Worst case is of course; the game costs money AND has an agressive payment model.
Valve in particular has a terrible track record when it comes to moderation (readers of my blog will know that their terrible automated moderation system is one of the reasons I stopped playing Dota), and this interview gives the impression that they not only have no interest in addressing it, but don't even consider it an issue worthy of their attention.
I appreciate it's still early, and there's no sense in writing a game off long before its release, but it's hard to stay optimistic in light of this information.
I'm sure there are people out there who have more patience than I do and/or find those random online interactions entertaining, but personally it's not worth the risk. Nicely formatted and with pictures and everything, good work.
I asked how that chat and the community in general would be moderated to discourage bad behavior, but neither Barnett nor Garfield could offer any specific idea of tools that would help someone avoid a random internet stranger hurling insults at them during an Artifact match."Psychologically, we find that people misbehave when there is somebody else to observe them misbehaving," Barnett said.
"When it's a one-on-one game, what is my motivation for saying something awful?And I know there are budget decks that reach high rankings, but that are from pro players who play a lot. This is not talked about yet, but foild cards, card backs, announcers, art etc is guaranteed to come down the line.