Breaking news: Undatakah Druid deck list guide - Rastakhan - Hearthstone (December 2018)

esports news and guides
Sections

Artifact: Glossary of terms, keywords and mechanics

All your questions about Artifact's mechanics answered in one place.

Picture of John Bedford

About John Bedford

John is Metabomb's Editor in Chief, and is responsible for all of the Hearthstone news, features and guides content on the site.

Our Artifact Glossary contains a guide to all of the keywords, mechanics and terms that exist in the game.

If you've some experience of card games then you will certainly find it easier to transition to Artifact than total newcomers will.

With that said, the game introduces some new terms which can be difficult to decipher unless you're intimately familiar with the game.

In this article, we're outlining all of the core terms, keywords and mechanics that exist in the game, so you can start making sense of the cards and the many interactions that exist in Artifact

This is very much a work in progress, and we expect to expand on this guide over time. If there's anything you think we've missed, let us know in the comments so we can research the information and add it in with the next update.

VIDEO GUIDE - If you're completely new to the game then we highly recommend you watch this brief video from The Artificers Guild YouTube channel.

  • Cleave - Damage is done to the targets to the left and right of the current unit
  • Condemn - The affected target will be destroyed with immediate effect
  • Creeps - Minor units that spawn on the board in between rounds
  • Damage Immunity - No damage can be applied
  • Death Shield - Prevents death from occurring
  • Disarm - The affected unit cannot attack
  • Gold - The game's currency, earned through defeating units and spent in the shop
  • Heal - Provides an immediate injection of health
  • Heroes - Powerful cards that shape the direction of a deck
  • Improvements - Upgrades a lane in such a way that one side or another benefits
  • Items - Purchased from the shop in between rounds and which can be used to influence combat.
  • Lock - This stops cards from being played
  • Mana - The currency that determines how many cards you can cast during any given turn
  • Modify - Grants a permanent effect to the targeted unit
  • Neighbours - The units currently located either side of a target
  • Normal Damage - Unmodified damage
  • Piercing Damage - The target's Amor rating is ignored during the attack
  • Purge - Removes any effects currently active on a unit
  • Rapid Deployment - Increases the speed at which a hero returns to the board
  • Regeneration - Both heals and prevents damage from taking place
  • Retaliate - Damage is applied to an attacking unit
  • Siege - Damage to the tower is still applied, even if it's being blocked
  • Silence - Stops spells from being cast and abilities being activated
  • Stun - The target cannot attack, use abilities or cast spells
  • Swap - Two units exchange places with one another
  • Taunt - Enemy neighbour attacks are forced towards the unit with taunt.
  • Towers / Ancients - Effectively the health of your game. When Towers are destroyed, Ancients spawn which have twice as much health. Destroy one Ancient or two Towers to win the game.

Comment on this article

  • There are no comments on this article yet! Could you be the first to post one?

Artifact

A

Artifact

Artifact: Release time - US, UK & Europe (PDT, BST, CEST)

When you can expect Artifact to launch, wherever you are in the world.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: Guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything you need to know about Artifact.

2 A
A

Artifact

Artifact: How to get a beta key

Every currently known method of obtaining a key for the November beta.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: Item Shop guide and Item list

How the shopping phase works in Artifacts, with a list of items available

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: The Dota Card Game guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything you need to know about Artifact.

2 A

Call of Duty

C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: How to get the Ray Gun

Everything you need to know about locating and spawning this powerful weapon.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Dark Ops Challenges guide

Every Dark Ops challenge we know of so far, with insight into completing them all.

1 C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: How to unlock characters

Every unlockable character in COD Blackout and what you need to do to unlock them.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Best Perks guide

Everything you need to know about the Perks available in COD Blackout.

C

CS:GO

C

CS:GO

Astralis wins $1million Intel Grand Slam prize

Liquid fail to claim their reward for stopping the Pro League Season 8 winners in their tracks.

C
C

CS:GO

ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals - Day 3 roundup

All the results from the third round of play.

C
C

CS:GO

CS:GO - Danger Zone guide

Everything you need to know about the new Battle Royale mode in CS:GO

C
C

CS:GO

ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals - Day 2 roundup

All the results from the second round of group stages.

C

Destiny 2

D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Dawning Baking guide - Recipe list and where to find all ingredients

A complete list of all the recipes, ingredients and where to get them.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: The Dawning 2018 - Recipe list and where to find all ingredients

A complete list of all the recipes, ingredients and where to get them.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2 - Weekly Reset Time (11th December 2018 - PDT, EDT, GMT, CET)

A complete guide to the weekly reset time for Destiny 2.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: The Dawning 2018 guide - Release time, activities and rewards

Everything you need to know about this year's Destiny 2 festivities.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Machine Gun Frame quest guide

How to complete the Black Armory quest.

D

League of Legends

L

League of Legends

League of Legends: Best Top Laners 2018

The best top laners currently in the game.

L
L

League of Legends

League of Legends: Best Late Game Champions

A list of champions which thrive in the late game.

L
L

League of Legends

League of Legends publishes its year in numbers review of 2018

Nearly 100 million unique viewers tuned in for this year's Worlds finals.

L
L

League of Legends

League of Legends: Snowdown 2018 guide

Everything you need to know about League's Christmas event.

L

Off-Meta

O

Off-Meta

Super Smash Bros Ultimate: World of Light guide

Everything we know so far about the game's adventure mode.

O
O

Off-Meta

Super Smash Bros Ultimate guide

A complete overview of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Switch.

O
O

Off-Meta

Anthem: Closed Alpha release date, start time and how to access

When you'll be able to access the Closed Alpha.

O
O

Off-Meta

Super Smash Bros Ultimate: Game Modes guide

All the game modes revealed so far.

O

Overwatch

O

Overwatch

Overwatch wins Esports Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2018

The Overwatch League bags a major award in its first year of competitive play.

O
O

Overwatch

First Overwatch League 2019 schedule details announced

Find out who's playing who in the first week of competitive play.

O
O

Overwatch

Overwatch League 2019 Season Preview show scheduled for tomorrow

Tune in to find out what's new for the League in its second year.

O
O

Overwatch

Washington Justice joins the Overwatch League in 2019

Team colours and coaching staff confirmed in the latest reveal.

O
O

Overwatch

Winter Wonderland 2018 Start Date and Time: US, UK and Europe - Overwatch

Likely start dates and times based on last year's popular seasonal event.

O

PUBG

P

PUBG

PUBG Esports Team issues ban to Dakota “Exko” MacLeod

One year ban issued from use of non-authorised software.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Vikendi guide

Everything you need to know about PUBG's snow map.

P
P

PUBG

Teams and seedings revealed for PUBG Europe League qualifiers

32 teams named and seeded for the upcoming tournament in Kiev.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG Mobile: Royale Pass guide - Season 4, Rewards, Missions and Ranks

Everything you need to know about PUBG Mobile's Royale Pass.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: The best weapons in the game (PC, Xbox One)

Our guide to packing the very best weapons within each category.

1 P