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This Is How The League of Legends Card Game’s Microtransactions Work
Legends of Runeterra, the digital card game spin-off of the incredibly famous and South Korean-slash-China-centric MOBA League of Legends, will be in open beta during this Lunar New Year. Pre-registered players can actually jump into the game right now.
Which means it’s time to address the Baron Nasher in the room: what’s the microtransaction like? Is it similar to other digital card games like Hearthstone? The open beta has a fully-functional cash store with a bunch of currencies to work with. Let’s break it down:
Unlike Hearthstone and similar digital card games, Legends of Runeterra doesn’t force you to buy booster packs and hope to randomly receive the card you want. Instead, cards can be purchased directly using either premium currency or resources earned through playing various modes like Expeditions, the prologue, and ranked mode.
One thing worth pointing out is that you can only have three copies of a card in your collection. If you receive a fourth copy of a common or rare card, it will be automatically broken down into Shards. If you receive a fourth copy of an epic or champion card,Â it will be turned into a different card of the same rarity that you do not already own.
Yes, all your Shards can be used to buy individual cards, similar to Hearthstone’s Dust system. Apart from breaking down cards into shards, you can also acquire this resource by completing quests or from a weekly chest called the Vault. Here’s the cost breakdown:
Coins are Legends of Runeterra’s premium currency. Just like in most F2P titles of its ilk, you can only get coins by using real money. You can use Coins either to buy specific cards or on various cosmetics.
Here’s a breakdown in US$:
WildcardsÂ come in four rarities: common, rare, epic, and champion. Each wildcard can be redeemed directly for a card of the corresponding rarity. Wildcards can be bought for real money or earned as rewards.
If you are purchasing Wildcards using coins, be aware that you can only buy so many of each rarity a week. This is Riot Games’ attempt to slow down how quickly players can acquire every card in a set and ensure that you always have something to work towards.
Here’s the current price guide for Wildcards:
This bundle contains 66 cards, 11 from each Region (LoR’s deck types) and costs 1800 coins. It’s currently on sale for 75 percent off, however, and can be purchased for 475 coins.
This seems like a no-brainer to any beginning player, especially while it’s on sale. But really, it’s up to you if you feel like contributing to Riot Games’ next F2P venture.
One of the main cosmetics you can purchase in Legends of Runeterra are the boards that matches are played on. Using a specific board will change the appearance of your side of the arena. There are six boards of varying styles and costs 990 coins each.
The other main cosmetic you can purchase are Guardians, who sit on your board and look cute; nothing more. There are four different guardians, with each of them costs 590 coins.
Basically, just play the heck out of the game every single day. Again, just like in an F2P title on your phone. Here’s how:
Even at an early stage, Legends of Runeterra feels generous. Here’s why:
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