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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[ | ]

Heroes are a player's strongest card in the game, because of this players are limited to 5 per deck. Currently 48 heroes (12 for each color) make up the 280+ cards that have been released with the base game. In Artifact, every hero is categorized into one of four following colors: Black CardsBlack, Blue CardsBlue, Green CardsGreen, and Red CardsRed.

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[ | ]

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 are located on the bottom row, corresponding to their AttackAttack, ArmorArmor and HealthHealth.

Ability[ | ]

Most heroes, with the exception of Axe, Mazzie, Keefe the Bold, and Magnus, 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. Starts on a cooldown that begins to countdown from the start of the game. Ability cooldowns decrease at the end of every round, regardless if the hero is dead, alive, or waiting to be deployed.
  • Passive Ability
    • Usually applies to effects that trigger when a specific condition or phase listed is met. Passive Abilities often use words like "when" or "after".
  • Continuous Effect
    • Usually applies to effects that are constant and continuous, such as providing neighboring allies with bonus attack. The effect ends or changes appropriately if the hero dies or changes lanes or position. Continuous Effects often use words like "have" or "has".

Signature Cards[ | ]

Every hero has an associated Signature Card. Including a hero in your deck will automatically add 3 copies of their Signature Card to your deck. Signature Cards cannot be collected, traded on the marketplace, found in card packs, or manually removed from a deck. Because players must play exactly 5 heroes and each hero will add in 3 copies of their respective Signature Card, each Artifact deck contains exactly 15 Signature Cards.

Mechanics[ | ]

Main article: Mechanics

You must have exactly five Heroes in an Artifact deck. You can only play non-item cards in a lane if you control a hero in that lane with the corresponding color. Heroes deploy into the game in the order that they were placed into your deck. The first three randomly appear split between the three lanes. The fourth is deployed during your first Deployment Phase (mana turn 4), and the fifth during the second Deployment Phase (mana turn 5).

If a hero dies, it is sent to the Fountain for the rest of that round and then the following round, before it returns during the next deployment phase.

List of Hero Cards[ | ]

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

Unreleased Heroes[ | ]

Information about Artifact 2.0 heroes is pending.

References[ | ]

  1. [1], Gameinformer's Suriel Vazquez explains a bit about how Artifact works.