It’s our opening game for the Duels of the Planeswalkers (2009): Expansion Pack 2 review, and I’m joined at the table by Jimi. Long a fan of Red, she’s excited to get ahold of Chandra’s latest deck Heat of Battle, while I buckle in for a return to the tumultuous terrain of Zendikar and its landfall mechanic. Can I take Rhys to glory, or will be Chandra’s day when the ash settles?
Welcome back as we return to this year’s theme, Duels of the Planeswalkers! When we last looked at the franchise, we reviewed the three decks that comprised the first Expansion Pack, “Duel the Dragon,” which was released in October of 2009. In addition to the new playable decks, the expansion also introduced one of Magic’s great villains to the franchise, as we’ll see later. For now, though, we have the rather odd pairing of a hero from Lorwyn- and a mechanic from Zendikar.