[Guide] What is Challenger in Legends of Runeterra?


There are many cards in Legends of Runeterra, and each have their own stats and effects to make them unique. It can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the card game genre, to learn all these effects. That’s why we’re dissecting all the keywords in a series of guides. In this one we’re taking a look at Challenger.


Challenger is a keyword you can only used while on the offense. Normally, whenever you line up your attackers, it’s your opponent who gets to decide which one of his units he defends with, and where they’re placed. When you play a unit with Challenger, however, it’s different. You get to decide which enemy unit your Challenger unit will face off against: you simply drag the enemy unit in front of yours.


There are multiple uses for Challenger. If you want to get damage in on the enemy Nexus, use Challenger to drag the enemies biggest blockers in front of the Challenger unit, so your high-attack units can inflict critical damage. Other times you want to soften up an enemy, and kill them off with a spell after the combat phase. The Challenger keyword is multifaceted, at times a difficult one to use, but very potent one if used well. Below are a few examples of units with Challenger.


It’s a bit sad, but Affectionate Poro is a typical example of a sacrificial lamb in Legends of Runeterra. With one attack power and one health, the white ball of fluff isn’t going to deal a lot of damage to whoever it’s facing. No, Affectionate Poro is there to Challenge a strong enemy unit while your own strong units either deal damage to the Nexus or kill off the weaker opponents.


Challenges happen in the Freljord too, in the shape of Rimefang Wolf. Three attack power is reasonable for a unit that costs three mana, and often will deal a finishing blow. Two health isn’t a whole lot to deal with, but that’s where Rimefang Wolf’s second trait comes in: it feasts on weak enemies. Units like Braum and Battering Ram wouldn’t die just based off the wolf’s attack damage, but do so with his ability. Rimefang Wolf also is the perfect unit for a deck built around Frostbite.


At first glance, Mageseeker Persuaderdecent value. Its basic stats are already ok, but if you've cast a spell that costs six or more mana this game, not round, he gets a stat bonus and gets the Challenger keyword.


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