×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Artifact’ Gets Its First Major Update

The first major update for Valve’s collectible card game “Artifact” is now out, bringing two new decks, leaderboards, colorblind support, a chat wheel, and more.

Update 1.1 introduces the mono black Dark Aggro deck and the mono blue Death From Above deck to “Artifact’s” The Call to Arms event, the first set of cards released alongside the game’s launch. A Random Mode has been added for players who have mastered their Call to Arms decks, presenting users queuing for the match with a random Call-to-Arms pre-con deck.

The update also brings with it a new Bot Challenge Gauntlet, pitting player against AI in a series of increasingly tough decks.

“As you defeat the AI, you will unlock new decks for you to face (24 total, with more to come in the future),” according to the “Artifact” website. “The variety of opposing decks not only keeps bot matches fresh, it helps you test your deck to see how consistently it will perform under a variety of circumstances. Selectable difficulty levels allow you to test yourself even further.”

“Artifact” players can now interact with the introduction of new user chat options. “Each hero and summoned creep now features fully voiced lines of dialogue for you to control,” the patch notes read. “Simply mouse over a hero or creep in play, and hit the “Y” button to bring up a wheel of dialogue options. Want a deeper conversation? Send custom messages through your cards or invite your opponent to a traditional Steam Chat.”

“Artifact” lanched on Steam on Nov. 28 for PC, Mac, and Linux. ““Artifact” looks like little more than a “Hearthstone” knock-off, which is ironic seeing as the game is set in the universe of “Dota 2,”(itself a mod of another of Blizzard’s titles: “Warcraft III”),” reads Variety’s review. “And yet, like “Dota,” “Artifact” does far more than simply copy the model provided by its inspirational ancestor. Valve’s game brings new mechanics and an exceptional amount of depth to bear on what was already an immensely popular concept, transforming a quick and casual game format into what might just become a bonafide strategy game phenomenon.”

Full patch notes can be found here.

More Gaming

  • Netflix Claims 'Fortnite' Is a Bigger

    Netflix Claims 'Fortnite' Is a Bigger Competitor Than HBO

    It may be mostly gamesmanship, but Netflix says it’s not really focused on rival streaming-video services from Amazon, Hulu, Disney, WarnerMedia or other big players as much as improving its own service to win share of consumers’ attention. “We compete with (and lose to) ‘Fortnite’ more than HBO,” Netflix told investors in its quarterly letter [...]

  • 'Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid'

    'Power Rangers' Is Getting a Cross-Platform Fighting Game

    “Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid” is a new cross-platform fighting game from Hasbro, Lionsgate, and developer nWay. The game, which brings the iconic Power Rangers back for a new video game entry, gathers new and classic Rangers and villains together for team battles that utilize a new streamline combat system. Described as an “easy [...]

  • Sega Developer Rieko Kodama to Receive

    Sega Developer Rieko Kodama to Receive GDCA Pioneer Award

    Veteran game developer Rieko Kodama will receive this year’s pioneer award at the 19th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the event’s organizers announced on Thursday. Kodama will be recognized for her contributions to the gaming industry during a career that’s spanned more than three decades, including her work on some of Sega’s most beloved classics [...]

  • Watch The Latest 'Anthem' Weapons-Focused Livestream

    Watch the Latest 'Anthem' Weapons-Focused Live Stream Here

    BioWare is hosting its latest “Anthem” livestream on Thursday, with a lengthy presentation on the game’s selection of weapons. The stream, which can be viewed on Twitch, begins at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST and will feature game director Jonathan Warner as well as lead producers Michael Gamble and Ben Irving. The two will explore [...]

  • Ronda Rousey to play Sonya Blade

    Ronda Rousey to Voice Sonya Blade in 'Mortal Kombat 11'

    Famed fighter Ronda Rousey is the voice of Sonya Blade in the upcoming “Mortal Kombat 11,” NetherRealm Studios revealed via livestream on Thursday. In a trailer announcing her new role, a Rousey-faced Sonya Blade swaggers through a group of armed special forces and toward Skarlet, the katana-wielding redhead first seen in the 2011 release of [...]

  • 'Mortal Kombat 11' Reveal Introduces New

    'Mortal Kombat 11' Gameplay, Fatalities, New Mechanics

    Creator Ed Boon took to the stage during Thursday’s “Mortal Kombat 11” community reveal event to debut the first footage of the game. The event kicked things off with a heated match between Scorpion and returning character Baraka. The game will include familiar returning characters as well as new faces. The first seven characters revealed [...]

  • Hikaru Utada to Perform 'Kingdom Hearts'

    Hikaru Utada to Perform 'Kingdom Hearts' Songs in PlayStation VR

    PlayStation VR owners can catch a special performance from Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada starting on Friday, Jan. 18, according to the PlayStation Blog. Filmed at the Yokohama Arena, the “Hikaru Utada Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018 – ‘Hikari’ & ‘Chikai’ – VR” features two songs from the “Kingdom Hearts” franchise — “Simple and Clean” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content