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Stanislav Cifka: “Valve really did an amazing job in Dota to Artifact transformation.”

22 October, 2018Hackart
One of those who got an early access to Artifact testing was Stanislav Cifka, a famous MTG and Hearthstone player. He was also mentoring Lukas Blohon - the winner of the draft tournament organized for beta testers. Artifact Zone managed to take a short interview with Stanislav. Enjoy!

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1) You’re a famous MTG and Hearthstone player, and at the same time - you’re one of Artifact’s beta testers. What in
your opinion, makes Artifact stand out from other card games? What is better in this game than its competitors?

So many new concepts coming out in Artifact. I like especially the fact that it is being played on 3 boards, which brings an absolutely new level of complexity to the game. Being able to balance your resources between them is the level of strategy I like the most.

2) You’ve been Lukas Blohon’s mentor and probably you’re the one to thank for his success in the tournament. How did his preparation for the tournament process go?

As you stated he is a new member of our group that joins us occasionally as he is a good friend of ours. We have been preparing for that tournament for weeks, discussing the power level of each individual card, ranking them and deciding what to pick over what. In the end, we created spreadsheets of serious length that were very helpful during the draft portion and helped Blohon spike the victory. I will share this spreadsheet with the audience as soon as we are allowed to.

3) How friendly is Artifact for beginners? What should the newbies focus on at first?

The game can be a bit overwhelming at first, so just don't panic and slowly try to understand every concept in the game. If you played Dota though that should help you quite a bit, as you will understand abilities and cards much quicker. Valve really did an amazing job in Dota to Artifact transformation.

4) Are there any meta or counter-decks in the game right now? If there are any, how good are they?

The metagame is still evolving a lot, but there are definitely some established decks out there. There is no unwinnable matchup in the game right now, mainly thanks to the game being so complex, so I wouldn't say you need to be countering anyone at this moment, but the classic triangle of “rock – paper – scissors” in “aggro – control – combo” applies in this game as well.

5) We’ve asked Lukas about this one and our followers really liked this question: You may have heard about books with so-called "harmful advice" where you have to do exactly the opposite of what the advice says. Can you think of the "most harmful" Artifact-related advice you could give to the Artifact community? (e.g. always use all 4 colors in your deck)

Hah, interesting question. I think my advice would be to just put everything on one lane and not worry about the rest!

6) Last but not least - Team Kanna or Team Prellex?

Definitely team Kanna, she is so great :)

Hope you liked this interview either. If you aren't still following Stanislav on Twitter: @StanCifka
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