Riot’s new collectible card game, Legends of Runeterra has been out for a few weeks and if you’re anything like us then you’re probably playing the heck out of it. In our time with the game, we’ve learned a few things that make life easier and getting that sweet, sweet victory screen a lot more consistently.
OK, super basic stuff first, If you don’t have a Riot account, make a Riot account. You can totally play on your device via a Google Play or IOS account but the main thing is if you want to ever play on PC, you’ll have to start over with a Riot account since there’s no way to merge or consolidate your progress. I had to learn this the hard way and now I have to leave behind the sweet, sweet cards on my phone account. It’s too bad I could’ve gone pro, I could’ve been the Michael Jordan of Runeterra but that’s gone now.
Once you get through the tutorial on how to play the game and taken the few starter decks out for a spin, you’ll want to find your champion or champions which best suits your playstyle. Doing so allows you to narrow down the regions you want to represent (to a maximum of 2), what kind of deck archetype you want to play and your card pool that you can build your deck with.
Do you want to just bash people’s faces in with BIG BOIS? Then you might be interested in Darius or Garen. Do you want to deliver some early beatdown? Then Zed and Katarina are your buds. Or maybe you want to set something up for a big finish? Then Lee Sin or Lux is good with that. There are a variety of champions that do a lot of cool things and work in different situations so you’ll want to check them all out cause they’re all pretty great.
But if you play Spider Queen Elise, we can’t be friends. I’m sorry.
One of the coolest things about Legends of Runeterra is that much like the MOBA it is based on, you can “push” when you have the advantage on the field.
The way it works is connected to Runeterra’s unique turn structure. In Runeterra, the player with attack token has priority to play their cards first. Once they cast, they pass priority to their opponent for them to play their own cards. However, if the player with the attack token has the advantage on the board, by having more or stronger units, they can choose to not play a card, and attack “pushing” their advantage and not giving the defending player a chance to summon another unit that could potentially turn the tide.
You can win a lot of matches just by effectively using this mechanic. There is some nuance to executing it so takes a little practice to master but the main rule of thumb is “If you have the advantage on the board just attack immediately”.
If you come from a mana-based card game such as Magic the Gathering or Hearthstone then you probably have this tick of trying to use up all your mana/gems on your turn to maximize value. In Legends of Runeterra, while this still holds true to some degree, choosing to not spend your mana isn’t as vital to gameplay.
For one thing, mana refills on each round regardless of whether it’s your turn to attack or not, so you can always have enough mana to cast a spell or an ally when the need arises. Another thing is that in Runeterra if you don’t use up all of your mana by the end of the round, it’s not completely lost. The game automatically saves up to 3 of your unspent mana as spell mana which you can use for spells next turn.
So don’t feel bad about leaving some mana unused, you can still use it on spells on the next turn or save it up for a big spell down the line.
When you get the hang of the game and start stringing together some wins, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve selected the correct reward track for the region that you’re repping. Doing so ensures that your wins will go towards unlocking cards that you can actually use and work well with the deck you’re playing or the one you want to build.
Juabe, our resident copywriter, also recommends that you level up all regions to at least 8. The exp needed to reach it isn’t that high, and you’ll get one champion from it. That’s eight potential champs to choose from. It’ll also expand and diversify your collection fast
That’s our list, we hope we’ve helped you out with a few things. If you have any tips and tricks you’d like to share let us know in the comments below and we’ll see you in Runeterra
For more game stuff check out Local Co-op Games to Play with the Whole Family and How the Philippine Gaming Scene is Helping the fight against COVID-19!
And while you’re at it leave us a like on the GG Network Facebook Page so we can keep you entertained with more videogames and geek stuff! Take care and stay safe out there!
Our Privacy Commitment
TV5 Network Inc. values and respects your right to privacy. We are committed to safeguarding your personal data in compliance with Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
Why do we collect your personal information (as applicable)?
We collect and maintain basic information about you as users of TV5 sites for the following purposes:
Where do we get your personal information?
There are several ways we collect your personal information.
Information that you personally provided.
Most of the personal information we have are those that you have provided us when you:
Information we collect during your engagement with us
We also collect information as you use our products and services, like:
Information we collect from other sources
We also collect your personal information through other activities such as our market research initiatives, when you visit and use our websites and mobile apps, and from our subsidiaries, affiliates, and third-party business partners to whom you have given consent to share your information to us.
When do we disclose personal information?
There are circumstances when we are required to share some of the information you have provided us. In these cases, we ensure that your personal information will be disclosed on a confidential manner, through secure channels that is in compliance with the Data Privacy Act and other privacy laws.
In some instances, we may be required to disclose your personal information to our agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, business partners and other third-party agencies and service providers as part of our regular business operations and for the provision of our programs and services. This means we might share your information with:
How we protect your personal information
We also put in effect the following safeguards:
TV5 will not collect, use, or disclose your personal information for any purpose other than those identified in this Commitment, your Service Agreement or our Terms of Service, and any other purpose that you may have given your consent for.
For greater clarity, unless you provide specific consent, we shall not:
What are your choices?
You are given certain rights in relation to your personal data under the Data Privacy Act. We would like to ensure that we have your consent to continue to collect, use, and disclose your personal information for the purposes that we have identified. We want you to know that you do have choices and can object or withdraw your consent and/or edit your consent preferences at any time.
If you wish to have access to your personal information in our records; or you think that such personal information we have of you is incomplete, not up-to-date, or otherwise inaccurate, you may get in touch with our Data Privacy Officer through the contact details provided below. In some instances, we may request for supporting documents or proof before we effect any requested changes to your personal information.
Data Protection Officer
TV5 Network Inc.
Reliance corner Sheridan Streets
What happens when there are changes in our Policy?
You will always be provided notice if these changes are significant and, if we are required by law, we will ensure to obtain your updated consent.