Ryan Thomason

New Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox Live

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You know, this is the type of stuff that punches me in the face because I don’t have an Xbox Live account. Still though, you fortunate souls out there have to take advantage of this for me. Get your controllers ready, and kick some ass in the name of WatchPlayRead. We’ll send you a banner to plant on the battlefields of victory. Enjoy the news after the jump, Magic: The Gathering fans. We’ve got some screen shots of the expansion to help keep you sedated until the expansion goes live tomorrow.

Hot off the Press Release from Wizards of the Coast:

May 11, 2010, Renton, Wash. — Wizards of the Coast today announced that the second expansion for Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers will be available May 12, 2010 on Xbox LIVE® Arcade.

With the new expansion, Magic: The Gathering and video game fans worldwide can play with new decks, experience never-before-seen challenges, and battle new adversaries. This new downloadable content will allow players to battle the ancient vampire Sorin Markov and features the following updates:

* Three new playable decks, including Nicol Bolas’ “Eons of Evil” Planeswalker deck
* Three new unlockable cards for each of the eight original decks plus the three decks from the first Duels of the Planeswalkers expansion
* Five new puzzling challenge levels
* Three new achievements
* Host migration for multiplayer

· Avatar attire awards

Players can also put their spell-slinging skills to the test to defeat the new single-player campaign and unlock Rhys the Redeemed’s and Chandra Nalaar’s new Planeswalker decks. For those looking for an additional challenge, check out Frag Doll Friday on May 14 from 6-8 PM Pacific and take down these well known girl-gamers as they test out the new expansion.

The Duels of the Planeswalkers second expansion is priced at 400 Microsoft Points. ESRB Rating: TEEN with Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violent References.

About Duels of the Planeswalkers

Duels of the Planeswalkers brings the Magic: The Gathering trading card game to the digital space with crisp 3D graphics and animations, robust PVE and PVP game play and an intuitive user interface, giving new players and Magic fans alike an attractive and innovative way to play.

Players can opt to battle real life opponents using Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE service offerings or play through an extensive single-player campaign. With rich single and multiplayer game play scenarios, Duels of the Planeswalkers offers an unrivaled depth in which each game is different from the last. For additional information on Duels of the Planeswalkers, please visit: www.duelsoftheplaneswalkers.com.

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