Usually not a popular build, Brawlers are currently the least played team comp on the official Teamfight Tactics server. They are indeed very tanky, but come at the cost of having little to no damage– this is why we combine them with some of the more powerful units that can output high amounts of damage very quick. Although not the strongest build, it’s actually a blast to play it as Blitzcrank in particular will make your enemies “wtf” a few times as he destroys their team. In this article we’ll be teaching you how to make the Teamfight Tactics Brawler build work, what are the best units for synergies and which items to place on your carries in this Brawler team composition.
Brawler Team Buffs
All active Brawlers on your board will gain bonus health.
(2) Brawler → 300 Bonus Health
(2) Brawler → 700 Bonus Health
The Brawler build is quite powerful during the early stages of a game because you can get two of them as fast as level 2 which will grant them 300 extra Health Points. This alone basically makes your two Brawlers combined have 600 extra HP which is equivalent to another champion on the board– which can be a game changer early on. At level 3-4 you’ll have a high chance of getting Volibear which will allow you to run (4) Brawlers already!
The core champions of the early game Brawler Build are: Warwick, Blitzcrank, Rek’Sai and Volibear. At level five you can add Nidalee in for the (2) Wild bonus, and you’ll even use her in the future as well so make sure that you upgrade her.
Making sure you have a strong economy will play an important role for the mid game because you have to level up quite a bit.
Getting Spear of Shojin, Rabadon’s Deathcap and Seraph’s Embrace on Blitzcrank is going to turn him into an incredible early and middle game hyper-carry that will one-shot any enemies he hooks. With these items on him, he’s basically a (2) Phantom synergy since he effectively kills one enemy the second a round starts. What makes him even better though is the fact that he’ll recharge mana very fast with these items, and hook again and again, effectively destroying the whole enemy team rather quickly.
Other than gearing Blitzcrank, you’ll want to get Infinity Edge, Guinsoo’s Rageblade and Rapid Firecannon on Nidalee to make her your second source of high damage in case something happens to Blitzcrank. Additionally, place any tank items that you might have onto any of the tanks– Warmog’s Armor, Zephyr, Thornmail and Titanic Hydra are all excellent choices.
As you start reaching the middle game with the TFT Brawler build you’ll want to level up and put two more Shapeshifters into the team. Doing so will skyrocket the effective health pool of your team by a ton, and as you keep placing items on them it’ll be very hard to kill any of your units. In case you acquire Cho’Gath, feel free to place him on the board instead of Blitzcrank– but personally I’d still leave Blitz in if you have items on him as he’ll still one-shot enemies that are rank 2. If you’d prefer to keep Blitz for the one-shot memes, swap either Rek’Sai or Volibear with Cho’Gath for now.
As far as the team goes, you’ll want to get these at level 7: Warwick, Rek’Sai, Volibear, Nidalee, Cho’Gath, Gnar and Shyvana (or keep Blitzcrank as we explained earlier).
Having a strong economy and a good amount of Gold will still be the way to go as you need to reach level 9 in order to make this build as powerful as it can get.
Same items as previously, though you might want to place Thornmail and Warmog’s Armor on Cho’Gath or Gnar which will pretty much make one of them unkillable. Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Infinity Edge and Titanic Hydra are also very strong choices for Shyvana as she does a lot of damage once she shapeshifts.
During late game you’ll want to level up to nine as fast as possible and place Ahri & Kassadin in for the (3) Void and (4) Wild buffs which will increase your whole team’s damage output. Additionally, at this point Blitzcrank will not be able to one-shot enemy units so swap him out for Cho’Gath or whatever Brawler you are missing.
The below team is going to be very hard to kill, and if you properly gear you carries it will actually be an end-game viable build– although much harder to pull of than say Yordle.
All itemization remains the same, Ahri or Kassadin don’t really require any gear. If your Blitzcrank had Spear of Shojin and Rabadon’s Deathcap then move those onto Ahri or Aurelion Sol.
Strongest Brawler Team Composition Setup
One additional Team Size spot will allow you to place Aurelion Sol in for (3) Sorcerer and (2) Dragon buff which is a great trade-off for an extra unit. On top of that, Aurelion Sol is an incredible spell damage carry and he’ll quickly clean up enemy units if you have strong items on him.