Teamfight Tactics Best TFT Shapeshifters Team Comp (Patch 9.16b) – Shapeshifter Sorcerers

Technically, the best way to play Teamfight Tactics is to adjust as things happen. When TFT offers you a couple of Nobles or Wild, generally you should lean into those and utilize them for early game success. However, sometimes I find myself chasing after a certain team comp before the match even starts. If that’s you, then this guide should be right up your alley. This is our Best TFT Shapeshifters Team Comp guide which is up to date as of TFT Patch 9.16b.

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TFT Shapeshifter Sorcerers

The Dragon class may have been nerfed, but the individual champions have been buffed as a result. This team comp is essentially a hypercarry Shyvana build.

Focus on getting that Warmog’s up and running. It’ll make a huge difference early on.

At the start you can focus on champions like Warwick and Nidalee. Throw Blitzcrank in the the early game Brawler synergy. Get the three Shapeshifters of Elise, Nidalee, and Shyvana online as soon as possible. Once you have those three up, Garen and Darius are good complementary units while you focus on completing the rest of the team comp.

In the end, your team comp should look like: Aurelion Sol, Braum, Gnar, Karthus, Leona, Lulu, Nidalee, Shyvana.

With this group you’ll get the following buffs:

  • 3 Shapeshifters: On transform, gain 60% max HP.
  • 3 Sorcerers: Your team has +45 Ability Power.
  • 2 Guardians: At the start of combat, any adjacent units gain +50 Armor. Can stack any number of times. Guardians don’t buff themselves.
  • 2 Wild: Each Wild unit’s attacks give them one stack of Fury (5 stack cap). Stacks provide 10% attack speed.
  • 2 Dragons: Dragons have 83% Magic Immunity.

Honestly the sheer number of buffs is one of the best reasons to run this comp. Guardians provide large amounts of armor to all adjacent allies at the start of the match. Dragons doubly benefit from this since with two of them they’re mostly immune to magic damage as well. While the benefit for Shapeshifters is delayed, it really does stack incredibly well.


Build Priority: Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Phantom Dancer, Warmog’s Armor

You will need:

Recipes: 2 Giant’s Belts, 2 Recurve Bows, 1 Chain Vest, 1 Needlessly Large Rod

  • Guinsoo’s Rageblade = Needlessly Large Rod + Recurve Bow
  • Phantom Dancer = Chain Vest + Recurve Bow
  • Warmog’s Armor = Giant’s Belt + Giant’s Belt


Build Priority: Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Spear of Shojin x2

You will need:

Recipes: 2 Tears of the Goddess, 2 BF Swords, 1 Needlessly Large Rod, 1 Recurve Bow,

  • Guinsoo’s Rageblade = Needlessly Large Rod + Recurve Bow
  • Spear of Shojin = Tear of the Goddess + BF Sword

Aurelion Sol

Build Priority: Spear of Shojin, Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Rapid Firecannon

You will need: 3 Recurve Bows, 1 BF Sword, 1 Tear of the Goddess, 1 Needlessly Large Rod


  • Spear of Shojin = BF Sword + Tear of the Goddess
  • Guinsoo’s Rageblade = Needlessly Large Rod + Recurve Bow
  • Rapid Firecannon = Recurve Bow + Recurve Bow

If you’re running a Shapeshifter team, the bonus health synergy can turn your Shapeshiters into absolute tanks. Not only do you need good champion pulls, you’ll need good item pulls as well in order to really build up a Shapeshifter team.

With the changes to Morellonomicon and Red Buff now lasting ten seconds, completely eliminating any healing for the duration, Shapeshifters are hard countered right now.

How many champions should I run? Three! If you’re going to go for any build that focuses on Shyvana, you’ll want at least three.

Champions Ranked by Priority

If your main synergy is Shapeshifters, this is the order in which you should prioritize the Shapeshifter champions. Obviously, you’ll have other synergies that you need to account for, but if you need to transition up, this is the order in which you should do so.

  1. Swain: A 5-cost hero, Swain is worth the purchase. He can synergize with Demons, Imperials, and Shapeshifters, and his ability drains the opponent’s health; very helpful if you’re also burning their mana and champions can’t get their own abilities off. Swain’s cost and general rarity will normally restrict him to a late-game, tier 1 unit, but it’s worth building a party around him.
  2. Gnar: Gnar is a great unit, and a 4-cost champion that entire teams are built around. However, in a Yordle team comp, you’ll have to take in consideration that you’re not going to be able to get the Shapeshifter synergy for extra health. However, Gnar is a powerful unit without any synergies, with a powerful ability and a large health pool. If you’re making a Yordle comp, Gnar will be the backbone of it.
  3. Shyvana: Shyvana is a fantastic pickup if you get any tanky items whatsoever. In Dragon form she can dole out damage easily while remaining a pain to kill.
  4. Jayce: We’re currently unsure about Jayce’s strength, but this is approximately where we think he’ll end up being.
  5. Nidalee: Nidalee isn’t quite the late game carry that she used to be. Now she’s better off helping in the early game before being sold for the trio of units above.
  6. Elise: Elise may be a Shapeshifter, but that’s about the extent of Elise’s usefulness as a unit beyond the early game. Her ability isn’t that great, and her overall DPS is low, making her the worst of the Shapeshifters available.

And that’s it! Best of luck with your TFT Shapeshifters comp! If you’re looking for the best TFT team comps in the current 9.16b patch, we have a guide dedicated to that! Likewise if you’re new to the game and don’t know where to start, we have a tips guide with 13 really important things you should know. And for those of you who keep up to date, make sure to check out the TFT Patch 9.16b patch notes since there were a ton of changes!


Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games. You can find him on Twitter @Squiblon.

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