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The Legends of Runeterra launch trailer brings the card game to life

This trailer is lovely to look at

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Riot’s new card game, Legends of Runeterra, officially launched on Thursday. With the new release comes a fancy new trailer — featuring two of League of Legends’ most popular champions: Darius and Zed. But because it’s about a card game, the trailer shows more than just two familiar heroes. It brings the game to life with a deck army of cards characters leaping to fight beside their champions.

The video starts following Darius, a League of Legends champion known for his giant axe and spiky armor. On a lone battlefield, he’s chasing down another champion, the shadow ninja, Zed. Zed has a small army of ninjas around him, who Darius cuts through easily. Upon reaching Zed, the video transitions to another fight between the heroes — both of whom are actually villains in League’s story.

The new fight is in a wooded glade. A dozen shadows with Zed’s face rush Darius, but two young heroes come to the rescue. These are not League of Legends characters, but cards in Legends of Runeterra. Zed responds with his own Legends of Runeterra cards come to life, and the battle begins to escalate.

By the video’s end the two heroes are rushing each on a massive battlefield. But instead of a one-on-one battle like before, each Champion has other cards from Legends of Runeterra beside them. The trailer of course comes with Riot’s usual flashy style, and is beautiful to sit and watch — even if you’re unfamiliar with League of Legends or its characters.

The music in the video is “Breathe,” a song by American musician Fleurie and remixed by Riot’s in-house music team.

Legends of Runeterra is a new card game based on the League of Legends universe, and is available on both PC and mobile devices.

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