The mighty Jarvan was nerfed yesterday and the Giant Slayer European Cup playoffs saw the first tournament games post-nerf. How bad is Jarvan now? Spoiler alert: Jarvan won 4 out of 5 games. Jarvan: 1, TFT balancing team: 0.
The first game had only 3 Jarvan players, 6th place… and 1st and 2nd. After that:
Jarvan is still particularly strong because he and Karma help players reach the 4 Dark Star power spike. 75% of the Top 4 boards had at least 4 Dark Star Units.
Jhin, Shaco, and Xerath are solid units on their own; give them some Dark Star power, and they win you games.
It’s Tornado Season in TFT: Janna played a crucial role in 3 of the 5 wins.
The pros have definitely noticed Janna’s potential and have started to prioritize her. Expect to see more of her in your lobbies soon.
Janna’s CV summary:
- Huge AOE disable
- Crazy team attack speed buff
- Counters Vanguard (Jhin and Shaco’s biggest fear)
Put Shojin on Janna because Janna + Shojin = Tornado Time. In the last round of the 4th game, FluffyHS‘s Janna cast her spell 3 times in 6 seconds! Here is his game-winning board:
Janna also won a game with her Star Guardian buddies, Syndra and Neeko. Perhaps this is this another viable comp coming soon to a lobby near you.
There were ZERO Blademaster, Blaster/Brawler, or Rebel comps in the Top 4.
Maybe it just wasn’t their day, or maybe this just isn’t their meta. Cybernetic + Infiltrator Irelia managed to squeeze in a win. Astro Sniper nabbed a 2nd place finish in the last lobby.
Other comps might be viable, but pros aren’t taking that risk when $4000 is on the line.
|Lobby 1: Star Cluster||4 Dark Star, Mystic, 3 Star Guardian, 2 Protector, Celestial, Sorcerer, Paragon|
Itemized: Jarvan, Dark Star Janna, Xerath
|4 Dark Star, 2 Infiltrator, Sniper, Protector, Celestial, Mystic, Starship|
Itemized: Protector Asol, Xerath, Infiltrators
|Lobby 2: Dwarf Planet||6 Cybernetic, 4 Chrono, 3 Blademaster 2 Infiltrator, Mana-Reaver, Blaster, Vanguard|
Itemized: Infiltrator Irelia, Lucian, Wukong
|6 Dark Star, 2 Infiltrator, Sniper, Protector, Celestial, Mystic|
Itemized: Xerath, Shaco, Jarvan
|Lobby 3: Trade Sector||4 Dark Star, 2 Sniper, Infiltrator, Protector, Celestial, Mystic, Paragon|
Itemized: Shaco, Jhin, Fizz
|4 Dark Star, Vanguard, 2 Sniper, 2 Mystic|
Itemized: Jhin, Ashe
|Lobby 4: Normal||4 Chrono, 2 Dark Star, Protector, Celestial, Sorcerer, Paragon|
Itemized: Janna, Xerath, Jarvan
|4 Dark Star, 2 Infiltrator, Sniper, Protector, Celestial, Mystic|
Itemized: Shaco, Jarvan, Thresh
|Lobby 5: Binary Star||4 Dark Star, 2 Sniper, Infiltrator, Protector, Celestial, Mystic|
Itemized: Jhin, Ashe, Jarvan
|Astro, 4 Sniper, 2 Dark Star, Vanguard, Chrono, Celestial, Mystic|
Itemized: Teemo, Jhin, Wukong, Nautilus
Dark Star continues to dominate, Janna + Shojin is getting more attention, and Irelia Infiltrator is still good. Don’t be afraid to play uncontested comps in your lobby, but if the game gives you a lot of Dark Star units… make Dark Star lemonade.