An Epic CCG
Legends of Runeterra (LoR), the CCG (collectible card game), is a welcome change from the creators of League of Legends. And while this release from Riot Games aims to expand the storylines of the latter MOBA, the style of play is entirely different.
In this strategy card game, you can go one-on-one against the computer AI or real persons in a PvP showdown. Either way, the rules remain the same. First, both opponents choose what cards to play with or opt for randomly generated ones. Once the match is underway, all players begin with a deck of 40 cards, zero mana, and 20 health points on their nexus. One match can have up to ten rounds in which players alternate between being the attacker and defender.
Launching an attack requires placing cards on the playing field. When that happens, the other player has an opportunity to choose a blocker. Cards deal damage that is equivalent to their respective power slot indicated by a digit. The opposing side can cancel out any attacks by placing cards that have a defense slot that is larger or equal to the attacking card’s power. In this case, the nexus gets protection and the card takes damage instead. You can eliminate a card by reducing its defense value to zero after subsequent attacks. However, if there is no block, the attacker will chip away at the opponent’s nexus. The game’s objective is to bring the rival’s health points to zero in order to come out victorious.
Over 300 Card Options
Generally, the cards you play in Legends of Runeterra allow you to summon a creature, champion, or cast spells. There are more than 300 cards in the game, so the strategies you can come up with are endless.
Spells cause an effect when played. Depending on the one you choose to cast, you can do that before or during combat. However, there is a speed attribute that determines whether the opponent gets a chance to respond with a counter. Burst spells, for instance, resolve instantly, which means it is impossible to react. In contrast, you can respond to slow or fast spells and neutralize their effects. There are also fleeting spells which expire if you don’t use them by the end of your turn.
Fans of League of Legends will see some familiar faces when playing champion cards. Many of the characters were lifted directly from the MOBA. Champions are the most powerful cards to have in this LoR, so it makes sense to build entire decks to exploit their abilities. It’s also possible to level up champions by fulfilling certain conditions during play.
Another set of cards in Legends of Runeterra comprise of followers. Similar to champions, allies can serve as blockers or help to attack the opponent’s nexus.
Awesome Audio Visual Effects
Riot Games went all out to include versions for Windows, iOS and Android. Whether you choose to play Legends of Runeterra for PC or with your handheld device, the game has amazing audio visual effects that make it enjoyable. Each player has a cute furry poro for a pet, which cheers them on during matches. In addition to animation effects that spice up the battlefield when you cast a spell, the game comes alive with voiceovers and inspiring background music.
Tips & Tricks for Playing Legends of Runeterra for PC
Combine Cards from Different Regions
Every card or character in Runeterra comes from one of six different regions. These include the Shadow Isles, Demacia, Ionia, Noxus, Freljord, and Piltover & Zaun, (which will be discussed later). If you are looking to build a strong deck, experiment with champions from two different regions. The trick is to partner up regions that complement each other. With this approach, you can find out which combinations offer the best synergy.
Accumulate Spell Mana
Playing cards in LoR will cost you varying amounts of mana. However, you don’t have to spend all of it. There is an option to ‘pass’ making any move, which you can take when there is no good play. You get to save any unused mana at the end of the round. As a result, it turns into spell mana when roles reverse. Having this resource makes it possible to cast spells, which can help you surprise your enemies with unexpected attacks or turn the tide in your favor.
Level Up Champions
As mentioned earlier, you can upgrade champions in LoR by meeting certain criteria. So, make sure to find out what the level-up requirement is for the cards that are on your deck and work on achieving the specified goals. Doing so will increase the champion’s power and health slots, thus making him/her stronger.
Check the Weekly Vault
Every week, remember to visit the vault. It offers chests that contain free cards to add to your deck. The more you play, the chests upgrade and offer better rewards, including wildcards that you can swap for rare cards.
Hone Your Skills Before Delving into PvP Matches
Lastly, the best tip to remember as you begin to discover the possibilities in Legends of Runeterra is to practice. Start with the game’s tutorial. It layouts out tricky scenarios that will get you thinking about deck cohesion. After grasping the basics, play some matches against the AI to test different decks and gameplay strategies. Remember, the more time you spend practicing and learning the game, the better you will become in PvP matches.
Check the Weekly Vault
The best way to capitalize on the weekly vault reward is to play hard all week. The vault contains 3 chests that come in multiple levels starting from basic bronze chests gearing all the way to the ultimate prize of diamond chests. Amassing 25, 000 XP throughout the week will get you the jackpot of 3 diamond chests (each containing 4 uncommon cards & 1 rare card) plus 500+ Dust, champion wildcard, and token expedition. Completing daily quests and playing regular PvP matches offer the best chances of raking in high XP points.
Regions in Legends of Runeterra
Becoming a master player of LoR begins with understanding the various regions offered in the game. Each region has its share of strengths and weaknesses that you will need to carefully consider when setting up your deck. In total, there are 6 regions as described below.
1). Shadow Isles
This region offers the unique ability of sacrificing cards in exchange for some sort of gain. The sacrificial move of Shadow of Isles are many but they usually involve either reviving a card later in the game where it can serve a higher purpose or triggering an effect that will deal damage to the other side.
2). Piltover & Zaun
In this region, machinations and mayhem are the order of the day. The units in Piltover & Zaun are master sorcerers with a plethora of both offensive and defensive spells that give you the power to stun the enemy. Many of the cards in this region offer dual effects, some of which help get you out of sticky situations.
Freljord is a wild and icy region with fierce and nearly savage inhabitants with names like Ruthless Raider, Caught in the Cold, and Ember Maiden. The cards and champions within Freljard rely on icy forces of nature such as Frostbite and Winter’s Breath spells to deal aggressive attacks that crush the enemy. This region also has the advantage of increasing your mana whenever you tap into natural mystical powers.
You will find the game’s most sturdy and beefy units in this region. Demacia is all about might with the region’s cards and champions bringing useful combat skills to the table. Barrier Cards of the regions have the ability to nullify the effects of your opponents first round of attack, Buff Units strengthen each other up to create a powerful army, while champions have unique skills ranging from killing 2 enemies to striking twice. Learning the characteristics of all Demacia champions as well as the region’s play styles and mechanics will go a long way in helping you build a fearsome and unbeatable board presence.
In Noxus, the goal is to chip away at the enemy’s nexus at all cost. The units in this region pack a powerful punch in their attacks. They usually hit the enemy with ruthless aggression, sometimes even sacrificing one of their own to deal a bigger blow on the opposing side. Unfortunately, Noxus units come with the downside of having low health making them unable to withstand several rounds on the board.
The Ionia region ushers you into beautiful sacred lands that are one with magic and nature. The units in Ionia do not possess brute power or magical prowess but rather specialize in stealthy tactics and spells to outwit the enemy. Smart moves such as ‘Recall’ where you bounce enemy units back to the hand of their owner and ‘Elusive’ which involves attacking the opponent from a sneaky angle, are your disposal when using cards from Ionia.