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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s Christmas is go go go

We all know the coming of Christmas means the goose is getting fat, but what about the chicken? She's warm and cosy, as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has kicked off its festivities by giving chickens wee Christmas jumpers. These jumpers are #2 on the definitive ranking of CS:GO chicken costumes so that's certainly something to celebrate. Other Christmas festivities include piles of snowballs in spawn points…

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Valve release a tasty Steam Link topping for Raspberry Pi

The Link is dead, long live the Link! Valve's official Steam Link hardware may now be discontinued, but its software heart lives on, and now free on the Raspberry Pi. Formerly released on Android (although not iOS due to Apple being grumpy gits), this new version is version 3B or 3B+ of everyone's tiny PCB powerhouse system, favoured by tech-tinkerers worldwide. For those late to…

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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…

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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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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive goes free-to-play with a new battle royale mode

Esports stalwart shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has gone free-to-play, accompanied by a new quickfire eighteen-player battle royale mode called Danger Zone. Seemingly out of nowhere Valve have announced that the game is free for everyone on Steam, with previous owners being upgraded to 'Prime' account status and awarded a "commemorative Loyalty Badge". Prime players get matched with their own kind, so the influx of new blood…

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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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Valve ban Dota 2 player from tourney over racist remark cover-up

Valve have banned Dota 2 player Carlo "Kuku" Palad from their upcoming 'Major' tournament in China over a racist comment he made mocking Chinese players in a non-tournament game earlier this year. Kuku's team, TNC Predator, initially tried to pass a cover-up story and have further muddied waters with unsupported claims that Major host city Chongqing's government threatened to cancel the tournament if he attended.…

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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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Steam starts taking smaller sales cut from biggest games

In a move to keep more big publishers on Steam, Valve are starting to take a smaller cut of sales from games which make loads and loads of money. After $10 million (£8m), Valve's cut will go down from 30% to 25%, then beyond $50 million (£40m) they'll starting taking 20%. Valve say that that big games have "positive network effects" for all of Steam…

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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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