and summon their ally Zac, who grows in power based on the star level of Riftwalkers. Zac gains the last-listed Trait of the closest Riftwalker.
- 3: Summon Zac
- 2: Underground Ezreal learns a cool new trick from his older, more handsome self, and Ultimate Ezreal lets his past self participate in his timeline-hopping adventures. Underground Ezreal's spell becomes a blast that hits all enemies in a line. Ultimate Ezreal's spell summons two additional temporal duplicates.
- After every two damaging ability projectiles, Quickdraw units fire a bonus ability projectile. Bonus shots deal:
- 2: 60% total damage
- 3: 100% total damage
- 4: 140% total damage
- Now gives omnivamp to the unit riding H4ckerr!m.
- 2: +15% Omnivamp for Hackers
- 3: +30% Omnivamp for Hackers, +10% for the rider
- 4: +50% Omnivamp for Hackers, +20% for the rider.
- Non-Laser units also get drones if you reach the necessary breakpoint.
- 3: 25 magic damage.
- 5: 30 magic damage. All units get a drone.
- 7: 45 magic damage.
- While still in the game, the Ox Force trait’s identity is changing very dramatically. Now instead of attack speed scaling with missing health, Ox units will gain bonus defenses.
- 2: 20 Armor and Magic Resist
- 4: 50 Armor and Magic Resist
- 6: 125 Armor and Magic Resist
New champions in TFT Set 8.5
- InfiniTeam, Quickdraw, Renegade
- Passive: Lucian's basic attacks deal bonus magic damage.
- Active: Lucian fires 4 shots in his target's direction. Each shot deals magic damage to the first target struck.
- InfinitTeam, Heart
- Pantheon leaps on his target, dealing a percent of his Magic Resist and stunning them for 1.5 seconds. He then shields himself for 4 seconds.
- Parallel, Underground, Quickdraw
- Ezreal fires an orb of physical sabotage at his target, 30% Chilling them for 4 seconds. Then he fires another shot, which deals magic damage to the target and nearby enemies.
- Riftwalker, Hacker
- Pyke stabs his current target dealing true damage, summons a phantom at his current location, and dashes behind the furthest enemy. After 1 second, the phantom returns to Pyke, stunning all enemies it passes through for 1.5 seconds and dealing magic damage to them.
- InfiniTeam, Sureshot
- Sivir throws her blade at her target, dealing a percent of her Attack Damage plus bonus damage. It then ricochets and splits, hitting the 3 nearest enemies for 40% of the main hit.
- Gadgeteen, Prankster
- Gnar slashes around him, dealing 110% of his Attack Damage plus bonus damage to enemies struck. His current target takes 300% damage, and the spell critically strikes them.
- Passive: When Morgana deals damage to an enemy, she 40% Sunders and Shreds them for 4 seconds.
- Active: Morgana sends out dark bindings toward the 3 closest enemies, dealing magic damage and stunning them for 1.5 seconds.
- InfiniTeam, Defender, Hacker
- Shen tethers himself to the ally who has done the most damage this round for 3.5 seconds. While the tether is active, his ally is invulnerable and any damage they would take is redirected to Shen instead. Damage Shen takes is reduced by a percent for the same duration.
- Riftwalker, Mascot
- Vex launches a damaging missile at her current target, dealing magic damage. Every third cast, her missile is empowered, dealing magic damage and passing through enemies.
- Aatrox sucks the soul of nearby enemies, dealing magic damage and gaining a percent of his max HP. Then he unleashes his demonic form for the rest of combat, replacing his spell with The Darkin Blade.
- The Darkin Blade: Aatrox slams his greatsword down in a line, dealing magic damage to all enemies hit and healing himself.
- Mecha: PRIME, Defender
- Garen brings down his sword on a nearby enemy, dealing a percent of his Attack Damage plus bonus damage to enemies within 2 hexes and stunning them.
- Riftwalker, Renegade
- Passive: Jhin always attacks a certain number of times per second. He converts each 1% of bonus Attack Speed into 0.8 Attack Damage. Every fourth shot instead fires a piercing bullet towards the lowest health enemy, dealing a percent of his Attack Damage to all enemies in a line, increased based on a percent of their missing health. The bullet deals 44% reduced damage for each target it pierces through.
- Star Guardian, Spellslinger
- Neeko throws out her frog familiar at her target; it hops to the nearest 3 enemies 3 times, dealing magic damage to enemies in an area. The last hop is empowered, causing it instead to deal bonus magic damage to enemies in a larger area.
- Twisted Fate
- InfiniTeam, Duelist, Spellslinger
- Twisted Fate draws a number of cards and begins drawing a card after every auto attack. After 2.5 seconds, Twisted Fate throws all of his drawn cards, each dealing magic damage. The final card thrown is a red card that deals magic damage to all nearby enemies.
- LaserCorps, A.D.M.I.N, Brawler
- Passive: Warwick gains Omnivamp. Upon his first takedown, he enters Empowered Kill Mode 2.0, granting himself 60% Attack Speed and causing him to leap to new targets for the rest of combat.
- Active: Warwick leaps and slashes at his target, attacking 6 times and dealing a percent of his Attack Damage. If the unit dies, he gains 10 mana for each remaining slash.
- Ultimate Ezreal
- InfiniTeam, Parallel, Sureshot
- Ezreal shatters the timestream, calling in alternate reality versions of himself that each fire towards the largest group of enemies. Enemies hit by a blast take a percent of his Attack Damage plus bonus damage.
Saying goodbye to some of the favorites
With many new champions and traits getting added to the game with TFT Set 8.5, it means some of the old faces need to be removed to make space. While some of these removed units are those were mostly problematic for the game like the super strong Yuumi with its Supers reroll com or Sett during the Mecha/Sureshots meta, others are gone due to their unpopularity. Cho’Gath for example only was used in the Kai’Sa Recon comp and Senna never found herself a place in the set aside from being a LaserCorps/Sureshot trait bot.
Some traits stayed in the mid-set with minor reworks, but Civilian, Recon and Arsenal are three traits completely gone from the game. Although not every champion with these tags is gone, some of them just found themselves new homes. Full list of champions that won’t appear in Set 8.5:
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