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Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers

Hands-On With Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015

Fans of the Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers series have continually requested more deckbuilding and customization options. Well, this is the year folks - Players can crack packs and build decks from the ground up in Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015. Decks are fully customizable, and though the title will be coming to a broad basket of platforms Sony’s PS3 and PS4 are mysteriously absent from the list.

We had a chance to pilot a green/black deck through some standard challenges and games at PAX East 2014. The gameplay is what players should expect by now from the series and essentially unchanged, but players can now earn packs through gameplay. Once a player has completed a campaign area, they have the option to battle the equivalent of a “wandering monster’ to earn additional rewards and packs. The first pack a player opens will contain a rare of their “preferred” color, with all packs after that containing a random assortment of cards.

Along with full deck customization options players can easily sort by mana cost to help create decks that have a solid mana curve. New players will find the “autocomplete” deck function especially valuable, as it will fill any remaining deck slots with appropriate cards.

Packs will also be available for purchase to assist players working on creating decks and collections. While the price point isn’t yet hammered out, it’s reasonable to expect that these will fall in line with the microtransactions present in current Duels of the Planeswalkers.

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  • nifty, but man do I hate microtransactions. But still, to be able to craft a true Magic deck from card one virtually is still cheaper than going out and buying a bunch of starter boxes and/or boosters, so cheers...I guess?
  • I definitely want to try this out

  • I kinda lost interest in this series after I discovered MTG Forge. Sure, it doesn't have great graphics or as good of an interface, but it is free, has every card, and you can build any deck you want (which is the best part of magic) instead of playing preconstructed ones.
  • I really enjoy the MTG games and am thankful they are finally allowing custom deck building. It's a little worrying that the game has yet to be confirmed for PS consoles though. I guess I could always play on PC if the game does end up being absent on PS consoles.

  • I would like to know why they are skipping PS3 and PS4 this generation though. They had a HUGE delay for the first DOTP which was XBox only for like ever. But you would think with the PS4 selling like it is they would be all over it

  • Please make it for ps3, I want to see if it's worth it!

  • They STILL haven't fixed the issue of mana allocation, meaning it will use all of one color mana and not allow you to play another card you can afford. Also, the way it handles instants is all wrong. Really cool app but it still suffers from old problems and smaller library, making the card version superior in many ways =\