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Artifact Won't Be Cheap To Play

Author: Blane Zemunik
15-Nov-2018

Category: Opinion

Valve have recently released a FAQ on their new game, Artifact, and it breaks down just how expensive the game really is

Artifact Won't Be Cheap To Play
Valve's newest game, Artifact is set to release on November 29th and has recently had a FAQs page released. Within said page are many hints to how the game will function along with the costs that are going to be associated with the online trading card game (TCG).

As you can see on the Steam web page the game is going to cost a mild $19.99USD. Which is strange for a TCG as many are free to play such as Hearthstone and Magic The Gathering: Online. As per the FAQ Artifact will also have ongoing optional costs such as card packs, draft mode, the community market and event tickets. Further down the line the line I'm sure there will be other ways to spend money such as cosmetics.

I will try my best to explain the prices of each element of Artifact in the simplest way possible.

Artifact Price

With the base game being $19.99USD you are entitled to a few things. Firstly, access to the game itself. Alongside access to the game you are given 10 card packs that include 12 random cards including 1 hero, 2 items, and at least 1 card of the highest rarity. You also get 5 event tickets and 2 starter decks.

Card Packs

Card packs can be purchased additionally for $1.99USD. Whilst there is currently no "bulk pack", I'm sure that Valve will add a way to buy multiple packs at once for a discounted price.

Event Tickets

These are your keys to prizes in Artifact as they will allow you to enter challenges and earn card packs. They are sold in bundles of 5 for $4.95USD but you can earn more through completing challenges.

Gauntlet

I've saved speaking about gauntlet until now as it can be confusing upon first glance. Essentially gauntlets are challenges you can undertake at the cost of event tickets that could result in you winning card packs and tickets back. For example you could be given the gauntlet (challenge) of winning 3 matches before losing 2. If you complete the gauntlet you are rewarded with 1 event ticket, the more you win before losing the more prizes you can gain. This prizes include things like card packs.

These gauntlets actually fall under 2 types, casual and expert. Casual gauntlets are free to enter but do not offer prizes. Expert gauntlets cost event tickets but offer prizes as a reward. They are even broken down further in the image below.

Draft Mode

The Keeper Draft gametype will set you back a bit more money than other game modes as you will have to pay 2 tickets and 5 card packs to enter. You are guaranteed all the cards you unpack though so you won't be at a complete loss.

Community Market

My personal favourite feature of Artifact is that it integrates the Steam Community Market in a way that allows players to sell cards to one another. This means that even if you are unable to pull cards that you want you can simply sell old ones and buy the ones you need. At launch this will be the only way to transfer cards between accounts/players but hopefully in the future you will be able to trade with your friends.

Free Stuff

Whilst Artifact is very taxing on our wallets there are free aspects to the game (once you've bought it that is). Casual gauntlets are one of these features alongside with bot matches, private lobbies, open play and tournaments.

A unique feature of Artifact is that it allows users to create tournaments with custom rules entirely for free. At launch only Swiss and single-elimination tournament structures will be included but it is likely that more will be added in the future.

Conclusion

This shows that Artifact won't be the cheapest TCG to play and many would-be players are sceptical of the risk of "pay-to-win" associated with this monetization. The game isn't cheap and many online TCG players prefer the model they know will work. A free game with a unique twist where you can buy card packs if you choose, but we all know that Valve likes to change things up. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for the newest online trading card game.

-Blane Zemunik



Source:
https://playartifact.com/news/1721959164054855755/
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