Q. What do I get when I buy Artifact?
Your purchase includes 10 card packs, 5 event tickets, and two complete starter decks. The two starter decks are Red/Green Brawler and and Blue/Black Control.
Q. What game modes are available at launch?
There are many ways to play Artifact.
Some modes require you to construct a deck from the cards that you own. You can play these constructed modes against other players in Gauntlets, user-created tournaments, or casual one-off matches. When you play against bots you can give the bot any deck - even one built with cards you don't own.
There are also game modes that can be played regardless of which cards you personally own. You can challenge a friend and borrow any deck that they share from their collection. A special launch event will feature access to powerful pre-constructed theme decks for playing against bots and other players (a great way to explore the cards and mechanics of the launch set). There are also draft modes where you compete with other players in selecting cards from a series of booster packs. At launch, draft will be offered as Gauntlets with prizes and entry fees.
Q. What's in a card pack?
You receive 10 packs of cards with your initial purchase of the game. Each pack contains twelve random cards from the Call to Arms set, including one hero, two items, and at least one card of the highest rarity. Additional packs can be purchased for $1.99.
Q. What other ways can I get cards besides opening packs?
Players can buy and sell individual cards via the Community Market. Groups of cards can be bought and sold on the Marketplace in a single transaction using the in-game Collection interface. See this link for more information on the Market.
Q. Will there be other ways to transfer ownership of cards besides the Community Market?
Not at launch.
Q. What is a Gauntlet?
Gauntlets challenge players to win a number of online matches before being knocked out due to losses. For example: "Win 5 games before you lose 2." Some Gauntlets reward tickets and packs as prizes based on how many wins you achieve. These prize-granting Gauntlets require event tickets to enter.
Q. What are event tickets?
Event tickets are used to enter events that can reward prizes. Event tickets are sold in bundles of five for $4.95.
Q. What types of Gauntlets are available?
At launch there will be Gauntlets for constructed play (bring your own cards), phantom draft (keep the prizes, but not the drafted cards), and keeper draft (keep the prizes and drafted cards). Other Gauntlet modes will be available after launch.
Q. Who can host a tournament? Who can join?
Anyone can host a tournament! When you create a tournament, you can choose to invite individual friends or share an open public invitation. At launch, user-created tournaments don't support prizes or entry fees.
Q. What types of custom tournaments can I make?
At launch, Swiss and single-elimination formats are supported in a huge variety of configurations. You can also choose what types of cards are allowed. For example, you can create a commons-only constructed tournament, or a tournament where all participants use the Call to Arms pre-constructed theme decks.