With its December 20, 2018, update to its Artifact game, Valve nerfed eight of the previously top cards in the game: Axe, Drow Ranger, Cheating Death, Jasper Daggers, Timbersaw, Bloodseeker, Outworld Devourer, and Lion. Axe — the previously most powerful and most expensive — had its stats reduced from 7/2/11 to 6/2/10, according to alt/char.

Nerf = to weaken or reduce the power of. The term originated with Ultima Online, where players complained that a reduction in the power of swords in melee combat made players feel like they were hitting each other with nerf bats, according to Urban Dictionary.

Valve has set up an Artifact nerf reimbursement program that will run from December 21, 2018, to January 4, 2019, according to its website. The refund program now appears to be over, and some players may not have had time to take advantage of it. Even Valve Artifact players who sold back their nerfed cards on the Steam Community Market may have received a much lower price than they paid for the cards. According to alt/char:

[Valve] offered a refund that may not cover the price some players paid, in some cases not even a half.

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Valve's Nerf Reimbursement Program

Valve told Artifact players that it would buy back eight nerfed cards from December 20, 2018, to January 4, 2019, at the following buyback prices:

Nerfed Card Buyback value
Axe $9.98
Drow Ranger $7.18
Cheating Death $1.58
Jasper Daggers $0.05
Timbersaw $0.05
Bloodseeker $0.05
Outworld Devourer $0.05
Lion $0.05

Some players have complained that the monetization structure of Valve’s Artifact is inherently unfair, sparking questions of a Valve Artifact Pay to Win Lawsuit.

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