Teamfight Tactics is gaining a huge popularity day by day, and the number of players is constantly rising. More popularity means more confused players with a lot of interesting questions, which our team can’t wait to cover.
Today we will speak about different platforms on which you can play TFT, and whereas does Teamfight Tactics support cross-platform, and if it does, which platforms does it support?
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Is Teamfight Tactics Cross-Platform?
Well, I can give a short and long answer to that question.
Short one: Yes!
Long one: Oh boy, brace yourselves.
Yes, Teamfight Tactics is cross-platform, but what does that mean?
According to ”Google”: ” In computing, cross-platform software (also multi-platform software or platform-independent software) is computer software that is designed to work in several computing platforms. … For example, a cross-platform application may run on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS.”
So what does this sentence tell us? Absolutely nothing, we already knew that if you have Mac that you can use it to play League. I think the question at hand is:” Can you play TFT on android or apple smartphone?
Again, the answer is Yes!
On June 26th, 2019., after three months of delay, Riot Games released the mobile app for Teamfight Tactics.
And here is why that is a problem.
Ok, first of all, a disclaimer, I love that I can play TFT on my android, and it’s all fun and games when the other seven players are playing it on mobile too.
The problems start when some other players are playing on PC or Mac or any desktop or laptop.
”But, why is that?” One may ask.
Here is why:
First of all, we must understand that Teamfight Tactics is a game that is all about strategy, but sometimes you need speed and accuracy as well. When I say speed and accuracy, I don’t mean you need to click Q, W, E, R in a split second to snowball that stupid Teemo that is free farming on the top lane.
No, I mean that you need a certain kind of speed and accuracy, like rerolling your shop, repositioning your champions on the board, and putting items together in those 30 seconds you have before the fight begins. Now, don’t look all surprised. Every tactic used in war needed to have a certain speed and accuracy.
I mean, even though Leonidas spartans had strength and tactics to fight off the Persians, in the battle of the Thermopylae, it wouldn’t be of much use to them if they, you know… got there tomorrow.
That being said, let’s dig into some of the pros and cons of playing on mobile and PC(or Mac, calm down).
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Playing TFT On Mobile Phone
- It’s great that you can carry TFT in your pocket and go for a game anytime or anywhere you feel like playing.
- The app is very well developed, apart from some minor bugs, like background music and some glitches I have encountered while playing Mercenaries (the loot doesn’t show. Only a couple of particles are glowing, and if you don’t concentrate, or you don’t expect that loot, as a person just starting the game won’t expect it, you won’t see it.)
- You can download it from Google play.
- It’s free
- You can play it from your bed.
- It drains your battery so fast. When I say fast, I mean like in the blink of an eye. And that’s coming from a person who is using Galaxy Note 10+, which has 4300 mAh, and in case you aren’t a tech geek like some of us are, that’s a lot!
- You need a super fast and stable connection even to get off the loading screen, let alone playing the game.
- It’s super hard on your smartphone. It eats RAM, uses quite a lot of GPU, and if you have something like a Chrome or Facebook, or God forbid some other game running in the background, you can forget about it. Again, coming from a Galaxy Note 10+ user. I mean, it will work, but you will feel an impact on gameplay and the smoothness of the game. If you have a lower-end, or even mid-range smartphone, which isn’t in Samsung Galaxy S or Note range, or iPhones 8 and above, TFT mobile won’t be fun as one might expect.
- Micromanagement is an issue. Why? Well, first of all, small screen (compared to desktop screen), big fingers(compared to the small screen, I’m not a freak with big fingers), small champions, small fields, and even smaller items, and last but not least, curved screens. All of these things are a big problem. Ok, let’s imagine a situation. It’s late game, only you and one other player survived. He has 3* Jinx hyper carry with full items, but you have Blitz with almighty hook, which in TFT is a gamechanger. In the last 5 seconds, he switches Jinx places from left to right side of the board. You need to do the same with your Blitz otherwise, it’s game over. Yeah, good luck with that, especially if you have a curved screen and your smartphone thinks you want to paint some lilies in Lightroom. I tell you, it’s a mess.
- Moving around is a whole process. In every game of TFT, you have so-called ”Carousels”. Basically, nine champions are running around in a circle, and they all have a particular item attached to them. Now you want to get that Miss Fortune to complete Mercenaries – Snipers composition, but that won’t be easy. You need to click every single part of your screen to chase and catch her before other players. Also, there is quite a lot of delay after you touch a particular part of the screen until your Little Legend starts moving towards it, and the worst thing is, IT WON’T CHANGE DIRECTION UNTILL HE ARRIVES AT THE SPOT YOU TOUCHED IN THE FIRST PLACE! Now compare that with just clicking your mouse on that Miss Fortune, no delay on PC. It’s clear that someone using a mouse will get that Miss Fortune a lot quicker than you.
- You are highly dependent on your device.
- It’s addictive, primarily on a smartphone, because you don’t have to sit in the same place for a couple of hours.
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So, we established that TFT is a cross-platform game. It has some good sides to it, and some bad sides as well.
My preferred platform to play Teamfight Tactics remains PC, but that’s just me. After all, this is a personal opinion type of article, and we can all have different opinions.
Overall, I am still thankful for having the option to play TFT on my phone. God knows how many times has it killed my boredom when I had nothing to do at work or that lecture at University was going on for hours. So Riot, thank you for that.
That’s all, folks.
I hope you had a fun time reading this article and that you have learned something from it.
Expect more exciting content every day about the magical universe of Teamfight Tactics.
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