The new Hextech class is super popular in Teamfight Tactics right now. Many in the community are complaining about its strength, but defeating a Hextech TFT comp all comes down to positioning and item placement. This TFT guide will run down how to counter someone running a Hextech comp.
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How to Beat a TFT Hextech Team Comp
The Hextech ability reads as such: Throw a bomb at an enemy unit with an item, and disables all items in a 1/2 hex radius for 8 seconds. At the start of a match the game randomly decides between all enemy units with an item and throws a bomb at it. That bomb disables items for 8 seconds which is a lengthy amount of time considering a match is only half a minute long. And that’s assuming the affected champion even survives that long in the first place.
Countering the Hextech comp is something you need to be doing from the very start. For one, you can’t just mindlessly stack items on the same champion. You now want to spread your items out among a few champions. The more champions with items you have, the lower the chance the bomb hits a specific champ. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a hyper carry composition, however. You can still have two champions with three items each, you’ll just want to make sure they aren’t right next to each other.
That takes us to the second part of this puzzle: unit placement. The Hextech bomb disables all items on the champion it hits and all champions on a tile adjacent to that. Use this to your advantage! Allies champions placed at the edge of the map will have a smaller area of affect than they would if placed towards the front of your team.
What your placement looks like largely depends on how the match has gone for you and what the enemies are running. If no one is running a 4 Hextech team comp, you can get away with just making sure your itemized champions aren’t touching. If they’re running four, you’re going to want to break up your team into smaller groups.
If you have many items across many champions, you’ll certainly want to spread things out a bit or itemize on champions that need to be placed far away like Yasuo. This is the safest bet and helps ensure that a single group of Hextech champions doesn’t defeat you outright.
Beating Hextech team comps is purely a numbers game. You’re going to have to alter your play style and placement techniques, period. If you continue stack both your items and champions close together you’re likely going to lose.
Looking for what Riot has in store next? We’re compiling the current changes on the PBE for Patch 9.16b and 9.17. Right now that includes Pantheon who will be joining the field as a Guardian Dragon.