Riot Games has revealed a card game as part of its multi-stage mega-announcement on Tuesday October 15th, 2019 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of League of Legends. Legends of Runeterra will combine elements of Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering to feature a brand new way for players to battle it out with their favorite champions while gaining further understanding and familiarity with the various regions of Runeterra past the most noteworthy of Summoner's Rift.
Decks are centered around various regions of Runeterra and reflect the characteristics of the region. For example, playing an Ionian deck will specialize your strategic cornerstones in the space of agility and flexibilty, whereas a deck comprised of the Freijlord will be specialized towards long-term survival and provide your deck with the stamina to survive even the harshest blizzard.
While non-champion cards exist within all regional decks, champions lead the battle with unique mechanics from their kits. In addition to battling with champions and other summons from our deck, spells can be played on your own on a player's turn, but also in response to an opponent's move on either player's turn, even in the heat of battle.
Players can unlock more cards through playing the game and gaining more experience and in-game currency, or by powerleveling their deck with the help of standard currency. Riot has explicitly stressed that no one will ever be obligated to make purchases to play the game.
Cards can be usually be earned or bought, but Wild Cards are unique in that once obtained, they can be turned into any card that the player already owns. Legends of Runeterra will also feature a weekly Vault session in which players will be given a day to experiment with new cards, decks, or strategies that they may not be familiar with or aware of in the competitive LoR landscape.
This story will continue to be updated as more information is revealed.