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3
Jul
Magister Sphinx

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Machinations Review (Part 2 of 2)

Tezzeret’s back, and he’s looking to prove the power of artifice. To do so, he’ll have to pass through fellow Alara alum Sarkhan Vol and his deck, Dragon’s Roar. Can the machinery stand up to the raw fury of the enraged dragon?

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1
Jul
Etched Champion

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Machinations Review (Part 1 of 2)

One of the interesting aspects we’ve seen of Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 is the differentiation between decks. The first Sorin deck, for instance, focused on life loss and lifegain, while the next- while remaining Vampire tribal- worked off of bloodthirst and +1/+1 counters. This time around, we see a second Tezzeret construction on the heels of Relics of Doom, a deck from the first Expansion Pack of the original Duels.

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29
Jun
Thrun, the Last Troll

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Apex Predators Review (Part 2 of 2)

It’s a rumble in the jungle as Garruk faces off against Nissa! The Elf has a Green deck with a splash of Black removal, while as we’ve seen Garruk is packing a ton of fat beaters. Nature can be very cruel; which of these two Green planeswalkers has what it takes to survive as the fittest?

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27
Jun
Phantasmal Bear

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Realm of Illusion Review (Part 2 of 2)

Sam’s back for more, and this time she’s packing Sorin Markov’s Blood Hunger deck. For my part, I’ll be piloting Realm of Illusion, looking to see how it holds up. Will I fall to bloody defeat, or will victory prove… illusionary?

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26
Jun
Rhox War Monk

Whispers of the Muse: Triumph’s “Bant on the March”

Welcome to another installment of the most popular (and to my knowledge only) crowdsourcing precon deck tinkering advice column on the internet! Today we’re back with an interesting twist courtesy of Triumph: block constructed! Here’s what he had to say…

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26
Jun
GatheringMagic

Reads: Meddling Azorius Authority on Gathering Magic

Shame on me for letting this slip through the cracks, but my Meddling of the Azorius Authority Intro Pack from Dragon’s Maze is up over at Gathering Magic. This time around, the challenge is to make the best 60-card deck from the contents of both Azorius Intro Packs, adding nothing else. What deck do I build? Stop on over to find out!

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25
Jun
Beast Hunt

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Apex Predators Review (Part 1 of 2)

Published in 1945, George Orwell’s Animal Farm s perhaps best known for the dictum, “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Although not his best-known work (that would be 1984), this is a line that has particular resonance for our planeswalker friends. Although introduced one per colour in Lorwyn, some of the original five ‘walkers would play a greater part in the Duels product line than others, and today’s individual is by any measure a back-bencher.

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23
Jun
Time Warp

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Realm of Illusion Review (Part 1 of 2)

In our last review, we looked ar Sorin Markov’s Blood Hunger, a Vampire-filled bloodfest that wove together tribal synergies alongside +1/+1 counters and bloodthirst. Although the deck went in a different mechanical direction than its predecessor, Master of Shadowsat its core it remained a tribal deck. As a Vampire himself, Sorin’s tribal basis is natural. Today’s construction is cut from similar cloth, but the affiliated planeswalker might comes as something of a shock.

Jace?

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21
Jun
Spread the Sickness

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Blood Hunger Review (Part 2 of 2)

It’s time to put Sorin’s second Vampire-filled deck to the test, and what better way to do so than to put him up against another latter-day planeswalker, Koth of the Hammer? Sam’s piloting Strength of Stone, but can the lord of Innistrad prevail?

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19
Jun
Ruthless Cullblade

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Blood Hunger Review (Part 1 of 2)

The last time we saw Sorin Markov, at least in a Duels of the Planeswalkers sense, he was leading a pack of ravenous, savage Vampires into battle with Master of Shadows, an Expansion Pack 3 construction from Duels 2009. No longer relegated to “expansion” status, Sorin has found himself upgraded to a release-day role with Blood Hunger- and what a difference two years have made!

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