A planeswalker deck is a preconstructed theme deck designed by Wizards of the Coast as a starter product for beginning Magic players. Planeswalker decks replaced Intro packs starting with Kaladesh.
Description[edit | edit source]
Planeswalker Decks acquaint players who are interested in Magic with basic strategy, the game's settings, and characters, and include a premium foil Planeswalker card. According to Wizards of the Coast, Planeswalker Decks are the best first purchase for a new player, once they've learned the game through either Magic Duels or a Welcome Deck. But its features are meant to appeal to experienced players as well.
Each set features two Planeswalker Decks, each built around a different Planeswalker. Those Planeswalkers are characters relevant to that block or standalone set. Each Planeswalker Deck is a 60-card deck and is packaged with two booster packs from the relevant block or set with an MSRP of $14.99. They also contain a strategy insert and a Magic learn-to-play guide. The Planeswalker Decks are released in each of the eleven languages that Magic is published in.
The decks play into mechanical themes of the block or standalone set, most often making use of a new keyword mechanic. The default is that the decks are two-color even if the Planeswalker is monocolor.
By the time of the release of Amonkhet block, Planeswalker decks were considered a commercial success. Going forward in the Three-and-One Model, they will have a stronger integration with the revamped core set, sample decks and Deck Builder's Toolkit, allowing for an easier transition between the products.
Global Series[edit | edit source]
In 2018, Wizards of the Coast tried something new with a pair of Chinese-market-specific Planeswalker Decks featuring new Planeswalkers created particularly for China.  It is as yet unclear, if the Series will be expanded upon.
Core Sets[edit | edit source]
Special cards[edit | edit source]
Each Planeswalker deck features five cards that won't be found in the corresponding booster pack of that expansion, however, they are considered as a part of that expansion, means that those card will be playable in any format, including Standard, as long as that set is legal in that format. Planeswalkers among these cards don’t count towards the five per block count.  The special cards included in each deck consist of:
- One foil copy of a mythic rare planeswalker, designed to be fun and flavorful but not pushed for tournament play. Expensive to cast and splashy.
- Two copies of a rare spell that has an effect and also tutors for the specific planeswalker. The rare usually will cost one mana less than the planeswalker. It only looks for the Planeswalker Deck's version of the planeswalker and not any version.
- Three copies of an uncommon permanent that is enhanced by having the planeswalker on the battlefield.
- Four copies of a common flavored to the Planeswalker with a basic staple effect.
- Four copies of an appropriate common dual land.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Mark Rosewater. (July 01, 2016.) "Are those considered outside of the "five planeswalkers per block" rule?", Blogatog, Tumblr.