The wait to dive into Runterra is finally over.
Riot Games’ collectible card game based on the League of Legends universe, Legends of Runeterra (LoR), is now officially released. Announced late last year and available as a closed beta earlier this year, the company has pushed out version 1.0 of the game with a brand new expansion (Rising Tides) to boot. For those of you out of the loop, what is LoR?
LoR is a digital collectible card game, where players collect different kinds of cards to build decks and duke it out on a battlefield. In essence, the game involves players taking turns to cast spells and summon minions or champions, with the goal of reducing their opponents’ Nexus health to zero. However, it gets a lot more nuanced than that, thanks to the hundreds of cards available (with the new expansion adding 100+ more to the fray!).
While Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering players will feel right at home playing the game, LoR is also accessible for those who are new to the genre. Mechanics are easy to pick up and well-defined on the cards (hover your mouse cursor or hold your finger on text to read rule meanings) so you can learn the game through playthroughs instead of memorizing rulebooks. It also features in-depth tutorials consisting of bite-sized scenarios to help you understand the flow of a regular match.
LoR has a generous progression system that allows players to easily increase their card collection. All cards are unlocked through gameplay, and you can even narrow down the rewards by choosing a faction you want to play for (this can be switched at any time). But like with other free to play games, you can also spend money to speed up the process. If you prefer drafting and creating new decks on the fly, LoR’s Expedition Mode has got you covered.
For fans of collectible card games and/or League of Legends lore, LoR is a breath of fresh air in the genre. It’s also free to play with cross-platform support, so you’ll be able to maintain your account progress on multiple devices.