Artifact pre-ordering opened yesterday. To further entice fans to get into the bandwagon, Valve held a preview tournament, which concluded today. Guess who was there to compete? Team Liquid’s captain, Kuro “Kuroky” Takhasomi.

Artifact comes out two weeks from now

Those who want to experience Valve’s own take on the collectible card game genre will be able to do so in less than two weeks. They can even empty their pockets off $20 now by pre-ordering. There are no pre-order bonuses for those who choose to pay for the game early, but I’m pretty sure many have already forked in their cash already. The release date is on November 29, and is available for ₱1,100.

Preview Tournament

Valve hasn’t been shy with previewing Artifact in the months leading up to its release, but they’ve never really shown how an actual tournament’s going to look like. To further show how a competitive Artifact environment would be, they enlisted the help of BeyondTheSummit to host the Preview Tournament. 128 players joined the tournament from all over the world, including our very own SylvanHunter. Other notable participants from the Dota 2 world were SUNSfan, noxville, and of course, TI7 champion Kuroky.

Winning this tournament of course gives you bragging rights as Artifact’s first ever tournament champion. But on top of that, there is also a $10,000 prize pool at stake, with $4,000 going to the champion. Kuroky would eventually end up in third place, bagging $1,000. He lost against the eventual champion, Joel “heffaklumpen” Larsson. Larsson is distinguished in the card game world as a former champion of Magic: The Gathering, with his most recent accomplishment being his Orlando 2017 Grand Prix victory.

No Major? No Problem

Team Liquid, despite having a successful season in the past two years, have been absent in this season’s first ever tournaments. But unlike defending champions OG who decided to take a short break from Dota 2, Liquid’s absence wasn’t voluntary. Team Lithium first eliminated them in the Kuala Lumpur qualifiers. Afterwards, The Final Tribe sent them packing in the DreamLeague Season 10 Qualifiers. Liquid’s next chance to get any DPC qualifier points isn’t until January next year.

We could just hazard a guess now as to what Kuroky does in his free time. Without any Minors or Majors to attend to, it leaves lots of time for Kuroky to pursue other hobbies. Meanwhile, teammate MinD_Control plays as a substitute player in the Kuala Lumpur Major. It’s just nice to see professional players still doing things even when they don’t qualify for events, is all I’m saying. It makes them even more relatable.

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