While it was always expected that the mode would become permanent, nothing was official until this announcement. Riot has been attempting to add a new permanent game mode to League for the better part of a year, with modes like last year’s Nexus Blitz getting added briefly without ever living up to the standards Riot expected. Teamfight Tactics is the first of these new modes to earn a permanent spot.
Teamfight Tactics has proven wildly popular since its release last month. The mode has frequently occupied a top spot on Twitch when measured by number of spectators, and even brought new players to League of Legends who wanted to try the new mode, but weren’t interested in the original game itself.
Part of the mode’s continued success has been Riot’s frequent updates, that have included one new champion and a number of balance changes that were meant to keep the game fair and fun. Riot also announced that the next addition to the game would be a brand new origin and four new champions. An origin determines what extra bonuses champions get during the course of the game.
The origin will be called Hextech, and will have the ability to disable items on your enemy’s board. The champions coming to TFT for the first time will be Camille, Jayce, Vi, and Jinx. All four characters will have the Hextech origin.
These changes should arrive on the League of Legends Public Beta Environment on July 31 and are scheduled to be added to live servers on Aug. 14.