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Last night at Seattle’s KeyArena, Valve revealed Artifact, a new digital trading card game based on the Dota lore, at The International, the premier Dota 2 tournament. In a venue packed with Dota fanatics, you might have expected a new way to interact with beloved Dota heroes would be greeted warmly, but the crowd reaction was decidedly deflated:

Beyond the immediate audible disappointment from the stands, the online backlash has been swift and severe. At the time of writing, the YouTube video posted to tease Artifact has the unenviable ratio of one thousand likes to nine thousand dislikes. The most upvoted comments on that video (yes, I’m…

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