A few weeks ago Legends of Runeterra dropped its latest PvE mode called Path of Champions. In this article, we will cover the basics on everything you need to know before diving in.
Similar to previous PvE modes in Legends of Runeterra, Path of Champions has you moving your character across a map battling AI opponents. You start off using Jinx, but after completing the first level, the field opens up with a plethora of champions to choose from. Some must be unlocked by playing more of the mode, but you start off with Jinx, Vi, Ekko, Miss Fortune, Yasuo, and Zed. There are nine other champions that can be unlocked by playing the game. Some levels even have fully voiced motion comics bookending them.
You start each level off with a small, basic deck and can add more cards along the way. You can also level up your champion by using reputation points gained after completing each level. The more fights you win on a map, the more reputation you gain. Leveling up gives your champion permanent abilities that can be used on every map. Which is helpful because after finishing a map, your deck lineup will reset, and you will gain different cards for your deck on a new map. This feels very similar to a roguelite. The feature helps make every map feel fresh and different, even when replaying them.
Put your deckbuilding skills to the test
Individual cards themselves also have perks that can be added to them via items. These perks do stack as well. So, if you get a card with a +1/+1 buff, and a copy with another +1/+1 buff, then every copy of that card in your deck now has +2/+2. This can make keeping your deck consistent even more valuable. Be careful though, as enemies can also have perks. When choosing which enemy to fight, make sure you read what perks they have and determine what your deck has the best chance against.
You are also, of course, able to add more cards to your deck throughout the level. If you aren’t careful, your deck can end up with mismatched cards that bog it down. It is more important to focus on synergy than anything else. Sometimes, not adding a card at all is the better option. One of my few strikes against the mode is that when choosing a champion and support to add to your deck near the start of a level, you cannot view the cards. So, unless you’ve memorized every champ’s text, you have to look them up online. This is very important as the difficulty scales hard when nearing the end of a mission or the end of a character’s story.
Overall, Legends of Runeterra Path of Champions is a very fun mode, and a good respite from the grind of ranked PvP. You are also able to earn new cards, skins, icons, emotes, and more by playing the mode. There are even some cards exclusive to this mode that are fun to tool around with. The mode is available right now and has no end date in sight. If you are invested in Path of Champions, there is also a separate event pass with more exclusive rewards.