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Artifact

4 weeks ago

Artifact adds skill progression and lets you earn cards just by playing

Artifact is a fantastic CCG, if you can stomach its serpentine complexity. Today Valve release the second update that's made it even better, allaying my two main concerns: there's now a ranking system, and you can earn cards just by playing. Up to 15 packs and event tickets can be nabbed during this 'season', which will last a few months and reset players' ranking at…

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1 month ago

Artifact’s first big update adds new modes and a neat chat wheel

The first big Artifact update is out, slapping new decks on the table and letting people chat while they use them. There are no new cards in Valve's CCG, but fans of the Call To Arms mode - where everyone dukes it out with pre-constructed cards - might be pleased to see two new decks. That's not my jam, but the new Pauper tournaments where…

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Artifact best decks: the decks to build for competitive play

Artifact is at its best when you have decks that are part of a cohesive engine. Some decks excel at generating big creatures to smash through the enemy defences. Others rely on building stashes of gold to purchase powerful items. With the game now out for talented deck builders to compile the optimal decks possible, we'd thought we'd showcase some of the best decks you…

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Artifact guide: tips for playing Artifact, game modes explained, booster packs

Artifact is Valve's contender to the Tradeable Digital Card Game genre throne, currently dominated by Hearthstone. It takes inspiration from DOTA 2, and other MOBAs, with its three lane system and is a highly complicated game at first glance. However, now that Artifact has been out for a short time, there's a fair few decks cropping up that are worth looking at if you wish to…

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Artifact best heroes: top heroes in each colour, and how to use them

I mean, that header image says it all, doesn't it? But seriously. After you've completed Artifact's tutorials and opened a smattering of card packs, it's doubtless the first thing you'll be asking yourself, your friend, the inter-webs: Who's the best hero? Or maybe, who's the best red hero, or black hero? Who would you say is better for this deck, or that deck? Not at…

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Artifact Pathing: understanding unit targeting, Pathing Resets, Swap, and more

Artifact has such a vast lattice of rules and mechanics permeating its CCG/MOBA chimeran mass, it takes a fair amount of time before your mind turns to some of the subtler phenomena present within each match, and you start to wonder: “Wait… So how does that work again?” Prime among these confusing minor-but-actually-major mechanics is Artifact Pathing, which is the game’s term for what a…

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Artifact mechanics: useful facts, advanced tips

As with any CCG, Artifact is absolutely swimming with strange quirks and interesting effects which are not immediately obvious to newer players. The tutorial Valve has implemented, while great at explaining the absolute core systems of a match, is not nearly comprehensive enough to cover all of these intricacies. And nor should it, because it would overload you with information that you don't care about…

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Steam Charts: Christmas Miracle Edition

I don't what is this? How many? Are we sure we're in the right charts? This is definitely the Steam Charts, where the mad-brained broken people just buy the same four games over and over and over? Because something is up. People have only bought the same three games over and over!

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Podcast: Every game released in November reviewed very quickly*

 There are too many games. November is over, but it was a big month, and our giant collective digi-trough runneth over with shooters, stabbers and clickers. It’s repulsive and very wasteful, quite frankly. Thankfully, the RPS podcast (aka the Electronic Wireless Show) is here to snort up the good ‘uns and stamp all over the bad ‘uns. This week the pod squad are running…

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2 months ago

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Artifact review

There’s part of me that wants to champion Artifact as a step forward for digital card games. I want to celebrate how it bottles the essence of Dota 2 into turn-based ‘take that-ing’, to enthuse, misty-eyed, about the new avenues of thought that it has me gallivanting down. I will do all that. But with some pretty big reservations.

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Artifact drafting: the best cards to draft, draft tier list

There are normally two kinds of trading card game players: Those that like to construct decks and then challenge other players, and those that like to draft packs and build viable decks from their limited pool. With the variety of drafting modes on offer in Artifact, including a no-risk, free variant that is good for those who like to practice. This guide has some tips…

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Steam Charts: I Was On Holiday Last Week Edition

I, Alice Bee, have returned from a week off and everything has changed. Matt is in the office now, and complained about having to get up at 8.15am. This complaint made me furious and I am telling everyone. My desk has been moved. There is no milk in the fridge. I am confused, and I can't remember all the HTML codes to write this very…

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Podcast: Our early impressions of Artifact

 ID please. Hm. No, sorry, says here you’re into platformers. No entry mate. No, listen, I’m sorry, but this is an episode of the RPS podcast, aka the Electronic Wireless Show, and it specifically says right up there – look – that it’s all about Artifact. You know, the new card game by Valve based on Dota 2. Look, I don’t make the rules,…

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Artifact Call to Arms cards: every card currently available in the base set

Like all trading card games, the bread and butter of every deck are cards that are first introduced. There's a reason why the Power Nine were so revered in Magic the Gathering, and to some degree still are. In Artifact, the base set that will be released is called the "Call to Arms" set and will include a whole host of cards for each of…

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Artifact deck building: how to make a deck, understanding the colours

The first stage for any career in playing a digital TCG like Artifact is to construct your deck. You can of course opt to just take a deck list from the tier sites, or indeed the best decks found in our Artifact best decks guide, and there's nothing wrong with that. However, there are players who will want to explore the art of constructing their…

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Valve start Artifact story comic, teasing changes for Dotaworld

Tomorrow brings the first full and proper new Valve game since 2013: Artifact, a card game based on wizfest Dota 2. Yes, it is a game about pushing lanes and managing lords (made together with Magic: The Gathering mastermind Richard Garfield, no less), but apparently it also has a story told in that modern Valve way, through a companion comic. Artifact's first digital issue is…

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