Announcing Duels 2013: Deck Pack 3

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Hello and happy holidays!

A lot of you have been asking for earlier announcements concerning new and upcoming Duels content, and so with that in mind I'm deliriously pleased to announce Deck Pack 3 for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013!

As with the other deck packs, this will include two new decks with 30 card unlocks each:

Rogues' Gallery
Manipulate and infiltrate with the blue and black “Rogues’ Gallery” deck. Disrupt your enemies’ plans with spells, then summon stealthy mages and shadowy undead to deliver the killing blows. 

Mana Mastery
Wield all five colors of magic with the “Mana Mastery” deck. A pentacolor array of spells will help you keep the battlefield clear while you set the stage for towering, indomitable creatures!


Here are the release dates:


  • 1/8/13 - PSN (US)

  • 1/9/13 - Steam, Xbox, & PSN (Europe)

  • 1/10/13 - iPad



Expect a preview tomorrow courtesy of Top Tier Tactics, along with the full card lists for both decks (though many of you may have already seen Rogues' Gallery). I personally can't wait to play using both of them. Dimir is one of my favorite Ravnica guilds but Mana Mastery is... well... a little crazy. It's hard to pick a favorite.

One last piece of news (and also a result of community feedback). I know many of you on have wanted immediate access to purchase full deck unlocks and foil conversions on release day. I'm happy to report that they will be available on the dates listed above for each platform. 

EDIT: Top Tier Tactics' preview article with full deck lists is up, and can be found HERE.


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Woah, the first announcement is coming from Wizards this time. Nice.


One last piece of news (and also a result of community feedback). I know many of you on have wanted immediate access to purchase full deck unlocks and foil conversions on release day. I'm happy to report that they will be available on the dates listed above for each platform. 



I'm not one of those people, but it is nice to see some community support.

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Awesome!  I was hoping it would be the 2nd...but I can understand why it isn't, lol.  Looking forward to trying the new decks!

I agree with mega, I am also not one of those people, but I can understand why they are being released same day.

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Can't wait to see the Mana Mastery deck! Hope we see cards like [C]Child of Alara[/C] or [C]Conflux[/C].

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great - nice with the earlier info.

very excited about mana mastery, will be very interesting to see if it can be consistent in producing the right colors.

Lot of response to feedback this iteration.


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Wield all five colors of magic with the “Mana Mastery” deck. A pentacolor array of spells will help you keep the battlefield clear while you set the stage for towering, indomitable creatures!



Progenitus must definitely be there. I wonder if there are some colorless cards as well, may be Darksteel Colossus. Door to Nothingness or Coalition Victory would be interesting win conditions.
I hope Progenitus isn't in there. Most decks have no way of dealing with it. Probably useless in a duel anyhow - even with ramp, turn 6 or 7 would likely be the earliest - but it would be a giant pain in 2HG. You basically couldn't play without ensuring you or your partner had a way of dealing with a possible Proggy.

If PK had a Dispense Justice or two, or Red had, well, anything (aside from MS's Insurrection), I'd be more supportive. I mean, he's cool, but... 

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I agree!
The mana cost of that thing is ridiculous, and you definitely deserve to win if you cast it from your hand.

Coupled with Natural Order it is a tad cheesy though, so let's not hope that happens.

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Nice!
Thanks for the announce. Sean.
Happy to see unlocks are going to be available for PS3 the same day.
Major convenience.
I know many like to learn the cut by unlocking, but I am in the camp of having a full deck, looking at all, coming up with a game plan and then seeing which cuts/adds achieve that.

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They should include Elvish Piper + Progenitus. It's a lot more fair than Natural Order.
Not hopeful about either of these decks being any good at all, but I'm interested to see the 5 colour deck.
Not hopeful about either of these decks being any good at all, but I'm interested to see the 5 colour deck.



The blue/black deck is going to be the best deck in the game.
No chance. It will be good but has no defence and is weak to sweepers or lots of removal
Thanks for the update Wiz! I am looking forward to playing both of these decks. I'm also really glad the mana mastery deck list hasn't been spoiled yet. I like the suspence Surprised
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Thanks for the update Wiz! I am looking forward to playing both of these decks. I'm also really glad the mana mastery deck list hasn't been spoiled yet. I like the suspence Surprised

I don't. SPOIL NAOOO!

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No chance. It will be good but has no defence and is weak to sweepers or lots of removal



Not to mention the Dimir deck doesn't have sweepers itself.

I hope Progenitus isn't in there. Most decks have no way of dealing with it. Probably useless in a duel anyhow - even with ramp, turn 6 or 7 would likely be the earliest - but it would be a giant pain in 2HG. You basically couldn't play without ensuring you or your partner had a way of dealing with a possible Proggy.



Aggro decks should be able to win before your opponent get's 10 mana. Blue can counter it, and Day of Judgment, Winds of Wrath, Innocent Blood, Damnation, Diabolic Edict, and Consuming Vapors can all remove it, so that's 8 decks that have answers for it. Dimir and Rakdos can make you discard so you never have enough cards to reach 10 mana, goblins, BR, AoW, PK, PI, and ED should be able to win before Progenitus hits the field. I don't see a lone copy of progenitus being unbalanced for the meta, a meta which contains Natural Order, Swords to Plowshares, Pernicious Deed, Demonic Tutor, Reanimate, infinite combos, Berserk, and more.

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No chance. It will be good but has no defence and is weak to sweepers or lots of removal



Not to mention the Dimir deck doesn't have sweepers itself.

I hope Progenitus isn't in there. Most decks have no way of dealing with it. Probably useless in a duel anyhow - even with ramp, turn 6 or 7 would likely be the earliest - but it would be a giant pain in 2HG. You basically couldn't play without ensuring you or your partner had a way of dealing with a possible Proggy.



Aggro decks should be able to win before your opponent get's 10 mana. Blue can counter it, and Day of Judgment, Winds of Wrath, Innocent Blood, Damnation, Diabolic Edict, and Consuming Vapors can all remove it, so that's 8 decks that have answers for it. Dimir and Rakdos can make you discard so you never have enough cards to reach 10 mana, goblins, BR, AoW, PK, PI, and ED should be able to win before Progenitus hits the field. I don't see a lone copy of progenitus being unbalanced for the meta, a meta which contains Natural Order, Swords to Plowshares, Pernicious Deed, Demonic Tutor, Reanimate, infinite combos, Berserk, and more.



Yeah, and every one of those answers is a 1 or 2 of in their respective decks, barring counters, and ANY solution is a temporary one, especially if there's any way to fetch Proggy (Fierce Empath, etc.) back out of the library. So yeah, they have about a 50/50 chance of you drawing an answer that can handle him and not drawing him, but not only do you only have a 50/50 chance of drawing an answer, you have to have not used it to kill anything else. If you've made it to ten mana, there's a fair chance you're topdecking. He's not ultimately any worse than Mirror, but he's going to provide the same kinds of unsatisfying/helpless losses if he is in there.

That said, if he is in there, I need to kill someone with him at least once. Just 'cause.

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What time is Wing giving the deck list tomorrow? Will it be around 3am ET "tonight" or later in the day tomorrow?
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Isn't this the moment when Wing jumps in and give us some hints about the decks?

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I thought about getting deck pack 1, but I heard all the badness that the Simic deck was.


Was never interested in pack 2, but this..... THIS deck pack I've been looking forward to since deck pack 2.

Dimir is probably my favorite 2 color combo (although it's not what I typically play). I'm a combo nut, which I hope Mana Mastery turns out to be in some way (I can say, my 2nd deck ever was a 5-color Alara-based deck with Child of Alara, Blood Tyrant, Obelisk of Alara, Inkwell Leviathan and more).
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I can't help but think that AW's Acidic Slimes are going to have a field day with the Mana Mastery deck. 
Yeah, and every one of those answers is a 1 or 2 of in their respective decks, barring counters, and ANY solution is a temporary one, especially if there's any way to fetch Proggy (Fierce Empath, etc.) back out of the library.



And there will probably only be one Progenitus in the deck. How often is your opponent going to be able to draw and cast it multiple times in one game? My theory is that if you get to draw progenitus, then I get to draw my answer for him, but that's just theorycrafting. And for that matter, Fierce Empath is just speculation at this point. Heck, Progenitus is just speculation. We can worry about how Progenitus would pan out in this meta when/if it actually happens.

Someone else mentioned it, and I'll second it, I want to see Obelisk of Alara.

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Here is a spoiler: Mana Mastery is absolutely evil. I don't know how often you'll actually get the mana to play some of these things, but half the permanents in the deck basically end the game in one to two turns.  Muahahhahahaha

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I can't help but think that AW's Acidic Slimes are going to have a field day with the Mana Mastery deck. 



This is an accurate guess.

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Wing, is there ramp?
Here is a spoiler: Mana Mastery is absolutely evil. I don't know how often you'll actually get the mana to play some of these things, but half the permanents in the deck basically end the game in one to two turns.  Muahahhahahaha



Come on, just say it, Progenitus is in the deck.

Also, what time can we expect the decklist to be posted?

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Mana Mastery has a good amount of ramp, though fixing will obviously still be a problem. With a decent draw it wouldn't be crazy to say you could get something very, very insidious into play on turn four. Several of the most powerful permanents are tri-color, so as long as you have the forests to fetch what you need, they're not killer.

The curve is steep with a lot of utility spells in the three mana range. There is no way to take them all, so you are going to have to balance colors, costs, and effects carefully. I fully expect some people might slant it heavily towards Jund or Bant etc.

The deck has a LOT of sweepers, including hilarious sweepers, as well as some okay stall options.  

Video preview is going up at midnight with my top 10 picks from each deck. Full decklists going up tomorrow afternoon like last time. Still ironing out some artwork and other details. 

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I'm looking forward to the funny mana distribution we'll get. NOT!
I think most lists will end up 3 colour maybe splashing the fourth. It is the deck i am most excited about. If it is playable and has enough variety i am going to host an xbox mana mastery tournament. Where you have to use that deck and can sideboard each round.
Sign me up for that tourney monk. Deck should be fun. Just concerned that cultivate is the only ramp available. Great creatures but one of each colour is tough even though they are 5 drops.
Going the 3-colour route may be a little safer, but I doubt it's worth missing out on the gamewinning 5-colour spells. The reason being that 3 colours can screw you aswell and you'll still need the ramp and fetch cards and most of all, you'll probably end up with a random pile of stuff that happens to require the mana combination you chose. With 40 cards on the sideboard and 2 colours to sort out, there's probably little room for choice.
Looks cool. Will anything else be added to the game after this deck pack or are will done until 2014 next summer?
Looks cool. Will anything else be added to the game after this deck pack or are will done until 2014 next summer?



This game is done and dusted till Magic 2014, sad but true, i don't like any of the new 6 decks, that's why you don't see me playing this game anymore

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Looks cool. Will anything else be added to the game after this deck pack or are will done until 2014 next summer?



This game is done and dusted till Magic 2014, sad but true, i don't like any of the new 6 decks, that's why you don't see me playing this game anymore



That's unfortunate. If they are to busy to make new decks they could still do something like deck packs with some 2010 or 2012 decks to make lots of money from less effort than making a new deck.
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I need this deck to come out now. Nothing to do. All the other decks seem boring now.