Riot Games pulled off an incredible feat earlier today, announcing loads of new games in a single stream. But its upcoming Collectable Card Game, Legends of Runeterra has pulled off an even bigger feat, toppling the toppling the likes of League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, to become the second most watched game on Twitch.
It’s an impressive achievement given that the card game, which is set in the same universe of League of Legends, hasn’t been fully released yet. Players are currently able to test out the game via the Announce Preview Patch, which is basically a closed beta that’s only available until October 20.
Legends of Runeterra allows players to build decks with their favourite LoL champions, who all have their own style and abilities. While it looks similar to Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering, the game has a unique turn structure that’s clearly caught the attention of players and streamers alike.
Players have to take turns to attack and defend in the new CCG, with strategies set out at the start of a turn. Combat begins once both sides are ready, with the attacker sending out units and the defender selected cards to block them. As streamers find their feet in the game, some have realised that it’s better to strike first, rather than sit and horde cards.
Jeremy ‘DisguisedToast’ Wang is one of the streamers who pulled thousands of views after revealing that on stream that he’s had to keep the game a secret for six months. After going through all of Riot’s announcements, the Canadian, who’s known for his Hearthstone videos, treated his Twitch following to a few games of Legends of Runeterra, explaining the mechanics of the game and his initial thoughts.
Overall, Riot’s announcements have been received well by the community, and if Legends of Runeterra can topple some of the gaming industry’s biggest titles ten hours after being announced, then its future looks very bright indeed.