A collaboration between legendary game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact offers the deepest gameplay and the highest-fidelity experience ever seen in a trading card game.
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Mixed (13,326) - 53% of the 13,326 user reviews for this game are positive.
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December 13

Artifact 1.1 Update



Today's Artifact 1.1 Update focuses on social features: a chat wheel, in / post-game chat, and brand new automated tournaments. Additionally, we've added leaderboard support to the Call to Arms gauntlet along two new decks: a damage-focused mono blue deck and an all-aggro all-the-time mono black deck.

There are many other features in the update, as well as a ton of bug-fixes. Check out the patch notes and the update page for more details.

This is the first major update of many for Artifact. While finishing this update we've also been working hard on the next update, that we expect to ship next week and which is focused on a skill-based progression system.
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November 30

Artifact Features: Open Play and Tournaments


We've had an exciting few days watching everyone finally get their hands on Artifact. Alongside the strategic depth it's also been great seeing people explore the many modes of play. One of our goals in building Artifact was to capture some of the social energy and fun of playing games around the kitchen table with friends, and to bring those experiences online.

Today we want to do a guided tour of some features that bring us closer to that goal: matchmaking through Steam Group Chats and user-hosted tournaments.

Open Play

Players and groups have a huge variety of differing goals and play styles. Some like low-stress games with all-commons decks, others want to competitively experiment with new archetypes. Some social circles are small and play games at specific times, while others are large and constantly have a few games going, and everything in between.



Steam Group Chats are an existing tool to help provide an online presence for these groups. Anyone on Steam can create a new Group Chat, and each supports text and voice, auto-linked giphy images, and now with the addition of Open Play, every group chat also supports matchmaking. By selecting Open Play from within Artifact, you can issue an open challenge to any group you're a member of. You can use your existing social groups to find the games you want to play with the opponents you want to play against.



Creating an open game is as simple as selecting the group chat you want to find an opponent in. When you select a group, everyone in that group will get notified that you're looking for a game both through the chat window on Steam as well as in the Artifact interface.



Once another player accepts your challenge, you'll automatically be placed in a lobby together. All you have to do is select your decks and play.

Creating a new Steam Group Chat is as easy as selecting a friend and inviting them through the Steam friends panel. If you're running a website or streaming, you can easily create a group that's wider than just your immediate friends by creating a public invitation link that you can use in an email thread, a forum, or a chat room.

Open Play games are about quickly finding a social opponent for a specific style of play. Artifact also supports group play with more structure through the in-game tournament system.

Tournaments

Any player can create any number of tournaments.

The definition of "tournament" is pretty broad. Artifact supports traditional single-day single-elimination brackets, but it's also possible to create an event that works more like a league, with players playing whenever they're available over the course of days or weeks.

If your group wants to draft all day every day, you can create that event. If you want to create the Tuesday Triathlon that starts with draft, moves through no-rares constructed, and ends with mandatory four-color decks, you can do that, too.



Once a tournament is configured and you've locked the structure, you can invite participants. You can either invite friends directly from inside the client or create a tournament invitation link that can be used anywhere. All participants in a tournament are automatically placed in a Steam Group Chat for that event.

When everyone is registered, all you have to do is push a button and the tournament will begin. The game will automatically advance through the tournament phases. When games are ready, players will get notifications, and status updates about match results and the overall tournament status will be posted in the tournament group chat.



Like Open Play, tournaments live under the "Social Play" menu in Artifact. Both systems are designed to be tools to define how you want to play and who you want to play with.
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About This Game

THE CARD GAME REIMAGINED
A collaboration between legendary card game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact is a digital card game that combines deeply-strategic, competitive gameplay with the rich setting of Dota 2. The result is an immersive and visually-stunning trading card game unlike any other.

STRATEGY UNBOUNDED
Wield your deck across three lanes of combat, answer every move of your opponent with one of your own. Unlimited hand size. Unlimited number of units you control. Unlimited mana you can employ.

It’s up to you to decide the best way to navigate the constantly shifting tide of battle.

FUN WITH FRIENDS
If you’ve played card games around a kitchen table, you know the enjoyment that can come with house rules. Artifact allows you and your friends complete control in creating a tournament. Simply select your elimination or non-elimination format and deck constraints; then, challenge your friends to a crucible of your own design.

COMPETE GLOBALLY
Want to test your skill against the world at large? Valve-sponsored gauntlets and tournaments will give players the opportunity to not just play Artifact for the joy of mastery, but to win prizes based upon their level of play.

Refunds: Once you've claimed your Starter Decks and Card Packs you will be ineligible for an automatic refund of Artifact via Steam. Before claiming your Starter Decks and Card Packs, you will be able to play games against bots and other players using pre-constructed decks.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2.4 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated HD Graphics 520 w/128 MB or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Mac OS 10.13.6 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2.4 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD GCN-based GPU, Nvidia Kepler-based GPU or newer, Intel HD 4000 or newer (requires Metal)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2.4 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Vulkan-capable GPU from NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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