The Darkin Saga: Awakening

Patch 3.14.0 Notes – The Darkin Saga: Awakening Update

The next Legends of Runeterra expansion The Darkin Saga: Awakening is arriving on August 31, 2022 at around 11 AM PST! This is the second expansion to the Worldwalker set, featuring five new champions including Kayn as the new Runeterran champion with unique deckbuilding rules, keywords, a new card type Equipment, and 65 new collectible cards.

It also has a Path of Champions 2.0 update, New Challenges, the Corrupted theme, associated cosmetics and events, and much more. Check out the official patch notes from Riot below:


New Expansion- The Darkin Saga: Awakening

WIll you prove worthy?”Mwahahahahah! Awakening is the first chapter of The Darkin Saga. In this expansion we are introducing five new champions, a new card type, and the Corrupted Event. If you’re ready to open a new chapter in Runeterra, make sure to check out Awakening – playable on August 31st at approximately 11:00AM PT.

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New Cards

Over the past week, we’ve been revealing all of the cards being added in Awakening. Head to one of the galleries below to get the full list of new cards and start building your day 1 decks!

Mobalytics

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New Mechanics

“Someone has to take care of our Shuriman Cars.”

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You may put any Cultist cards into your deck during deckbuilding. Once you have summoned 3+ different Cultist units, draw a Kayn.

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Equip to a unit to grant the listed bonuses. If the unit leaves play, the Equipment will return to your hand. You may play each Equipment at most once per round.

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Automatically equips this item from hand or play when summoned, creating it first if needed.

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A card triggers its Flow ability if you played 2+ spells or skills last round.

Flow has already existed as an effect, but we are recategorizing it as new Vocab.

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Choose one of two random options from a depleting pool of equipment and equip it to this ally. If the ally wasn’t played from hand, it equips a random Equipment instead.

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Grant an ally +1|+1. If the ally is equipped, grant it to their item instead.

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You may put any Weaponmaster cards into your deck during deckbuilding.

Editor’s Note: When we introduced new mechanics into the game, we realized we were lumping everything together into one big tasty(?) Keyword Soup. Moving forward we will be selective about what we refer to as “Keywords”

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New Challenges

New Challenges and Quests have been added to introduce the new mechanics being added in Awakening. Additional AI decks featuring cards added in the expansion have also been added to the Vs. AI opponent pool.

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Path of Champions

Weekly Adventures

“A true master is an eternal student.”

We’re very excited to introduce a brand new type of Adventure to Path of Champions: Weekly Adventures. These adventures will have 3 different difficulties and will be randomly generated from existing Adventures with Mutators to keep things fresh.

STARLIGHT PORTAL –
Unlocks: Legend Level 6
Rewards: 1 Bronze Reliquary + 1,000 legend level points
Mutators: 1 Beneficial

SHADOW PORTAL –
Unlocks: Legend Level 10
Rewards: 1 Silver Vault + 1,000 legend level points
Mutators: 1 Beneficial + 1 Harmful

DARK STAR PORTAL –
Unlocks: Legend Level 15
Rewards: 1 Silver Reliquary + 1,000 legend level points
Mutators: 1 Beneficial + 1 Harmful + a “Vicious Enemy”

  • Rewards for each of the 3 portals can be earned once per week – subsequent completions will reward only champion XP.
  • These three adventures will be located in the ocean between Noxus and Ionia.
  • Weekly Adventures will display in your Journal with a reset timer visible.
  • Any in-progress adventures will be retired upon the weekly reset.
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Corrupted Event

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“The weak fear the shadow”

Ancient evils have awoken across all of Runeterra, hope dims as corruption erodes our final bastion of hope. But hey- at least it’s a super cool event for us! In the Corrupted event we will be able to get our hands on all new Icons, Cards, Emotes, and new Champion Skins.

This pass, and future Event Passes, also come with many free nodes, so you’ll be able to earn rewards as you play whether you choose to purchase the Premium Event Pass or not. It should still take roughly the same amount of time and effort to complete this pass as previous Event Passes.

Purchase before September 14 to get an exclusive quest that awards 10 Corrupted Crystals and a Rare Prismatic Chest! The event pass grants access to an upgraded event path with premium rewards and immediately unlocks the Lil’ Rhaast. All unlockable rewards can be viewed on the Event rewards road.

Play games to earn Corrupted Crystals and unlock more rewards!

Event ends and pass expires October 5, 2022, 10:00 AM PT

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Personalization

The following personalization items are available with this patch, or future patches.

Champion Skins

Corrupted Pantheon

Alternate Art

Corrupted Taric

Alternate Art

Corrupted Diana

Alternate Art

Corrupted Leona

Alternate Art

Upcoming Champion Skins

Corrupted Zoe

Alternate Art & VFX, Unique Level-Up Animation

This champion skin will be released in a later patch, but enjoy the sneak peek of what’s to come! 

Boards

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Darkin Reaper

Master the darkness… or be consumed by it.

This board has interactive elements, special visual effects, and music.

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Kayn’s Shadow

The shadows are his to command.

This board has interactive elements, special visual effects, and music.

Guardians

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Lil’ Rhaast

Try not to listen when he whispers in your mind.

Guardian Personality: Devious

Loves: Manipulating Kayn

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Corrupted Stella

Leads travelers astray with its deceptively cute smile.

Guardian Personality: Feisty

Likes: Mischief-making

Card Backs

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Corrupted Zoe

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Corrupted Pantheon

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Kayn & Rhaast

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Darkin

Emotes

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Thrilled

“Oh! I do like this.”

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Surrender

“Let him live, bro.”

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Whoa

“Did that just happen?”

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Dramatic Yordle

“I’m watching you, dearie!”

Icons

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New Icons now available.

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New Ranked Icons

Bundles

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Dark Divinity Bundle

A bit of chaos is a small price to pay for godlike power.

This bundle contains:

  • Corrupted Pantheon
  • Corrupted Taric
    • Champion cards for all of the above champions

*Price is prorated for potential duplicates.

Deck Bundles

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Dark Destruction Deck

Ally yourself with ancient powers. Kill everyone and everything in your path. Sacrifice friend and foe alike to unleash the strength of the awakened Darkin.

Price is prorated for potential duplicates.

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Gameplay System Updates

Ranked Ladder Adjustments

We’re updating Ranked Play to have more satisfying progression. Ladder Point changes for winning and losing have been adjusted at each rank, with largest changes in the lower leagues: Iron, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

Card Adjustments

Void Abomination

VOID ABOMINATION

COST: 8 → 9
BASE STATS: 5|4 → 5|5

Kai’Sa and her Evolvers were still a bit too well-suited to their environment after the changes last patch, so we wanted to make another small adjustment to a-void having them dominate the meta. Weakening Void Abomination should weaken the deck’s late game presence and give more ways to fight back.

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Deep Meditation

DEEP MEDITATION

OLD: If you played 2+ Spell spells last round, costs 2 less. Draw 2 other spells.
NEW: FLOW: Costs 2 Less. Draw 2 other spells.

With the introduction of Flow we saw an opportunity to update these two older, Flow-like cards to use the new Vocab (and give them a little buff in the process).

Eye of the Dragon

EYE OF THE DRAGON

OLD: Round Start: If you played 2+ spells last round, summon a Dragonling
NEW: Round Start: FLOW: SUMMON A DRAGONLING.

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Miscellaneous

  • The game term New used in the Back Alley Bar card refers to any card that has not been played yet
  • Portals exclude anything with a Play effect, including Daybreak, Nightfall, and Plunder. Solitary Monk has also been excluded for balance reasons
  • Equipment cannot be silenced
  • Darkin Equipment can be played with spell mana like all Equipment, but the Darkin unit cannot be played using spell mana
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Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where players could win module two of The Evolution of War Tutorial without Evolving Kai’Sa.
  • Fixed an issue where some choice cards were missing their Targeting text.
  • Zilean’s Careful Preparation now displays the correct flavor text.
  • Fixed other minor text bugs
  • Fixed a bug in which Udyr’s Stance Swap could not be played even when it’s mana cost was reduced to 0.
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