It’s our last go with the latest Duel Decks release, and thus far the Izzet are leading the day. Can I turn around the Golgari’s fortunes? I’m joined at the table by Sam, in what turns out to be a surprisingly swift affair.
With the decks reviewed, it’s time to get down to business! Sam’s eagerly awaiting me at the table as she shuffles up the Golgari deck, while I’m about to find out what the Izzet are made of!
It was very clear from going through the Izzet deck that there was a certain continuity in the guild’s mechanical identity between its original Theme Deck, Izzet Gizmometry, and their construction in the latest Duel Decks release. The original deck, of course, was constrained by the customary rationing of rarity, so there was only so much that it could do. The Duel Deck, on the other hand, was the same built writ large. Gone were the shackles of Ravnica-block-only cards, and in were some of the more instant/sorcery-reactive options from across the span of the game. When you guild’s signature mechanic revolves around playing two of the game’s most fundamental card types, you have a template which is widely applicable.
To find out what happens when this is not the case, we now turn to the other guild, the Golgari.
We might think it an act of the most extraordinary genius, but the Izzet would tell you it was quite simple, really. Combining their knowledge of interdimensional conduitotics with brainwave impulsion neuropathy and rigging up an compulse impeller to a hyperstatic mana battery, they were able to reach across the very fabric of time and space. Their goal was simple and singular: to manipulate events to ensure that their guild was given a sequential, double-dose of coverage on Ertai’s Lament.
In case you haven’t caught it yet, there’s a treat waiting for us over at the mothership. Trick Jarrett, founder of GatheringMagic.com and now running the show over at Wizards’ official site, takes a copy of Duel Decks: Izzet vs Golgari to a few of his coworkers, and writes up the results!