Duels of the Planeswalkers (2009)

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Duels of the Planeswalkers (2009) was the first in a series of digital Magic games, released by Wizards of the Coast. It was released in June 2009.

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Description[edit | edit source]

Duels of the Planeswalkers (2009) came out on June 17, 2009 for the Xbox 360 on Xbox Live Marketplace and November 23, 2010 for the PlayStation 3 on PlayStation Network.[1][2][3][4] The game became available for PC Users via Steam in june 2010.[5][6]

It featured the planeswalker Nissa Revane from the Zendikar set as an adversary.[7]

Purchases of the game were given a code, which they could redeem for a promotional foil alternate art Garruk Wildspeaker with the Xbox 360 version, a foil alternate art Liliana Vess with the PlayStation 3 version [8] or a foil Nissa Revane with the PC version.[9]

Decks[edit | edit source]

The game allows the player to play with preconstructed decks according to respective Planeswalkers following specific strategies.[10][11][12] However, the respective planeswalker cards are not included in the game. The player starts with Chandra's and Garruk's decks but can unlock further decks and cards for each deck. In deckbuilding a player can add or remove these unlocked cards but can not remove cards he started out with or use cards from other decks. It should also be noted that none of the decks include any lands that aren't basic lands and in deckbuilding lands are automatically calculated and added.

Theme
deck name
Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Ajani GoldmaneClaws of Vengeance W R G
Chandra NalaarHands of Flame R
Elspeth TirelWings of Light W
Garruk WildspeakerTeeth of the Predator G
Theme
deck name
Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Jace BelerenThoughts of Wind U
Liliana VessEyes of Shadow B
Nissa RevaneEars of the Elves B G
Sarkhan VolScales of Fury B R G

Expansion Pack 1 Decks[edit | edit source]

The first expansion featured three new decks.[13][14]

Theme
deck name
Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Sarkhan Vol — Cries of Rage R G
Jace Beleren — Mind of Void W U
TezzeretRelics of Doom U B

Expansion Pack 2 Decks[edit | edit source]

Three new decks.[15][16][17][18]

Theme
deck name
Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Nicol Bolas — Eons of Evil U B R
Rhys the Redeemed — Heart of Worlds W G
Chandra Nalaar — Heat of Battle R

Expansion Pack 3 Decks[edit | edit source]

Three new decks.[19][20]

Theme
deck name
Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Niv-Mizzet — Root of the Firemind U R
Sorin Markov — Master of Shadows B
Gideon Jura — Weapons of the Warrior W

Multiplayer mode[edit | edit source]

The game allows multiplayer games over the XBox Live Network (requiring paid gold membership) or PlayStation Network. It also offers Two-Headed Giant matches against the computer or network opponents.

Puzzle Mode[edit | edit source]

The game also features a puzzle mode in which the player can solve eight game situations with limited resources. The difficulty of the puzzles starts out very easy but advances throughout. In this mode cards can be played that are not available in the other modes.

Achievements/Trophies[edit | edit source]

Just like other games on the Xbox and PS3 the game features achievements or trophys which are unlocked by certain actions.[21] Each is worth a certain amount of points. Like other games it has 12 tasks to complete, totaling 200 Gamer Score Points (Xbox) or 12 Trophies (PS3).[22]

  • The Spark (20) (Bronze) - Win a game.
  • Epic Conclusion (40) (Silver) - Beat the Campaign
  • Life Preserver (30) (Bronze) - Raise your Life Total to 30 or 60 in a Two-Headed Giant game.
  • Devastator (20) (Bronze) - Deal 20 points of damage to your opponent in a single turn.
  • Magic: The Puzzling (10) (Bronze) - Beat one Challenge.
  • Puzzling Master (20) (Silver) - Beat all eight Challenges.
  • Defender of Foriys (20) - Win a Two-Headed Giant Game.
  • Master of Artifice (20) - Beat the cooperative campaign.
  • Duelist (10) - Win 5 ranked Xbox LIVE matches.
  • Duels Master (10) - Win 10 Xbox LIVE matches.
  • Planeswalker (30) - Unlock 100%.
  • Spellslinger (0) (Gold Trophy) - Defeat someone who has earned the Spellslinger achievement.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana. (November 04, 2008.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Jay Schneider. (June 03, 2009.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers: Challenge Your Might", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Patrick Buckland. (June 17, 2009.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers: The Magic Engine", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Patrick Buckland. (June 22, 2009.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers: All about AI", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Wizards of the Coast. (November 9, 2009.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers Expands to PC, PS3 in 2010", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Monty Ashley. (June 02, 2010.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers Steam Presale", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Doug Beyer. (Wednesday, June 03, 2009.) "A Different Kind of Origin Story", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Monty Ashley. (November 23, 2010.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers on PS3", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Monty Ashley. (June 16, 2010.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers Launch Promotion", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Wizards of the Coast. (May 18, 2010 .) "Duels of the Planeswalkers Core Game", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Wizards of the Coast. (October 21, 2009.) "Deck Lists and Card Unlocks", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Wizards of the Coast. (October 9, 2009.) "Deck Strategy Mini-Guides", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Wizards of the Coast. (September 15, 2009.) "Wizards Announces Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Jay Schneider. (October 21, 2009.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion Pack 1", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Wizards of the Coast. (March 10, 2010.) "Wizards Announces Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion #2", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Wizards of the Coast. (May 10, 2010.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion 2: May 12, 2010", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. MTG Staff. (August 24, 2010.) "Duels Expansion Pack 2 on PC", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Wizards of the Coast. (October 14, 2009.) "Magic: The Gathering XBLA Expansion Released", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Wizards of the Coast. (October 27, 2010.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion 3 on PC", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Wizards of the Coast. (November 1, 2010.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion 3", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Wizards of the Coast. (February 10, 2011.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers PS3 Home Space", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Wizards of the Coast. (October 21, 2009.) "Duels of the Planeswalkers Challenges: Hints and Solutions", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.