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Comparing the Cost of Getting Cards at Artifact and Hearthstone. Which is More Expensive?

Since before the release, Artifact has received a lot of criticism from various people. One criticism that often arises is its business model that blackmails players.

To be able to play Artifact, you have to buy at a price of Rp. 300,000. Not only that, content like card pack and some game modes can only be accessed by paying to Valve.

Many allege that this business model makes people think Artifact is a game that aims to withdraw money from players. That’s why many decide not to buy Artifact and play other card games that are cheaper and f2p-friendly.

Really? Because if you count, get a certain card in Artifact much cheaper than other free-to-play card games like Hearthstone or Shadowverse. In fact Artifact has the potential to provide profits to players who are smart in managing their resources.

Cheaper Card Acquisition

Let’s compare the process of acquiring the most expensive card in Artifact with Hearthstone. We choose Hearthstone because this game is the pioneer genre and the current card game business model.

Well Artifact and Hearthstone There are several ways to get the card you want. But to make the comparison fair, we’ll be comparing them to one and the same method, which is paying with real money.

In Hearthstoneto get the card, you have to buy card pack straight from Blizzard. At a price of US $ 1 or about Rp. 14,000 per packyou will get five cards at random.

The most expensive card you can get at Hearthstone is a card with rarity Legendary. This card is quite rare and hard to find in card pack, and what you get may not be what you want. Despite having the same rarity, some Legendaries tend to be more popular and sought after.

Because of this, players usually create any Legendary cards they want using Arcane Dust. To get Arcane Dust, you must destroy (disenchant) cards in your collection.

If you destroy the contents immediately or disenchantone Hearthstone card pack average will give you around 100 Arcane Dust. Meanwhile, to make one Legendary card, you must use 1600 Arcane Dust. That means to make one Legendary card you have to open 16 card pack with a total price of IDR 224,000.

Let’s compare with Artifact. Same as Hearthstoneyou can buy card pack to get a new card in Artifact. For IDR 29,000, you can get 10 random cards.

The most expensive card you can get at Artifact is Ax, which at the time of writing this article had a selling price of Rp. 165,000. But again, the chance of getting one specific card from card pack very small, especially if the card is quite rare.

Besides that, Artifact also don’t have currency like Arcane Dust. This means the opportunity to get a specific rare card from card pack maybe much smaller than Hearthstone.

Fortunately Artifact itself has an open economic model. If you are looking for a specific card, all you have to do is visit Steam Market and buy the card. So if you want to get Ax, just buy it on the Steam Market for Rp. 165,000.

If using money, get the card you want at Artifact much easier than Hearthstone. Indeed, over time there may be cards in Artifact which is very expensive. However, there are not many cards with exorbitant prices, and the average card in this game has a price that is still friendly.

It hasn’t discussed potential rewards better when doing grinding because of the possibility of selling and buying cards. But we should discuss it in another related article grinding. After all we also mentioned tips for saving and maximizing profits in Artfact in another article.