The new Duels of the Planeswalker 2013 decks are out today, according to Xbox Live. They cost 240 Microsoft Points, and presumably $3 on PSN and Steam. Looks like that Dimir deck from earlier maybe comes out by itself?
new players as they show up maybe twice with some budget deck they've spent the week designing and testing only to be beaten into oblivion by expensive decks they cannot hope to obtain and I think this is a tragedy.
The Gruul deck looks incredibly boring. Just a bunch of mediocre/terrible 4 and 5 drops. Orzhov also looks kinda meh. It also seems like they had limited room because there was already a black/white deck. What is with the spirit theme in the deck when there really is not that many spirits. There is only for in the main I think without counting the doomed travellers
D: Even in context of DotP (where the decks aren't always the cutting edge of power - except for Bolas' "so ludicrously powerful it's not legal in any actual existing format" deck ;P) that Gruul deck is kinda bad, it's got practically no removal at all, and not even any ramp to give it an edge in speed to play its... average at best 4 and 5 drops. Such a sad panda
The Orzhov isn't much better, but at least it's got a few interesting (if not powerful) interactions, the Gruul deck is just... beats, and bad ones at that.
I actually could see the gruul deck being decent though. I mean in this game some cards are much better than usual. (I'm looking at you taunting elf). So I would not be surprised if it could win. But that is probably a slim chance...
The lack of Scab-clan Mauler makes me very sad....would it hurt for them to add maybe a kird ape or 2 and some other 1 drops that enable bloodthrist (mog fanatic for example)
Neither of them really feel like Gruul or Orzhov decks, just a bunch of cards that fall under those colours thrown together with a few guild cards.
No mortify/tin street hooligan for guild worthy removal....for shame.
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The Orzhov deck could have been good, but I don't feel that the 'opponents-lose-life-and-you-gain-life' theme was pushed nearly enough. As such, the deck looks like it doesn't have much personality at all, at least at a glance.
The Gruul deck just seems to lack cards that are particularly exciting. I mean, if they're gonna play up the whole 'must attack each turn if able' theme, you'd think they'd give us more stuff to actually offset that disadvantage.
I'm still getting the pack when it's out on the iPad though :P. I swear, releasing Duels on the iPad was one of the best decisions ever in the history of everything. It's almost like it was made for the darn thing.
I haven't played the Gruul deck, but the Orzhov deck actually does pretty well with its "kill enemies through life loss" theme. Easy as he is anyway, I killed campaign Talrand (set to "planeswalker") doing very little damage through combat.
Haven't got the chance to play with those decks yet, but those decks definitely wont suck compared to other decks. Like previous poster said, gruul got colossal mights and berserks and if you cut out those high drops like borborygmos and keep only the decks fastest creatures with couple of 4-5 drops to finish, it will be fine and is something that gruul deck should be: a beatdown deck. Looking forward for those decks when they come to ps store
We've been recreating all of these DOTP decks in paper for review on the site, and I'm thrilled to be seeing more. Since we review in order it may be awhile before we get to these, but playing a precon with Berserk seems like a joyous blast from the past.
The Orzhov deck is amazing, definitely one of my favorite decks on the game. I really hate the Gruul deck, though. It can be very explose with cards like Berserk, but the deck screams for more, cheap hasty dudes, and it has too many vanilla creatures in it. It's just a really dull deck overall (Berserkers of Blood Ridge, Centaur Courser and Silverback Ape? Really?). Whoever designed the deck really had a thing for Breath of Fury as well.