How to Play Legends of Runeterra

Legends of Runeterra is a great platform inspired from similar card games and based on the similar yet enhanced gameplay modes. If you are thinking of trying the game, read this guide to learn how to play Legends of Runeterra.

How to Play Legends of Runeterra

The main and foremost requirement of every game of Legends of Runeterra is to destroy the opponent’s Nexus – represented by Life and shown in the left side of the screen.

The game begins with four cards in your hand and you have complete authority to mulligan any or all of them to replace them with other cards.

Acting first gives the chance to opponent to Attack that round. So the whole game consists of such turns which are described as follow.

  • Once a player draws a card, the attacking/defending switch in such a way that if you attack last round you will be defending this round as defenders get the first action in any round. If you do not spend your mana in a round, it will be converted into a spell mana in the next round.
  • Players keep playing cards and the priority keeps passing between the two players after each non-burst card is played.
  • If you are attacking, you have an additional option to drag units into the live game to which the defending player will have to assign blockers. At this point, both of the players have the authority to cast Fast or burst Spell. The priority is passed this way and after it the damage is dealt.
  • Once the priority is passed, regardless of whether the combat is initiated or not, the round is set to an end.
  • You have a maximum of 10 cards in your hand and can play up to 6 of them (Champions and Followers). Any extra cards are fizzled away.

Mana is used as a currency for followers and spells. Each game is begun with having 1 mana in your pocket and the amount of mana is shown in the dial on the right side of your screen.

You may save your mana for each round and can initiate a spell with 3 mana after you have reserved them.

Moreover, attacking first is a round gives you the opportunity to play more spells.

Champions and Followers
You can summon two types of units in the game which are categorized as Champions and Followers. They are summoned into a bench having attack or defense statistics.

The main difference between Champions and Followers is that Champions do have a level up condition, while Followers don’t have.

Both of them – Champions and Followers, can be sent to attack the enemy’s Nexus or defend your own. Some of them also have creature types which are located at the top of their card, varying from Elite to Poro and so on.

These creature types are there to indicate that there are cards in the game that might affect them.

How to Level Up Champions
As champions can be leveled up, you can see a condition on their cards regarding the level up. They can be leveled up even before you play them out.

For Elise, this happens at the start of the round if you have got three or more spiders on your side. It might even pop up unique abilities and Elise may become able to summon an attacking Spiderling when she attacks.

For Garon, it happens by attacking the enemy number of times.

In Legends of Runeterra, units can have multiple keywords and terminologies attached to them. You can right click the card to maximize the size and to see the keywords. To explain this in detail, we have prepared a separate Keywords guide.