Even during the most beloved Teamfight Tactics (TFT) Sets, eventually, players begin to feel like the gameplay gets a little stale. There are only so many Deadeye, Ionia, Strategist, Noxus, and Shurima builds that one can handle. As TFT Set 9 starts to show its age, fans are looking forward to the last half-set of TFT: Set 9.5. But how much longer do people have to wait for this Runeterra refresh?
Does TFT Set 9.5 have a release date?
Officially, no, TFT Set 9.5 has yet to get an official release date. However, TFT sets are quite cyclical, so it’s easy to guess when it might happen. Typically, a new set/half-set releases about 3-4 months after the previous set. Considering Set 9 came out on June 14, that means that Set 9.5 should come out anytime from September 14 to October 14. If you look at TFT’s Patch Schedule, that makes Patches 13.18 (September 13) and 13.19 (September 27) the most likely options. Therefore, it’s safe to say that TFT Set 9.5 should be out on September 13 or 27.
What will change in Set 9.5?
Every TFT set sees a huge shake-up in the game’s meta. However, in general, half-sets like 9.5 only take the previous theme in a new direction. For example, Set 6’s Gizmos and Gadgets turned into Set 6.5 Neon Nights. Both focused on the scientific feats of Runeterra, but Set 6 highlighted Piltover’s technology while Set 6.5 took its inspiration from Zaun’s more chemical experiments.
Given the current Runeterra Reforged theme of Set 9, celebrating all the regions of Runeterra, it’d be surprising if Set 9.5 wasn’t a new spin on these important Runeterra locations. For example, a “Rune Wars” theme would be very fitting, taking a look back at ancient Runeterra. However, given the heavenly-looking portal in Riot Games’ TFT Road Map, it could also lean more toward the godly or celestial superpowers of Runeterra, too. It’ll be exciting to see what Set 9.5 brings.
Meanwhile, when it comes down to the numbers, TFT half-sets usually replace about 20-30 champions and five or so classes/origins, AKA roughly a third or half of the current TFT champion pool. So, you might be able to see fan favorites like Lee Sin or Morgana back on the roster.
Are there any hints about TFT Set 10?
Considering TFT Set 10 won’t happen until Winter 2023, you’d think we’d be clueless about the milestone TFT Set. However, given the TFT Road Map from last fall, we just might have some ideas. After all, each description and icon hinted at future TFT Sets like Monsters Attack! and Runeterra Reforged. The Set 10 preview discusses “dropping the mic” so it’s safe to say we might have our first musical theme, which will include the likes of the Pentakill, K/DA, and True Damage in-game bands. Seraphine, Sona, and Bard will also likely take center stage as the game’s resident musicians.
Or who knows, they might surprise us with a perfect meme like FoodFight Tactics… But don’t hold your breath for that one.