Elementalists are very easy to build and incredibly strong considering you only need three of them to fully activate the Elementalist bonus. The Elementalist Golem is very tanky and he’ll be able to soak a lot of damage, plus he does quite a bit of damage as well (during early and mid game it’s actually enough to kill 1-2 champions). If you’re looking to build Elementalists you won’t be disappointed as they’re one of the most popular TFT 9.16 builds right now, especially among beginners. In this Teamfight Tactics 9.16 Elementalist build guide we’re featuring our strongest 9.16 Elementalist team composition that will carry you through games with ease.
The 9.16 Elementalist Team Comp in this article is viable for both Ranked and Casual TFT games!
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Elementalist Team Buffs
Elementalists have a passive just like Sorcerers which gives them double mana gained with each basic attack.
Their unique “active” buff triggers at 3 Elementalists and it spawns the Golem which has a huge Health pool and does a bit of damage too. The golem spawns next to an Elementalist (if there is space) and automatically targets enemy units.
Elementalists are tricky to build early on because you heavily rely on luck for getting Brand in order to gain the (3) Elementalist synergy. To counter this, you need to have a solid early game composition that will prevent the loss of too much health before you complete your Elementalists. Another variant is to play the “Open Fort” tactic– which means you need to be on a loss streak and profit from making bonus Gold. I’ve played Elementalists quite a bit and I love starting with Lissandra & Braum, Garen, Darius and Kennen. These champions offer a solid early game and if they’re all level two you won’t be losing too many fights against other players.
Make sure to work on your economy as leveling up quickly is crucial in order to roll for Brand and complete (3) Elementalist as soon as possible.
Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Infinity Edge and Statikk Shiv are awesome on Kennen, even level one Kennen is going to carry you hard with these items. Additionally, Thornmail and Warmog’s Armor are great on Braum because he’s going to be tanking for a long time and allow your Kennen to burst enemies down.
Mid game is when Elementalists start being fun, if you managed to get Brand that is…
At level six your Elementalist team comp should be very strong because Brand is a ridiculous ap carry. The Elementalist Golem, paired with Kennen and Brand ultimate is enough to win plenty of games and what’s great is the fact you don’t have to upgrade them either. The core Elementalist team goes like this: Lissandra, Kennen, Brand, Braum and Ashe. I like to add Garen on top of that, just to have another tank on the front line in order to soak up as much damage as possible and let the carries do the heavy lifting.
Same items as before but try to also place Morellonomicon on Garen. Statikk Shiv, Runaan’s Hurricane and Guinsoo’s Rageblade are great choices for Ashe since she’s going to be stunning enemies a lot with her high attack speed and Glacial buff.
During late game you have to maximize the efficiency of this Elementalist 9.16 build by adding as many synergies as you can. There are two choices: Phantoms or Demon and the choice heavily depends on RNG, if you don’t manage to get Kindred your obvious choice is to go the Demon variant.
The Phantom Elementalist composition is harder to pull off but stronger and more rewarding. For that comp you’ll need: Lissandra, Brand, Anivia, Braum, Ashe, Volibear, Sejuani, Kindred and Mordekaiser.
In case RNG is not on your side, you can replace Kindred for Varus and Mordekaiser with Garen and your build will still be relatively strong, provided you have the units upgraded to at least rank 2.
If you obtained Anivia and sold Kennen, place Kennen’s items onto Ashe or Kindred (Varus). Luden’s Echo, Rabadon’s Deathcap and Seraph’s Embrace are best in slot item choices for Brand, whilst Morellonomicon is enough to make Anivia a really strong AP carry. Lastly, don’t forget to place any tank items you get onto Volibear, Braum or Sejuani.
Full Elementalist Team Composition Setup
The best Elementalist 9.16 build you could possibly get is with two more Forces of Nature. Add Varus and Vayne on top of the Phantasm build and you’ll be sitting at 4 Rangers which is incredibly strong considering you have all the stuns from Glacial, 4 Front line units and the Elementalist Golem.