Card Battling 101
HWM Singapore|May 2020
Legends of Runeterra
Kenneth Ang

Picture this: it’s a bright and sunny Saturday morning, and you’ve just finished another League of Legends match with a satisfying 9/0/3 KDA ratio on Jinx. You’re well on your way to hitting Challenger this season, but your pals have all gone offline and you don’t want to risk breaking your win.

But you still want to play Jinx.

Well, you could always boot up a custom AI match and toss your chompers at the bots, but then again, you could ALSO build a Jinx deck in Legends of Runeterra and go full ham there too. And that’s why we’re here - to explain why the latter is an excellent idea.

LoR, as we’ll be calling it, is one of Riot Games’ new and upcoming titles, alongside the team-based shooter Valorant that’s set for a Summer 2020 release. It’s their take on a tactical card battler, blending diverse battlefield strategies, interactive gameplay, and most importantly easy card acquisition. The end result is a title that’s simple to learn, deceptively addictive and all clothed in the familiarity of characters from Runeterran lore.

In terms of the overall aesthetic, the game takes several pages out of LoL’s book (naturally), featuring the usual formula of magical runes, powerful beings, evil specters and even a few steampunk-inspired bits here and there.

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