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    Teamfight Tactics Set 3: Galaxies

    Let’s take this fight to another world
    Set 3 of Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies Theme

    Teamfight Tactics, brought to you by the people at Riot Games, is an auto chess game that gained popularity on release and has fluctuated quite a bit since. Riot is of course known for its hit game, League of Legends, a MOBA game that attracts huge numbers in the esports scene. The lore surrounding the characters (or champions, as we call them) of LoL is massive and has enabled them to make a lot more content based on that world.

    Riot has capitalized on letting their fanbase play different styles of games with the same champions they are familiar with. Each season, called a set, of Teamfight Tactics has a selection of champions with assigned attributes. This week, on March 18th, the newest set releases with the theme of Galaxies.

    WTF is Auto Chess?

    Auto chess, or auto battlers, are games where you choose units, place them, and they automatically fight against another team on a set board. You are one of 8 players, fighting each other in a mini-tournament style, losing points each time you lose a match until a winner emerges. To win against the other teams you’ll need to not only build a solid team but also keep an eye on what everyone else is building plus learn to use your money wisely.

    So if you like strategy and can think quickly, you might enjoy playing any of the auto chess games. And if you like League of Legends you’ll enjoy Teamfight Tactics in particular.

    How to Play Teamfight Tactics

    This week marks the arrival of the next set (or season) of Teamfight Tactics. Each season has brought a new dynamic, changing out what champions are available and what type of items and skills they possess. Every champion has an Origin, a Class, and can carry 3 items or buffs. A champion costs 1 to 7 gold to buy. And each champion can be combined to make a higher tier version – 3 to make a tier 2 champion and 3 tier 2 champions to make a tier 3 (that’s 9 tier 1’s to make a tier 3). Higher tier champions have higher stats and do more damage.

    If you put together champions with the same origin or class, you get extra buffs. Things like increased armor, chance to do more damage, or maybe get mana or spell power. In addition to combining traits, you’ll get items in carousels and PvE rounds that you combine to give your champions extra fighting power.

    A wonderful cheat sheet for the new set by mobalytics

    What’s Special About Set 3?

    Each new set brings new origin set, changes out what champions are present, and even what skins those champions wear to fit their origin/class combo. On top of the usual changes, Set 3 brings some new mechanics to the game. Set 2 introduced “Elements” to the game where each match was either wind (dodge), water (mana), fire (attack speed), or earth (health) and each gave a different buff for champions placed in spaces that contained that element.

    Set 3 introduces a new mechanic where each match will take you to a different Galaxy, with its own set of rules. Some of these are Neekoverse: where everyone starts with two Neeko’s help (an item that clones any champion). Another other is Lilac Nebula: where every champion in the first carousel of the game will have a value of four gold. (Side note: this mechanic will release with patch 10.7 to give players the chance to adjust to the new champion sets first.)

    This new set also introduces a battle pass system that will allow players to earn cosmetics for our characters, called Little Legends. Needless to say, as someone who has a history of buying all the skins, I’m super hyped about this addition.

    Should You Try TFT?

    I’m a huge fan of the universe Riot’s created. I’ve played League of Legends since beta and up until a few years ago, I was one of those people who picked up and learned every new champ that came along (I fell off the bandwagon when I had my first kid). TFT had a lot of hype when it came out and then kinda died off, so I didn’t end up picking it up until Set 2 released. I climbed my way from Iron 1 to Platinum 3 and have definitely fallen in love with it.

    If you like strategy games and are willing to put in the time to learn the mechanics of the game then I definitely think you should give it a go! Prepare yourself for Set 3 with the 10.6 patch notes and make use of great guides found on Mobalytics and LoLchess!


    As a final side note: I’m really excited to see Riot finally branch out, first with Teamfight Tactics and now with Legends of Runeterra – their card game, as well as their upcoming forays into FPS and an animated series. Maybe we’ll even get a Runeterra movie some time, like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy have produced.

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 194: Unlike Your Dad, Sony Pulls Out

    Unlike Your Dad, Sony Pulls Out

    Because they are horrible adults Marcia and Carrie make the obvious joke about Sony pulling out of the PAX East expo. On a related note we do have a blog post up here about how to avoid the PAX Plague. This podcast episode is full of gaming chat, television shows, movies, and Jax’s upcoming trip to PAX East.

    Game Chats:

    All efforts to talk about one or two games went out the window as per usual. The ladies chat about the Animal Crossings New Horizons Nintendo Direct broadcast very excitedly. Marcia talks about her latest games including Journey to the Savage Planet, and Fortnite Season 2. Also included in that lineup is Effie, a great action-adventure indie game that everyone should check out.

    Tamagotchi is still a thing apparently and Carrie has been playing My Tamagotchi Forever on iPhone.

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 193: Carrie’s Meaty Balls

    In before January is completely over…whew! Carrie and Marcia are on track for at least one podcast a month for 2020. If you’ve ever questioned just how much content could possibly be packed into a short half hour show THIS is the podcast to listen to.

    The ladies chat about Death Stranding, The Witcher 3, Animal Crossing New Horizons, Sea of Thieves and a ton of other games. TV chats run amok as well with Star Trek: Picard, The Good Place, whatever that new Dracula show is on Netflix, and Lego Masters. 

    To wrap up the show we chat goals for 2020, the new Byte app, and something about some Jersey guys meaty balls. 

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    Thanksgiving Served up In Automachef

    Get into the holiday spirit with new recipes and more in the new free update for the resource management puzzler.

    Automachef is getting into the holiday spirit with the launch of a free Thanksgiving themed update available today. The update includes three new levels, Thanksgiving related recipes and a new machine for budding Automachef engineers.

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    Rick and Morty Get Schwifty in Merge Dragons!

    Characters From Award-Winning Show Take Over Game in Limited Event Series

    In the game, Rick and Morty are playing Merge Dragons! and hack their way into the game to retrieve the Stone of Reckoning, a powerful item that opens portals to forbidden worlds. This causes the pair to crash-land in Dragonia, the world of Merge Dragons!, where fans can expect plenty of super-scientific mayhem to ensue.

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