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October 11, 2010

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Wizards Announces Duel Decks: Knights vs Dragons

by Dredd77

Today Wizards announced the next in the series of Duel Decks, Knights vs Dragons! You can read the article here, but aficionados of heraldry take note- any similarities to the Rebel Alliance are strictly coincidental!

Duel Decks: Knights vs Dragons will be released on 01 April, 2011.

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  1. errtu
    Oct 12 2010

    So lots of cool dragons to pick from when assembling the deck. But knights will be trickier. Probably Knight Examplar to boost other knights. Silver knight for its protection from red. Southern paladin, to destroy red permanents.

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  2. siccarus
    Oct 12 2010

    look at the release date.(01 April, 2011)
    Im somewhat suspicious.
    but if it is real I am looking forward to it.

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    • Oct 12 2010

      You know, I noticed the same thing as well. Upon reflection, I figured it’s probably legit because

      a) this seems awfully early to start a prank, and
      b) “Knights vs Dragons” isn’t exactly “Thallids vs Thrulls”

      It does sound like it’d be a fun one, though. I’m enjoying the pattern they’re seeming to follow here, where they alternate theme and Planeswalker duel decks… makes you wonder what the one after Knights vs Dragons will be!

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      • alzabo
        Oct 12 2010

        I would sooo buy Thallids vs Thrulls!

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        • Oct 14 2010

          Seconded!

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  3. Prophylaxis
    Oct 13 2010

    Do dragons really have any low-cost creatures? The player playing the dragon side would just have to quietly wait along, waiting for that burst of mana to play Dragon Whelp… 😛

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    • Oct 14 2010

      This is an interesting question, and one the designers of Scorch the World with Dragonfire had to contend with as well. It will be interesting to see what they come up with!

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  4. web8970
    Oct 13 2010

    Hmmm … let me think … there are exactly two Knights to build a deck on that spring to my mind: Knight Exemplar and Kinsbaile Chavalier …

    On the other side, let’s start with Voracious Dragon taking a seat in front of a plate full of deliciously served goblins (@Prophylaxis: so much for low cost creatures …) Just in case the poor little guys are cooling down, Ancient Hellkite brings back the heat, asssisted by Flameblast Dragon who says hello to everyone from Jund. For those who need to leave earlier, Hellkite Charger helps to hurry …

    I mean, how unfair can a Duel Deck like this ever get? There’s an army of high class rare dragons to choose from whereas the knights however noble they might be can merely hope to outrace their opponents in a White Weenie strategy …

    Just to compare the numbers: Starcitygames lists 66 white rare and mythic rare knights opposing 184 rare and mythic rare red dragons …

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  5. web8970
    Oct 13 2010

    Supplemental: Of course, knights can go for color hate (Southern Paladin, Lightwielder Paladin or Paladin en Vec), but that seems a little awkward to me and way out of the flavor of honor and nobleness …

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    • Oct 13 2010

      Agreed. One thing we learned from the debacle that was Anthologies was this: prot-hate is a bit of an unfun mechanic in precons. It introduces a swingier element to the game- who lucks into their prot-critter first? In later sets they’ve largely disappeared, though they brought it in for Duel Decks: Divine vs Demonic, but made sure to give the Demonic player tools to counter it (via sacrifice).

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  6. Icehawk
    Nov 11 2010

    A knight deck and dragon deck I’ve wanted since I started playing a few months ago. So I’m looking forward to this.

    Here’s hoping it’ll be like EvT or PvC where I used a nice chunk of hte cards in my twist on each of those.

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