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  • Summary: A collaboration between legendary game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact promises the deepest gameplay and the highest-fidelity experience ever seen in a trading card game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Dec 20, 2018
    90
    One of the best digital card games ever released, with the caveat that even with so many great selling points, it's also an incredible investment in time and brain power to get to a point of competency.
  2. Dec 5, 2018
    85
    Artifact pulls a ton of flavor from Dota 2, but it’s not necessarily a game for Dota 2 players. Artifact is instead a highly cerebral card game of push and pull, with intense resource allocation and randomization management. Artifact is absolutely not for everyone, but it excels at creating a crazy strategy cocktail pulling from every bottle on the shelf. For card game fans, Artifact is not to be missed.
  3. CD-Action
    Feb 6, 2019
    80
    Innovative mechanics designed by Richard Garfield (Magic: The Gathering), rules that you can grasp after just a couple of minutes, clear interface – Artifact is a great game. It’s a shame that it’s huge esports potential can be squandered, because Valve doesn’t seem to care for it enough to implement progression systems, leagues, rankings or means to comfortably communicate with rivals outside an invitation-only friendly tournament. [01/2019, p.58]
  4. Dec 3, 2018
    78
    Artifact is as hard-core as Dota2 and you might feel exhausted when you finish a single round which usually would last half an hour. The greedy economy system is lacking in long-term reward and it gives players no choice but to spend more and more money. But despite all those flaws, Artifact is also an innovative game which fuses basic MOBA mechanics and TCG rules together, and those elements actually work well. It's still full of potential.
  5. Dec 12, 2018
    75
    The game offers a great experience with an intense concept. The input mapping is hard to handle at first but offers, with a controller, everything you can do with keyboard and mouse. Sadly, the game suffers from technical issues, especially clipping and framerate capping.
  6. Dec 4, 2018
    70
    CCG fans looking to sink their teeth into some juicy tactical complexity should consider giving Artifact a try.
  7. Dec 11, 2018
    30
    There are no reasons why you should buy this game, unless you are the biggest Dota 2 fan in the world.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 176
  1. Nov 28, 2018
    10
    Artifact is probably the best card game out there beating out uno, and cards against humanity
  2. Nov 28, 2018
    9
    Artifact is a masterclass of innovation in a stale genre. Valve alongside "Lord" Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering have adaptedArtifact is a masterclass of innovation in a stale genre. Valve alongside "Lord" Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering have adapted DOTA 2 into a MUST BUY CCG. Expect large cash esports events! Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2018
    3
    Pro's:
    Dota Universe
    High Skillcap Richard Garfield Awesome deckbuilding Smooth gameplay and UI Moba-like Cons: Pay2Play Pay2Win
    Pro's:
    Dota Universe
    High Skillcap
    Richard Garfield
    Awesome deckbuilding
    Smooth gameplay and UI
    Moba-like

    Cons:
    Pay2Play
    Pay2Win
    Unbalanced
    Lots of luck involved
    Not Half-Life 3
    Semi-Slow Games

    Luck:
    Drawing the right Cards
    Minions entering the right lane
    Minions / Heroes entering the right combat lane
    Getting the right combat direction
    Pack opening ( especially in draft )
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  4. Mar 5, 2021
    0
    The greedy Gabe Newell made the most greedy game. And when it failed without having time to take off, for several years he made thisThe greedy Gabe Newell made the most greedy game. And when it failed without having time to take off, for several years he made this ridiculous product free of charge. A shameful sight. Expand
  5. Dec 2, 2018
    0
    Just play MTGA instead. This game has an awful economy, you cannot earn ANY cards for free just by playing, the game itself isn't all thatJust play MTGA instead. This game has an awful economy, you cannot earn ANY cards for free just by playing, the game itself isn't all that fun, everything looks pastel and ugly and the cards themselves look horrendous too.

    No reason to play this over MTGA in any way.
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  6. Nov 29, 2018
    0
    Pay to Pay
    Without Half-Life 3/Left 4 Dead 3/ Portal 3

    Valve, Resistance is coming
  7. Nov 30, 2018
    0
    Bottom Line: This games hope is that you, the everyday gamer, will fund this games e sports evolution. It is not intended for the casualBottom Line: This games hope is that you, the everyday gamer, will fund this games e sports evolution. It is not intended for the casual gamer looking for a bit of fun and challenge. It is intended for the elite streamers and competitive players that they had the nerve to provide most all the beta keys to. You the casual gamer were not invited because had you been, you would see it in it's true form, and not purchase it. For the casual gamer it is an enticement to sink your dollars into in hopes to create a few decks. You will have no incentive to play. No rewards. No quest. No Ladder. No nothing, even the visual cards are unexciting. Play HS or another form of entertainment don't waste your time funding the tournaments in which you are most unlikely to play in. I hope the game fails so hard and that all the streamers pumping it up, for them fall flat on their ass. Expand

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