Artifact is a digital collectible card game developed and published by Valve. The game focuses on online player versus player battles across three boards called lanes, and is based upon the universe of Dota 2, a multiplayer online battle arena game also from Valve. Artifact was designed by Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield, and allows for the buying and selling of cards on the Steam Marketplace. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux in November 2018, with versions planned for Android and iOS.
As a digital collectible card game, the gameplay of Artifact is to build a deck of collectable cards, obtained via purchasing either individual cards or packs of them on the Steam Marketplace, in order to defeat an opponent in a one-on-one situation. Artifact is heavily based upon and features many elements from the multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2, which Valve also developed. As such, the game differs from most other traditional collectible card games, as it features three "lanes" guarded by a tower at the end, with each lane existing as its own independent board. The victor is the first person to either destroy a structure called the "Ancient", which appears after a tower has been destroyed, or the first to destroy two towers in total.
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