Robert Chesley

First deck and new Planeswalker revealed for Duels 2012.

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More information seems to be trickling out for next month’s release of “Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012”. This time we’re seeing a new ‘Walker as well as a cool little Blue – Green deck.

From a popular Magic forum:

Kiora Atua is a “female merfolk who commands the powers of the tides and depths.” She sways dominion over the older creatures of the sea — such as krakens and leviathans.

2 Kraken Hatchling
4 Explore
4 Coiling Oracle
1 Treasure Hunt
3 Cultivate
1 Compulsive Research
2 Explosive Vegetation
2 Ondu Giant
2 Giant Octopus
1 Elvish Piper
1 Polymorph
3 Aether Mutation
2 Tidings
1 Isleback Spawn
1 Tidal Kraken
2 Simic Sky Swallower
1 Lorthos, the Tidemaker
1 Yavimaya’s Embrace
1 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
11 Island
14 Forest

I really love the deck. Blue Green is one of my favorite color combinations. Wizards doesn’t support the combo too much, but when they do we get a cool deck like this. I’m really excited for this product. It appears we are seeing “better” built starting decks this time around. This deck looks to be on the same power level as those featured in the final “Duels of the Planeswalker” expansion.

I like seeing more aggressive blue decks. Generally, you see blue play slower, control style decks. This one wants to ramp right into giant sea creatures. As for the new announced planeswalker, Kiora Atua. I hope she is a mono blue ‘Walker. This means we’ll likely see a card based on her character either in the next core set or in the fall, in Innistrad. Nissa’s planeswalker was similarly “previewed” this way. She was in the video game before she became a physical card in Zendikar.

Duels 2012, will be available this summer on PC, PS3, and the Xbox 360.

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