League of Legends is the title that built Riot Games’ reputation and esports scene. Now, the studio is releasing another game that takes place in the same universe: a card game. Legends of Runeterra will be a competitive card game that takes place in the League of Legends universe, drawing from the cast of characters and items to provide a whole host of cards for players to collect, draw, and play.
Runeterra is the place where the lore of League of Legends unfolds, containing several unique regions with their own distinct themes and champions. This provides a pretty wide range of visual and gameplay inspiration for Legends of Runeterra cards, and we got to see a few of them in action during the reveal, including Draven, Garen, Fiora, and Teemo.
Demacia, Noxus, Freljord, Piltover, Zaun, Ionia, and the Shadow Isles will be featured locations, so expect champions to come from these regions or be related to them. While some characters will be familiar from League, some won’t be, but they’ll all be from the world of Runeterra.
Cards will be unlocked by picking a region and playing games, accumulating points to unlock more and more loot based on the region. Your preferred region can be changed whenever you want. The developers stressed during the stream that you will not have to pay for randomized packs to unlock cards in this game.
This isn’t the first big game that’s taken its IP to the card game arena. Hearthstone is a successful spinoff of the World of Warcraft lore, and Dota 2 attempted to create a competitor with the 2018 release of Artifact.
Closed beta applications will open after the League of Legends anniversary celebration concludes. Players can visit the official site to register their accounts.