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Slacks pessimistic about Artifact relaunch: "I don't think it's gonna happen. I think it's done."

Photo by: StarLadder By now, we know that it won't be any time soon before we see something new from Artifact. Valve has confirmed that they're working with their heads down to deliver a major overhaul rather than ship regular updates. Knowing content release is tabled for the unforeseeable future, teams, ...

Apr 10, 2019Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev

Artifact Twitch viewers hit the ultimate low: zero

Artifact is dead. Whether it was stillborn or only died post-launch is beyond the point and the simple fact is that Valve's CCG experiment failed. The company itself admitted that. While it seems Valve has not given up on Artifact altogether, the game looks like it's headed for some sort of major overhaul. ...

Apr 08, 2019Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev

Valve plans to address "larger issues instead of shipping updates" for Artifact

Photo: Valve / Artifact Valve's Artifact team has issued a statement regarding the current state of the game and their future plans. Artifact released to much anticipation, however, it fell and it fell quickly. Since it's initial positive release, the game has reached an extremely diminished player base which has left the development...

Mar 30, 2019Steven Cropley

$10,000 Artifact Chronosphere Cup "postponed indefinitely"

US-based Artifact fans (and especially the competitive players) were looking forward to the first weekend of April. Organized by Philly-based N3rd Street Gamers, the Chronosphere Cup was to award $10,000 prize pool as it gathered fellow card enthusiasts in Denver. The tournament was made more exciting yet by the fact that Artifact esports is not in the...

Mar 20, 2019Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev

All Chinese teams have dissolved their Artifact rosters

No Chinese organization is fielding an Artifact roster anymore, VPEsports has learned. Even established, hallmark brands in the scene have abandoned Valve's card game, following what could be described as a disastrous launch of the title. The Chinese scene was the first one to offer contracts to players on a larger scale, compared to the...

Mar 11, 2019Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev

Artifact lead designer Richard Garfield departs from Valve

In a recent 13 people lay off at the Valve offices, Artifact’s game designer Richard Garfield and his long time partner Skaff Elias confirmed that their four-year contract with the game developer has come to an end. The news was broken by ...

Mar 09, 2019Div

Hearthstone exiles Genn, Baku into Hall of Fame in new rotation

Hearthstone enters Year of the Dragon and with it, Blizzard is introducing a heap of changes to how the leading digital card game is played. Changes will affect ladder rankings, as well as which cards are eligible for ranked play. More ladder ranks With the Year of the Dragon, Hearthstone will...

Feb 28, 2019Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev

Virtus.pro cut two from Artifact roster

One of the first esports orgs to venture in Artifact has decided to reduce its presence in the game. Virtus.pro announced Wednesday, that it will be parting ways with Maria "Harleen" Kobzar and Artem "DrHippi" Kravets. Ole "Naiman" Batyrbekov will remain the only Artifact player for the "bears". "It is no secret that Artifact’s development...

Feb 27, 2019Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev

Artifact peaks below 650 players as numbers decline continues

Valve trading card game Artifact continues to decay. On Feb. 25, the game reached a new lowest peak of 634 players — the first time it's dipped below 650. The worrisome part is that Artifact is not even stabilizing. With the exception of Feb. 16, when the game recorded a high-point of 1,030 players, Artifact...

Feb 26, 2019Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev

Opinion: Auto Chess is a better fit for Valve than Artifact ever was

Recent reports by VPEsports hinted at what many hoped for and in fact expected. Valve is paying close attention to mod phenomenon Dota 2 Auto Chess. The Seattle company is in talks with Auto Chess' developer Drodo Games to potentially bring the mod in-house and move towards its commercialization. The move makes sense for Valve, whether a partnership between them...

Feb 25, 2019Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev

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