Artifact, the upcoming Dota 2 card game from developer and Steam parent company Valve, is still on the horizon, although we don’t exactly know how far away it is as of right now. Nonetheless, this Artifact guide will give you all the details you need to know about the game, including all the Dota 2 cards it’ll feature, whether it’s free to play or not, and we’ll be analyzing a potential Artifact release date.
We’ll be updating this Artifact guide with all the future details that Valve releases for the game, as well as rumors surrounding the Dota 2 card game.
Artifact Release Date
As we mentioned at the top, we don’t yet have an exact release date for Artifact, but we do have a fairly narrow release window for the game. Firstly, the PC version of the Dota 2 card game is slated to be releasing late in 2018, making it roughly a year between announcement and final release for the game.
The iOS and Android releases for Artifact, on the other hand, aren’t set to release until at least some time during the middle of 2019. This is a considerably larger release window than the PC version of the Dota 2 card game, so it’s likely than the final release date for the iOS and Android versions of Artifact could end up falling in the latter half of 2019.
But what about the price point of Artifact? When it eventually releases, the Dota 2 card game will have an up front price point, meaning it won’t be free to play. After this initial cost to purchase the game however, you will have the option to buy in-game card packs with real world money, as well as purchasing cards off of other players for money.
What we don’t yet know is whether there are other methods of obtaining cards in Artifact. We’d hope that there’s a system like Hearthstone or Gwent, where you’re able to earn new cards for your collection outside of purchasing them in randomized packs with real world money.
It turns out that Artifact actually plays a lot like Dota 2, in a way. The action takes place in three lanes, much like in Dota 2, and your complete Artifact deck features five Hero cards, which you can place across any of the three boards. The rest of your deck is made up of far weaker (and disposable) minion-type cards, that you can place anywhere on the board.
The main way of winning a game of Artifact is by attacking your opponent’s towers. Both players have three Towers with 40 health, with one Tower populating each lane, so you have one Tower in each lane. You’ll win the game of Artifact if you can successfully destroy two of your opponent’s Towers before they can do the same to you.
But there’s also a second way of winning a game of Artifact. Whenever a Tower is destroyed on the board, it’s replaced by an Ancient, effectively a larger and more powerful Tower, but with 80 health points. If you, or your opponent, can destroy a single enemy Ancient, they’ll instantly win the game.
Just like in Dota 2, you have a Mana meter, which governs when you’re able to cast spells and abilities with your cards, and your Mana goes up by one point after each round. But there’s also the second currency of Gold, which you’ll earn for every enemy Minion that you kill. You can then use this Gold in between rounds to purchase new weapons and armor items for your Hero cards on the board, as well as brand new cards to place onto the board. Cards that you’ve purchased with Gold don’t cost any Mana to use.
On top of all these rules for Artifact, there’s also card colors to consider. There are four card colors in Artifact: black, red, green, and blue. You can’t use spells of a certain color in a lane on the board, unless you have a Hero card of that same color in the same lane. Aside from this, the card colors denote the type of card—green cards usually focus on creeps and buffs, blue specializes in strong spells, red denotes strong Heroes that are weak to spells, and black focuses on single strong spells.
This is all the information we have right now surrounding the Dota 2 card game Artifact, but rest assured that if Valve release any new information for the game, you can be sure to read about it right here.
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