Dev Doodles: Bacon - The Card Game Before the Card Game | League of Legends

Devs were deep in development on a League card game when their world was forever changed by Hearthstone’s launch. They were faced with a decision: Ship a nearly-ready game that wasn’t up to the new standard? Or start from scratch?

This is the story of how Legends of Runeterra almost wasn’t.

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  1. Byron Bosom

    Byron BosomPred 8 dnevi

    Thank you for sharing this! A card game I had been working on for about 2 years if close to its final version and earlier this year a card game came out with some of the ideas I wanted to for the environmental feel of it and I thought I could be the first. Also found out they started less then a year ago and dont even have 70 cards base cards. It was kind like how yall talked about hearthstone. But I love yalls game so much and know others do to. Makes me feel like I can do it and another log has been placed on the fire to help me keep in going with it. Thanks again!

  2. Johnathan Tang

    Johnathan TangPred 8 dnevi

    "kitchen table magic" they tried so hard not to mention mtg too

  3. JollyTension

    JollyTensionPred 11 dnevi

    4:00 Irelia/Azir: No

  4. Auro

    AuroPred 19 dnevi

    Such a shame that the balance team focus on data rather than player feelings and emotions now. The game meta is in such a bad state right now and they barely seem to make balance updates anymore. The most recent patch notes were so lacking. I hope they fix it because I love this game and it is imo the best card game on the market right now.

  5. Victor Vu

    Victor VuPred 25 dnevi

    4:53 gong plonk

  6. Shark Rollzr

    Shark RollzrPred 26 dnevi

    This Dev Doodles comment section is WAAAAYYYYYYYYY different than the newest Dev Doodles

  7. Sönke Hamester

    Sönke HamesterPred 26 dnevi

    BRING BACK DOMINION, so the real Pros will have a Reason to return. SUCKERS!

  8. dude the

    dude thePred 27 dnevi

    The love of mtg by the devs is adorable

  9. LRNZ Edits

    LRNZ EditsPred mesecem


  10. HANT2

    HANT2Pred mesecem

    lor : give creativity in building deck lor player : 60% copy mogwai deck

  11. Glow ecco

    Glow eccoPred mesecem

    are you happy with how far Runeterra got until now?

  12. LanFour

    LanFourPred mesecem

    Find the icon of LoR in your computer, left click and choose properties, (or just highlight it and pres ctrl+enter) Take a look at the 'target' box. "--launch-product=bacon"

  13. Rick Jason Obrero

    Rick Jason ObreroPred mesecem


  14. Hodgson D

    Hodgson DPred mesecem

    Very charming video lol love the game, great work team!

  15. Raymund Tuparan

    Raymund TuparanPred mesecem

    Imagine jhin in LOR and every kill he have will make it a flower trap card

  16. luna sea

    luna seaPred mesecem

    Thank you devs for this wonderful game!

  17. Kennel Correa

    Kennel CorreaPred mesecem

    La que yo v**** necesito un tutorial de league of Legends en inglés

  18. rok pučko

    rok pučkoPred mesecem

    all these 5 minute yammering could be in truth: we saw hardstone/gwent(witcher card game) and decided to make our own

  19. Pr4t By TH3M!S

    Pr4t By TH3M!SPred mesecem


  20. Touff

    TouffPred mesecem

    Looks like Domics made the animations!

  21. kwan fu

    kwan fuPred mesecem

    you guys are amazing,,I am forever thankful LOR is the best card game in my life ever the challenge is how you guys handle rotation and never produce some boring deck like freeze mage or fatigue warrior or some cards that is battle cry auto win the game stuff like that

  22. Elina Sanglert

    Elina SanglertPred mesecem

    Really love the game, i always get amazed by the massive amount of different playstyles you can go for. And it all looks really good

  23. Vincent Schäfer

    Vincent SchäferPred mesecem

    Am I the only one that wants to know what bacon would have been like? :,(

  24. Zenthia T

    Zenthia TPred mesecem

    Super glad to hear the thoughts behind this game!!

  25. Penguin Jesus

    Penguin JesusPred mesecem

    dev doodles is like my favourite thing riot has made

  26. Stefan Lopuszanski

    Stefan LopuszanskiPred mesecem

    Oh wow, I remember being at the Hearthstone announcement too. I think I briefly saw Jeff Jew there too. Funny how far things have come.

  27. Burgeranus

    BurgeranusPred mesecem

    Nerf heimer

  28. Neekos-san

    Neekos-sanPred mesecem

    we need bacon back

  29. Yinore

    YinorePred mesecem

    I love LoR, You're awesome 😍😘🥰

  30. Ops Zeu

    Ops ZeuPred mesecem

    riot,me da uma conta nivel 30 pls kskskksksks,prr ta dificil pra subir de nivel

  31. Gustav Jensen

    Gustav JensenPred mesecem

    I only watched this video because of the Heimerdinger thumbnail.

  32. 0Tidus0989

    0Tidus0989Pred mesecem

    You have to admit though that calling it "Legends of Bacon" would have made the game even better! B)

  33. Yoga Nainpril sinaga

    Yoga Nainpril sinagaPred mesecem

    LOR is really great thats why i prefer this then HS

  34. Tyler Samuels

    Tyler SamuelsPred mesecem

    Gah, these things never fail to make me happy with the Devs. It's nice to see their process and how much they care

  35. Fran

    FranPred mesecem

    I love dev doodles

  36. Ninjen S N

    Ninjen S NPred mesecem

    I love this series

  37. Ace Healer

    Ace HealerPred mesecem

    Aww, man. Am I really going to start playing LoR because if this video? The cards do have some cool art...

  38. Green Sky

    Green SkyPred mesecem

    Hey, don't worry, it's not too late for Legends of Runeterra to fade away. Give it time. :)))))

  39. Andrej

    AndrejPred mesecem

    Ah yes very good strategy game Like league of legends yes League of legends is a very totally balanced game with no broken champions totally normal game

  40. Jade Frost

    Jade FrostPred mesecem

    I still wanna see what bacon was like tho :0

  41. HolyLion

    HolyLionPred mesecem

    Buff Aurelion Sol

  42. Abyssalczech

    AbyssalczechPred mesecem

    what i miss most in digital card games is to talk with my oponent face to face voice to voice

  43. Martin Liu

    Martin LiuPred mesecem

    Absolutely love Lor, truly remarkable game

  44. Iconic Blue

    Iconic BluePred mesecem

    I love dev doodles Would love to see champion lore done in this style !

  45. Wesley Julio

    Wesley JulioPred mesecem


  46. Key Man

    Key ManPred mesecem

    I love hearing stories of the creation process! Thanks you guys! :D

  47. dead wolf xd

    dead wolf xdPred mesecem

    imagine that HEARTHSTONE wrote: trolled XD

  48. WebBowser

    WebBowserPred mesecem

    Honestly this is some nice insight to the dev process, thanks for throwing this out. This kind of candor is rare in the industry. Obviously I have no idea what "Bacon" would have eventually turned into, however LoR is easily the most fun I've had with any card game, HS included. I'm happy ya'll stuck with it and made the game you did.

  49. Spook

    SpookPred mesecem

    Another banger by riot kassadin

  50. superscheire

    superscheirePred mesecem

    I know riot gets a lot of backlash now and then along their approach to players of their game, but it's so refreshing to see that we can't just view the entirety of riot as the same and gems like you 2 also exist in that space. A really wholesome story and i'm glad to see you 2 making your passion a reality!

  51. Igor Sidorov

    Igor SidorovPred mesecem

    I love runeterra universe and league of legends characters much much more... but hearthstone still wins as a card game :/

  52. DJ Wologda

    DJ WologdaPred mesecem

    Yu-Gi-Oh did it 10 years earlier...

  53. doing63

    doing63Pred mesecem


  54. Xilofone

    XilofonePred mesecem

    and then mfs just build and play the most popular on the web anyways

  55. AstyuteChick

    AstyuteChickPred mesecem

    I'm sry I want that Riven 5:36 I don't care how. Plushie, soft toy, artwork does not matter. I. just. want. her. ty

  56. Sspace Tyme

    Sspace TymePred mesecem

    Crazy jank for me is being able to have 4 copies of Terror of the Peaks enter the battlefield at one time so that I can deal 400 damage in one turn in Arena lmao.

  57. Mark Joseph Mendez

    Mark Joseph MendezPred mesecem

    hearthstone stole bacon's era. nooooooo

  58. Dragunnitum Gaming

    Dragunnitum GamingPred mesecem


  59. Tio Alra

    Tio AlraPred mesecem

    Wait, legends of runeterra was basically produced since heart stone???

  60. AR BEN

    AR BENPred mesecem

    Why is it lol yt doesnt notify for new videos

  61. Nasus Kim

    Nasus KimPred mesecem

    thank you for all your hard work!

  62. Illusory

    IllusoryPred mesecem

    I hope theres a version for Mac otw!

  63. Vojin Djordjevic

    Vojin DjordjevicPred mesecem


  64. Avatari Nega

    Avatari NegaPred mesecem

    I like how card were yugioh

  65. Alfonso Delos Reyes

    Alfonso Delos ReyesPred mesecem

    LoR is amazing. Can't wait for Poppt to drop 😂

  66. Iron Warrior

    Iron WarriorPred mesecem

    LoR is amazing game! Love this doodle

  67. João Eduardo Lira

    João Eduardo LiraPred mesecem

    Thank you guys for sharing that!!! ^^

  68. MAX Dj

    MAX DjPred mesecem

    When this is recommended 8years later I will be proud to say I was a part of the days where the comments where mostly frech

  69. MAX Dj

    MAX DjPred mesecem

    Me: google's heartstone

  70. ChicoFishBanana

    ChicoFishBananaPred mesecem

    I keep thinking the twisted fate statue was a bong

  71. Archenn

    ArchennPred mesecem

    Can’t believe you called it Legends of Runeterra and not B a c o n

  72. ShiRokku 3

    ShiRokku 3Pred mesecem

    Never played LoR, but I am so happy to hear it has been a success story since you all got it out in the world. Runeterra is already one of my favourite fantasy worlds. The more we get to see it in so many forms, the better imo :D Can't wait for Arcane series and the MMO!

  73. KalonOrdona2

    KalonOrdona2Pred mesecem

    these guys are justifying the nerd stereotype and I love it!

  74. Nhat Linh Kim

    Nhat Linh KimPred mesecem

    Just love LOR, the World of Runeterra i can explore is massive, in every cards, regions, stories behind those cards... Just like drugs to me

  75. Captain Cissoid

    Captain CissoidPred mesecem

    Soooooo Warwick confirmed yes maybe please yes?

  76. Salmon 14

    Salmon 14Pred mesecem

    When are we getting a dev doodle about riot zed threatening fans and acting like a 2007 anime villain

  77. evoke

    evokePred mesecem

    this kind of title is insensitive to people who take a moral stance against hurting animals

  78. hvip4

    hvip4Pred mesecem


  79. 8SH0CK8

    8SH0CK8Pred mesecem

    Interesting video series

  80. DeltaRed12

    DeltaRed12Pred mesecem

    Heimerdinger doing some crazy things to Twisted Fate's cards there.

  81. Teddy Bear

    Teddy BearPred mesecem

    did u guys try out a mix between rpg and deck builder thing where u could upgrade each card by equiping it with different items that would change how the card plays out ?

  82. BenitoHermano

    BenitoHermanoPred mesecem

    Competition ain't so bad after all A masterpiece of a card game was born

  83. BenitoHermano

    BenitoHermanoPred mesecem

    Xd got disheartened by Heartsone Then learned fron their mistakes, then created a better version That's why i like competition, kind of glad hearstone released earlier so that they can put more effort in this masterpiece!

  84. Turing Eret

    Turing EretPred mesecem

    What about the part where you let your prototype get leaked because you couldn't be bothered to have decent cloud security? Or what about the part where you kept jerking the company that was actually designing and programming the game around only to end up precisely where we started? For those that don't know, Riot outsourced the design of Bacon to another company and only provided oversight and "direction" to that company. I use quotes because they weren't really good at directing. Bacon could have been released to market a year before Hearthstone even was announced.

  85. Syrix

    SyrixPred mesecem

    I would love to see iced version. I am a fan of complex rules and just seeing it would be nice.

  86. wolfVFV

    wolfVFVPred mesecem

    These clips show why riot is a great company. It's honest. "I hope it isn't good" "It's so much better then what we have" I do not see other company's talking about stuff like this with this honesty.

  87. Yuri The Greatest

    Yuri The GreatestPred mesecem

    Legends of runeterra is something truly unique. It feels like I'm playing a physical card game digitally and no other digital card games capture that feeling

  88. Poppy

    PoppyPred mesecem

    Do u plan to make a physical version?

  89. Some Random Gamer

    Some Random GamerPred mesecem

    I wonder if LoR is going to have a "wild" system, like Hearthstone. I played LoR in the beta stages, and it was a lot of fun! Trying to get into now, though? Whole other game, with such an overwhelming amount of stuff already.

  90. NotNinjaPredator21

    NotNinjaPredator21Pred mesecem

    Yeah Legends of runeterra is a very cool game with a cool mechanics

  91. Samuel Zhu

    Samuel ZhuPred mesecem

    so WW coming?

  92. eldric chuong

    eldric chuongPred mesecem

    Do you guys think that legends of terra will come out on mac?

  93. Instinct Gaming

    Instinct GamingPred mesecem

    From LoL: Supremacy to LoR

  94. Cobalixe

    CobalixePred mesecem

    All the game now is meta decks and half of the cards being unplayable because they don't know how to balance cards. You wanted a game with interactions, and we got almost no interaction. No, using a unit at turn 1 and it getting destroyed at turn 1 isn't interaction, for interaction you need multiple decisions and variables, not your typical 2 counters. This comment is not praising Riot so it will be buried

  95. Dracarys Noema

    Dracarys NoemaPred mesecem

    There's actually an article in Kotaku from 2013 that indicates that some sort of card game was scrapped by Riot. Apparently the first iteration of LOR was called "League of Legends: Supremacy" The articles' title is "Hacker Claims League of Legends Maker Buried a Finished Card Game [UPDATE]"

  96. Maricarla Reyes

    Maricarla ReyesPred mesecem

    I want more Dev doodles :)

  97. wongwiwat khwannaen

    wongwiwat khwannaenPred mesecem

    When remodel champions amumu corki veigar (yordle )

  98. Chael Amoroso

    Chael AmorosoPred mesecem

    LoR iz addiction, a good one I would say.

  99. DuckyTheGod

    DuckyTheGodPred mesecem

    Crazy to think theyve been working on LoR since before Hearthstone

  100. Fajar Hariyanto

    Fajar HariyantoPred mesecem

    why i'm watching this vid thooo