What to pick starting a game & top tier items in TFT
When starting off, you can either aim for a champion or an item. Items are generally more reliable at the start since compositions will likely change.
The best, and most fluid item that can fit any composition is either a Needlessly Large Rod or a Recurve Bow. Both spell heavy, tanky and high ad damage comps will ideally have an item build from the Rod or Bow. That said, if you are feeling lucky, aim for one of the pirate champions to maximize your ability to get an early pirate comp allowing for max value of the pirate bonus (after each round, grants between 0-4 gold).
Top tier items
Force of Nature, Spatula + Spatula – Add an extra unit slot. This item can allow the player to exceed the usual unit cap of 9. Force of Nature can stack, but most players will try deny others their first Force of Nature, let alone their second.
Guinsoo’s Rageblade, Recurve Bow + Needless Large Rod – Attacks give 3% Attack Speed, stacking infinitely. This item can be build on almost anyone reasonably well, considering all champions auto attack with reasonable damage. The longer the match goes, the stronger Guinsoo’s becomes, especially considering the attack speed stacks infinitely.
Rapid Firecannon, Recurve Bow + Recurve Bow – Attack range is doubled and attacks cannot miss / be dodged. This is a top tier item for range attack damage carries, allowing them to almost hit anywhere in the map from one position.
Rabadon’s Deathcap, Needlessly Large Rod + Needlessly Large Rod – Spell damage / ability damage increases by 50%. Rabadon’s Deathcap with one another, making a double, or even triple Deathcap leading to some serious damage (insane with Aurelion Sol).
Spear of Shojin, B.F Sword + Tear of the Goddess – Gain 20% of your mana back after casting a spell. As expected, this will enable more spells to be casted, great on both AD and AP comps.