Fans waiting for the Legends of Runeterra official release can now get a detailed look at the official patch notes. Riot Games released the 1.0 patch notes detailing all the changes coming to the game in a post earlier today. Officially called The Rising Tide, the first expansion coming to Legends of Runeterra brings 11 new champions and more than 120 other cards to the game.
Let’s break down all the new features coming to the game and see how Riot is celebrating the game’s release.
Bilgewater rises in Runeterra
As the first new region coming to the game, Bilgewater has a lot of ground to make up to compare to the other regions. Thankfully, with champions like Miss Fortune, Twisted Fate, Gangplank, and Fizz, Bilgewater is positioned extremely well in the new Runeterra meta.
Runeterra‘s mobile release date
Legends of Runeterra will release not only on PC but also on Android and iOS devices. Depending on the region, players can download the mobile version of the game starting early morning on April 28. The game will be available in all regions except China and Vietnam by April 30.
Like with the Teamfight Tactics Mobile release, players will not need a Riot account to play. That said, having one is highly encouraged. With a linked account, players can share progression across devices and have access to cross-platform matches. The biggest reason to link a Riot account with LoR Mobile is in case players need to recover their account. Without a Riot account, players could lose access to their cards if they lose the account.
Everyone who logs into their Legends of Runeterra account by midnight on May 7 will gain an exclusive guardian, the Moonstruck Poro. Players will also receive seven days of login rewards for the first seven days they log in.
- Day 1: 1x Capsule
- Day 2: 1x Expedition Token
- Day 3: 1x Golden Chest
- Day 4: 1x Commander Ledros, 2x Atrocity
- Day 5: 1x Champion Capsule
- Day 6: 1x Platinum Chest
- Day 7: 2x Ashe, 1x Rimetusk Shaman, 1x Icy Yeti, 2x Icevale Archer, 2x Shatter
Players both old and new will also receive a free starter deck called Freeze and Decay. This Runeterra deck will include the cards received on day 7 of free rewards. Any cards that players receive that they might already own are converted into shards.
Riot does note, though, that there is a small bug with the day 4 rewards. Players who already have those cards will not get an animation saying that the received cards were converted into shards. Don’t panic, though! All rewards will be added to players’ inventories even if the game doesn’t show it.
With The Rising Tide release, Riot will expand all Region Roads so Runeterra players have more opportunities to earn those new cards. Each Road will be extended from level 20 up to 25, and rewards for the five new levels will only include cards from the Rising Tides expansion. Levels 1-20 will also give Rising Tides cards, but these levels will have those cards mixed into the entirety of the game’s collection.
The Bilgewater region will also get its own Road for players to progress through. Each Road will also give players new regional card backs to earn, letting them customize their decks however they see fit. All Roads – besides Bilgewater – will also get an XP Boost system. This system will allow players to earn an additional 50% XP for the first 12 levels.
More of the cutest little collectibles (and a monkey)
Legends of Runeterra will have three new card backs available outside of Region Road rewards: The Loose Cannon (Jinx), The Might of Demacia (Garen), and The Unforgiven (Yasuo). They will be available for 490 coins each. Along with new card backs, players can further customize their game with new emotes, a Bilgewater board, and guardians. The nautical-themed Bilgewater board has a lot of cool designs, with cannons, pirate ships, and dark pools. It is definitely one of the most detailed boards Riot has released so far.
There will be ten total emotes coming to the game, and Riot gave us a peek at five of them. The Quinn emote is particularly good, while the Swain is making a pretty weird face. Each emote will cost 190 coins in the in-game store.
There will also be two new guardians coming to the game, Powder Monkey and Baley. Riot Games did not say how much the guardians will cost, but we can guess they will fall around 590 coins. After all, the other guardians are all that price.
Perhaps the most exciting feature coming to Legends of Runeterra is the ability to customize individual load-outs for decks. Players can customize boards, guardians, emotes, and card backs. Giving players greater control of how their game looks is a great feature to add.
The Rising Tides expansion and Legends of Runeterra official release is scheduled to go live for PC on April 28 at 10:00 a.m. PT. For more Runeterra news, deck techs, and more, make sure to follow Daily Esports.
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