Jan 19, 2020
EDIT: This article was released during the Nov. 2019 preview patch. Many of the numbers and/or graphics shown below are no longer accurate—check the Open Beta patch notes for specifics.
Hello! I’m Ryan “RyscG” Giuliany, the design lead for progression in Legends of Runeterra.
This article is a bit of a combo piece: part followup to the original one outlining our goals for LoR’s progression systems, part response to what we heard from you about your experience during the first preview patch. We’d also like to clarify some details about how the system works now that you’ve seen it in action.
It’s important for us to be extra transparent about what you get for investing your time and/or money. We’ve seen some players trying to estimate, but we think you should have the exact numbers—no guesswork required.
Cards, Capsules, and Chests
First, let’s talk about the different rewards you’ll encounter in LoR, like in the weekly Vault or the region rewards. Here’s a breakdown:
First row: Capsule, Epic Capsule, Champion Capsule, Wild Capsule
Second row: Bronze Chest, Silver Chest, Gold Chest, Platinum Chest, Diamond Chest
Keep in mind that pretty much everything has a chance to upgrade: Capsules can upgrade to Epic or Wild Capsules, chests can upgrade to the next tier, cards can upgrade to the next rarity up or turn into a wildcard. Upgrades can even chain to increase your reward more than once, though we don’t think we’ve made this as clear of a hype moment as we’d like it to be (yet).
Also, you’ll never get a fourth copy of any card in LoR, since three is the max you can use. If it’s a Common or Rare, it’ll be replaced with Shards (25 and 75, respectively). If it’s an Epic or Champion, it will be rerolled into another card of the same rarity. Once you’ve unlocked ALL Epics and Champions, extra copies will also be rerolled into Shards (300 and 1000, respectively).
We’re super excited at how positively the region rewards system has been received overall. That said, there have been some questions about exactly what you get, how efficient your XP is later in each region, and just how much XP it takes to complete a region.
Here’s a full region-worth of rewards, which you get just by playing:
- 1 Rare Wildcard
- 1 Epic Wildcard
- 1 Champion Wildcard
- 2 Random Epics
- 1 Bronze Chest
- 1 Silver Chest
- 2 Golden Chests
- 2 Platinum Chests
- 1 Diamond Chest
- 2 Capsules
- 2 Wild Capsules
- 2 Epic Capsules
- 2 Champion Capsules
To unlock all those sweet, sweet rewards, you need to reach Level 20 in a region with a total of 52,500 XP. The first level takes 250 XP, and each subsequent level takes 250 XP more than the last, but the value of the rewards also increases (on average) with each level.
It was AWESOME to see all the clips of players cracking huge Vaults. For those wondering just how the Vault works, here’s another one of those infographics with the details for each level.
For someone who completes all their daily quests, a level 10 Vault should be well within reach, which guarantees a champion card along with other goodies.
Once upon a time, level 10 is where the Vault maxed out. However, feedback from testers who found themselves at level 10 early on in the week led us to add three more levels as stretch goals. They aren’t nearly as XP efficient as earlier levels, but it adds some extras for those who spend a lot of time playing the game.
XP and Progression
Progression in the first preview patch worked pretty similarly to how we intend it to moving forward, but there are some exceptions:
- No bonus wildcards to start. These wildcards are intended for preview patch players to immediately build any deck and showcase the full range of possibilities in LoR within a week. We plan to reset progression—including a wipe of those wildcards—at some point between now and launch.
- One daily quest per day. The first preview patch had a pretty widespread bug where players were able to get WAY more than the usual amount of quests per day. This bug has now been fixed.
- XP for a loss will be much higher. This could potentially change, but for closed beta next year PvP losses will grant 100 XP and AI losses will grant 50 XP, up from 25 XP for either like it is in these preview patches.
- More XP rewards. We’re not ready to share the details just yet, but we have some features in development that will add a bit more XP to the progression system in general.
Now that you have the numbers, let’s talk about how we landed on them.
One of our most important goals is that being “set complete” before the launch of the next set is achievable without spending a Coin, even if you’re not a streamer or a pro.
Exactly how much you need to play will depend on the size of the set. The first one is pretty big, but even this set hopefully won’t feel out of reach for a highly engaged player (about 7 to 10 games per day on average). If you don’t play quite that much, you’ll still have a ton of cards unlocked; for the first set, if you get your level 10 Vault each week, you’ll have at least 75% of the set before the next release.
Speaking of Coins, there’s another major goal for us: create a game where how much money you spend is NOT the deciding factor in your success as a player.
Believe it or not, we only recently added the ability to get wildcards with Coins as a result of strong feedback from early testers. When we had a version of the current system without the ability to directly purchase a card, we found that players who had less time to spend on the game felt totally left out. So we added the option to unlock cards by purchasing them, but kept it limited so players who prefer to spend time don’t get left in the dust either. Ultimately, we think the limited stock of wildcards each week strikes the right balance. If it turns out it doesn’t, we’ll keep looking for what does.
The progression system we have now is close to hitting many of the goals we set out to accomplish, but we’ve only seen it in action for one week, so we’re not celebrating victory just yet. While we’re likely going to tweak the numbers and make changes as we go, this has been a very promising start and we’re excited to see even more players get their hands on it in the next preview patch on November 14. We hope you are too.