The beta should start on the 19th of November.
Hello everyone and welcome to the Artifact thread, Valve's game which release date has been set to be the 28th of November 2018!
Official website: http://playartifact.com
Steam store: https://store.steampowered.com/app/583950/Artifact/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/playartifact
Draft simulator with a card overview: https://howlingmind.com/draft (apparently there is a simulator running on tabletop as well)
The game is influenced by Magic the Gathering, and will have four colours:
Red, Green, Blue, and Black.
As I'm writing these lines (14th of October 2018) a very closed beta, let's call it VIP beta, is ongoing with some big names from Hearthstone and Magic, some names: Lukas Blohon (magic, winner of one of the closed beta tournament), StanCifka (magic and hearthstone, deemed the best player of the beta) , Lifecoach (hearthstone), his wife Wifecoach, RobAJG (magic), Swim (gwent), Frozen, (I couldn't find a list yet, I found a link but that seemed polluted with fake names...).
A less private beta (but still private) is supposed to start in October, but hasn't been announced yet, 45 days away from the release, beta keys can be obtained through raffles or bought online for prices around 100-200 dollars a key!
The game is inspired by not only by cards games but will also try to replicate the DotA feeling with three lanes, heroes, minions, items, and spells.
View of the three lanes.
View of one lane (you can display one at a time or the three at the same time)
Here is a good link about what we know so far, thanks to /u/Sixen!, below are some of these information.
Your heroes spawn randomly on the lanes and can be resurrected on any lane.
You can gain gold which allow you to buy items.
A game is over after a tier two towers has been destroyed, or after two tier one towers have been taken down.
You can find gameplay videos on youtube.
You don't control the fights as in Hearthstone, instead the game is closer to Gwent.
You should be able to show one of your card to your opponent (mind game, politely telling the game is over, of being BM, as you see fit!)
The game should have a deck tracker, a tournament mode, replays, deck sharing.
The game will use the steam market to trade cards.
The game should be pay to play, giving you a nice amount of cards.
I've read that a big 1 million dollar cash prize tournament is planned.
A draft mode has been announced, as long as constructed, not announcement concerning other modes yet.
(Don't hesitate to share your sources of information, I'll remove what has been debunked as rumours, and add sources)