Valve is still working on Artifact. In the latest blog post, Valve revealed that their big plans to revitalize the virtual card game include a feature that bucks the trend of most other collectible card games. In the future, they’re not going to have any ways to purchase cards with real money. The only way to gain more cards will be to play the game. No cards for sale! Valve will undoubtedly sell something to players to generate a stream of revenue, but the actual bread and butter of the genre will be awarded by actually playing the game.
We have some ideas about what we’d like to sell, but none of them are cards/packs.
Vets of card games are likely scratching their heads over the decision. How will they buy their way into winning decks? How will they use the power of their wallet to overwhelm their opponents and fill their collections?