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An example hero card with equipment attached, Axe

There are a wide variety of Heroes featured in Artifact. These Heroes each boast their own ability, and have their own specific play styles.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Heroes are a player's strongest card in the game, because of this players are limited to 5 per deck. Currently 44 heroes make up the 280+ cards that are set to be released with the base game. In Artifact every hero is categorized into one of four following colors: Black Cards.pngBlack, Blue Cards.pngBlue, Green Cards.pngGreen, and Red Cards.pngRed.

Generally speaking, Red is based around stronger heroes with weaker abilities, blue is based around weaker heroes with powerful spells, green offers various stat buffs and additional creeps, and black has a host of mobility options, direct damage, and other sleights of hand.[1]

Anatomy of a Hero Card[edit | edit source]

The hero card's color dictates what spells you can play with that hero.

A hero card has three separate slots for Items at the top of the card, Weapon, Armor and Accessory. A hero can have one item in each of these slots, each conferring unique benefits, up to a total of three items overall. Most heroes have innate abilities, as indicated by an icon on the bottom left corner of the card art. Finally, the primary stats of the hero is located on the bottom row of the card. Similar to the top of the card, the stats shown correspond to
Armor and

Ability[edit | edit source]

Most heroes, with the exception of a few Red Cards.pngRed heroes, have an ability indicated by the icon on the bottom left corner of the card art. These come in four different types.

  • Active Ability
    • An effect that must be manually activated on the card. Has a cooldown that begins to countdown from the start of the game.
  • Reactive / Passive Ability
    • It is currently unclear what the difference is between Reactive and Passive abilities. Triggers when the condition or phase listed is met.
  • Continuous Effect
    • Provides a continuous bonus as long as the hero remains in the lane.

Signature Cards[edit | edit source]

Every hero has an associated Signature Card. As soon as a hero is added to a deck, three copies of that hero's signature card will also be automatically created and added to the deck. Signature Cards cannot be collected, traded on the marketplace, found in card packs or removed from your deck. You must play a hero's set of signature cards when you add that hero to your deck.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mechanics

You must have five hero cards in an Artifact deck. You can only play spells in a lane if you control a hero with the corresponding color to that spell. Heroes deploy into the game in the order that they were placed into your deck. The first three appear in their corresponding lane. The fourth is deployed during your first Deployment Phase, and the fifth during the second Deployment Phase.

If a hero dies, it returns to the Fountain for two turns until it is deployed again.

Hero Card List[edit | edit source]

Abaddon card image.png
Axe card image.png
Beastmaster card image.png
Bloodseeker card image.png
Bounty Hunter card image.png
Bristleback card image.png
Centaur Warrunner card image.png
Chen card image.png
Crystal Maiden card image.png
Dark Seer card image.png
Drow Ranger card image.png
Earthshaker card image.png
Enchantress card image.png
Fahrvhan the Dreamer card image.png
J'Muy the Wise card image.png
Kanna card image.png
Keefe the Bold card image.png
Legion Commander card image.png
Lich card image.png
Lion card image.png
Luna card image.png
Lycan card image.png
Magnus card image.png
Mazzie card image.png
Meepo card image.png
Necrophos card image.png
Ogre Magi card image.png
Omniknight card image.png
Outworld Devourer card image.png
Phantom Assassin card image.png
Prellex card image.png
Pugna card image.png
Riley the Cunning card image.png
Rix card image.png
Skywrath Mage card image.png
Sniper card image.png
Sorla Khan card image.png
Storm Spirit card image.png
Sven card image.png
Tidehunter card image.png
Timbersaw card image.png
Treant Protector card image.png
Ursa card image.png
Venomancer card image.png
Viper card image.png
Winter Wyvern card image.png
Zeus card image.png

Confirmed Heroes[edit | edit source]

These heroes' card colors have been confirmed and they have been seen in Artifact gameplay.

Black[edit | edit source]

Blue[edit | edit source]

Green[edit | edit source]

Red[edit | edit source]

Unannounced Heroes[edit | edit source]

These heroes' colors have not been confirmed, nor have they been seen in gameplay, but they do appear in the USA copyright database.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [1], Gameinformer's Suriel Vazquez explains a bit about how Artifact works.
  2. [2], All Artifact cards that Valve has copyrighted, including heroes, items, and spells, can be seen here.
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