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Artifact

6 months ago

Valve show some Artifact 2.0 ahead of the impending beta

Did you miss it? Artifact's back, and it's not quite how you remember it. After a year of tinkering following that disastrous 2018 debut, Valve are ready to re-introduce the Dota 2 card game to the world. This week's brief demonstration runs through some of the promising changes arriving with Artifact 2.0 - and if you're lucky, you may be able to try the beta…

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7 months ago

Artifact 2.0 will have a singleplayer campaign

Valve have been drip-feeding us details about the return of Artifact, but now they've opened the flood gates. The latest blog post about their card 'em up digs into all sorts of nuances, from revamped mana curves to fiddly initiative rules. They're also muttering about a ranked progression system similar to Dota Underlords', and a singleplayer campaign that will continue the story from the Call…

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8 months ago

Units won’t deploy randomly in Artifact 2.0

I'm enjoying how all the headlines around Artifact's upcoming comeback are about what it won't do. It won't sell you cards, and it won't make you play on one lane at a time. 'It won't die in a fire like it did before', promise.We now know a lot more about how the revamped game will actually work. Random deployment is gone, with creeps spawning in…

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Artifact 2.0’s placeholder doodles should be canonised in-game

You've probably heard by now, but Artifact is making a comeback. Valve's card-game flop is gearing up for a massive reboot, and no part of the deck-shuffler's carcass is being left to waste. New monetisation, new mechanics, and a surprising new look. This week, Valve dove into some of the earliest ideas they've come up with to make Artifact work - even if it's a…

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Artifact 2.0 won’t sell you cards

Artifact's developers have given up on selling people cards. When the closed beta for Artifact 2.0 kicks off, you'll have to earn every single card through playing - no market, no packs. Stingy pricing was just about the only thing holding the game back for me, so, hurray! It's part of a big relaunch. Valve have also mentioned some changes they're making to the game…

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Failed Dota 2 card game Artifact is preparing for a massive comeback

Valve are on something of a roll right now. Half-Life: Alyx is looking absolutely stunning ahead of next week's release. While Dota Underlords (and auto-battlers generally) might be on a bit of a downturn, it's hard to say it hasn't done well for itself. Now that they're back in full swing, it might be time for Valve to bring their dustiest skeleton out of the…

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1 year ago

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Have You Played… Artifact?

This is the one that stings the most. The commercially-unsuccessful game that most makes me want to stand in front of unwelcoming crowds, pound on my chest and scream about how wrong you all are. Artifact doesn't deserve to be the butt of people's jokes. It doesn't deserve to be the butt of anything. It's one of the best card games out there.

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Twitch suing spammers who filled fake Artifact streams with porn and murder

Twitch, the livestreaming site owned by Amazon, are trying to sue the digivandals who in May broadcast videos of pornography, copyrighted movies and TV shows, and actual real-world murders. The offenders pretended to be streaming Artifact, dominating Twitch's section for the Valve card game. Twitch don't yet know who they are but have already filed a lawsuit with a California court to get it rolling.…

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Ex-Artifact dev Richard Garfield on what went wrong

It came, we saw, it failed to conquer. Personally, I've looked at Artifact's floundering playerbase with a heavy heart, because it's a a great game that deserves better. That's why I was interested to see Richard Garfield (of Magic: The Gathering fame) Arti-chatting about the game's rocky launch, and what it actually means for a game to be "pay-to-win".

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2 years ago

Valve put Artifact updates on hold for a major retooling

It feels strange - wrong, even - to call any Valve game 'failed', but collectable card game Artifact has been on a sharp downward spiral since launch. Today, Valve spoke up about their struggling CCG and what they've got planned for it in an official blog post here. While there's some of Valve's usual vagueness, it's hard not to read some sadness into "Artifact represents…

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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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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 all surprisingly,…

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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 unit…

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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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