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Duel Decks: Elspeth vs Tezzeret May 27, 2010

Posted by Norm in Casual, Spoilers.
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I am up late tonight and noticed this spicy new announcement, Elspeth vs Tezzeret. Will be available in September. My only question is will these Planeswalkers be in Standard when the decks are out. Or will there be new versions of these guys in M11 or Scars of Mirrodin?

Deck Design and Development: Chris Millar, Erik Lauer, and Zac Hill
Release Date: September 3rd, 2010
MSRP: $19.99


Garruk vs. Liliana – Duel Decks July 21, 2009

Posted by Norm in Casual.
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Today Wizards released images of the upcoming Garruk vs. Liliana Duel Decks.


I find it very interesting the way the new art looks. Less realistic and more cartoonish. Don’t get me wrong I think they both look great. I’m wondering what other alternate art we can expect in this release? Perhaps a new Giant Growth or Overrun.

I’m expecting that these deck lists will be very similar to what is used in Duels of the Planeswalkers. Seems like a good strategy to capture the younger audience Wizards is going for, the less intense art supports that thought for me too.

237_garrukpromo 237_lilianapromo

While I’m not surprised in the fact that Wizards is making it easier for people to collect Planeswalkers it seems that they are easier to come by now a days. Giving them out as alternative product incentives, duels decks, reprints in M10, etc are all ways for you to get your hands on the cool flavor permanets. I’m sure everyone who is keeping score has noticed that the highly competitive cards are not getting pumped out so easily, *caugh* Ajani Goldmane *caugh* Elspeth *caugh.* But I will say that it is interesting how each planeswalker can quickly sway to and fro from being highly playable. Garruk used to be top dog, and Tezzeret and Sarkhan Vol hyped as they were have saw extreemly little competitive play. Sarkhan Vol in my opinion just needs the right support… I’m getting off topic.

Anyway I’ve enjoyed the fun the Duels Decks bring, especially when visiting with my brothers and we need something not serious to play. However, the Duel Deck I’m waiting for is Sarkhan Vol vs. Nicol Bolas – bring on the dragon storm.

Divine vs Demonic December 10, 2008

Posted by Norm in Casual, Spoilers.
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If you had a chance to check out Magicthegathering.com’s Arcana today you would see a little announcement: Duel Decks: Divine vs Demonic

So obviously this will be an angel vs demons matchup. I thought for sure Wizards was going go through all the planeswalkers in a series. Maybe they are going to go for creature themes and planeswalkers in alternating sets.

The decks will feature new artwork on a few cards included some mythic rares. I’m going to guess that we are looking at new art for Empyrial Archangel and either Sedris, the Traitor King or Prince of Thralls, but most likely Sedris. Here is the new demon artwork.

Here is the official release info:



An endless war rages in the heavens.

The skies blacken and crackle with dark magic. Bellows of grim laughter drown out the beating of black, leathery wings. The demons have come.

Then, a ray of golden light pierces the darkness. A flight of angels arrives, swords gleaming. The champions of law have arrived to cleanse the sky.


In April, you will wage this eternal battle between good and evil. Which celestial force will prevail?

Duel Decks: Divine vs Demonic contains two ready-to-play 60-card decks that showcase some of the best spells the forces of light and darkness have to offer. The set includes 7 cards that feature new artwork, including two alternate art foil mythic rare cards.

Deck Design and Development: Nate Heiss and Erik Lauer
Release Date: April 10th, 2009
MSRP: $19.99

I love that release icon. Really great design. High five and free fake playset of foil Sharkan Vol to the designer who made it.