We’re back for the final match with the latest Duel Decks, before we bid a fond adieu to the plane of Innistrad. Jimi’s lined up behind Tibalt and is ready to hammer me into submission. Can a Vampire- as unlikely a hero as you might find- claim the night and seize the day?
At long last, having reviewed both decks it’s time to see how they fare in battle! Joining me at the table is Jimi, ready to pilot Sorin’s deck to victory. Can Tibalt turn the tables while he turns the screws?
It may seem hard to believe now, but when Zendikar was handed off from design to development the set did not contain Vampires. Sure there might have been one kicking around in a rare slot somewhere, a ‘token representative’ creature fleshing out a splashy one-off, but the Vampires as a cohesive and cultural element in the Zendikar world had not yet come to be. No Vampire Nighthawks, no Gatekeepers of Malakir, and certainly no Vampire Lacerators. Although we’ve touched on this briefly in the past, the story of how the set’s iconic tribe came to be is worth a revisit- though as we’ll see iconic is probably the wrong word to use.
Given the relatively short time they they have been a feature of the game, the history of the planeswalker is still a relatively modest one when looked at against the backdrop of the span of Magic’s two-decade history. Certainly while this feeling is reinforced by the fact that planeswalkers are themselves the most infrequent card type to see print, their high profile gives them an outsize impression. And that certainly doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been some innovation along the way.