Valve Announces Artifact Dota Card Game, A New Esports Game?


The previous year in TI6 Valve surprised its fan with the release of a new hero Monkey King and now during its International 7 Dota 2 tournament, it has announced a new game called Artifact a new Dota themed card game.

Nothing much was revealed about the game but Valve did share a 34-second trailer which also didn’t show anything except a sign which is the games logo. you check out the trailer below.

The trailer shows three stones of different colours in the game the Red colour represents Strength, Green colour represents Agility and Blue colour represents Intelligence. so it possible that it indicates the presence of all the heroes from the three factions in the card game.

The game will be competing with Blizzard’s Hearthstone, CD Projekt’s Gwent which are two top games in the Card games genre. Artifact can be similar to its rivals or completely different game with different mechanics and features.

Current know details about the game according to Day[9] the host of TI7

  • You can control 5 heroes
  • There will be three game boards that represent the three lanes in the game.
  • creeps spawn every turn
  • You can cast spells through the heroes.
  • You can equip items to hero by the gold you earn through killing creeps and heroes

The project is being developed under Brad Muir who currently works in Valve. previously he has worked at Double Fine studio and has been a part of games like Psychonauts, Massive Chalice, and Iron Brigade.

Some fans asked him about the details of the game but unfortunately, he said that he can’t reveal any details.

it is still unknown if the game would be a Trading Card game or a Collectible Card game.

As the game is themed on Dota 2 it is quite highly possible that Valve is aiming to make an Esports game out of it and if it is true then it can be bigger than Hearthstone and Gwent.

Artifact will be released in the year 2018 and although there is no Official Website yet. it does have an Official Twitter account which you can follow to get more info about it.

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