The things we learned about Artifact from Preview Tournament

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The things we learned about Artifact from Preview Tournament

Artifact Preview Tournament gave the general audience the first taste of the game

I closely watched the Artifact Preview Tournament as it was the very first time I and the majority of other nerds got an opportunity to dive into the game and see what it looks like and might feel to play.

Here are some basic things about Artifact I learned from the Preview Tournament.

You can’t just pick up Artifact and start competing

Artifact is not an “Easy to start - hard to master” game, it’s hard on every step of the way with a very steep learning curve. I expect it’s going to be as tough on beginners as StarCraft: BroodWar and Dota 2. The best advice for new players is to find a friend who will be learning along with you and to work through the game together.

Here is a portion of the game factors: one hand for three lanes; separate mana pools for each lane; cards can apply to a single lane or to any lane; heroes can and should be shifted often; different subtle resources like mobility and initiative. This game is as close as you can get to 3D-chess.

You can’t multitask while playing Artifact

Many Hearthstone players love to play the game when watching Netflix, during classes, or literally while taking a dump. In Artifact, once you start the game, you are committed till the very end of the series and can’t do anything else.

RNG exists in the game, but skillful play is more important

Artifact Preview Tournament hilariously showcased Ogre Magi unreliable proc, but it didn’t feel that players won or lost because of bad RNG rolls. Skill and the quality of decks were much more important factors.

Artifact is probably the best Collectible Card Video Game

I love Gwent and Hearthstone, but after watching Preview Tournament I can’t wait to get my hands on Artifact. Valve delivered a fantastic game yet again.

Artifact will not be mainstream

For a game to become mainstream it needs to be easily comprehensible from a viewer’s point of view. You can randomly tune in to a FIFA or League of Legends broadcast and understand what’s happening without being a dedicated fan. You can’t comprehend an Artifact match if you don’t understand how the specific decks work.

The game will have a huge pool of dedicated fans, but the viewership numbers won’t blow up during very important matches like, for example, we saw recently for StarCraft 2 WCS Finals.

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