Our guide to Teamfight Tactics: Inkborn Fables changes, teams, and more

By Brittany Alva, Contributor
The next big update for Teamfight Tactics is here: meet Inkborn Fables. The update centers on the mystical and whimsical hand-painted aesthetic that League of Legends has introduced over the years.

Between new Origins, Augments, Champions, and more, Inkborn Fables feels like a brand-new game. Here’s everything that’s been updated.

Origins and Classes

At the heart of Teamfight Tactics are the Champions and the teams you build with them. As always, the Champions are grouped, and having more Champions of a certain group will give you boosts when you fight.
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These groups are called Origins and Classes, and Inkborn Fables introduces the following Origins:

Altruist: Altruists heal the weakest ally as they deal damage and the entire team gets extra Armor and Magic Resist. Includes: Rakan, Riven, and Soraka.
Arcanist: Arcanist units get extra Ability Power and give some extra Ability Power to allies. Includes: Ahri, Illaoi, Lissandra, Lux, Neeko, Syndra, and Zoe.
Artist: This is a unique Class for Hwei—he’ll paint a Champion on a specific spot on your bench.
Behemoth: These units get extra Armor and Magic Resist, and they also give the nearest Behemoth more of both when they die. Includes: Cho’Gath, Malphite, Ornn, Shen, Thresh, Udyr, and Yorick.
Bruiser: Bruisers get extra Health while also giving teammates extra Health. Includes: Aatrox, Galio, Kobuko, Rek’Sai, Riven, Sylas, and Tahm Kench.
Dragonlord: After fighting for 8 seconds, a Dragon hits the board, dealing true damage to enemies and boosting the Attack Speed of your Champions for the rest of the battle. Includes: Diana, Janna, Lee Sin, Rakan, and Xayah
Dryad: Dryads get extra Ability and Health, gaining more of each for every enemy they kill. Includes: Azir, Gnar, Kindred, Ornn, and Rek’Sai
Duelist: Duelists get extra Attack Speed after they attack, with a max of 12 stacks. Includes: Darius, Irelia, Lee Sin, Qiyana, Tristana, Volibear, and Yasuo.
Exalted: The team gets extra bonus based on your level, also gaining XP after battles. Exalted units change every game, and you can see which ones are Exalted above the Store box.
Fated: You can connect two Fated units to pair them together, each of them getting the individual bonus of the other. Once you have five Fated units, all of the Fated units will get the Fated Bonus of the two that are paired, growing in percentages as you get more Fated units. Includes: Ahri (AP bonus), Aphelios (AD bonus), Kindred (Attack Speed bonus), Sett (Omnivamp bonus), Syndra (damage bonus), Thresh (Armor and Magic Resist bonus), and Yasuo (400 HP shield at the beginning of combat).
Fortune: Losing fights gives you Luck; the more you lose in a row, the more Luck you get. If you have three Fortunes, you’ll eventually hold a festival (after as many turns as you roll on a die) where you can turn your Luck into rewards. Five fortunes heal you at the start of combat, and seven Fortunes give you extra rewards and Luck every round, while also triggering a festival every turn. Includes: Annie, Kobuko, Teemo, Tristana, and Zoe.
Ghostly: After taking or dealing damage six times, Ghostly units will send two spectres at enemies that do bonus damage. Ghostly units will also heal Max Health after they send out spectres. Includes: Aatrox, Caitlyn, Illaoi, Kayn, Morgana, and Shen.
Great: This is a Class specifically for Wukong, and it gives him modified abilities every three ability casts.
Heavenly: Heavenly units each have a specific stat bonus that they give their team. That bonus increases based on the number of Heavenly units there are and their own star level. Includes: Kha’zix (CRIT chance bonus), Malphite (Armor and Magic Resistance bonus), Neeko (Health bonus), Qiyana (AD bonus), Soraka (AP bonus), and Wukong (Attack Speed bonus).
Inkshadow: Inkshadow units get bonus damage and damage reduction, along with random Inkshadow items at three, five, and seven units. These items include the Tattoo of Bombardment (extra AD and Attack Speed, every third attack deals two extra attacks); Tattoo of Force (extra Armor and Magic Resist, stun enemies and deal extra damage for first four seconds); Tattoo of Fury (extra Attack Speed, deal more damage to low Health enemies); Tattoo of Protection (extra Health, gain shields through combat); Tattoo of Toxin (extra AD and AP, applies damage over time); and Tattoo of Vitality (extra Health, attacks heal). Includes: Aatrox, Jax, Kai’sa, Senna, Udyr, and Volibear.
Invoker: After three seconds, Invokers get Mana. Your team also gets less Mana once you have four Invoker units. Includes: Alune, Annie, Azir, Janna, Kog’Max, and Lillia.
Lovers: This Origin is specifically for Xayah and Rakan, who exist as one Champion when you’re buying units. The one on the field will change depending on whether they’re at the front or back of the field, and they’ll tag each other in and out of combat. If the unit is in the front two rows, then Xayah gains the Trickshot Origin. If it’s in the back two rows, then Rakan gains the Altruis Origin.
Mythic: Mythic units get extra Health, Ability Power, and Attack Damage, and they gain more after they’ve been in combat for four turns. Includes: Bard, Cho’Gath, Hwei, Kog’Maw, Lillia, Nautilus, Neeko, and Tahm Kench.
Porcelain: After using their abilities, Porcelain units get extra Attack Speed and take less damage for a few seconds. Includes: Amumu, Ashe, Lissandra, and Lux.
Reaper: Reaper units get higher critical chance, and their abilities can crit as well. They also do true bleed damage after you have four units. Includes: Kayn, Kha’Zix, Kindred, and Yone.
Sage: Once you have two Sage units, your Champions in the front two rows get Omnivamp, while your Champions in the back two rows get Ability Power. Includes: Diana, Morgana, Wukong, and Zyra.
Sniper: Sniper units get extra damage for every hex between them and their enemies once you have two units. Includes: Aphelios, Ashe, Caitlyn, Kog’Maw, and Senna.
Spirit Walker: This is a unique Class for Udyr. Once he hits 50% Health, he heals completely, gets extra movement speed, and changes his ability.
Storyweaver: After getting three Storyweaver units, Kayle is summoned. Kayle gets bonus effects at three, five, seven, and ten Storyweaver units, which also give Storyweavers extra Health. Kayle gets extra Health and Ability Power as Storyweavers get more star levels, and she gets more Attack Speed based on what stage of the game it is. Includes: Galio, Garen, Irelia, Riven, Sivir, Zoe, and Zyra.
Trickshot: Trickshot units’ abilities ricochet, dealing a percentage of their damage based on how many units you have. Includes: Bard, Kai’sa, Sivir, Teemo, and Xayah.
Umbral: Certain hexes on the battlefield will be illuminated, and Umbral units in these hexes will execute low-Health enemies while also gaining shields. Includes: Alune, Darius, Sett, Sylas, Yone, and Yorick.
Warden: Wardens take less damage once you have two Warden units. Includes: Amumu, Garen, Gnar, Illaoi, Jax, Nautilus, and Sett.

Augments, Special Encounters, and new Champions

Augments are staying in Teamfight Tactics, and the special boosts and bonuses are as random as they have always been. Every so often, you’ll be able to choose between three Augments that pop up on your screen. Hero Augments were also added, which are special Augments made specifically for a Champion.
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Inkborn Fables adds a new mechanic to the game: Special Encounters. Every so often, you’ll find a giant Champion while playing, and they’ll do a variety of things. Some are silly, like making your Tactician massive, and some are helpful, like giving you a bunch of Gold.

Players are also encountering two units for the first time. Kobuko is a brand new mystical Yordle, and Alune is finally getting her time to shine outside of Aphelios’ shadow. There’s no way to know if League of Legends will revisit Kobuko in the future, and it's worth noting that Alune is already technically in the game as a part of Aphelios, since she's his twin sister.

The unknown and unpredictable

Teamfight Tactics has always had some unpredictable parts to it, but this season takes things to a whole new level. With Inkborn Fables, you’ll be able to really try whatever you want to succeed. One of the best things you can do is roll with what you get at the beginning. Before you enter player combat, you’ll get a few free units that you can focus on building.

This also keeps the game feeling fresh, compared to rolling repeatedly for characters you may never see. And this is easier than ever to do with Inkborn Fables. Don’t stress too much over getting the perfect comp, and roll with what you have. There are also plenty of different ways to cleanse your units, getting your items back and starting from scratch, no matter how deep the game is.

That’s everything Inkborn Fables has added to Teamfight Tactics. If you still haven’t had a chance to download the game, you can get it from the Epic Games Store. It still runs on the League of Legends client, so you’ll need to download that in order to access the game.