Legends of Runeterra: 5 reasons why you should start playing right now

Legends of Runeterra. Photo Courtesy of Riot Games.
Legends of Runeterra. Photo Courtesy of Riot Games. /

Legends of Runeterra celebrated its launch day last week as the game officially released on PC and mobile devices. Here are 5 reasons why you should start playing Riot Games’ card game right now.

All eyes are on Valorant right now as Riot Games look to take over the FPS market, but quietly in the background, the world’s current busiest game developers have just released another game: Legends of Runeterra!

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The card game celebrated its official release last week making it the second title Riot Games have launched in the last twelve months, just behind Teamfight Tactics. Much like TFT, Legends of Runeterra is available to play on PC and mobile devices ensuring players can always access the game even when on the go (which isn’t very often in the current climate).

But with Valorant peaking in popularity and League of Legends continuing to be an excellent time-killer, why should you install Riot’s new card game? Well, here are 5 reasons why you should start playing Legends of Runeterra right now:

1) Jump on the hype train!

There’s no better time to get involved in Legends of Runeterra than right now. Just days after the official release, the player base is packed, and the entire League of Legends community is testing out the new game to see if they’re ready to switch titles.

Your friends will be playing it, your Discord community will be playing it, your Twitter followers will be playing it, so invite them to a 1v1 and learn the game together.

2) Add some variety to your game library

With the ongoing global pandemic forcing us all to stay indoors, why not add some variety to your game library to ensure you never get bored of the same old, stale games?

Unless you’re an avid Hearthstone or MTG: Arena player, Legends of Runeterra is like nothing you have ever played before. The card game mixes strategy with quick, decisive thinking in games that are much shorter than those on League of Legends or Teamfight Tactics. On top of that, you can diversify your game plan and develop a unique playstyle thanks to the deck-building feature which is unlike any other game genre.

3) Your League of Legends knowledge is useful

If you’re afraid of the unknown and prefer to stick to your League of Legends roots – don’t worry – Legends of Runeterra could still be the game for you.

Unlike Valorant, Riot’s new release incorporates League of Legends’ vast lore into the game (as evidenced by the name) in the form of champions, card regions, and spells. While it is by no means essential to have pre-existing lore knowledge to find success on Legends of Runeterra, it will be of some use to you when determining which cards synergize well together and how they interact with one another.

Plus, if your main League of Legends champion has been added to Legends of Runeterra, crafting a deck around them could be the perfect way to start your LoR journey.

4) The game is available on mobile

The biggest benefit of playing Legends of Runeterra instead of League of Legends or Valorant has to be the ability to play it on mobile.

In the same way that you can queue up for Teamfight Tactics games on your iOS or Android device, you can also face off against AI or player-controlled opponents on your mobile in Legends of Runeterra. It’s perfect for if you fancy a quick game on the go or find yourself away from your PC often.

5) There will be a Legends of Runeterra pro scene

Have you ever dreamt of being a professional League of Legends player? Of course you have. We all have. Well, if you struggle to climb the solo queue ladder in League, why not try your hand at Legends of Runeterra instead?

The card game is destined to have a professional scene, just like League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics, and just like Valorant will. Now might be the perfect time to get involved, climb the ranked ladder, and possibly go pro. Even if you don’t think you’ll be good enough to make it, it’s worth a try, right?