MTG Pro Joins Legends of Runeterra Balance Team


by in Legends of Runeterra | Feb, 28th 2020

One of the hot buttons for Legends of Runeterra in my circle of players seems to be “balance.” There are a lot of things in the game that does not feel balanced as they should be. Now, what I’ve been trying to tell said people is that this is still in “Open Beta.”

The response was typical: “This is Riot, so this may as well be launch balance,” and while I don’t necessarily disagree, part of my job is to keep tabs on this sort of thing. I’d rather be positive, though, and hope things turn around. I don’t have to worry about one or two decks dominating the whole game. I’m not looking for another “Summer of Oko” if I can be honest with you.

So, we’re glad to see this news. Riot Games is expanding their Legends of Runeterra balance team, by adding a serious MTG pro to the squad: Aaron “Runeclaw” Barich. I think this heralds’ good things, provided they heed her words.

Change in the Wind

Two years ago, Barich went pro in Magic: The Gathering, making her way through the SCG circuit. Between that, she was also a streamer and competed at the Mythic Championship V. She won’t be alone, either. Legends of Runeterra’s lead is a former Magic pro: Steve Rubin!

Barich had this to say about the move. “Today, I completed my first steps towards a goal I have wanted for years,” she said. “In a few months, I will be moving to Los Angeles to work at a position at Riot Games as a member of the Legends of Runeterra balance team. I’m scared and nervous at the thought of leaving most of my life behind, but more than those, I’m excited about this opportunity and what it means for my future.”

Barich is a seasoned MTG pro and has a lot of knowledge about card games just in general. I think this is one of the best moves for the game. There are a lot of things that can still be improved about the card game. I have a lot of faith in their team by making this choice.

Currently, Legends of Runeterra is in Open Beta so that everyone can dive in. We’ve done a lot of coverage on it so far because we have a lot of faith in the game. But if you thought that Barich was done with MTG, you’d be wrong! She’s already qualified for the Players Tour Series 2 that goes down in May. She’s going to continue to play MTG while working on the balance for Legends of Runeterra. Now that’s one full plate, but we think she’s up to the challenge.

So, congratulation! We hope this means big things for the future of Legends of Runeterra! It’s a card game that has a great deal of promise in its hybrid of MTG/Hearthstone style. We want to see it succeed, so we’re going to keep an eye on the balance of this up-and-comer in the CCG scene.

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