Valve Reboots Official Website For Artifact, Its Hearthstone Killer

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This month, Valve will cast its hat into the ring of digital collectable card games with Artifact, co-developed with Magic: The Gathering maestro Richard Garfield. In the lead up to the launch, set for the 28th, Valve has rebooted Artifact's official website. Though it's not much to look at... yet.

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As alluded to in the opening paragraph, the official Artifact site is rather barren, with the only piece of meaty content a video and article from Garfield himself, talking about "heroes" — the game's strongest card type — and how getting one killed in the early game isn't so bad a thing.

I suppose it's an interesting video... if you know anything about how the game works. Otherwise, you'll probably come away rather confused (much as I did). I'm quite surprised there isn't a primer video or other introduction to the game on the site, given it's one of the first things players will hit leading up to the 28th.

That said, there's always the Steam page, and I'm sure it'll start to fill up with more interesting titbits in the coming days.

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    This article would be WAY better if it was about how awesome Gwent is =P

    Shameful that valve is building yet another f2p lootbox-driven cash grab.

      Not ftp. Game costs $20 usd

        Absolutely. Every card will need to be purchased, making it the most exploitative fully digital pay to win game available to date.

    If you can only pay to buy decks, it's not a hearthstone killer

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