Discovering Legends of Runeterra

Smart Thinking

Before the Legends of
era, the world had other ways to entertain itself with different
items. For more than hundreds of years, humanity
tends to use various tools to treat themselves
while there’s nothing else
to do. Therefore, to burn a couple of hours, social gatherings became more appealing when you have other rules to
. Indeed, depending on the object at hand, you were also instructed
to follow different instructions. It may feel complicated at first, but once
you know the “flow,” you’ll understand
what is going on behind those printed cards

Legend of Runeterra Art from Riot representing Yasuo and random units shadowed in the back
Pass Your Turn

Furthermore, if you also add the tremendous Lore capabilities from League of Legends, you’ll
surely have the potential to enrich something mundane as playing with cards. We
all know that there’s a lot of stories
the Summoner’s Rift and the Nexus battle.  Indeed, every
single Champion has more than a couple of lines
that increase the interest
of the fans and make them likable/dislikable.

Also, mixing the
current abilities
in the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) and the
pausable turned-based game will surely make exciting game modes. Indeed, using
the “ultimate” in a static “board”
may create something incredibly worth
experiencing in different terms. As a result, in this article, we’ll dig deep
into the complex union between cards and
last hitting

Trading Card Games

There can be lots of
stuff printed in the two sizes of a single card
. Still, though, some moving
companies have had the opportunity to create
an excellent theme and set of rules
to make it enjoyable. Therefore, with
some numbers and oriented images,
you’ll interpret their meanings and
their effect
in the game. As a result, even without words, you’ll have the
potential to have a good time with friends.

Taking this into consideration, here you have different examples that can give you a better idea about this type of entertainment and how it evolves through the years:

Standard 52-card deck

A game of Poker with a winning hand and some Chips in between

One of the oldest models in this article and still one of
the most popular in the entire world. This set of cards usually divided into
four equal parts. Furthermore, even though the rules of Poker are the commonly
known way to use these types of decks, there are a lot more different modes to

Most importantly, there are sets of rules that can be easily
understood and carried to a lot of people, regardless of their age or
intelligence. Indeed, with that flexibility, everyone has the potential to have
a great time at any place. For example, you could easily carry a deck of cards
on a beach trip and play overnight for a while.


Technically this board game isn’t considered as using
“cards,” by any means. Still, though, all of the rules and the images around
the tiles somewhat represent the same tabletop feeling. Although even if Mahjong
is a bit old, you still have a lot of players around Asia playing it and having
tons of fun.

To explain it a little bit more, like the game of Poker, you
have the opportunity to create pairs, three of a kind, and four of a kind as
well. In contrast to the well known 52-card deck, the main goal is to exchange
the titles on your hand and complete a “Hand” (like Full house). At the same
time, your opponents (typically three other players) have this objective and
want to get it before you do.


“Uno” of the popular games that even though it has
transcended its physical form to digital is still owning the market in two
separate ways. Overall, the main goal of the game is to get rid of all the seven
items on your hand. Indeed, you’re in a constant race with the other players on
the “table” that may try to skip your turn or decrease your odds in achieving
this task.

Furthermore, the physical box contains 112 cards in the full
set, but it is recommendable that you acquire at least two decks for a better
experience. On the other hand, the digital form is practically endless.
Therefore, when you go digital, you don’t have to worry about re-shuffling the
deck in between.

Magic the Gathering

Different physical Cards from Magic the Gathering TCG
Lands for the Win

When this game became available in the market, it
practically changed the whole concept of predesigned decks to the overall
trading. First of all, it took ideas of a complete pack of cards with its set
of rules to follow and established items to acquire. Secondly, it took the
concept of collecting from sport-related cards that came randomly through
“booster packs.”

Furthermore, just like collecting your favorite entire
sports team, you had to rely on luck or have excellent negotiation skills.
Additionally, since you have the potential to have four copies of the same card
in your playing deck, suddenly collecting became four times harder.

Similarly to Uno, this TCG (Trading Card Game), jumped to
its digital form, giving you a choice to play with anyone around the world. In
contrast, though, you still need to unlock the cards in that format (for times
as well) to get the full experience.


Similarly to MTG (Magic the Gathering), this game shared the
spotlight with the previous example for a couple of years. Unlike its competition,
Yugioh came with fewer and less complicated sets of rules to follow. Therefore,
it became a total hit to a younger audience from all over the world.

From the start, it had a physical form for a long while,
having success with its “anime” series at the same time. Afterward, when the
hype went down, it changed to the digital form. Above all, it seems that the
second form of the game has become a little more famous in different stores.
Still, though, some different expansions and updates aim to keep this TCG alive
for years to come.

Pokemon TCG

Following the “Magic the Gathering” trending, the same
company (Wizards of the Coast), took advantage of this franchise and made their
own TCG version. This time around, they made exciting gaming mechanics that
surround the Pokemon’s evolutions and elements.

Indeed, in the middle of the match, you have the potential
to place a starting Pokemon and let it increase its potential within turns.

Additionally, in this tabletop iteration, you cannot attack
the opposite player to win the match. Instead, each player can have up to six
Pokemons in their deck, and the player that defeats them wins. Therefore, you
need to increase the potential of your party with “Energy” cards and throw
their unique abilities in between. Also, remember that some elements have the
potential to withstand some damage or take double the amount.


Job’s Done!

Another revolutionary type of card game came to the gaming
market with Hearthstone. This time around, they (Blizzard Entertainment), took
the liberty of skipping the physical formant. In contrast to all the above
examples, you can only play this game digitally.

As a result, you can only see eSports tournaments that
require electronic components like personal computers (PC) or tablets to
function. Indeed, to make this game appealing to the public, some cards have
special effects. First of all, they may come with unique voice sounds or
astonish special effects.

Since Hearthstone doesn’t have a physical form, they have a
little more freedom than the others. For example, if one card somehow ends up
being overpowered, they can alter some characteristics. Therefore, through
patches, one item stops being the META and goes to the trash bin.

Above all, the “trading” element of these types of games is
no longer available in between. You no longer have the potential to trade with
your friends or “borrow” some cards across collections. On the other hand, if
you have more than four cards, you have the opportunity to convert them to
dust. Hence, with that “dust” currency, you have the potential to exchange it
for cards that you do not own.


This particular Card game became famous in the middle of
another epic RPG (RolePlaying Game). Indeed, in the middle of doing quests with
Geralt of Rivia from “The Witcher 3”, you have another interaction with NPCs
(Non-Playable Characters). Most importantly, you have the potential to take a
little break from killing monsters and have a “friendly” game of Gwent.

The rules (and the board) from this iteration summarize the
conflict around the middle of a medieval battlefield. First of all, you have
the soldiers in front of it all. Secondly, you also have some ranged units for
some support. Lastly, another siege units to increase the overall damage.

Within the middle of “The Witcher 3,” you have the potential
to acquire different types of cards by buying from merchants or rare random
drops. As a result, when you reach the “end-game,” you’ll have a solid deck
within your inventory.

Lastly, thanks to the success of the game in the gaming
market, their development team Project Red made another software in between.
This time around, focusing only on the game and increasing its potential with
additional expansions.

Artifact (in the

In this last example, Valve took a “swing” in this gaming
genre by changing a little bit in here and there from their MOBA (Multiplayer
Online Battle Arena) Dota. With the success of this source game, they thought
that it might give them a little extra income if they add the TCG genre in between.
Indeed, at first, it looks impressive when they made a representation of the
three lanes on the board and their Heroes.

Furthermore, they added stuff like the creeps (minions),
different items for their Heroes, and Abilities. Indeed, the last part became
appealing due to the requirement of the main Hero and its powers. Still,
though, both the character and their abilities are represented in different
types of cards.

Most importantly, with the aid of their Steam interference,
you were able to exchange elements of your collection with other players. At
the same time, you have the opportunity to “sell” these items for Steam
Wallet’s currency. In other words, you have the potential to trade your unused
cards for another video game in the store.

Sadly, everything went downhill from the moment it became
available to all of the players. First of all, it didn’t share the “Free to
Play” business model from the competition (Hearthstone and Gwent). Also, almost
all the gaming modes and additional cards require more money from the casual
community. Therefore, little by little, people didn’t care anymore, and its
player base became almost non-existing.

Announcements have been shared by Valve about a possible
“reboot.” But, nothing concrete.

Digital versus

Digital version of Magic the Gathering called Arena
Click to Tap

Since Legends of
Runeterra is exclusively made digital at the moment
, let us discuss the advantages/disadvantages of this model.

First of all, like the above examples, when the development
team opts to go full digital, they have unique advantages. Since there’s no
physical form, they have the potential
to alter any characteristic of the cards
. Indeed, even after the testing
phase is complete and players all over the world find possible exploits.
Therefore, with a single patch in the
game, they could establish control and nerf the items

In contrast, though, the
physical forms of the TCG genre have no such freedom
. In their case, they
just create a list of banned cards
that cannot be present in any decks in a tournament or special event. Most
noteworthy, if you traded potential value and see your favorite card banned
afterward, your collection may now
become useless

Secondly, since you erase
the barrier to use a solid surface and close gatherings
, you could play
with anyone. Indeed, with this positive outcome, you have the opportunity to play with any friend from around the world.
Additionally, you have the chance to participate
in tournaments without the need to travel
through distant places.

Collecting Cards

Since the typical way of getting physical “booster packs” is almost in the past. Some other
ways let you increase your collection and build one of the META Decks from any
TCG. Still, though, in practically all of the digital formats, the development team tends to avoid the “trading”
at any cost
. Indeed, it may look like a negative outcome, but they need to keep their player base safe
for any possible scam

For example, in World
of Warcraft, you always had the opportunity to trade the rarest drops at any
time in the first years of the MMO
(Massive Multiplayer Online). As a
result, hackers were able to obtain your
username and password and steal your stuff
when you were offline.
Therefore, some people had the misfortune to see their characters completely “naked”
when they logged in.

Legends of Runeterra UI showing multiple Champions available at the moment
So Many Paths to Choose

Due to this unused potential in these types of games, the development team uses other elements to
increase your collection
. First of all, some daily or weekly objectives have the potential to give you in-game
currency or additional cards. As a result, in Legends of Runeterra, you have the chance to gather more items just by
playing the game regularly

Another fantastic
mechanic comes with the “dust” currency
. When you have unwanted cards in your collection, you have the potential to turn them to dust. At the same time, you
could use this special dust to “craft”
any Card
that you’ll like to add in your deck.

Legends of Runeterra

If you take the examples from this article about the other
types of TCGs, you’ll notice that Legends
of Runeterra comes with a mixture of everything
. First of all, you have the
typical 52-card deck and Mahjong, which established
a set of rules
and unique characteristics on each “card.” Secondly, you
have Magic the Gathering, Yugioh, and
Pokemon TCG
. Indeed, these examples recognized
the use of boosters packs and the need for multiple Expansions
to keep
their player base interested.

Furthermore, examples such as Hearthstone and Gwent that avoided their physical forms and made their game famous through digital software. Last but not least, Artifact gave some ideas on how to transcend from MOBA to the TCG we have today.

As a result, you have
a board the resembles a “Lane”
from the famous Summoner’s Rift. In Legends of Runeterra, you have the potential
to use Champions or different Allies
to attack your opponent’s Nexus. In
the middle of the battlefield, you have the opportunity to use abilities from the characters of your deck, represented as

Most noteworthy, you technically
depend on your luck more than anything
. If things are going your way, you’ll have the potential to use “cheap”
Cards in the first turns
of the match. Furthermore, when you have enough
mana, you’ll have the chance to use your
powerful items and finish successfully

Representation of Draven abilities in Legends of Runeterra
Creating Chaos in Both Games

Connection with
League of Legends

Since both games share the same “universe,” currently, there are essential elements that bind them
both together
. First of all, you have the League of Legends Lore, which appears through different factions.
All of the famous “houses” or “clans” that resurge with the remarkable stories,
they become a theme in Legends of
. Furthermore, each group
tends to have a distinctive gaming mechanic
that seems to be a uniqueness
or trademark.

Additionally, the likeness and abilities in LoL become somewhat represented in this genre. For example, you have the chance to see “Carries” doing as much damage as possible and destroy everything on the board. At the same time, you’ll get to choose between Supports that heal your units and keep everything at bay. Last but not least, you’ll have “mid-lane” Champions that use their abilities to control the board and give you thrilling advantages.

Above all, they both share the same objective to win a match. Indeed, in Legends of Runeterra, you have the potential to use your cards and attack the enemy’s Nexus. If things go your way, you can obtain a victory by destroying this structure before they take yours.


Different icons representing the Regions currently available in Legends of Runeterra
Pick your Hood

To understand this game a little more, here you have
important gaming mechanics that work in the middle of any match. Therefore, if
you know them well, there’s a higher chance to understand what is going on and
earn some winnings.

  • Regions: Each deck comes with a theme or “Region,” which gives it an exciting gaming mechanic. Indeed, if you’re learning more about Legends of Runeterra, pick one group that you like and become a master.
  • Mana Crystal (1 up to 10): This is the currency that you require to play your different Allies or Champions on the board. Therefore, in the early stage of the game, you could play your weaker items. Later on, with enough Mana Crystals, you’ll have the opportunity to plan your winning Card.
  • Attack Token: This item in the board represents which player is currently attacking. Therefore, if the opposite player has no current defenses, the attacker has the potential to damage the Nexus.
  • Allies, Champions, and Spells: Each of these items represents a single card in your deck. Depending on your strategy, you could have a balance between them or prioritize one element.
  • Blocking: To defend your Nexus of any attacks from your enemy, you can use your units to keep it safe. As a result, do whatever it takes to keep your line of defense intact.
  • Damage and Health: After each encounter between units, they may suffer damage in battle. Most noteworthy, they won’t heal back by themselves.

How do you Win in
Legends of Runeterra?

If you’re bored of winning with your Smurfs. You can also earn a victory in this game, by following these easy steps:

Victory screen after you destroy the Nexus in Legends of Runeterra
EZ Win, GG go Next

  • Hand:
    Look carefully at your starting hand, and keep the lower costs cards in the
    early game. If you see something expensive, you can opt to use “Mulligan” and
    chance them for a better option.
  • Leveling
    up Your Champions:
    If you want effectiveness on the battlefield, you’ll
    need to increase the potential of your characters on the board. When everything
    goes according to plan, your Champions will increase their stats and throw
    their powerful abilities.
  • Destroy
    the Enemy’s Nexus:
    Use your units accordingly in the board to destroy your
    opponent’s defenses and attack the structure directly. After it has suffered
    equal or more than twenty hits, the Nexus is over.

Frequently Asked
Questions about Legends of Runeterra

What do you need to play Legends of Runeterra?

You just need to create a Riot account (you can use the same from League of Legends). Download the client and play. This time around, it appears as another program on your desktop.

How can you Collect more Cards in Legends of Runeterra?

First of all, you have multiple objectives regularly that have the potential to give you in-game currency or additional cards. Furthermore, you can always opt to buy “Booster Packs” in the store. Last but not least, you can disenchant cards and use their dust to craft other items.

How do you Win in Legends of Runeterra?

You can acquire a victory if you destroy the enemy’s Nexus, or if your opponent runs out of cards from its deck.

What game modes are currently available?

At the moment you have: Versus Player, Versus AI, Expeditions, and Turorial.

Do you have any questions about the Legends of Runeterra?
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