It’s a brand new day, which means we have yet another slew of Legends of Runeterra cards to go over, along with a peculiar new keyword: Reforge! As far as keywords go, this is quite an interesting one mostly because of its underlying mechanics. It’s definition is as follows: create a random blade fragment still needed to restore the blade. Once you’ve cast all three fragments, you’ll get a “Blade of the Exile” in your hand.
Now, this keyword — and the few cards surrounding it — still hasn’t been officially revealed. Instead, it was teased during the SEA Regional tournament playoffs. This means that we have a solid, albeit rough idea on how all of this is supposed to play out.
“Blade of the Exile” is obviously a Riven-specific spell card that’ll probably be mighty powerful. Fortunately, we’ll find more in a matter of hours!
In the meantime, let’s go over everything that was revealed thus far!
Legends of Runeterra | Reforge & Noxus Cards
“Blade Squire” is a 1 mana unit from Noxus with 1 | 2. Once it dies, it’ll activate the Reforge effect. So, basically, think of this unit as a Blade-forming mechanic. The sooner you can get it out on the field (and have it destroyed) the better.
“Glinting Blade Fragment” is a 1 mana Burst spell from Noxus. It can give an ally +2 | 0 for the remainder of the round. It cannot be cast in combat or in response to a spell. This is effectively the Noxus version of “Gem,” although it’s entirely offensive-focused.
“Runeweaver” is a 2 mana unit from Noxus with 3 | 1. Once she enters play, you’ll get another (random) Blade fragment. She’s pretty much a beefier version of “Blade Squire” with the exact same function.
“Weapon Hilt” is a 2 mana Burst spell from Noxus that’ll give an ally unit +2 | 0 and create a random Blade fragment in your hand.
“Heavy Blade Fragment” is a 1 mana Burst spell from Noxus that’ll give an ally unit Overwhelm for the remainder of the round. It cannot be cast in combat or in response to a spell.
“Blade of the Exile” is a 3 mana Slow spell from Noxus that’ll grant an ally unit +2 | 0 along with Overwhelm and Quick Attack.
“Keen Blade Fragment” is a 1 mana Burst spell from Noxus. It’ll grant an ally Quick Attack for the remainder of the round. Much like all of the shards mentioned above, this one cannot be cast in combat or in response to a spell.
Overall, this is at once quite simple but also incredibly potent. It’s obvious that Riven will play the role of a bruiser, much like in regular League. In other words: she’ll pack a punch. These cards are also fascinating because they go hand-in-hand with Viktor and his Augment keyword. While it’s still too early to predict anything with confidence, a Riven + Viktor pairing seems like a fairly logical meta deck, although its effectiveness still remains unknown.
Also, a full-fledged Noxus deck seems like a no-brainer as well. Either way, we’ll bring you more coverage as things hit the web! An official Riven release is right around the corner, so stay tuned!