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Artifact

5 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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6 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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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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7 months ago

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

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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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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Valve renames Artifact card after feedback questioning racist connotations

Valve have responded to some raised eyebrows regarding a recently revealed card for their upcoming game Artifact by changing its name. What was once called ‘Crack The Whip’ will now become ‘Coordinated Assault’ to avoid connotations of slavery and racism when considered alongside the card’s text, which begins "modify a black hero."To be clear, ‘black’ cards do not refer to race, but are a gameplay…

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Watch a full match of Artifact

There's a lot going on in Artifact. I'd already read enough to know that, but apparently I needed to see a game play out before the extent of the complexity sank in. Now I can't wait to start laying cards down on three separate lanes, working towards two different victory conditions, parsing each card's stats and tooling up heroes with equippable items. Artifact is Valve's…

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Valve start dealing Artifact on November 28th

Valve have announced plans to launch Artifact, their digital card-battling adaptation of wizard management simulator Dota 2, on November 28th. That's the plan. That's what they say now. Valve's first big game since Dota 2 in 2013, Artifact turns the MOBA into a card game where players build decks to make wizards fight across three 'lanes' of the table and murder the other wizards' base.…

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3 years ago

Richard Garfield is working on Valve’s Artifact

"Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again," studio head honcho Gabe Newell has exclaimed. During a recent press preview event for Artifact, cheery RPS fanzine PC Gamer reports, Newell said that the upcoming Dota 2 card game spin-off "is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us." What those others might be is a mystery, but this is the…

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Valve announce Artifact, a Dota 2 spin-off card game

Valve last night announced Artifact, a new card game based on Dota 2. I can tell you that Artifact is coming in 2018 and sounds like it broadly simulates a game of Dota, with lanes to push and Dota heroes to command, but Valve haven't shown anything concrete yet. For a company that often sets trends, this does seem curiously late - the world is…

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