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In a video hosted by game director Andrew Yip and producer Jeff Jew, the devs revealed a plethora of information regarding Legends of Runeterra.
Let's break it all down.
First off, coming this June, Gauntlets will be an added game mode. Similar to Expeditions, players will have to amass a certain number of consecutive wins while earning rewards along the way.
The Gauntlet will serve as a way to experiment with cards further, as rules will be in place to shake things up. For instance, one of the first challenges will task players with putting together a deck using only one copy of every card they choose.
Up next, scheduled for July, are Labs. Expect a complete overhaul of the general Runeterra experience, as this mode is designed to be "more chaotic and casual than Gauntlets." No details were shared about what exactly the first experiment the developers will be toying with, but it certainly has us intrigued.
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The devs also announced Events which will be an all-encompassing celebration centred around a specific theme, with the possibility of having Gauntlets, Labs, Expeditions, and cosmetic items revolving around it.
"During an event, players will have access to limited-time rewards that can be unlocked just by playing," the devs stated, confirming a sort of season pass will make its way to the game.
If you're laser-focused on the pure competitive side of things, fear not, as Yip and Jew confirmed the launch of a new region this August, followed by sets of new cards every two months. Then, after six months, the cycle will repeat. Here's how the near future release schedule looks like:
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"Our goal is to release more cards more frequently, creating back-to-back waves of new mechanics and champions."
Finally, they closed out the video addressing quality of life updates such as improvements to the deckbuilder, in-game leaderboards, and spectator support are all on the way, as well as more game modes, like tournaments and single-player, with no further details being shared.
The free-to-play Legends of Runeterra is now available on PC, Android, and iOS.