Tuesday, May 7, 2013

More information on Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers

I am a huge Magic fan. I play it every night with coworkers, my son and I have decks we play at home and I have purchased every release of Duels of the Planeswalkers, having tried it on PC, iPad, PS3 and 360. You could safely say I am familiar with the content.

Well now information has been  released on both the video game as well as the actual card game. Here goes (press release copied below):




Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers
In addition to Xbox LIVE® Arcade, Steam®, PlayStation® Network and iPad®, Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers will be available on Android™ tablet for the first time ever! With an easy-to-use tutorial, Magic 2014 is the best way for new players to learn how to play Magic, while also providing advanced game play modes and options to satisfy experienced players.

Magic 2014 builds on the success of previous games in the Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise and adds several new features:

-       Available for the first time on Android tablet
-       Sealed Play which allows players to open booster packs and build decks to play against the AI and other players
-       Engaging storyline that gives players the opportunity to join the Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar in a quest for revenge through challenging gameplay
-       New take on the popular Slivers creature type
-       10 Brand New Decks
-       15 New Encounters
-       10 New Puzzle Challenges
-       Platform-specific promotions that will include 6-card Booster Decks featuring the following promo cards:
o    Steam, iPad, Android tablet – Scavenging Ooze
o    Xbox – Bonescythe Sliver
o    PSN – Ogre Battledriver
-       Special Edition Release including the base game and exciting mix of additional content (Steam only)
-       Loyalty Offer for players who previously purchased Magic 2013 (Steam and Xbox only)

In addition, integration between Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers and the Magic 2014 - Core Set will provide Magic 2014 players with a first look at more than 50 cards from the Magic 2014 – Core Set releasing later this summer.  Five cards from Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers will also be appearing as foil face cards in the Magic 2014 Intro Packs including Liliana’s Reaver, Garruk’s Horde, Chandra’s Phoenix, Jace’s Mindseeker, and Ajani’s Chosen.



The addition of Sealed Play will allow players to open booster packs and build decks to play against the AI and other players. Each sealed pool is comprised of 84 cards, mimicking paper TCG booster packs. The PvE experience includes a six-deck ladder where players take on mono-colored Sealed decks each corresponding with a particular Planeswalker, and finally facing a ‘boss’ Sealed deck.
Another feature debuting in Magic 2014 is a new take on the popular Slivers creature type. A fan-favorite, new playable Slivers in Magic 2014 decks will include the following:
− Sliver Construct
− Predatory Sliver
− Groundshaker Sliver
− Megantic Sliver
− Blur Sliver
− Striking Sliver
− Thorncaster Sliver
− Battle Sliver
− Sentinel Sliver
− Bonescythe Sliver
In addition, Hive Stirrings, a sorcery that creates Sliver tokens, will also be included in Magic 2014.
And for fans of the card game itself:

Magic 2014 - Core Set
The Magic 2014 - Core Set will provide players with a wider Magic experience including new cards, face-to-face gameplay and unlimited deck building opportunities. The Magic 2014 - Core Set is an exciting blend of brand new cards and returning fan-favorites, and will be available at participating Wizards Play Network (WPN) hobby game stores worldwide this summer. To find a WPN location near you, visit: Wizards.com/locator.

The Magic 2014 - Core Set will feature:
-       249 Cards
-       Planeswalkers – Ajani, Jace, Liliana, Chandra, Garruk
-       Slivers creature types
-       In-store events throughout the summer including Pre-release, Friday Night Magic and Game Day

 




Lots to look forward to for Magic fans. Are you looking forward to the new card sets and video game? Personally I think the sealed deck style of game sounds very cool, and I remember the Slivers from back around the Tempest releases (they played off of one another as well as any 'type' of card in the Magic series in my opinion) very fondly.




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