Artifact: Valve Renames Card After Fans Call It Racist
Valve recently took to Twitter to unveil some cards from its upcoming Dota 2-inspired card game, Artifact. Unfortunately, one of them drew attention from fans anticipating the title, as it was considered racist. This has prompted the developer to rename the card.
The card in question is ‘Crack the Whip.’ Its description reads “Modify a black hero with ‘After you play a black card, give this hero and its allied neighbors +2 Attack this round’.” Grouping the words black and whip together caused a bit of backlash from the community, which led Valve to change the name. See for yourself below:
This card packs a big punch immediately and then keeps on punching. When you play Crack the Whip, it triggers once right after it’s played. If you play an Untested Grunt next to the whipped hero it will trigger again, and the Grunt will receive the bonus. pic.twitter.com/qXflFpdOZb
— Artifact (@PlayArtifact) September 26, 2018
When it comes to Artifact, card are categorized by color, with the four groups being black, blue, green, and red. While it is likely that it was intentional, fans were quick to point out how the card could be interpreted. As stated above, people had a few things to say about Valve’s wording. Here are some of their responses:
Suggestion: You should REALLY change the name of this card. Having a card called “Crack the Whip” that says it modifies black heroes is not a good look, especially out of context. May I suggest something like “Intense Training”?
— Matt Frazier (@MattFrasche) September 28, 2018
— Ben Munise ☭ (@BMunise) September 28, 2018
@HavocVulture @MrMooEar the card mechanically is fine but yes, the pairing of “black” with “whip” can be easily misinterpreted/misrepresented and judging the Twitch chat/gamer culture, will definitely be used inappropriately
— FOOL LULU (@_KOL2) September 28, 2018
— even weirder move (@evenweirdermove) September 28, 2018
— Ali (@phosphor112) September 28, 2018
After unveiling the card, Valve changed the name to ‘Coordinated Assault,’ but they have yet to explain how the wording was like that to begin with. Artifact is set to arrive on November 28th for PC, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:
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What say you, gamers? Were you glad to see that Valve was quick to change the name of the Artifact card after fans reacted? Do you believe it was intentional, or was it just something that slipped through the cracks? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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