Teamfight Tactics: How To Play Jade
If you're a Teamfight Tactics players struggling to get to grips with set 7's new Jade trait, this introduction guide should help!
The new set of Teamfight Tactics is out and, as fans of the game might have guessed, it’s quite a complicated one. In fact, it’s surely one of the most complex sets that this strategy title has seen yet. To help fans find their style and start to get to grips with all the compositions available in the game, this set 7 guide will explain the curious trait and units of Jade, as well as how to approach the early, middle and late game while using it.
Jade is quite an interesting trait, and since it has a lot of units attached to it, it’s not one of the hardest compositions to master in the current set. Here’s what makes it tick.
The Jade Trait
Summon movable Jade Statues that grow in power. Each combat, allies adjacent to a statue gain Attack Speed and maximum Health healing every 2 seconds. When a statue is destroyed, it deals 33% of its Health as magic damage to nearby enemies. As a result, they’re great defensively and offensively. Here’s how the numbers work:
- 1 statue, +2% healing, +20% Attack Speed
- 2 statues, +5% healing, +40% Attack Speed
- 3 statues, +8% healing, +60% Attack Speed
- 4 statues, +25% healing, +100% Attack Speed
The units associated with Jade, too, have a range of powerful abilities, with effects that range from debilitating enemies to sneakily disguising the unit as another. The lowdown on them all is as follows.
- Bastion: Taric grants himself and his closest ally a protective rune that increases Armor for 4 seconds.
- Inner Flame: Karma fires a burst of energy towards her target, dealing magic damage in a small area around the first enemy hit.
- Volley: Ashe fires a volley of arrows, dealing magic damage to each enemy hit and slowing their Attack Speed by 25% for seconds.
- Mega Gnar: Gnar transforms into Mega Form, jumping to his target and knocking up nearby enemies for 1 second. Gnar also gains Attack Damage and Armor.
- Prismatic Storm: Anivia summons a prismatic storm around her target, dealing magic damage over 3 seconds. Enemies in the storm have their Magic Resist reduced by 40%.
- Inherent Glamour: Each Combat: Neeko disguises herself as the nearest allied champion, adding their bonus Attack Damage, Attack Speed, and Ability Power to her own and copying all other stats except Health. She then gains a shield for 15 plus 10% of her ally’s Health. When the shield breaks she transforms into Neeko Form and casts Pop Blossom, dealing magic damage to nearby enemies and stunning them for 1.5 seconds. Neeko then casts Pop Blossom every 100 Mana.
- Shi Oh Yu
- Jade Rush: Shi Oh Yu enters Jade stance, gaining damage reduction, immunity to crowd control, and empowering her next 3 attacks with special effects that deal X damage. Attack 1: Deals X physical damage and stuns the target for 1 second. Attack 2: Deals X true damage. Attack 3: Ends the stance, dealing X physical damage to all enemies in a line and knocking them up for 1 second.
- Wish: Passive: While any ally is below % Health, Soraka gains 15 mana per attack. Active: Soraka calls down a shower of stars. Allies are healed for each time a star hits them.
The Jade trait, then, revolves around the Jade statues, which provide healing to allies surrounding them but also deal damage once they have been destroyed. As such, this composition should always be focused around them. Though a total of 8 Jade units are mentioned above, the maximum is actually 12. That is because players can equip other champions with Jade traits that they can gain through the course of the game, but Shi Oh Yu is special: He is actually worth 3 Jade units, and is worth an additional 3 Jades once he is placed on the field.
This does come with a cost, however, since he takes up 2 spaces on the board. This can be a particular problem while fans are on the lower levels. It also unfortunately means that, for those who aren’t the luckiest Teamfight Tactics players, the 12 Jade bonus is likely to be missed. 2 Golden Spatulas and a Jade Emblem are the key to gaining it. For consistency’s sake, 7 of the 8 units mentioned above should be used, those that best fit a preferred playstyle. The most important thing to consider is to leave units for whom good items are available.
Playing A Match With Jade
The Jade composition truly shines in the early game in particular, since many of the units come very cheaply and players can start to build their forces from the start. Taric and Karma cost only one gold coin, and Gnar and Ashe cost two. Jade users should begin every game with these trusty warriors.
This is the time that it’s advised to consider getting Anivia, since she costs three gold and she usually appears in the shop during the mid game. Avoid placing any items on those champions just yet, since they tend to work the best on late game units.
This is the most important time of the game for Jade players, who should save all their money to generate income so they can buy their ace: Shi Oh Yu. He costs a whopping 8 coins, but his powerful effect is certainly worth it. To reach the second level with him, 3 such units will be needed. Those who are lucky enough to manage to get him to level 3 will need 9 units and the enormous sum of 72 gold. This is also a perfect time to buy Neeko and Soraka, and unleash the full force of those items.
There is no doubt that, after reading this guide, Teamfight Tactics players will have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of the Jade trait. It’s unconventional, yet powerful, revolving around its statues, setting up in the early game and unleashing Shi Oh Yu to close things out. Players shouldn’t stop there, though, since every trait in the current set will soon be covered in turn. Stick with us to gain a high ELO!