Update: The open beta is now live.\n\n\n\nOriginal story: At 19:00 GMT on Jan. 24, Riot Games\u2019 second entry into the video games industry will go live. Legends of Runeterra, the strategic card battler that a lucky few got to try last year, will open its public beta.\n\n\n\nThe game has been available since 19:00 GMT yesterday for those who have already secured access to the alpha, but in just a few moments\u2019 time, everyone will be able to play.\n\n\n\nWhat is Legends of Runeterra?\n\n\n\nRuneterra is a spin-off from Riot\u2019s incredibly successful foray into the industry, the premier MOBA League of Legends. Besides sharing a fictional universe and a few characters (as well as a Nexus being the focal point for victory or defeat), the games are entirely different. Runeterra is Riot\u2019s answer to Blizzard\u2019s Hearthstone, Wizards of the Coast\u2019s Magic The Gathering: Arena, and Nintendo\u2019s Pok\u00e9mon Trading Card Game Online.\n\n\n\nThe game involves constructing decks with individual heroes, each with their own unique flavor and abilities. Finding synergy between a couple is key, but the supportive cards that slot into all kinds of decks are the unsung heroes of the game.\n\n\n\nThere are multiple unique mechanics at play in order to separate Runeterra from the rest of the pack, including a variation on spell speeds and resolving the stack. Changing a successful formula hasn\u2019t always been rewarding, however, and updates to traditional card games like Pok\u00e9mon and Yu-Gi-Oh! have drawn considerable ire for their determination to be different.\n\n\n\nRuneterra also launches with expeditions, similar to an MTG:A draft or the Hearthstone Arena.\n\n\n\nWhere do I sign up?\n\n\n\nTo enter Runeterra promptly at 19:00, be sure to head over to Riot's official website. Like League of Legends, the game is free to play.