So you’ve seen Arcane, and now you’re thinking, “Hey, this world and its characters look really cool. I should finally play the League of Legends game everyone talks about.” It’s not a bad decision— —Especially considering that League of Legends is the most popular game in the world. But the choice is actually not so easy. In fact, the Runeterra world on which Arcane is based has various games, not just the popular MOBA. Everyone has their own advantages and will attract different types of players. All of these are great, but which one is best for you? This is the question that this comprehensive breakdown will help answer.
Best choice: Legend of Runeterra
release: 2020 year
Price: Play for free
For those who want to explore more of the arcane world, the most obvious answer is to play Legend of Runeterra. Riot’s digital card game came out last year and has been the subject of intense debate among PC Gamer editors since then as to whether it defeated the current genre champion Hearthstone (spoiler warning: absolutely possible).
If you have played Magic: The Gathering or any CCG in the past ten years, you will feel at home in Legends of Runeterra. You take turns to summon monsters and cast spells, the goal is to reduce your opponent’s HP to zero. However, the legend of Runeterra is far from universal. One of its coolest features is champion cards, these super powerful cards can be upgraded and become very powerful when certain conditions are met during the game. Each champion card is adapted from the League of Legends champion, so if you like Vi or Jinx in Arcane, you can build a whole deck around them.
However, what makes the Legend of Runeterra so special is its generosity. Although it is a free game, there are no random booster packs to spend money on. Instead, you only need to directly buy the cards you want, and the currency in the game will be distributed like candy, only playing a few rounds a day. Even if player-to-player matches are not your thing, there is a huge single-player roguelike mode called Path of Champions that you can spend hours playing.
Therefore, if you are looking for a softer and more attractive introduction to the League of Legends world, please play some Runeterra legends.
Runner-up: Wild Rift
Price: Play for free
League of Legends is a difficult and complex game that players need to spend thousands of hours to master.However, its mobile version is a lot of Easier to enter. Known as Wild Rift, it is basically the same game as League of Legends and only works on mobile phones. But Wild Rift is not some low-cost league; Riot Games has done a great job in porting, and I almost prefer it to the original game.
The biggest difference is that Wild Rift gets rid of a lot of unnecessary complexity and instead supports faster and more flexible gameplay. Wild Rift games usually end in 20 minutes, rather than an hour-long game. The controls are also similar to dual joystick shooting games, rather than point-and-click RTS, which makes moving and fighting on the touch screen more intuitive. For beginners, Wild Rift is also very friendly. Because it is a mobile game, chatting is not emphasized, so you are unlikely to experience toxicity due to this.
As someone who plays League of Legends, my only complaint about Wild Rift is that it sometimes feels a bit and also Slim down. For example, it has only a small number of available champions, and the simplification of items does draw some advanced strategies from crafting item construction in the middle of the game. Nevertheless, if you want to try League of Legends, Wild Rift is a more attractive option.
If you are stubborn: League of Legends
release: year 2013
Price: Play for free
League of Legends is a difficult game to recommend for one reason: it is very complicated. I have played for nearly 700 hours, I only know that I know very little. Now, this may be a good thing, because League of Legends is a game that you can play forever and still learn new things. This is what I like about it. But for many people, endless complexity is a huge obstacle.
If you have never played MOBA before, the idea is simple: you and four teammates each choose a character with a unique ability, and then play against another team. The goal is to destroy the Nexus located in each corner of the map. However, you can’t just run there. There are towers that need to be knocked down, dragons that need to be killed to enhance attributes, and gold coins that need to be farmed, so you can buy better items and become stronger than the five players of another team. But with more than 150 champions—each with their own style of play—what can happen in the game quickly gets out of control.
If you have a few friends playing together, League of Legends will become more interesting. But as far as you are concerned, this may be a difficult road. This is an extreme game, and the climax you feel from your last-second victory can (and will) be offset by overwhelming frustration.Because LoL is a competitive team game, some players get real It means if they feel that you have not lost weight. It can be equally frustrating when you partner with a teammate who refuses to cooperate.
Another thing worth mentioning is that League of Legends is not necessarily a good way to experience arcane legends and stories. Because it is the first, its description of certain heroes (such as Jess and Jinks) tends to be more cartoonish. You will be able to unlock heroes from the show relatively quickly — and there is an entire website dedicated to the legend of Runeterra to browse — but the story of the game itself is very simple.
If you can overcome the frustration of playing it, League of Legends will become one of the most fascinating games you have ever played. With almost unlimited depth, there are too many things to learn and try, and its e-sports scene is unparalleled in terms of its production value and competitive level. LoL has many things to love, but it is not for everyone.
Don’t forget: team battle tactics
release: 2019 year
Price: Play for free
The last game in the League of Legends world is Teamfight Tactics, which is basically like a chess game of self-playing chess. This may sound boring, but I guarantee it is actually fun. Unlike directly controlling units, what matters is how you place them on the board and what items you give them before the battle begins. Luck plays an important role, because new units are purchased from random shops, so you can never be guaranteed to get the units needed to defeat the enemy.
One thing I like about Teamfight Tactics is that its metadata is often reversed by new extensions. New champions are added every few weeks, and the old ones are rotated at the same time. Each expansion usually has its own theme and special features, which is very interesting. For example, in the latest series of gadgets and gadgets, you can enhance your units with special buffs accumulated throughout the game.
Teamfight Tactics is a more sensible and contemplative experience than Runeterra or Wild Rift, and it is not really connected to Arcane in a meaningful way. It is mainly just a fun little game, but it will not deepen your understanding of the Runeterra universe or its characters.