How could Valve improve the Artifact observer interface

Dec 05 2018 2 min read

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Yesterday we concluded Mighty Triad: Strength, the first broadcasted Artifact tournament in the constructed mode. We are happy how the event went and how viewers received it, but, since nothing can be perfect and there is always room for improvement, here is a couple of things I would like to be better in the game in the viewer’s interface.

The ability to rotate the “bottom” player

From playing Artifact we are used to be watching at the cards below the play area. While observing a game we see the hand of one of the players below and associate it with our own. This way we start to root for the player below and also don’t pay much attention to the hand of the opposing player.

Ideally, it would be nice if the observer interface didn’t look like the player’s interface at all, with the active hands displayed differently, although this approach has other problems of its own. At least it would be good if the observer could rotate between the players they want to watch closely.

Being able to see the shop of both players

At this time, we can watch the shop only of the player who “spawned” below and can’t see the choices the other player makes. Would be nice to see the shopping phase for both players.

Access to the full game log

There is a way to see the last card played by a player, but we can’t see the detailed history of every card if we wanted to. This would be handy if a viewer wanted to analyze the sequence of a combo.

Customizing the play area

In Dota 2 teams put their logos on banners in the game itself. Would be nice if Artifact players could put their logo somewhere, for example, on the banner near the deck.

Most of the changes suggested on this page are minor, but, as I said earlier, the game is in a pretty good state as it is. Are there any other things you would like to change in the observer interface? Let us know in the comments.

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