With Gatecrash right around the corner, we’re looking at the three decks from the first Expansion Pack of Duels of the Planeswalkers. First up is our old friend Jace, who’s got a few new tricks in his arsenal. Opposing me is Sam, who is piloting Sarkhan Vol’s Cries of Rage deck. Steely contemplation versus primal ferocity? Let’s go!
June of 2009 saw the release of the original Duels of the Planeswalkers on the XBox 360. It wouldn’t be for another 12-18 months until it was rolled out to the computer and PS3 platforms, but it had already proven itself to be a successful launch in an area Wizards had long struggled with- the entry-level bridge from the gaming world to the world of Magic. Although it would take some time for Wizards to realise that they’d finally found an avenue that broke through the “barrier to entry,” Duels’ early success gave it the encouragement it needed to release an expansion pack in October of that year.