Valve has delivered the first large upgrade to Artifact since it premiered in late November, and it’s clear there’s lots of headroom for the Dota card game to grow. The 1.1 update adds short Open Tournaments that anyone can join. You don’t have to chat up players or advertise them on social networks — you just have to hop in and wait for Valve to pair you with an opponent. There’s also a Free-for-All tourney mode that asks you to play as many people you can within three hours, awarding the win to whoever wins the most games in that time span.
The games themselves should be more social, as well. You can deliver voice lines from every creep and hero through a chat wheel, and you can request Steam Chats either during or immediately after a card battle. You can mute the chat wheel if someone is constantly spamming the same line.