Am I the only one excited to open card packs once the game gets released?
In any TCG games, whenever I open booster packs, my heart pounds so much that it almost feels like I'm hurting myself lol Don't you ever get so pumped up before something like this?
Watching others unpack cards is always fun too. I don't always play Hearthstone, but I sure do love watching whales do card openings on Youtube.
Opinions on the ranking system
I've been reading info about the game here and there, and it seems Valve wants to stay away from making traditional ladder systems we have seen from other games. They say there will be tournaments for competition.
Personally, I don't think it's a wise choice. If it's all about winning a tournament with no other compensation, wouldn't it jeopardize the replayability of the game? There has to be a way to reward the time spent playing.
As much as I would love to play the game right now...
People begging for beta keys are everywhere, and the number of people selling beta keys on Ebay is too damn high.
The price has gone down from $200 to $50~$100, but still, they are way overpriced. You can't possibly imagine buying one for yourself.
There needs to be a way for people to access the game beforehand other than buying on Ebay or begging. Valve should seriously consider selling pre-order beta key.
A game doesn't last as long as I thought
I've been watching Artifact gameplays on Youtube and found out that most of the games only last 15-20 minutes.
With three lanes, I honestly thought that it would take more than an hour to play against someone in your league.
What do you think about the duration of the game?
How much money will you be spending on this game?
For $19.99, you get two decks and a booster pack.
I wasn't expecting it to be free to play, but it feels too pricey for me.
Once the rent money goes out of my pocket, I'll be broke as a homeless lolz
I won't be spending more than I can earn for sure...
Helpful tips before playing Artifact!
Did you know that each hero in the game has its own color?
Apparently, the colors indicate the role and personality of the card you're playing.
Red cards, for example, have higher stats but are weaker in spells in return.
It would be wise to utilize them early on in the game to gain the upper hand.
Blue cards get more useful later in the game. They can instantly wipe out your opponent's board with fancy spell cards.
Green cards are support type heroes that are capable of restoration and giving out buffs.
With Black cards, you can focus on earning more gold and break the boundaries between the boards.
I'm sure most of you have acquired basic knowledge of the game early on, and there already are few tips here and there in the lounge. Nevertheless, hope this info helps you on your journey to becoming a better player. Knowledge is power, take the early lead and claim your victories in October!
I can't wait for this game to come out and I know I'm not the only one...
I heard that people from Pax 2018 are are getting 2 free beta codes, and seeing it on eBay...
I also heard the of a few codes going for $200!!!!
I'm definitely waiting for the game to come out, but I need more knowledge to prepare myself...
Why Artifact will be better than Hearthstone
Heartstone is luck-based game. A lot of progamer and streamer admit that luck affect more than skill. Let’s watch these cards.
Can you find the something in common? Yeah, Randomness. So many randomness can be found in this game. Yogg-Saron, Hope's end was a disaster. And look at that Babbling Book. I used this card well but, it is randomness itself. Its cost is 1, and this card can give me 10 costs card like Pyroblast(generated by Babbling Book. DAMN) or shit.
Then, let's see how professional gamer cope with this randomness.
That's right. PRAY.
At least Artifact is trying to provide strategical experience to player by Shopping phase, tournament instead of ladder, etc. What are your thought?
Artifact - Spells
Spells are a type of Artifact card that makes up the majority of a Deck, and are played in the Action Phase of a round. They can summon creatures, buff and debuff enemy cards, deal Damage and destroy Units. They are primary avenue for interacting with the current lane, and in rare cases, the whole board.
Every spell has an associated Mana Cost which must be paid from your pool of Mana to cast the spell.
Sometimes, they cost more than Mana. This card will condemn hero immediately, but you have to discard a random card.
There is a thing you should concern. You can only cast spells in a lane with a Hero of the corresponding color in play. For example, if you do not control any hero in a lane, you may not cast any spells in that lane.
In this case, you can only play green spell cards.
And, as I told you before, we have Signature Spell cards. These spell cards have a hero icon marked on the bottom right corner of their art, indicating that they are the signature spell of a hero. These signature spell cards show identity of heroes.
You can see the icon of Bristleback, that means, this card belongs to Bristleback.
Again, Thank you for reading. Tomorrow is finally PAXWest. See you there!
Artifact - Items
I planned to post about spells before, but I changed my plan.
There are several types of items in Artifact. Each type does something different, so being aware of these differences can substantially improve your long-term strategy planning.
You can purchase item with gold at the shop, but also can be acquired through other means.
We have 3 kinds of item. Hero Items, Consumables, Secret Shop Item.
And most important thing is, of course, Hero items. There will likely form the bulk of your deck. These Items can be equipped to your hero of choice, granting passive bonuses to the hero. The items often grant a special skill that can be used by hero. Like this.
Accessory - Raises your hero health and grants boosts to survivability. Can often grant defensive bonuses.
Armor - Grants additional armor to your hero. These items can also buff or debuff your enemy heroes.
Weapon - Gives your hero additional damage, usually by directly increasing the damage dealt. Additional benefits can be gained through passive skills.
Consumables are simple. These items can heal, grant you additional cards through drawing or searching through the deck, etc. Of course After using it, it will be discarded.
And last, Secret Shop Items. There items are typically special in nature and offer effects.
Powerful, Huh? There are not much information about Secret Shop items. The certain thing is you can get it from shop.
If you have any question, please comment below. Thank you for reading!
There will be no ladder system. Instead, we will have tournament.
“We don’t want to do a ladder,” Barnett said. “We’re experimenting with different systems that are more tournament-oriented rather than ladder-oriented. The idea is that if you want a competitive experience, you get a more self-enclosed experience. A good inspiration we have is that Dota has these Battle Cups. Every Saturday you get to play in a single elimination tournament, and if you win you’re done. We feel that those experiences are better for people who actually want to try something out, it allows them to explore something. They know how many matches they have to play and win, which is much better than just playing this infinite grind that doesn’t really get you anywhere.”
I can't judge it now good or not, but I think this is good. This system will make Artifact more strategically. It will give rise to METAs. I think I should clear my calendar for every saturday!
More information will be revealed at PAXWest
You may know about it if you are interested in and watching every leagues of Dota 2. At Dota 2 TI8, Gabe newell announced that a lot of info will be revealed about Artifact at PAXWest. He also said that everyone attending TI8 will receive a copy of Artifact and beta access which will begin in October. And the game keys at PAXWest will also grant beta access. About beta, beta will be released at October, and players can compete through tournaments.
You can see his annoucement below, and I can't wait to see more about this game!