Legends of Runeterra is a League of Legends card game that only looks like Hearthstone and Artifact but is not just a clone. During its unexpected announcement, Riot Games made it clear that Legends of Runeterra is an attempt to solve some of the biggest problems people face in digital card games, especially when it comes to microtransactions. It’s also very fun to play.
But getting used to a slightly different pace and structure of slinging spells and calling monsters is difficult. In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to play Legends of Runeterra, as well as explain how the order of moves works, which keywords work and how to raise the level of champions.
Legends of Runeterra Gameplay
If you’ve played Hearthstone or Artifact, you get the point of Legends of Runeterra immediately. The goal is to use your mana each turn to cast spell cards and call allies to deal damage to your opponent. Each player starts with 20 health points, and when he decreases to zero, he loses.
At the beginning of the match, you take four cards with a second chance to any number of them. Each round you pull a new card. To play cards, you must spend mana, and each player has only a certain number of each move. During the course of the game, mana increases, allowing players to use more powerful cards or play multiple cards per turn.
Allies are like minions in Hearthstone or creatures in Magic: The Gathering. They have attack and health values and can be used to attack each other or your opponent’s connection. Spells have effects such as improving allied health, inflicting damage on enemy allies, or using special keywords such as stun.
Below is a video showing the full length of an LoR match.