In the traditional card game of Magic: The Gathering, Artifacts are special sorts of permanents that offer a variety of different effects for gameplay once you play them from your hand. And they will work similarly in Magic: Legends, just… not getting played from your hand. No, they’re a tiered form of equipment, with a variety of artifacts in Lesser, Greater, and Legendary varieties modifying your spells and creatures just by having them active.
Artifacts can also be steadily upgraded through valuable fragments, and several artifacts also sport particular synergies that encourage the use of various spell types or other gameplay elements. It’s another way to alter your gameplay style with your combination of deck and class, since two characters with the same class and similar decks might play entirely differently based on the artifact setup. Check out the full rundown for an early look at the system and possibly to have dreams about where you might get an Icy Manipulator or Howling Mine to fit into the layout.