Join / Log In
Abaddon Icon Abaddon Act of Defiance Icon Act of Defiance Aghanim's Sanctum Icon Aghanim's Sanctum Allseeing One's Favor Icon Allseeing One's Favor Altar of the Mad Moon Icon Altar of the Mad Moon ...And One For Me Icon ...And One For Me Annihilation Icon Annihilation Aphotic Shield Icon Aphotic Shield Apotheosis Blade Icon Apotheosis Blade Arcane Assault Icon Arcane Assault Arcane Censure Icon Arcane Censure Arm the Rebellion Icon Arm the Rebellion Assassin's Apprentice Icon Assassin's Apprentice Assassin's Shadow Icon Assassin's Shadow Assassin's Veil Icon Assassin's Veil Assassinate Icon Assassinate Assault Ladders Icon Assault Ladders Assured Destruction Icon Assured Destruction Astral Imprisonment Icon Astral Imprisonment At Any Cost Icon At Any Cost Avernus' Blessing Icon Avernus' Blessing Axe Icon Axe Ball Lightning Icon Ball Lightning Barbed Mail Icon Barbed Mail Barracks Icon Barracks Battlefield Control Icon Battlefield Control Beastmaster Icon Beastmaster Bellow Icon Bellow Berserker's Call Icon Berserker's Call Better Late Than Never Icon Better Late Than Never Bitter Enemies Icon Bitter Enemies Blade of the Vigil Icon Blade of the Vigil Blink Dagger Icon Blink Dagger Blood Rage Icon Blood Rage Bloodseeker Icon Bloodseeker Bolt of Damocles Icon Bolt of Damocles Book of the Dead Icon Book of the Dead Bounty Hunter Icon Bounty Hunter Bracers of Sacrifice Icon Bracers of Sacrifice Bristleback Icon Bristleback Broadsword Icon Broadsword Bronze Legionnaire Icon Bronze Legionnaire Burning Oil Icon Burning Oil Buying Time Icon Buying Time Call the Reserves Icon Call the Reserves Caught Unprepared Icon Caught Unprepared Centaur Hunter Icon Centaur Hunter Centaur Warrunner Icon Centaur Warrunner Chain Frost Icon Chain Frost Chainmail Icon Chainmail Champion of the Ancient Icon Champion of the Ancient Cheating Death Icon Cheating Death Chen Icon Chen Claszureme Hourglass Icon Claszureme Hourglass Claymore Icon Claymore Cleansing Rite Icon Cleansing Rite Clear the Deck Icon Clear the Deck Cloak of Endless Carnage Icon Cloak of Endless Carnage Collateral Damage Icon Collateral Damage Combat Training Icon Combat Training Compel Icon Compel Conflagration Icon Conflagration Coordinated Assault Icon Coordinated Assault Corrosive Mist Icon Corrosive Mist Coup de Grace Icon Coup de Grace Crippling Blow Icon Crippling Blow Crystal Maiden Icon Crystal Maiden Cunning Plan Icon Cunning Plan Curse of Atrophy Icon Curse of Atrophy Cursed Satyr Icon Cursed Satyr Dark Seer Icon Dark Seer Debbi the Cunning Icon Debbi the Cunning Defend the Weak Icon Defend the Weak Defensive Bloom Icon Defensive Bloom Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance Demagicking Maul Icon Demagicking Maul Diabolic Revelation Icon Diabolic Revelation Dimensional Portal Icon Dimensional Portal Dirty Deeds Icon Dirty Deeds Disciple of Nevermore Icon Disciple of Nevermore Divided We Stand Icon Divided We Stand Divine Intervention Icon Divine Intervention Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose Double Edge Icon Double Edge Drow Ranger Icon Drow Ranger Duel Icon Duel Earthshaker Icon Earthshaker Echo Slam Icon Echo Slam Eclipse Icon Eclipse Emissary of the Quorum Icon Emissary of the Quorum Empower Icon Empower Enchantress Icon Enchantress Enough Magic! Icon Enough Magic! Enrage Icon Enrage Escape Route Icon Escape Route Farvhan the Dreamer Icon Farvhan the Dreamer Fight Through the Pain Icon Fight Through the Pain Fighting Instinct Icon Fighting Instinct Fog of War Icon Fog of War Foresight Icon Foresight Forward Charge Icon Forward Charge Fountain Flask Icon Fountain Flask Fractured Timeline Icon Fractured Timeline Friendly Fire Icon Friendly Fire Frostbite Icon Frostbite Fur-lined Mantle Icon Fur-lined Mantle Gank Icon Gank Glyph of Confusion Icon Glyph of Confusion God's Strength Icon God's Strength Golden Ticket Icon Golden Ticket Grand Melee Icon Grand Melee Grazing Shot Icon Grazing Shot Gust Icon Gust Hand of God Icon Hand of God Healing Salve Icon Healing Salve Heartstopper Aura Icon Heartstopper Aura Hellbear Crippler Icon Hellbear Crippler Helm of the Dominator Icon Helm of the Dominator Hero's Cape Icon Hero's Cape Heroic Resolve Icon Heroic Resolve Hip Fire Icon Hip Fire Homefield Advantage Icon Homefield Advantage Horn of the Alpha Icon Horn of the Alpha Hound of War Icon Hound of War Howling Mind Icon Howling Mind Ignite Icon Ignite Incarnation of Selemene Icon Incarnation of Selemene Intimidation Icon Intimidation Ion Shell Icon Ion Shell Iron Branch Protection Icon Iron Branch Protection Iron Fog Goldmine Icon Iron Fog Goldmine J'Muy the Wise Icon J'Muy the Wise Jasper Daggers Icon Jasper Daggers Juke Icon Juke Kanna Icon Kanna Keefe the Bold Icon Keefe the Bold Keenfolk Golem Icon Keenfolk Golem Keenfolk Musket Icon Keenfolk Musket Keenfolk Plate Icon Keenfolk Plate Keenfolk Turret Icon Keenfolk Turret Kraken Shell Icon Kraken Shell Leather Armor Icon Leather Armor Legion Commander Icon Legion Commander Legion Standard Bearer Icon Legion Standard Bearer Lich Icon Lich Lightning Strike Icon Lightning Strike Lion Icon Lion Lodestone Demolition Icon Lodestone Demolition Lost in Time Icon Lost in Time Loyal Beast Icon Loyal Beast Luna Icon Luna Lycan Icon Lycan Magnus Icon Magnus Mana Drain Icon Mana Drain March of the Machines Icon March of the Machines Marrowfell Brawler Icon Marrowfell Brawler Mazzie Icon Mazzie Meepo Icon Meepo Melee Creep Icon Melee Creep Mercenary Exiles Icon Mercenary Exiles Messenger Rookery Icon Messenger Rookery Mist of Avernus Icon Mist of Avernus Murder Plot Icon Murder Plot Mystic Flare Icon Mystic Flare Necrophos Icon Necrophos Nether Ward Icon Nether Ward New Orders Icon New Orders No Accident Icon No Accident Nyctasha's Guard Icon Nyctasha's Guard Obliterating Orb Icon Obliterating Orb Oglodi Catapult Icon Oglodi Catapult Oglodi Vandal Icon Oglodi Vandal Ogre Conscript Icon Ogre Conscript Ogre Corpse Tosser Icon Ogre Corpse Tosser Ogre Magi Icon Ogre Magi Omniknight Icon Omniknight Outworld Devourer Icon Outworld Devourer Path of the Bold Icon Path of the Bold Path of the Cunning Icon Path of the Cunning Path of the Dreamer Icon Path of the Dreamer Path of the Wise Icon Path of the Wise Payday Icon Payday Phantom Assassin Icon Phantom Assassin Phase Boots Icon Phase Boots Pick a Fight Icon Pick a Fight Pick Off Icon Pick Off Pit Fighter of Quoidge Icon Pit Fighter of Quoidge Plague Ward Icon Plague Ward Platemail Icon Platemail Poaching Knife Icon Poaching Knife Poised to Strike Icon Poised to Strike Potion of Knowledge Icon Potion of Knowledge Prellex Icon Prellex Prey on the Weak Icon Prey on the Weak Primal Roar Icon Primal Roar Prowler Vanguard Icon Prowler Vanguard Pugna Icon Pugna Rampaging Hellbear Icon Rampaging Hellbear Ravenhook Icon Ravenhook Ravenous Mass Icon Ravenous Mass Raze Icon Raze Rebel Decoy Icon Rebel Decoy Rebel Instigator Icon Rebel Instigator Red Mist Maul Icon Red Mist Maul Red Mist Pillager Icon Red Mist Pillager Relentless Pursuit Icon Relentless Pursuit Relentless Zombie Icon Relentless Zombie Remote Detonation Icon Remote Detonation Rend Armor Icon Rend Armor Restoration Effort Icon Restoration Effort Revtel Convoy Icon Revtel Convoy Revtel Investments Icon Revtel Investments Revtel Signet Ring Icon Revtel Signet Ring Ring of Tarrasque Icon Ring of Tarrasque Rising Anger Icon Rising Anger Ristul Emblem Icon Ristul Emblem Rix Icon Rix Rolling Storm Icon Rolling Storm Roseleaf Druid Icon Roseleaf Druid Roseleaf Rejuvenator Icon Roseleaf Rejuvenator Roseleaf Wall Icon Roseleaf Wall Routed Icon Routed Rumusque Blessing Icon Rumusque Blessing Rumusque Vestments Icon Rumusque Vestments Satyr Duelist Icon Satyr Duelist Satyr Magician Icon Satyr Magician Savage Wolf Icon Savage Wolf Selemene's Favor Icon Selemene's Favor Self Sabotage Icon Self Sabotage Selfish Cleric Icon Selfish Cleric Seraphim Shield Icon Seraphim Shield Shield of Aquila Icon Shield of Aquila Shield of Basilius Icon Shield of Basilius Shiva's Guard Icon Shiva's Guard Shop Deed Icon Shop Deed Short Sword Icon Short Sword Sister of the Veil Icon Sister of the Veil Skywrath Mage Icon Skywrath Mage Slay Icon Slay Smash Their Defenses! Icon Smash Their Defenses! Smeevil Armsmaster Icon Smeevil Armsmaster Smeevil Blacksmith Icon Smeevil Blacksmith Sniper Icon Sniper Sorla Khan Icon Sorla Khan Soul of Spring Icon Soul of Spring Sow Venom Icon Sow Venom Spot Weakness Icon Spot Weakness Spring the Trap Icon Spring the Trap Stars Align Icon Stars Align Steal Strength Icon Steal Strength Steam Cannon Icon Steam Cannon Steel Reinforcement Icon Steel Reinforcement Stonehall Cloak Icon Stonehall Cloak Stonehall Elite Icon Stonehall Elite Stonehall Pike Icon Stonehall Pike Stonehall Plate Icon Stonehall Plate Storm Spirit Icon Storm Spirit Strafing Run Icon Strafing Run Sucker Punch Icon Sucker Punch Sven Icon Sven Temple of War Icon Temple of War The Cover of Night Icon The Cover of Night The Oath Icon The Oath The Omexe Arena Icon The Omexe Arena The Tyler Estate Icon The Tyler Estate Thundergod's Wrath Icon Thundergod's Wrath Thunderhide Alpha Icon Thunderhide Alpha Thunderhide Pack Icon Thunderhide Pack Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm Tidehunter Icon Tidehunter Timbersaw Icon Timbersaw Time of Triumph Icon Time of Triumph Tinker Icon Tinker Tower Barrage Icon Tower Barrage Town Portal Scroll Icon Town Portal Scroll Track Icon Track Traveler's Cloak Icon Traveler's Cloak Treant Protector Icon Treant Protector Trebuchets Icon Trebuchets Tresdin's Standards Icon Tresdin's Standards Troll Soothsayer Icon Troll Soothsayer Tyler Estate Censor Icon Tyler Estate Censor Unearthed Secrets Icon Unearthed Secrets Unsupervised Artillery Icon Unsupervised Artillery Untested Grunt Icon Untested Grunt Ursa Icon Ursa Venomancer Icon Venomancer Ventriloquy Icon Ventriloquy Verdant Refuge Icon Verdant Refuge Vesture of the Tyrant Icon Vesture of the Tyrant Vhoul Martyr Icon Vhoul Martyr Viper Icon Viper Viper Strike Icon Viper Strike Viscous Nasal Goo Icon Viscous Nasal Goo Watchtower Icon Watchtower Whirling Death Icon Whirling Death Whispers of Madness Icon Whispers of Madness Wingfall Hammer Icon Wingfall Hammer Winter Wyvern Icon Winter Wyvern Winter's Curse Icon Winter's Curse Wrath of Gold Icon Wrath of Gold Zeus Icon Zeus Zombie Icon Zombie Leaked Artifact Cards and their DotA Counterparts The Basics of Artifact 5 Reasons Valve's DotA Card Game is Good News for DotA Players Artifact Basics: Getting to Know the Card Types Artifact Basics: Letting Your Heroes Die Artifact Basics: The Ins and Outs of Tower Destruction Artifact Basics: Understanding Items Artifact Beta Date Discovered Artifact Deck Builder by ArtifactFire - Create Your Own Artifact Deck! Artifact Deck Tech: 4 Red, 1 Black Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Black Red Hyper Aggro Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Black/Blue Economy Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Blue Green Swarm Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Blue Green Swarm Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Green Black Oath Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Green Black Ramp Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Black Aggro Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Blue Control Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Green Ramp Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Red Aggro Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Mono Red Midrange Decklist Artifact Deck Tech: Red Green Ramp Decklist Artifact Discord Bot - The Power of ArtifactFire's Database Right in Your Discord Server! Artifact Hero Tier List - Constructed Artifact Item Cards and Valve's Innovations Artifact Launch Party! Giving Away 50 copies of Artifact Artifact Market Data and Card Page Updates Artifact Mechanics - What We Know So Far Artifact Turn Order - Phases of an Artifact Game Artifact Twitch Extension - ArtifactFire Companion Artifact: Balance, Skill Rating, and Leveling Changes ArtifactFire Media: Video and Images from the Artifact World ArtifactFire Q&A: Questions Answered by the Artifact Community Blink Dagger: Playing to What You Can't See Content Creator Job Opening Deck Building 101 - How to Build an Artifact Deck Game Modes and Growing Your Collection Learning the Colors of Artifact New Artifact Cards Revealed at PAX and PAX Deck Lists Takeaways from the Artifact Deck Builder Leak The Archetypes of Artifact: Aggro The Archetypes of Artifact: Combo The Archetypes of Artifact: Control The Archetypes of Artifact: Midrange The Archetypes of Artifact: Ramp The Importance of Initiative in Artifact Understanding Artifact's Cross-Lane Cards Utilizing Aggression in Artifact What is Artifact? - Differences Between Artifact and Existing Card Games When NOT to play cards in Artifact

Join the leading Artifact deck building
site to share your ideas and passion
with fellow players!

Create an MFN Account


Artifact Fire

The Archetypes of Artifact: Ramp

April 19th, 2019 | jscaliseok
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 interesting because, unlike the others, it is very limited in scope. Not only does it only play in one distinct way, but it only works with the color green.

Even so, do not be fooled into thinking it is simpler than the others. Though you do not get many options in the cards you can run with ramp, it is still a deep archetype that requires an in-depth breakdown.

Go Big or Go Home

As always, the first aspect we need to cover when analyzing ramp is how it plays as an archetype. At its base, ramp is an archetype that creates quick mana ahead of the curve in order to push out big plays or powerful cards. In that way, it is not directly tied into one set path. You have a lot of versatility with how you put a ramp deck together. The only requirement is that you break the rules.

In Artifact, both players are restricted by their mana. You begin with three to work with, and that goes up one every turn. Ramp breaks that system by allowing a player to have more mana than their opponent. For instance, using Stars Align on turn four to drop a six mana play and burst ahead on the board.

There are also cards, such as Roseleaf Druid or Selemene’s Favor, that give you continuous mana turn after turn. Though the burst is not as big as Stars, being one tick ahead for even a few turns can lead to a lot of problems.

As we’ve covered, Artifact is a game of back-and-forth. Your opponent plays a strong card, then you drop down one of your own. However, when your opponent throws out a card and you use additional mana to do something even more powerful, it is easy to take over the game. That buff is what makes ramp so strong, and why so many different decks utilize it in their game plan.

Green is the Loveliest Color

If you want to play ramp in Artifact you need to play green. It’s that simple. However, that does not mean that ramp is only for green decks. Rather than being the primary focus, ramp is much more often a support for another color. Decks like Green/Red Ramp and Blue/Green Ramp are mainly Blue and Red with the green filling in the gaps.

That may sound like an odd way to go about deck building, but extra mana is so powerful that it is more than worth it. As ramp is mainly used for support within Artifact, decks typically break down with two green heroes and three of the primary color. There are some lists that even try to get away with one green hero, but, as you want to spread out ramp into different lanes, that is often incorrect.

Green is all support here, which means you can use just about any hero in the game when building a ramp deck. The only requirement is, when choosing your green heroes, you have to run Treant Protector. There are only so many ramp cards in the game, and Roseleaf Druid is essential to making the archetype tick. The other green hero (as well as the ones for the other color) is completely up to you.

The Sacrifices of Ramp

Ramp is incredibly powerful. However, it does come with two key setbacks you should always be aware of when playing.

Always remember that extra mana comes at a cost. As you have to spend a turn or play getting out the cards that help you ramp, it is very easy to fall behind in tempo. You play a ramp spell, your opponent puts a strong creep on the board, and suddenly you’re losing in that lane. That can then leave ramp vulnerable to getting run over by aggro or fast midrange decks.

To ensure that doesn’t happen, most lists utilize AOE and beefy heroes to stem the tide. Being able to clear the board after you ramp instantly puts you back on even footing with your opponent (except you’re up in mana) while strong early game bodies ensure your towers don’t fall during the setup stage.

On top of that, ramp can easily lose card advantage. Getting extra mana is strong, but you have to spend a card to do it. A card that, with the exception of Roseleaf Druid, does nothing to impact the state of the game. That means, though you’re investing for the later turns, you’re also going down on cards. Where your opponent has two strong cards that both put pressure on the board, you have one card that sets up your second one. It is a subtle difference, but an important one.

Most of the time, ramp decks simply run such powerful top-end plays that the loss doesn’t matter. However, if you find yourself getting beaten out by card advantage, putting in some draw (such as Unearthed Secrets) is always something to lean on.

Lanes Matter

All ramp cards in Artifact focus on giving extra mana in one lane. This is another aspect to key into because you need to plan ahead when piloting a ramp deck. Though it is easy to simply drop down your ramp wherever you can, that will often lead to disaster. Rather, try to get it into places where you’ll find the most value.

You can only play your ramp into lanes where you have green heroes. As such, placement is extremely important. Figure out the lanes where you want to push and go hard into those sections. You’re never going to need to get extra mana across all three lanes. In fact, most games you’ll only have it one. Decide early on where you want to use resources and commit.

Also note that there will be times where you need to ramp into a lane where you’re not winning to stave off your opponent’s push. This scenario comes up much less than the above ones, but it still happens. If you only see ramp as a way to get ahead, you will lose games you could otherwise win. If your opponent looks like they’re going to make a big play, do not be afraid to ramp there and cut them off.

The Top of the Curve

The final question about this archetype is, what do you want to ramp into? Every color in Artifact has impressive finishers and strong, expensive cards. The one you choose is completely up to personal preference. Red has Time of Triumph, Blue runs cards like Annihilation and Bolt of Damocles, Green gives strong creeps, and Black has strong removal. The colors you choose should be the ones you know well, as well as the ones that are strong against your current meta.

Finishers are the best things to ramp into, but they are not the only option out there. Being able to ramp for value is important, and it can go a long way. Using ramp in a control shell, for example, enables you to get to your removal or AOE faster than your opponent can get out onto the board.

That is a key note because it shows that ramp is not all about the flash. It can be, and it often should be, but that is not the only way to go with this archetype. Do not be afraid to branch out, and understand that ramp does not exist on its own. It can work with many other archetypes to make those archetypes even stronger than they are already.


Ramp is one of the most fun archetypes in Artifact. Being able to break the rules is always fun, especially when breaking those rules enables you to slam down huge card after huge card. Though the archetype is not for everyone, it is perfect for those who like flashy cards and important spells.
(Last Updated: January 15th, 2020)

You need to log in before commenting.

Loading Comments...
Load More Comments

ArtifactFire is a community of Artifact deck builders. Use our card database, wiki, and news to find and create top Artifact decks!

Copyright © 2019 ArtifactFire | All Rights Reserved