Drodo Studio’s Dota 2 arcade mode has been the hottest thing in town for a while now. However, nobody was quick to get their hands on the new game concept. Even Valve took several months before announcing something regarding the card game inspired genera that Drodo has produced with the Steam workshop limited tools.
Dota Auto Chess registered a fast growing in popularity and sits now to nearly 9 million subscribers. In the meantime, the Chinese studio has also released a mobile version of the game in collaboration with the Chinese company Dragonest. However, Drodo’s mobile game is made with Valve’s blessing. A few weeks ago, the Dota 2 developer made its first official announcement regarding the future of Dota Auto Chess and their intentions on releasing a standalone title.
“in February we flew the Drodo team over from China to chat about the future of Dota Auto Chess, and to see if they’d want to collaborate directly with us (this was also during one of the worst weeks of snow we’ve had in years, sorry about that, Drodo). We had great conversations, but we both came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons. We ended up agreeing that we’ll each build our own stand-alone version of the game, and support each other to the fullest,” announced Valve on the 21st of March. Earlier today, June 10, the community could watch the first leaked footage of Valve’s new game, and also today, RIOT announced their own Dota Auto Chess mode.
“Folks around the office have been playing an insane amount of Dota Auto Chess in particular. We love it, and it actually got us inspired to create something new as a mode in League, “says RIOT in their official announcement from June 10, 2019. In accordance, the League of Legends developer announces that the Public Beta Test for their custom game will be released “later this month.”
Judging from the small description given by RIOT, the game will have very similar game mechanics with Dota Auto Chess.
“You’ll spend gold in the store before each round to recruit League champions to your team. Throughout the game, your team will become more powerful as you draft champions that share origins and classes to unlock trait bonuses. Additionally, you can combine three duplicates of the same champ to upgrade them into a super version of themselves, and combine three supers to create the ultimate version.”
There will also be eight players fighting one against another and each battle is held on one of the opponent’s boards. At the end of each round players will earn gold, but RIOT doesn’t mention how exactly will the gold be spent.
Teamfight Tactics beta stage will be launched later this month and RIOT will take into account all players’ feedback. In preparation for the Beta phase, they also announced today the avatars for the game. Little Legends they are called and will have animations that to some will resemble with the two minions from Artifact, Lux and Nox.
“These critters will be your avatar in TFT, dancing, emoting, animating, and generally showing off. After your first few games, you’ll unlock your first LL just by playing.
After picking up your one-time-only free Legend, you can purchase additional species in the store for 750 RP. We’re launching with six species:
If you’re not yet smitten with these Little Legends, expect more varieties with each patch, just like skins. Additionally, for those of you who want your to really pop we’ll feature Rare LL Eggs, purchasable for 490 RP. Rare Eggs contain special variants of those same species, with an added twist: hatching a variant you’ve already found will make them star up just like the champions in TFT, powering up their models and effects. Once a variant has reached its third level, it will not drop from future Rare Eggs you open.”
At the end of their official announcement, RIOT states that the TFT will go live “during patch 9.13,” which sets an interesting race with Valve.