Valve Announces Artifact, a Dota Card Game, to Mixed Reaction at TI7

Surely some people in the crowd were chanting 'Boo-urns!'

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Valve showed off a brand new teaser for Artifact, a Dota 2 card game, today at The International Dota 2 Championships. Take a look.

There was no gameplay shown, but it is always great to see that Valve is making a new video game. The crowd reaction at TI7 was a bit less enthusiastic than Valve might have hoped they would be.

The Internet meme folks are already jumping on the negative reaction wave with this especially funny animated gif making the rounds on Twitter.

A special shoutout to Andre Campos for the hilarious gif. We used a screen capture from it as our header image.

We will keep a close eye on any news surrounding Artifact as it develops. For now, the Internet has a lot of new Valve and Dota meme fodder to chew on. Join in on our community's discussion in our comments section.

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    August 9, 2017 4:35 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Valve Announces Artifact, a Dota Card Game, to Mixed Reaction at TI7

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      August 9, 2017 5:00 PM

      "Mixed"

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        August 9, 2017 5:14 PM

        Some people booed, some people threw things.

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          August 9, 2017 5:43 PM

          It's rumored some Valve employees clapped!

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          August 9, 2017 6:06 PM

          Why did they boo?

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            August 9, 2017 6:17 PM

            No episode 3.

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            August 9, 2017 6:19 PM

            I am pretty sure they wanted Half-Life 3 to be confirmed. Or Left 4 Dead 3.. or Team Fortress 3... or Portal 3...

            I am not judging the game yet, it was just a teaser video.

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            August 9, 2017 6:33 PM

            They wanted anything but a card game.

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              August 9, 2017 6:37 PM

              What about a Half Life 3 card game?

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                August 9, 2017 8:40 PM

                yeah I'm sure "Half Life 3" ... big dramatic pause ... "The Card Game" would have gone over REEEEAL well

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                  August 10, 2017 12:32 AM

                  Now I'm sad that didn't happen. The shitstorm would have been glorious.

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            August 10, 2017 1:13 AM

            It's just a highly derivative concept and a genre that is an infamous F2P cash cow. So for Valve this is like the most uninspiring game they could possibly have done, and reinforces people's frustrations that this sort of thing is all they're capable of these days. Plus the idea is just sort of ridiculous on the face of it.

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          August 9, 2017 6:29 PM

          Technically that's a mixed reaction lol

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          August 9, 2017 6:32 PM

          Some cried in a corner and repeatedly said "not like this, not like this"

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      August 9, 2017 5:59 PM

      That was p much my reaction to the news, lol :D

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        August 9, 2017 6:17 PM

        Because what we really want from Valve is a fucking card game.

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          August 9, 2017 6:21 PM

          It'll be the third most played game on Steam and stay there for all eternity.

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      August 9, 2017 6:29 PM

      Everyone in attendance was bestfrankfly-ing it

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      August 9, 2017 6:34 PM

      It's actually HL3

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      August 9, 2017 8:34 PM

      My mood has switched to openly hating Valve

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        August 9, 2017 9:12 PM

        I've said it before, but they need to clean house or something. How can you have a company with the history they have and hire people with zero fucking desire to work on those titles?

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          August 10, 2017 12:15 AM

          they can afford to drop a project if it starts being no fun, they aren't starving to grind through, but who knows, maybe in 2018 they will prove naysayers wrong

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          August 10, 2017 1:34 AM

          Dota has probably made more money for Valve than the entire Half-Life, Portal and Left 4 Dead series combined. Doing another Half-Life probably seems like an also-ran to the company - including leadership.

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            August 10, 2017 6:41 AM

            And the money Dota has made is probably a drop in the bucket compared to what Steam makes for them in a month.

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              August 10, 2017 6:46 AM

              Government should have stepped in and forced the company to split the game download service and the game development company years ago.

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        August 10, 2017 4:22 AM

        Me too and I used to be a fanboi 5 years ago

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        August 10, 2017 4:52 AM

        Hate? Really? This is not something worth hating about.

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        August 10, 2017 6:59 AM

        Remember back in the day the feeling you got when the bald dude with the red valve showed on the screen?

        "Open your mind, open your eyes" was the concept.

        Sigh.

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        August 10, 2017 7:19 AM

        I don't hate them, but I've gone from seeing them as an amazing skunkworks company to seeing them as just a relatively benign digital distribution company. I know DOTA and CS is popular, but I don't play competitive multiplayer games. Even the Vive is lost on me since I had already backed the Rift.

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      August 9, 2017 10:06 PM

      Gabe is the biggest troll ever both figuratively and literally. Guy might be on 'My 600-lb Life' pretty soon.

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      August 10, 2017 1:08 AM

      LOL. Until Valve announces a game that's not F2P and/or saddled with microtransaction bullshit, they can fuck right off. It's pretty crazy to see how far the mighty have fallen in the eyes of gamers that used to revere them.

      I guess they're doing this because DOTA makes a shit ton of money, and digital card games have proven they can make a shit ton of money, so hey... there's probably more money in this likely piece-of-shit CCG for them than in spending untold resources developing a proper new HL or Portal or even L4D title. I get that, and I don't begrudge them that. But I would also be lying if I said that I wasn't disappointed. I guess I just thought Valve was better than this, and now it's clear that I was wrong. I don't give a shit about this new card game, and the only thing I know for sure about it is that there is a zero percent chance I will ever play it.

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      August 10, 2017 4:43 AM

      I am looking forward to it!

      My favorite digital CCG was the Everquest one; so I'm down. I wonder if they will do something crazy like scan cards in or action figures.

      Hearthstone just didn't grab me.

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      August 10, 2017 5:11 AM

      has anybody said "Hearthclone" yet

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        August 10, 2017 5:51 AM

        They are going to rebrand it HS2 then get sued by Blizzard.

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          August 10, 2017 6:40 AM

          Yeah, it could be a Clash Royale clone for all we know.

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        August 10, 2017 6:03 AM

        Can't call it a clone until you see what it really is. From what Day9 shared it sounds completely different.

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          August 10, 2017 6:13 AM

          It sounds like it's gonna suck arse.

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      August 10, 2017 6:16 AM

      Valve needs to get off their ass and make a video game production simulator / game dev tycoon game. Then they can lean back in their chairs and mock us openly.

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      August 10, 2017 6:32 AM

      So disappointed. So goddamn disappointed. :(

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      August 10, 2017 7:00 AM

      that audience reaction was like a wet fart lol

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      August 10, 2017 7:21 AM

      I enjoy CCG's and Dota, so I will probably try it out and see what I think. If I was more into Warcraft, I would play more Hearthstone myself.

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      August 10, 2017 9:16 AM

      Card games are fun. Valve employs smart people who make cool games. Therefore, it seems to follow that Artifact could be an enjoyable game.

      What is the problem here? Oh, it's not Half-Life, so I'm going to throw a tantrum.