Brad Muir, the former Double Fine designer behind Massive Chalice and Iron Brigade, is involved in the development of Artifact. During the tournament (and right before the final match of Day 2), host Sean "Day9" Plott also revealed that the Dota 2 card came will comprise three boards and involve building barracks, creeps, and lanes, according to RockPaperShotgun. Unfortunately, other than the video in which we only see the name of the game, which is Artifact, we do not have any information. At the time of this writing the official trailer has 17 thousand dislikes versus 2.5 thousand likes and we haven't seen that sort of 'dislike' campaign since the unveiling of last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Players suggested that the Artifact will feature some major Dota concepts such as the Secret Shop and it will allow players to pick Dota heroes.
And of course, there will be Dota 2 heroes - players can equip five heroes along with item cards that can be purchased with gold.
Why so many digital card games? We don't know what the economics of Artifact would be, either, so we can't (yet) accuse Valve of being a money-grubbing capitalist.
Valve's entry into the saturated world of video game CCGs seems entirely too late, and it's clear that many attendees at the worldwide would have preferred the resources used in developing Artifact be applied to something else.
No one is holding their breath for "Artifact", but at the very least, gamers could hold the judgment until after the game is actually released.
Our bet is that most people aren't going to find a good enough reason why.
Steam, for instance, is the largest video game platform in the world - somewhere in the vicinity of 200 million people use it every month. That preface alone surely stoked tremendous hype from the crowd. It's taking a leaf out of both CD Projekt Red and Blizzard's book by introducing a card game based around DotA 2.
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