Teamfight Tactics pro player, LiLuo, won the TFT Gizmos and Gadgets Championship, earning his nation the second TFT World Championship title.
The Chinese TFT pro player claimed the crown on Sunday, May 1, when he concluded his incredible performance with an eight Bodyguard composition.
TFT Gizmos and Gadgets Championship Comes To An End
A Chinese TFT pro has claimed the Teamfight Tactics crown for the second season, as LiLuo won TFT Gizmos and Gadgets Championship. The tournament kicked off on Friday, April 29, and lasted for three days, featuring 32 TFT players from seven regions.
The tournament got split into three stages, starting with Day 1, which welcomed all 32 players who competed over six games. The lobbies got reseeded after three games, with the top 16 scorers advancing to Day 2.
The second day used the same format, with the remaining 16 players competing across six games while getting reseeded after three. After six games, the top-eight scoring players advanced to the third and final day, while the rest got eliminated.
For the final day of TFT Gizmos and Gadgets Championship, the final eight players competed in a checkmate format.
In a checkmate format, the players did not have to play six games. Instead, they played rather until one of the players hit 18 points, at which point he got crowned the champion, and the remaining players got placed based on their points.
And even though the TFT Gizmos and Gadgets Championship featured a close affair, it was LiLuo who came out on top with interesting and unique team composition.
Bodyguards Shine The Brightest
The current TFT meta is all about Strikers and Sivir, and many pro players swear by it as the most efficient team composition in the game. However, LiLuo found an interesting counter.
Instead of going Strkers, LiLuo opted for a Bodyguard team composition, which gives extra armor and a health shield. And while Bodyguards were rarely used in pro play, LiLuo has shown just how strong an eight-Bodyguard team can be.
As he worked towards eight Bodyguards, LiLuo started to become stronger and at one point, became essentially unkillable. But things got even more interesting when LiLuo hit a two-star Jinx with a Bodyguard emblem on her.
Even though LiLuo shocked the TFT scene with his build in the final game, he had a few interesting compositions ready before it. Most notably, LiLuo piloted an AD Cho’Gath composition in Game 1 to take the lead on championship Sunday.
He wasn’t as successful in Game 2 and 3, but LiLuo did just enough to reach the 18-point threshold, and he closed out the deal in Game 4 with the help of Bodyguards.
China’s Dominance In TFT
LiLuo became the seconds Chinese TFT player in a row to win the TFT World Championship, after Huanmie, who won last season’s TFT Reckoning Championship. With that, China also became the first region to win two TFT world championships, ahead of Korea and Europe, which each hold one apiece.
Moreover, the TFT Gizmos and Gadgets Championship also marked the second time Chinese players finished first and second in the standings. LiLui’s countryman, Liuli finished the TFT Gizmos and Gadgets Championship just two points behind LiLuo.
Although we’re only four TFT championships in, it’s becoming very clear that China is now the strongest TFT region in the world. Meanwhile, Korea is not too far behind, having picked up a third and fourth-place finish at TFT Gizmos and Gadgets Championship with DDUDU and WooZzul.
Interestingly, not a single player from EMEA, Japan, and Brazil made it to the final day of the championship. Fifth place belonged to NA’s Andrew “Guubums” Cheung, followed by LATAM’s Nahuel “Altenahue” Salazar.
Finally, Aleksey “Goose” Tvorogov finished in seventh, and Oceania’s TXE placed eighth.
The dates for the next TFT championship are yet to be announced. But we know that TFT’s seventh expansion, TFT Dragonlands, will drop in June, with Patch 12.11.