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Artifact: Gauntlet guide - How to draft

Everything we know about Artifact's Gauntlet guide.

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Our Artifact Gauntlet guide explains how to draft in this mode, and will be updated with drafting tips and strategies once the beta begins.

One of the game modes in Artifact that we're still waiting to hear a lot more detail on goes by the name of Gauntlet. At the time of writing the first edition of this article, much of the detail is still embargoed.

What we do know right now though is that in this mode, you take turns to choose cards from a selection of packs that are circulated around the players participating in the drafting process.

The idea is that you try to build the best optimised deck that you can, looking to exploit whatever synergies you can from the cards on offer, and come up with the best deck of the bunch to do battle with.

As information is a little thin on the ground right now, we're looking to flesh out this guide considerably once the beta gets under way a little later on in October. In other words, expect big updates to this guide over time, including tips on how to complete the drafting process.

For now though, here's everything we currently know about Artifact's Gauntlet mode, based on the tidbits that have emerged from the closed beta.

  • In each draft there will be five packs that circulate amongst the players.
  • Each time your turn to pick comes around, you actually pick a total of two times. As a result, there will be six picks per pack.
  • Packs used for the drafting process contain one hero, two items and nine other cards.
  • Within any given pack cycle you can only choose one hero.
  • After a pick has taken place, the pack and its remaining cards are returned to the pool of packs that have the same number of cards.
  • Unlike in the standard version of the game, you can actually pick more than one copy of the same hero. We'll have to wait and see what kind of overpowered possibilities open up here, but if you go down this route you'll need to build a very specific deck that focuses on their signature spells.
  • You'll also be able to choose one copy of the basic Heroes and also up to three copies of every basic Item card.
  • Ultimately you will build a deck of 40 cards with five heroes and items.

Artifact FAQ

If you're new to the game, here's an overview of what to expect from Artifact when it launches towards the end of this year. Our complete Artifact guide contains more information if you'd like to dig deeper.

  • Artifact is a card game built around the Dota 2 universe.
  • Gameplay takes place across three boards, or lanes. Each player has a tower in each lane, and the objective is to destroy two of your opponents (or one of the stronger towers that emerges after destruction.
  • The release date for Artifact is November 28th.
  • The game will cost $20 at launch, providing you access to two 54-card decks and ten 12-card packs, each of which contains at least one Rare card.
  • Magic's Richard Garfield is the core designer of Artifact.

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