Valve is now offering pre-purchases of Artifact
ease the minds of anyone who is worried they will forget to buy the virtual card
game when it launches on November 28th. Also, the promised pre-release
tournament is now underway on SteamTV
for your viewing pleasure. Meanwhile,
the public release some APIs to assist those in the community building tools to
support the game.
offers an ArtiFAQ to further explain the tournament,
pre-purchases, and the game itself. Here's a bit:
The Artifact Preview
Tournament on SteamTV [steam.tv] begins
today at 9 AM PST and to celebrate we’re opening Artifact pre-orders on Steam at
the same time! We’ve been combing the community for questions about everything
that’s available at launch, and now have a handy FAQ.
Today Beyond The Summit will follow 128 world class players competing in a Swiss
draft tournament. Tomorrow the top 8 will battle in a single-elimination bracket
for the grand prize. Enjoy the tournament coverage and keep posting your
Q. What do I get when I buy Artifact?
Your purchase includes 10 card packs, 5 event tickets, and two complete starter
decks. The two starter decks are
Red/Green Brawler and and
Q. What game modes are available at launch?
There are many ways to play Artifact.
Some modes require you to construct a deck from the cards that you own. You can
play these constructed modes against other players in Gauntlets, user-created
tournaments, or casual one-off matches. When you play against bots you can give
the bot any deck - even one built with cards you don't own.
There are also game modes that can be played regardless of which cards you
personally own. You can challenge a friend and borrow any deck that they share
from their collection. A special launch event will feature access to powerful
pre-constructed theme decks for playing against bots and other players (a great
way to explore the cards and mechanics of the launch set). There are also draft
modes where you compete with other players in selecting cards from a series of
booster packs. At launch, draft will be offered as Gauntlets with prizes and
Q. What's in a card pack?
You receive 10 packs of cards with your initial purchase of the game. Each pack
contains twelve random cards from the Call to Arms set, including one hero, two
items, and at least one card of the highest rarity. Additional packs can be
purchased for $1.99.
Q. What other ways can I get cards besides opening packs?
Players can buy and sell individual cards via the Community Market. Groups of
cards can be bought and sold on the Marketplace in a single transaction using
the in-game Collection interface. See this link for more information on the
Q. Will there be other ways to transfer ownership of cards besides the
Not at launch.