Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora

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Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora
Logo Elspeth vs Kiora.png
Set symbol
Symbol description
The hilt of Elspeth's sword with waves.
Design team
Chris Millar
Sam Stoddard
Development team
Chris Millar
Sam Stoddard
Art Director
Release date
February 27, 2015
Themes and mechanics
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
(two 60-card theme decks)
Expansion code
(for Duel Decks O)
Duel Decks sets
Duel Decks Anthology Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Fate Reforged Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora Dragons of Tarkir

Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora is the 15th set in the Duel Decks series. It was released on February 27, 2015.[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

Six cards receive new artwork: Elspeth, Sun's Champion, Kiora, the Crashing Wave [3] Mother of Runes, Temple of the False God, Explore and Decree of Justice. The art for Icatian Javelineers first appeared on a Gateway promo and the art for Accumulated Knowledge was first used for Duels of the Planeswalkers. [4]

The Duel Deck includes a Magic "learn to play" guide, a strategy insert, and two copies of a {W} 1/1 soldier token and a {U} 9/9 Kraken token each.

Background[edit | edit source]

The knight PlaneswalkerElspeth Tirel sees herself as the protector of the Multiverse. She has pledged her sword and shield to all who suffer, and she summons forth impressive armies to assist her. The merfolk Planeswalker Kiora calls upon the creatures of the deepest oceans to fight at her side. She is the master of the world beneath the waves, her true power only now beginning to surface. How will these Planeswalkers measure up when they meet in battle?

Decklists[edit | edit source]

Elspeth[edit | edit source]

1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion

2 Secluded Steppe
22 Plains

2 Icatian Javelineers
1 Mother of Runes
2 Kinsbaile Skirmisher
1 Kor Skyfisher
1 Precinct Captain
2 Veteran Armorsmith
1 Court Street Denizen
1 Standing Troops
2 Veteran Swordsmith
1 Banisher Priest
2 Gustcloak Harrier
1 Gustcloak Skirmisher
1 Gustcloak Sentinel
1 Gustcloak Savior
2 Loxodon Partisan
1 Gempalm Avenger
1 Noble Templar
1 Captain of the Watch
1 Mortal's Ardor
2 Sunlance
1 Mighty Leap
2 Raise the Alarm
1 Soul Parry
1 Celestial Flare
1 Dauntless Onslaught
1 Dictate of Heliod
1 Decree of Justice

The rares in this deck are: Elspeth, Sun's Champion (mythic premium foil), Captain of the Watch, Decree of Justice, Dictate of Heliod, Gustcloak Savior and Precinct Captain

Kiora[edit | edit source]

1 Kiora, the Crashing Wave

2 Evolving Wilds
1 Temple of the False God
11 Forest
11 Island

1 Omenspeaker
2 Coiling Oracle
1 Kiora's Follower
2 Grazing Gladehart
2 Netcaster Spider
2 Man-o'-War
2 Lorescale Coatl
1 Nessian Asp
2 Surrakar Banisher
1 Sealock Monster
1 Scourge of Fleets
1 Simic Sky Swallower
1 Inkwell Leviathan
1 Nimbus Swimmer
2 Explore
4 Accumulated Knowledge
1 Peel from Reality
2 Time to Feed
1 Explosive Vegetation
1 AEtherize
1 Whelming Wave
1 Plasm Capture
1 Urban Evolution

The rares in this deck are Kiora, the Crashing Wave (mythic premium foil, new art), Inkwell Leviathan, Plasm Capture, Scourge of Fleets, Simic Sky Swallower and Whelming Wave.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Printed on the card frame.
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (November 3, 2014.) “Announcing Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (November 7, 2014.) “PAX Australia Magic Panel”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Blake Rasmussen. (February 16, 2015.) “Duels Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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