Battling in a 3v1 archenemy duel, down to 2 of us left and the enemy has 15 hp left, I’m using the slightly altered ancient depths deck with:
• 4 x Coiling Oracles
• 1 x Giant Octopus
• 1 x Isleback Spawn
• 1 x Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
• 2 x Kraken Hatchling
• 2 x Ondu Giants
• 6 x (Unblockable) Tidal Krakens
• 10 x 1/1 Saprolings
• All of my land in play
Now to non-players of Magic the Gathering this must sound like a load of gibberish but basically on my next turn I’m going to win the game. It’s the AI’s turn and I am quite confident that I will be able to repel any attack they can throw at me with creatures to spare. The AI draws a scheme card and it just so happens to be the one that I am dreading to see, Behold the Power of Destruction, (destroy all nonland permanents your opponent controls) they target me for the scheme and all my hard work is gone in an instant. After this painful setback the game ends within moments.
This is a rather common scenario that happens in the game and in my opinion makes me keep on playing, you can have everything you want to secure a win one minute and have it all taken away from you the next.
The basic rules to the game are for players to summon monsters, spells, artifacts and items to reduce the enemy player from 20 hp to 0, give them 10 poison counters or reduce the amount of cards in their deck to 0. Games can last from 5 minutes to sometimes an hour.
Magic the Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers is available on Steam, the Xbox Live Market and the Playstation Network for around about £7, this gives you the full game with a set amount of decks, you can purchase extra decks for 72p, the purchase also gives you a code to get a free deck of actual playing cards from certain retailers and a special edition foil card.
My girlfriend and I started playing the digital game about 2 weeks ago and have recently purchased actual cards to start playing with our friends. How I see it Wizards of the Coast, the creators of Magic the Gathering, have possibly made thousands of new fans to the franchise, I know for a fact that at least 10 of my friends, who have never played any type of CCG, have begun playing Magic due to the digital game.
If you are looking for a new and interesting alternative to you gaming experience I suggest you try this game, it is a mixture of tactics, luck and beautiful artwork.