Legends of Runeterra's next expansion is Empires of the Ascended

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Riot's digital CCG Legends of Runeterra (opens in new tab) is about to get 110 new cards, nine new champions, and a new region, which is what its factions are called. All that's coming in Empires of the Ascended, an expansion you can see the slick trailer for above.

That new region is Shurima, an Egyptian-themed desert land complete with a collapsed empire and apparently at least one expert in some sick windsurfing moves. Mark Sassenrath, the design lead for Empires of the Ascended, said via press release, "We're super excited for everyone to finally experience the glorious new region, Shurima. For this set, we've really tried to go 'next level' in cinematic moments, novel mechanics, and big plays. We can't wait to see what you do with it when it goes live!"

Riot will be showcasing new cards from the expansion each day through Legends of Runeterra's various social channels, like Instagram (opens in new tab), Twitter (opens in new tab), and Facebook (opens in new tab), until Empire of the Ascended releases on March 3.

If you're looking to get into the famously generous free-to-play CCG, here's how to play Legends of Runeterra (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.