Legends of Runeterra
How Beyond the Bandlewood is impacting Legends of Runeterra
In this article, we will discuss how the randomness present in Beyond the Bandlewood is impacting Runeterra's competitive landscape.
“Beyond the Banlewood”Expansion is impacting
Legends of Runeterra(figuratively and literally) at levels that perhaps none of us could have predicted. With the addition of two new keywords and four new champions to debut the region, plus another five champions for other regions and the multi-region cards, it was clear that the expansion could have a huge influence on the game. And now, after three weeks and with the metagame starting to stabilize, we can see that the region will impact much more than just decklists: some aspects of the region have the potential to completely break the competitive landscape of Legends of Runeterra
Randomness in Runeterra
“open deck-list”, that is, where you can see the cards your opponent takes in the deck at the time of confrontations, the less real influence you can have as an individual in the result of the match. Randomness delivers the
uncontrollableaspect to games, and when this occurs in strategy games, we have to question where each player's personal skill comes in and the
“RNG”(Random Number Generator) ends. In
Legends of Runeterra, overall, there are few wonderful mechanics that rely on randomness. Perhaps the most common examples are cards like Tri-Beam Improbulator, Make it Rain and Petty Officer, which bring random effects in
RiotUmbrage, showed that they prefer not to bring as many of these random aspects to Runeterra by delivering a few strong cards with randomness in each expansion. And the competitive scenario continued in this position: The voices of great influence in the community reinforced, with each expansion, their discontent with cards that contained too much randomness. And this was heard and echoed in every video and live program to “react” to the new cards, causing the game to remain very moderate with such effects. However, Bandlewood changed everything. With its 126 new cards,
“Beyond the Bandlewood”is the largest expansion of
Legends of Runeterrato date, and the timing of its inclusion, in addition to the sheer number of cards, bewildered players for quite some time. With the
World Championshipcoming up, a lot of attention turned to the event and to the particularities of some decisions of the event itself. Because of this, Bandlewood's impact could not be fully measured by the players -
“Manifest”, which lets you choose one of three randomly generated cards in your hand, is present in four cards in the game today - and all four are being included in championships, within several decks. Of these four, only one is attached to an archetype, which is Bandle City Mayor, linked to the archetype of The Bandle Tree, one of the strongest archetypes of the season.
“Invoke”, which is present in units with low combat strength and blocking.
“Invoke”could also be considered its predecessor for letting you choose one of three cards, in this case, celestial.
Riot Gamesmade the summoning units a little more expensive and a little weaker, which is not so present in Bandlewood both in its base and due to support cards from the region. Poppy and Yordle Smith can make any unit extremely powerful
“Manifest”for a small cost. This makes the units themselves even more valuable, and not just good for the effect they bring.
“SirTurmund”highlighted the main moments of randomness: In a match in the Europe qualifiers of the
Legends of Runeterra World Championship, the player
“Alanzq”made the following sequence of randomly generated cards: Wiggly Burblefish > Heavens Aligned > Unspeakable Horror > Lunari Priestess > Falling Comet. At other times, the player
SirTurmundhighlights Bandlewood, in particular Loping Telescope, The Bandle Tree and Bomber Twins as sources of unpredictable randomness:
“Here is an example of me winning a game because of looping telescope into Judgement. Don’t see how you can expect someone to play around every epic card in game”
MegaMogwaialgo gave his two cents about the card:
“I dunno about you, but I don't really bother "playing around" this card”
Legends of RuneterraWorld Championship. And all due to a randomly generated card.
Legends of Runeterradevelopers to stop and reflect on this aspect of the current state of the game, what if is that this is impacting the players' experience more negatively than positively. This was another article of mine, talking about different aspects of the digital phenomenon
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Legends of Runeterra player since the launch of Bilgewater in May 2020. Since then, I have become a streamer and competitive player, besides doing several projects to bring English education through Runeterra.