Here’s how to sign up for the Legends of Runeterra open beta, so you can play Riot’s latest card game early and get ahead of the crowd.
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Riot Games has announced its open beta release date for Legends of Runeterra, so for any of you curious as to how its competitive card game set in LoL’s universe plays, well, pencil the date into your diary.
We jumped into the previous betas last year, and found it to be a mixture of Hearthstone and Magic the Gathering, with plenty of League’s unique flavour thrown in for good measure. By no means was it a walk in the park, but we were pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was after we got the hang of its more complex mechanics.
How do you get access to the upcoming open beta? Well, below we’ll explain its release schedule and the various ways you can get early access.
How do I access and pre-register the Legends of Runeterra open beta?
Legends of Runeterra’s open beta begins on 24th January, which means anyone can try out the game. It will feature the game’s first ranked season and plenty of refinements, including an in-client friends list, a challenge-a-friend mode as well as card updates.
For those who played in any of the previous Legends of Runeterra betas, you will gain access to the game a day earlier on Thursday, January 23rd. Keep an eye on your email as the date draws closer!
Take the time to pre-register on the official Legends of Runeterra website by 11:59am PT on Sunday, January 19th, and you could also access the beta one day early too.
Open Beta starts one day early for anyone who pre-registers on PC by 11:59 PM PT on January 19! Also, youll get this cute Moonstruck Poro when we launch later this year :)Pre-register at https://t.co/9iJWrjxBC0 pic.twitter.com/9k5ICql4ZqLegends of Runeterra (@PlayRuneterra) January 15, 2020
To sign up on PC, simply head over to the official Legends of Runeterra website, and click the “pre-register” button. You’ll then be prompted to login via your existing Riot PC account, or create a new one. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to download and install the client which will remain inactive until betas go live.
You can currently pre-register on the mobile Google Play Store, as well as on PC. The game is coming to iOS as well, but there’s no option to sign up for early access just yet. We’ll update this section as soon as it arrives.
For Android devices, search for “Legends of Runeterra” in the Google Play Store, select the game, and click on pre-register. Once you’ve got access, your device will notify you.
Now that you’ve signed up, it’s a case of waiting it out and hoping you get lucky. Riot will email your account with access instructions, or your device will ping you with a notification.
It’s worth noting that you’ll likely receive in-game rewards for registering with your existing Riot account, so we’d recommend you do so (don’t count us on this one, but we have an inkling this will be the case).
Will my progress from previous betas carry over?
No, sorry. However, your progress in this open beta will! This means anything you earn during this open beta period will be yours to keep forever.
What does the release schedule look like?
Riot released a roadmap for Legends of Runeterra’s release, which we’ve broken down for you.
Announcement Preview Patch (Expired)
The preview patch is already live, and playable right now. You can go to the Legends of Runeterra website to sign up for access, but you’ll need to wait for Riot to approve you before entry though. In the meantime you might as well head over to Twitch or Youtube to watch some gameplay from those who already have access. This preview runs between October 15th-20th, at which point the servers will go offline while the dev team continues to work on the game.
Expeditions Preview Patch (Expired)
Another chance to play the preview patch will come on November 14th 2019 until the 19th. This time, a draft-based game mode will be added, in a similar vein to Hearthstone’s Arena, and more players will be invited to play.
Open Beta release date (Upcoming)
The Legends of Runeterra Open Beta release date is 24th January 2020, introducing a ranked mode as well as new boards and champions. More players will be invited to play, so sign up for a chance to be invited, and you’ll be able to add and challenge your friends at the game.
Full release date
The game will launch fully later on in 2020, after the Closed Beta. There’s no precise date, but when we know, we’ll update this page. You’ll be able to play on mobile too, as well as give the game a go without having to sign up for Riot’s approval.
For your convenience, we’ve put the Legends of Runeterra release roadmap below.
Check out our Legends of Runeterra hub for more info on the game - we’ll be keeping tabs on this one in the run-up to its release, bringing you guides and tier lists when we can.