I always loved card games. The Pokemon Card Game, Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh! – you name it. I’ve played ‚em all or at least I thought so. Playing with such card games while growing up was like extending the existing universes within my own space: I was the hero, I was the Pokemon trainer or I was Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba and so on.
In the last couple of years, most of the mentioned card games were recreated within the world of video games. There are dozens of Yu-Gi-Oh!-Games out there, even the Pokemon Card Game was honoured by a let’s say interesting version for the original Game Boy by Nintendo. In time card games were created especially for players on the computer, tablet or smartphone.
The most successful of those games is Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a card collectable game made by the creator of games such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard Entertainment used the Worlds of World of Warcraft and Warcraft as the base for their very first card game. The creatures, spells, monsters resemble the art style and feel of the mentioned games. Hearthstone to this day is played by millions around the globe it also got its very own esports scene with thousands of professional players.
Azeroth and Runeterra
League of Legends is one not the most played video games of all time. Every month millions of players log on to the Rift (Leagues battlefield) to fight alongside four allies against five other players. While doing so every player has the opportunity to choose from one of more than 150 Champions each with its unique backstory and lore. Over the years Riot created a universe as deep and complex as the world of Warcraft. In hindsight, it seemed logical for Riot to use its creation for more than just one single game.
And so Legends of Runeterra was created. A game that like Hearthstone uses an existing universe to tell its own story from a different point of view.
Players create their own decks, including different champions known from League of Legends. Obviously Riot does not reinvent the wheel but offers some interesting mechanics to LoR so that people who are familiar with different card games can enjoy the game as much as a person that never played a TCG or CCG before.
League made me love it
Obviously I love this game. Otherwise, I wouldn’t write about it. The art of every card resembles the way how the world of League of Legends feels to me. Wizards, warriors, good, evil – like in its first game Riot others everything within the world of Legends of Runeterra. I really can’t wait for it to be released. And the best thing is that it will be made available for tablets and smartphones. Free to play, of course. So what’s not to like, I ask you?
Guess everything, if you more into Dota. Poor Artifact 🙁