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Artifact will let you build decks online and then import them into the game

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A pre-release preview tournament for Valve's CCG Artifact (opens in new tab) is running on SteamTV (opens in new tab) this weekend, and no doubt anyone watching will be itching to get their hands on their own deck. Online deck builders, such as this one (opens in new tab), have already started popping up, letting players tweak their card combinations—and now Valve has released tools (opens in new tab) that will make it easy for players to import any decks they've built online straight into the game.

The developer has released a CardSet WebAPI that will allow third-party Artifact sites to pull card images and text straight onto a web page, as well as deck code API, which will make it easier to share codes generated for customised decks. You'll be able to copy and paste those codes directly into Artifact to pull the cards into the game, or view your deck in Valve's online deck viewer (opens in new tab), it said.

Valve said the tools will help players "theorycraft new ideas"—and I don't doubt some people will spend hours upon end agonising over card choices before they even launch the game.

Artifact is due on November 28. You can read Tim's impressions here (opens in new tab), and Jody's deep dive into how it'll change the card game scene here (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.