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Get the latest news and information for the DOTA Card Game - Artifact. News on Cards, Valve, gameplay, and more.

Card Database Updated to Match Beta

July 31st, 2020 | Hades4u

Hey everyone, we hope you've all been doing well and that you've gotten invited to try out Artifact Beta 2.0! :) Unfortunately, we haven't been lucky enough yet, but we've been following the game...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Green Ramp Decklist

April 26th, 2019 | jscaliseok

View Mono Green Ramp Ever since Artifact’s initial release, two-colored decks have ruled the roost. Being able to play a strong color and then shore up any weaknesses that color might have...

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The Archetypes of Artifact: Ramp

April 19th, 2019 | jscaliseok

Introduction Well, we’ve finally done it, we’ve reached the end of the archetypes. The last four articles covered the staples you’d expect, but Artifact comes with one more: ramp. This one is...

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The Archetypes of Artifact: Combo

April 12th, 2019 | jscaliseok

The archetype series speeds along. Though we’ve gone over the big three (aggro, midrange, control) those are not the only options you have when building a deck in Artifact. In fact, there are two...

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The Archetypes of Artifact: Control

April 5th, 2019 | jscaliseok

This week, we finish the big three. Though there are several archetypes scattered throughout different card games (including Artifact) the three constants are aggro, midrange, and control. We’ve...

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The Archetypes of Artifact: Midrange

March 29th, 2019 | jscaliseok

Last week we covered aggro. This week we’re breaking down midrange. Midrange is one of the most unique archetypes in Artifact (and card games in general) because it is hard to define. Many people...

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The Archetypes of Artifact: Aggro

March 22nd, 2019 | jscaliseok

This week on Artifactfire, we’re kicking off a brand-new series. While we’re still analyzing the game from various angles, we’re coming at it from a whole new standpoint. Rather than going into...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Black Red Hyper Aggro Decklist

March 14th, 2019 | jscaliseok

View Black Red Hyper Aggro Today, we’re going back. Not to the future, but to a few months ago. I have spoken time and time again on the idea of looking at past archetypes for inspiration...

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Artifact Basics: The Ins and Outs of Tower Destruction

March 8th, 2019 | jscaliseok

Artifact is different from other card games because, rather than attack your opponent's life total, you're attacking their towers. To win, you can either destroy two 40-health towers across two...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Blue Green Swarm Decklist

February 28th, 2019 | jscaliseok

View Blue Green Swarm This week we’re revisiting one of our old Artifact staples, but with a brand new twist. We’ve seen Blue Green board decks in the past, and we analyzed the big combo...

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Artifact Basics: Getting to Know the Card Types

February 21st, 2019 | jscaliseok

Artifact is a card game with many layers. Every deck, be it drafted or constructed, runs on cards, and those cards all come with certain types. Understanding each type, as well as how they generally...

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Artifact Deck Tech: 4 Red, 1 Black Decklist

February 14th, 2019 | jscaliseok

View 4 Black, 1 Red Four red, one black. That may sound like a pretty odd poker hand, but it is actually one of the best decks in the current Artifact metagame. Red and Black have long been...

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Learning the Colors of Artifact

February 7th, 2019 | jscaliseok

Today, we’re talking about colors. More specifically, color identify. Artifact is a card game that, like so many others, is split up into certain factions. Those factions (represented by Blue,...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Green Black Ramp Decklist

January 31st, 2019 | jscaliseok

View Black Green Ramp As you all know by now, I love going against the grain when it comes to playing high level decks. There are not a ton of spicy brews across the meta right now, but there...

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When NOT to play cards in Artifact

January 29th, 2019 | jscaliseok

Today, we’re switching gears. Rather than discussing how to play and utilize certain cards, we’re going to be discussing the importance of holding them back in your hand. It can be easy to identify...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Blue Green Swarm Decklist

January 24th, 2019 | jscaliseok

View Blue Green Creeps Last week, we took an in-depth look at the Red Green ramp decks that took over the WePlay Artifact Tournament. Today, we’re going back to that tournament to analyze the...

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Artifact Basics: Understanding Items

January 22nd, 2019 | jscaliseok

There are many moving parts to a game of Artifact. Some, like the heroes, are easy to notice and track. Others are much more subtle. Such is the case with items. Item cards, while plentiful, are...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Red Green Ramp Decklist

January 17th, 2019 | jscaliseok

View Red Green Ramp The latest Artifact WePlay tournament is underway at the time of me writing this, and that means there are plenty of decks to break down and dissect. Though there were a...

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Blink Dagger: Playing to What You Can't See

January 15th, 2019 | jscaliseok

There are many powerful cards in Artifact. However, as with most games, it is often the more mundane or non-flashy ones that slip under the radar. Something you see often, or a card that doesn’t...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Green Black Oath Decklist

January 10th, 2019 | jscaliseok

View Black Green Oath In order to provide the best off-brand Artifact decks out there, I do quite a bit of research. There are always the big hitters (such as Mono Blue) running around,...

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Utilizing Aggression in Artifact

January 8th, 2019 | jscaliseok

Artifact is an interesting game because, unlike other card games, it is not linear. You do not simply attack your opponent's life total to win. Rather, you need to destroy two towers across three...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Red Aggro Decklist

January 3rd, 2019 | jscaliseok

View Low Mono Red The nerfs are well under way, and boy did they shake up the Artifact meta. Mono Blue has risen as one of the top decks, and many of the previously popular builds have...

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Artifact Basics: Letting Your Heroes Die

December 26th, 2018 | jscaliseok

Sometimes, to win in Artifact you need to go against the grain. The goal of the game is to control all three lanes as best you can, and that control often stems from your heroes. Though you almost...

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Artifact: Balance, Skill Rating, and Leveling Changes

December 21st, 2018 | jscaliseok

Today's Build Your Legend Update focuses on skill rating, account leveling, and card balance. This update introduces independent skill ratings for constructed and draft games. It also includes an...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Black/Blue Economy Decklist

December 18th, 2018 | jscaliseok

View Blue Black Economy Decklist A few weeks ago when analyzing the Artifact meta we broke down a Mono Blue Control list that relied on Bolt of Damocles as its primary finisher. This week...

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Understanding Artifact's Cross-Lane Cards

December 17th, 2018 | jscaliseok

Artifact is a game played across three lanes. You play your cards in the first, move to the next, play your cards, and so on and so forth. Generally, players will only put their cards into the...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Red Midrange Decklist

December 12th, 2018 | jscaliseok

View Bolts' Mono Red Midrange First, we covered Mono Black, last week was Mono Blue, and now we get into Mono Red. Most of the popular Artifact decks these days tend to focus on two colors....

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The Importance of Initiative in Artifact

December 10th, 2018 | jscaliseok

Artifact is a complex game with many moving parts. As such, you need to plan ahead. Looking forward a turn or two is often the difference between winning and losing, and it is an incredibly fine...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Blue Control Decklist

December 7th, 2018 | jscaliseok

View Melo's Mono Blue Control Decklist Artifact has been out for over a week now, which means we have our first look at the developing meta. Though we could sit here and go over Drow and Axe,...

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Artifact Market Data and Card Page Updates

December 5th, 2018 | aeide

We are very excited to announce the first large visual overhaul of any area of our website; the card page! The old card page was incredibly barebones and you all deserve better. Things like card lore,...

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Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Black Aggro Decklist

November 28th, 2018 | jscaliseok

View Kozmic's Mono Black Decklist Artifact is here and open to the public. That means, it is finally time to break down some decks. While Draft will no doubt be extremely fun moving forward,...

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Deck Building 101 - How to Build an Artifact Deck

November 26th, 2018 | jscaliseok

Deck building is one of the most important aspects of any card game, including Artifact. Coming up with your own build, figuring out what cards work, and deciding on a theme or idea to build on is...

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Artifact Launch Party! Giving Away 50 copies of Artifact

November 26th, 2018 | Mowen

To celebrate Artifact's Launch we'll be giving away 50 copies of Artifact! If you already have Artifact - we'll hook you up with some Steam cash to beef up your card collection. To enter simply...

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Game Modes and Growing Your Collection

November 20th, 2018 | jscaliseok

Artifact is a card game, and, like every card game, you need a deck to play constructed. How you go about doing that has been shrouded in mystery for some time but, thanks to a recent update to the...

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Artifact Twitch Extension - ArtifactFire Companion

November 17th, 2018 | KoldBane

We’re excited to announce our latest tool - the ArtifactFire Companion for Twitch! This Twitch Extension sits below your stream window and allows you to easily share your ArtifactFire decklists with...

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Artifact Hero Tier List - Constructed

November 16th, 2018 | jscaliseok

Artifact, like any MOBA, is all about the heroes. While there are many card types in the game, heroes command your deck, choose what cards you play, and control lanes. Every hero in the game has...

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The Basics of Artifact

November 12th, 2018 | jscaliseok

Artifact is a lot of fun. It is deep, innovative, and satisfyingly complex. However, like most card games, it can also be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know what’s going on. There are a lot of...

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Artifact Beta Date Discovered

October 19th, 2018 | aeide

According to several posts on reddit, attendees of The International and users who registered for an Artifact beta key have had the game added to their accounts and received emails with the following...

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ArtifactFire Media: Video and Images from the Artifact World

October 18th, 2018 | KoldBane

Valve's new game Artifact is a visual masterpiece, so it's more than expected that there is a treasure trove of media content available across the net. As launch gets closer and closer, we wanted to...

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Content Creator Job Opening

October 11th, 2018 | Mowen

ArtifactFire is looking to hire a CCG/TCG enthusiast to create content that keeps players informed of new decks, cards, and strategies. The ideal candidate will be fluent in card game lingo,...

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Artifact Discord Bot - The Power of ArtifactFire's Database Right in Your Discord Server!

September 21st, 2018 | Mowen

We're excited to provide a new tool for Discord users to keep their Artifact strategies and conversations flowing with the convenience of not having to leave their servers - ArtifactFire's Discord...

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ArtifactFire Q&A: Questions Answered by the Artifact Community

September 20th, 2018 | Mowen

With beta drawing near we've been seeing a lot of questions within the community about gameplay, mechanics, how specific cards interact, etc. We are proud to announce a new dedicated area on...

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New Artifact Cards Revealed at PAX and PAX Deck Lists

August 31st, 2018 | Mowen

PAX West 2018 is in full swing, and players are getting their first Artifact gameplay experience at the Artifact booth. The four decks below are the decks that PAX players have access to use in...

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Artifact Deck Builder by ArtifactFire - Create Your Own Artifact Deck!

August 16th, 2018 | KoldBane

We've been developing our Artifact Deck Builder with hurried anticipation of the Artifact launch in November, and we are proud to say that it's ready for deck building! We've aimed to...

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Takeaways from the Artifact Deck Builder Leak

July 24th, 2018 | Mowen

We have a bunch of new information from an Alpha tester going by the name of "Xyclopz" who recently shared a screenshot of the in-game WIP Deck Builder, and did a quick Q&A in his...

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Leaked Artifact Cards and their DotA Counterparts

July 11th, 2018 | Hades4u

A number of upcoming Artifact cards have been leaked through additions to the copyright database by Valve corporation. We'll be looking at cards that line up with DotA 2 heroes or abilities in order...

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Artifact Item Cards and Valve's Innovations

June 28th, 2018 | Mowen

Items in Artifact (Valve's upcoming TCG) seem relatively straightforward, but there are a few details that prospective players may not be aware of. Let's dive into Artifact's items to learn more about...

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Artifact Turn Order - Phases of an Artifact Game

May 17th, 2018 | KoldBane

Artifact is a turn based game, so it’s no surprise that there are distinct phases to each round, as well as the game as a whole. The rhythm of an Artifact game is rigidly set to a specific turn...

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Artifact Mechanics - What We Know So Far

May 17th, 2018 | Mowen

In Artifact, mechanics are expressed through keywords and then spiced into individual cards. Let’s take a look at what Artifact mechanics we already know exist and what exactly they do. I’m...

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5 Reasons Valve's DotA Card Game is Good News for DotA Players

May 17th, 2018 | Hades4u

Valve's upcoming game, Artifact, is a digital card game inspired by DotA 2 (that happened to shred the hopes and dreams of Half Life 3 believers when it was revealed at The International 2017), is...

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What is Artifact? - Differences Between Artifact and Existing Card Games

May 17th, 2018 | Mowen

Artifact is the Valve Trading Card Game that’s currently in development. Artifact’s mechanics and characters are inspired by DotA 2, which has led Artifact to diverge from other card games in a...

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