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Archenemy – the Hottest Thing Since Sliced Planechase January 12, 2010

Posted by Norm in Announcements, Casual.

Happy Tuesday folks we’ve got a cool new announcement from Wizards of the Coast, Archenemy.

Archenemy is the first “One vs. Many” multiplayer product. With a deck of twenty oversized cards to beef up your favorite deck, you’ll be ready to face off against as many of your friends as your kitchen table can hold.

Taken from the official announcement.

This is a new format for Magic that I can only assume will be casual only. Following on the success and coattails of Planechase this new casual format will be a great new addition to kitchen table magic. There aren’t a lot of official details out now but from what we can assume this release will function a lot like the WoW tcg Raid Decks (check the link to Wikipedia for some background on WoW Raid).

Basically this format will be one player verse all. With that lone player using the Archenemy deck with a super powerful, I’m assuming, general or planeswalker to back them self up. The over size cards I’m guessing will be like planechase cards that influence the game state in ways that help or hinder the Archenemy player.

As I’m thinking about this I’m wondering if the archenemy will have more that 20 life or will have awesome mana acceleration. The archenemy cards will have to support the lone player in this way or they will be quickly overrun against multiple opponents. I don’t think the archenemy will start with land or creatures in play but I could see them able to start with a planeswalker in play.

I’ll have to do some research into the WoW Raid format to better understand what we can expect from Archenemy. All in all this looks to be a promising format that offers as much fun as Planechase.



1. CopySix - January 12, 2010

So very disturbed by that artwork . . . what on earth is he doing to that Stuffy Doll ??

2. Shane - June 9, 2010

He’s making it 14 kinds of AWESOME.

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