Dota 2 card game Artifact 2.0 entering beta next week

Valve have announced they will be kicking off their beta for Artifact 2.0 next week, just months after officially rebooting the Dota 2 card game spin-off.

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According to the development team, a first wave of beta invites will be sent out to those who owned a copy of Artifact 1.0.

Valve points out that you don’t need to have the game currently installed on Steam but those who buy Artifact now won’t get an invite to 2.0. Due to fundamental changes being made to the game, your existing cards and decks won’t carry over.

You won’t get guaranteed access right away. Instead, Valve will use a lottery system to gradually populate this first closed beta before eventually transitioning into open beta. For more details check the FAQ below.

Artifact 2.0 beta FAQ

What are we testing?
Gameplay, Balance, Hero Identity, Color Identity, Social Features, Card Unlocks, Ranked Play, Replays, Spectating and the Campaign.

What aren’t we testing?
Some gameplay modes will be locked. Tournaments and draft modes, other than Hero Draft, won’t be available until we add more players. The tutorial is disabled since we are only inviting players of the original game – the campaign should be a good refresher if you haven’t played in a while.

Who should join?
There will be bugs, temp art, and data may be reset early in the beta. Some players may wish to wait until the game is further along to start playing, but there is no harm in signing up early.

How do I get in?
If you played Artifact 1.0, and would like to help us test, check your email for a sign-up link. Slots are limited- but we will be gradually adding more and more people to the beta, so don’t worry if you don’t get in right away!

But I’m a member of the press/an influencer/etc. Can I get in?
Selection for invites will be randomly generated. So… absolutely maybe!

If I get in, are there any restrictions on what I’m allowed to say/stream/share?
There are no restrictions. Due to the slow ramp in beta invites, professional streamers may want to wait until Open Beta where there will be a more significant player base.

I didn’t play the original. If I buy the original game now, will I be able to get in?
Not yet. We are prioritizing people who purchased before March 30, 2020.

Will my stats, cards, decks, etc. be transferred from the original game?
In the new version cards are unlocked through play. Individual cards are likely to have been changed, removed, or brand new; so old decks and stats wouldn’t be valid.

Can I buy cards/packs in the Beta?
We have some ideas about what we’d like to sell, but none of them are cards/packs.

Artifact originally launched back in November 2018 for PC, Mac, and Linux with mobile versions also planned. However, due to the game’s initial reception and the way it handled monetisation it was criticised and player numbers quickly declined. This is despite the enduring popularity of Valve’s mega hit MOBA, Dota 2.

Source: Steam

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