Artifact details, along with a new screenshot, were leaked by the Thai caster Xyclopz.
When Artifact was announced at TI8, it was met with much hype. There isn’t a lot known about the game, except that it would be a card game available on mobile. The game would be based on the Dota 2 lore, and some reports also indicate that there would be lot of new heroes. But now we can be positive that there are new heroes, since Artifact details and a screenshot has been leaked by Xyclopz. He is known for his polarizing casting for Beyond The Summit.
A few days ago, he posted a screenshot in the artifact Thailand group, which was later posted to Reddit. He said that he was invited to join an Alpha test.
From the above screenshots we can see that there are at least four new heroes: Mazzie, Ogre Bruiser, Dark Troll Chieftain and Kanna. But there is one more peculiar thing. The colors here do not seem to represent the primary attributes of heroes. Earth Shaker in Dota 2 game is a strength hero, which is red in color. Yet here he is grouped in blue, which denotes intelligence in the original game. Also, Luna and Meepo are agility heroes represented by green color. The same goes for Ursa.
Xyclopz also answered a few questions regarding the game. He said that there are a lot of new heroes. There seems to be a Gauntlet mode (which he says is the ranked mode) where players duel each other. Also, colors seem to be an important aspect of the game, as “you need to have a hero with the same color of your spell in that lane to play those spell.” He also revealed that the cards will come in 3-4 qualities.
Many have called out Xyclopz for leaking Artifact details and screenshots. It is believed that he might have broken an NDA with Valve. Others say that this is a tactic by Valve to create hype.
Whatever it is, we sure are looking forward to the game.