How to Get Access to Legends of Runeterra Preview Patch
Hello and welcome to our first guide on the exciting new card game Legends of Runeterra by Riot Games! The second preview patch is set to come online soon from November 14 to 19 and with the wildly successful first look at the game last month, more players will be eager to try it out for the first time.
Unfortunately, not everybody is invited for this round and to increase your chances of doing so, you have to jump through a few hoops which we will explain here. If you already had access to the previous preview patch, then you automatically have access to this one, and subsequently the closed beta. There is no need to repeat the process!
Step 1: Create a Riot Account
The first thing you want to do is head to the official Legends of Runeterra website, and click on the top right buttom that says “PRE-REGISTER TO PLAY”, and log in to your Riot account or create a new one. Do note here that it has not yet been confirmed whether Legends of Runeterra will be split across multiple regions, so we recommend you make sure to choose North America.
Step 2: Download the Game
This is the next page you will see, where you can check your status. Download the game so you are ready to go when your account is activated! If you want, you can stop right here and just wait for an email but your chances of getting access this way is low. To maximize your chances at getting instant access, follow the steps below.
Step 3: Link Your YouTube Account
Head to YouTube, log in to your Google account, and head to the Settings page, by clicking on your account on the top right hand corner of the page.
On the left hand side of the Settings page, there is a Connected accounts tab. Click on that, and find Riot Games. Click on the Connect button to link your accounts together!
Step 4: Link Your Twitch Account
Similar to above, head to the Twitch page and find the Settings page on the top right hand corner.
Go to the Connections tab, and link your Riot Games account.
Step 5: Watch Live Streams
Your chances of getting instant access to Legends of Runeterra increases as you watch live streams on YouTube or Twitch with your linked accounts. This is an excerpt from the official FAQ:
- Link your Riot (or existing LoL) account to your YouTube account. You MUST do this in order to get a chance at instant access.
- Watch LoR live streams on the Riot Games, Legends of Runeterra, and League of Legends channels.
- If you get access, you’ll be notified via the email associated with your linked Riot account.
- Link your Riot (or existing LoL) account to your Twitch account. You MUST do this in order to get a chance at access.
- Watch LoR on any Twitch Channel.
- If you get access, you’ll be notified via the Twitch notifications panel and the email associated with your linked Riot account.
Note that you can only do this while the preview patch is live on November 14, where streamers will activate drops on Twitch as well. Anything else claiming to do so before this date will not get you into the preview patch. Doing all this does not guarantee you access either, but people have tried the following things:
- Leave a stream open and AFK – even overnight!
- Open multiple streams at the same time
- Watch a less viewed streamer
But do note that none of the above methods are proven to increase your chances, the only thing that we do know is to at least open drop enabled streams.
Step 6: Wait for the Email
Once everything aligns, you will get an email that will say that your account has been activated, and you can access the game with the client download link. We presume invites will not be extended until the game comes back online on November 14.
We hope you enjoyed this mini guide and this will be one of many to come. During the preview patch we will be featuring decks and more guides, so check back again soon! We will see everybody in Legends of Runeterra.