Friday, 24 May 2024

Everything You Need to Know About TFT Set 9.5: Runeterra Reforged – Horizon Bound

The first part of Runeterra Reforged is coming to an end, and TFT Set 9 has brought us many interesting metas and exciting gameplay. But now, it’s time to look ahead to what’s coming in Horizon Bound, the last Mid-Set of this expansion. In this article, we will delve into the new traits, units, region portals, and item reworks that Horizon Bound has in store for us. So let’s jump right in!

New Traits in TFT Set 9.5

Two new regions are entering the fray in Horizon Bound, bringing with them a brand new class and unique effects. Let’s start with the first new region: Bilgewater.


  • 3/5/7/9 champion breakpoints
  • Bilgewater champions apply marks to enemies with their attacks and abilities
  • After a brief delay, cannon shots strike marked enemies, dealing physical damage that increases with damage dealt by Bilgewater units
  • Cannon shots do more damage as your crew expands

The 9 breakpoint is a game-changing one, but it can be challenging to achieve since there are only seven Bilgewater units. So it’s important to get supporting Augments or make use of emblems to maximize the potential of this trait.

Now let’s take a look at the new Bilgewater units:

  1. Illaoi: Tier 1 Bastion

    • Ability: Deal magic damage to the current target and link souls for 5 seconds. Heal a percentage of all damage taken by the target.
  2. Graves: Tier 1 Gunner, Rogue

    • Ability: Launch a smoke grenade toward the current target, dealing physical damage to adjacent enemies and reducing their attack speed.
  3. Twisted Fate: Tier 2 Multicaster

    • Ability: Throw a hand of cards at the current target, dealing damage and encircling them. After a delay, the cards explode, dealing damage to nearby enemies.
  4. Nautilus: Tier 3 Juggernaut

    • Ability: Gain bonus armor and magic resistance passively. Activate to summon a whirlpool that damages and stuns enemies within two hexes.
  5. Miss Fortune: Tier 3 Strategist

    • Ability: Call down a rain of bullets that damages enemies and reduces their healing received.
  6. Nilah: Tier 4 Vanquisher

    • Ability: Attacks strike in a cone, dealing damage to up to two additional enemies. Gain a shield and dash to a safe location.
  7. Gangplank: Tier 5 Gunner, Reaver King (Unique Trait)

    • Ability: Summon the Dreadway to sail across the board, crashing into enemies and empowering allies with Attack Speed and crowd control immunity.

As of now, Gangplank and Miss Fortune are dominating the meta, so be sure to keep an eye out for these powerful units.

Next up is the second new region: Ixtal.


  • 2/3/4 champion breakpoints
  • Ixtal units create elemental hexes that empower units standing on them
  • Each Ixtal breakpoint adds more elemental hexes

The elemental hexes will be the same for each player in the lobby, and at the last Ixtal breakpoint, the hexes gain an extra effect. Now let’s look at the new Ixtal units:

  1. Milio: Tier 1 Invoker

    • Ability: Kick a ball at the current target, dealing damage and stunning them. The ball bounces to the closest enemy, dealing damage and stunning them as well.
  2. Qiyana: Tier 2 Rogue, Slayer

    • Ability: Dash to strike enemies in a line, dealing damage and stunning them.
  3. Neeko: Tier 3 Bastion

    • Ability: Leap towards the current target, gaining a shield and dealing damage to nearby enemies.

For more details on the Ixtal elements, check out the full article on

Vanquisher: A New Class

Replacing Deadeyes, Vanquishers are the new class joining Runeterra Reforged: Horizon Bound. They specialize in dealing true damage to beefy units, making them excellent against high-HP traits like Bruisers. Vanquisher units can shred through enemies with their true damage, making them a force to be reckoned with.

Now let’s take a look at the Vanquisher units:

  • Jhin: Tier 1 Ionia
  • Ashe: Tier 2 Freljord
  • Darius: Tier 3 Juggernaut, Slayer

There are also two new Vanquisher units added in Horizon Bound:

  • Nilah: Tier 4 Bilgewater (also discussed earlier)
  • Xayah: Tier 4 Ionia

These units, along with the revamped Vanquisher trait, will bring exciting new strategies and playstyles to the game.

New Region Portals

With the introduction of new regions, come new region portals that add unique gameplay mechanics to Horizon Bound.

Bilgewater Region Portals:

  • Finn’s Market: Replaces Round 3-7 with a visit to Bilgewater Trader Finn, where you can choose a free item from a selection.
  • Slaughter Docks: Provides free shop rerolls at the start of each stage based on the stage number.
  • Rat Town: Allows Lucky Shops to randomly appear at the start of a round, offering units tailored to your active traits.
  • Ryze, Realm Warp: In Bilgewater, Ryze creates a portal that summons a giant treasure chest to fall from the sky, damaging enemies. Each hit has a chance to drop loot or gold.

Ixtal Region Portals:

  • Serpentine River: Replaces carousel rounds with voting rounds for lobby bonuses and provides a component anvil.
  • Ixaocan: Gives increasingly valuable loot to all players each time 20 units are starred up.
  • Cardinal Arcology: Always provides a Prismatic, Gold, and Silver Augment.

For a complete understanding of the region portals, be sure to check out the full article on

Item Updates

The item system in Horizon Bound is getting a massive overhaul to bring more adaptability and satisfaction to players. The addition of new items, adjustments to existing items, and the introduction of a new support item class will completely shift the way you play with items in Teamfight Tactics.

Here are some of the highlights of the item updates:

  • New support items: These uncraftable items focus on providing teamwide support and non-selfish outputs. They include items like Aegis of the Legion, Locket of the Iron Solari, and Randuin’s Omen.
  • New craftable items: Adaptive Helm, Nashor’s Tooth, Evenshroud, Crownguard, Sterak’s Gage, and Night Harvester. Each item has unique effects that complement different playstyles and champion builds.
  • Removal of certain craftable items: Zephyr, Zeke’s Herald, Locket of the Iron Solari, Shroud of Stillness, Chalice of Harmony, and Zz’rot Portal. These items will now be accessible through support items.

The new item system aims to provide more satisfying experiences and create a more balanced and fair gameplay environment.


Horizon Bound is set to shake up the meta with its new traits, units, region portals, and item reworks. Bilgewater and Ixtal bring fresh gameplay mechanics and strategies to the game, while the item updates provide more adaptability and satisfaction for players.

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Q: What are the new traits in TFT Set 9.5?
A: The new traits introduced in Horizon Bound are Bilgewater and Ixtal.

Q: What are the new units in TFT Set 9.5?
A: Some of the new units include Illaoi, Graves, Twisted Fate, Nautilus, Miss Fortune, Nilah, Gangplank, Milio, Qiyana, Neeko, and more.

Q: What are the changes to the item system in Horizon Bound?
A: The item system is undergoing a massive overhaul, with new items, adjustments to existing items, and the introduction of a new support item class.

Q: What are the new region portals in Horizon Bound?
A: The new region portals include Finn’s Market, Slaughter Docks, Rat Town, Ryze Realm Warp (Bilgewater), Serpentine River, Ixaocan, and Cardinal Arcology (Ixtal).

Q: Can you provide more details on the Vanquisher class?
A: The Vanquisher class specializes in dealing true damage to beefy units. Jhin, Ashe, Darius, Nilah, and Xayah are some of the units in this class.

Q: Where can I find more information on the item updates in Horizon Bound?
A: For a detailed explanation of the item updates, check out the full article on

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