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[Part 1] Mastering True Damage emblem (Strategy for top 1 with any headliner)

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Breakout
Breakout
5
True Damage
True Damage
2
Executioner
Executioner
Akali (True Damage)
Akali (True Damage)
Ahri
True Damage Emblem
Ahri
Karthus
True Damage Emblem
Karthus
Caitlyn
True Damage Emblem
Caitlyn
Ezreal
True Damage Emblem
Ezreal
Akali (True Damage)
Ahri
True Damage Emblem
Karthus
True Damage Emblem
Caitlyn
True Damage Emblem
Ezreal
True Damage Emblem

Hello guys I'm Khym

Have you ever feel pain when copy a "meta comp" then get a bottom half just because you can't find a specific headliner? Unlike many guides that show a level 8, 9 board with a specific headliner that makes you spend lots of gold to find, I will guide you to play from early board to final board with many headliner options, which is an easier way to play TFT. Also every 5 cost I put always have a lower cost same trait unit so feel free to play.

For easy visualize, I'll put champion into group instead of positioning, if any thing need to be noticed I'll mention.

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Why True Damage emblem?

Ezreal
Ezreal
Caitlyn
Caitlyn
Ahri
Ahri
Karthus
Karthus

You may saw many pro players slam True Dmg emblem whenever they got a Spatular at Vegas open right? There are 2 reasons

True Dmg emblem works on any AD/AP carry (8-bit emblem only works on AD carry for example)

True Dmg units have a good synergies with other traits, also comfortable for 5 cost upgrade

Which carry to play?

This guide will mainly focus on 4 cost carry, Akali with Ahri, Karthus, Ezreal and Cait. You choose with one to go depend on your items, in short:

  • Blue buff + AP -> Ahri
  • Red Buff/Shojin + AP -> Karthus
  • Blue buff + AD -> Ezreal
  • Any AD item -> Caitlyn (Shojin is not her BiS lmao)

So let's cook!

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Early game

You may get a spat after 2-3 or 3-3, may slam a TD emblem after krug or whatever but like any guide, play a tempo style, in current patch playing lose streak (without heartsteel, econ/lose streak aug) is not recommened

Of course superfan opener is always prefered, with this you can easily flex to many comps later

In this patch there are some openers that I don't want you to miss it. Corki 8-Bit headliner and K'sante/Aphelios Heartsteel headliner are too strong. Caitlyn is so strong in this patch if we stack 8-Bit in early game

8-Bit Corki opener

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Superfan
Superfan
3
K/DA
K/DA
2
Sentinel
Sentinel
2
Guardian
Guardian
2
Big Shot
Big Shot
2
True Damage
True Damage
2
8-bit
8-bit
Lillia
Lillia
Neeko
Neeko
Corki
Corki
Kennen
Kennen
Ekko
Ekko
Kai'Sa
Kai'Sa
Lillia
Neeko
Corki
Headliner
Kennen
Ekko
Kai'Sa

Heartsteel opener

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Sentinel
Sentinel
3
Heartsteel
Heartsteel
2
Rapidfire
Rapidfire
2
True Damage
True Damage
Lillia
Lillia
K'Sante
K'Sante
Aphelios
Aphelios
Garen
Garen
Ekko
Ekko
Senna
Senna
Lillia
K'Sante
Headliner
Aphelios
Garen
Ekko
Senna
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Mid game

This one is easy, we want to go fast 8 to find headliner carry, roll a bit to stablize your board if you are too weak, add 2 more Sentinel (prefer put item on Morde), 2 Heartsteel or 2 True dmg and put True dmg emblem on temporary carry. Just remember this thing: SAVE AT LEAST ONE YASUO ON BENCH in case you can't find Qiyana

Late game

Flex around any headliner, the target here is getting a good headliner ASAP then lv 9 to find 5 cost, not finding the best headliner then stay at lv 8. You have an impactful benefit from True Dmg emblem and looking for a top 1.

High HP: can slow roll to stablize your board (especially your frontline), get another 2 star carry if there is no one contesting, otherwise just lv 9

Low HP: slow roll to stablize your board and find another 2 star carry, stay in top 4 first then think about finish the game

Ahri/Akali carry

Superfan gives Akali HoJ, Ahri Rabadon

This team has a weak frontline and your carry already has 2 items (include TD emblem), prefer picking tank items in carousel then put on Ekko and 1 support item on Kennen for Blink bonus (prefer Sunfire or Redemtion, Shred and Sunder are not necessary when this team deals extra True dmg)

Positioning: place TD Akali between Kennen and Neeko (Guardian shield), Place Lulu near Ahri and Akali (Hyperpop buff). For KDA Akali place her in the other side to opponent carry and outer most to take dmg, she can't die and heal later

At lv 9: find Qiyana to replace Yasuo/Senna, and Illaoi for stable frontline (superfan frontline is not reliable in late game)

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Headliner TD Akali

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True Damage
True Damage
1
Breakout
Breakout
1
Mixmaster
Mixmaster
3
Superfan
Superfan
3
Spellweaver
Spellweaver
3
K/DA
K/DA
2
Guardian
Guardian
2
Sentinel
Sentinel
Kennen
Sunfire Cape
Redemption
Kennen
Senna
Senna
Ekko
Ekko
Akali (True Damage)
Hand Of Justice
Bloodthirster
Akali (True Damage)
Lillia
Lillia
Neeko
Neeko
Sona
Guinsoo's Rageblade
Sona
Ahri
True Damage Emblem
Blue Buff
Ahri
Kennen
Sunfire Cape
Redemption
Senna
Ekko
Akali (True Damage)
Hand Of Justice
Bloodthirster
Headliner
Lillia
Neeko
Sona
Guinsoo's Rageblade
Ahri
True Damage Emblem
Blue Buff

Lv 9 Little Buddies

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True Damage
True Damage
1
Breakout
Breakout
5
K/DA
K/DA
3
Superfan
Superfan
3
Spellweaver
Spellweaver
2
Guardian
Guardian
2
Crowd Diver
Crowd Diver
2
Sentinel
Sentinel
Kennen
Sunfire Cape
Redemption
Kennen
Qiyana
Thief's Gloves
Qiyana
Ekko
Ekko
Akali (True Damage)
Hand Of Justice
Bloodthirster
Akali (True Damage)
Evelynn
Evelynn
Lillia
Lillia
Neeko
Neeko
Seraphine
Seraphine
Ahri
True Damage Emblem
Blue Buff
Ahri
Kennen
Sunfire Cape
Redemption
Qiyana
Thief's Gloves
Ekko
Akali (True Damage)
Hand Of Justice
Bloodthirster
Headliner
Evelynn
Lillia
Neeko
Seraphine
Ahri
True Damage Emblem
Blue Buff

Keep Evelynn if you got Little Buddies augment, place her in the front to stun opponent carry

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Headliner Spellweaver Ahri

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True Damage
True Damage
1
Breakout
Breakout
3
Superfan
Superfan
3
K/DA
K/DA
2
Guardian
Guardian
3
Spellweaver
Spellweaver
2
Sentinel
Sentinel
Kennen
Kennen
Senna
Senna
Ekko
Ekko
Akali (True Damage)
Hand Of Justice
Bloodthirster
Akali (True Damage)
Lillia
Lillia
Neeko
Neeko
Qiyana
Qiyana
Ahri
True Damage Emblem
Blue Buff
Ahri
Kennen
Senna
Ekko
Akali (True Damage)
Hand Of Justice
Bloodthirster
Lillia
Neeko
Qiyana
Ahri
True Damage Emblem
Blue Buff
Headliner

Headliner KDA Ahri

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Breakout
Breakout
1
Mixmaster
Mixmaster
4
True Damage
True Damage
5
K/DA
K/DA
3
Superfan
Superfan
3
Spellweaver
Spellweaver
2
Guardian
Guardian
2
Sentinel
Sentinel
Kennen
Kennen
Senna
Senna
Ekko
Ekko
Akali (K/DA)
Hand Of Justice
Titan's Resolve
Akali (K/DA)
Lillia
Lillia
Neeko
Neeko
Sona
Guinsoo's Rageblade
Sona
Ahri
True Damage Emblem
Blue Buff
Ahri
Kennen
Senna
Ekko
Akali (K/DA)