Valve releases teaser for Artifact, a Dota 2-based digital card game

Valve announced Artifact during TI7.
Valve announced Artifact during TI7. Screenshot via Valve.

Valve revealed Tuesday during The International 7 a teaser for Artifact, a digital card game based on Dota 2.

According to Sean “Day9” Plott, one of the hosts for TI7, Artifact’s gameplay will be taken from Dota 2 itself, with mechanics such as lane pushing, heroes, and items that can bought in the game.

Artifact is hardly a new concept in the gaming market, as it appears to take clear inspiration from already established games in the genre such as Hearthstone — which is based off of its popular Warcraft franchise — and Gwent: The Witcher’s Card Game, a card game originally in The Witcher 3 that became a standalone title due to popular demand.

The announcement was met with what seemed like disdain from the Dota 2 community, evidenced by the YouTube video having 15,000 dislikes and only a little more than 2,000 likes. The outrage seems to be directed not at Artifact, but more at Valve’s release schedule of other franchises it has developed such as Half Life, Left 4 Dead, and Portal.

Cover photo via screenshot/Valve

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