Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,
Yesterday here in the great Province of Ontario was the statuatory holiday 'Family Day' - definitely a much-needed day off as there is a whole lotta blah between New Years Day and Good Friday. The only sucky thingy is that if you happen to be a Canadian Federal staffer, you are showing up for work even if you are in Ontario. Anywhoos, Fam Day was spent in a game of Settlers of Catan with the family, which could be called epic and which stories will be told for generations. Not much in the way of Magic: the Gathering over the long weekend other than Oath of the Gatewatch Game Day. Unfortunately, not a well-attended event at OMG! Games here in Barrie which we will fully blame on the rather cold spell we had where temperatures dipped to about -38 °C (-36 °F).
Anywhoos, it may have been cold over the weekend but things warmed up online with the full decklist of the soon to be released 'Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed' being posted over on the mothersite. As with previous Duel Decks (at least for the last little while), this affords a bit of a sneak peak of cards to be see print in the next MTG set, in this case, 'Shadows Over Innistrad'. Let's get to them spoilers now -
Compelling Deterrence - 1U Uncommon Instant bouncing back a non-land permanent which provides a conditional discard if you control a Zombie. Last time we were in Innistrad, there were a few lists running blue / black Zombies and we think this spell is decent should we get the same sort of support for zombies. In other news, the flavour text is hilarious.
Eerie Interlude - 2W Rare Instant which blinks any number of target critters you control until the beginning of the next end step. The spell name is apropos and we think this will do great things from saving your team from a board-wipe to reaping a whole lotta 'enters-the-battlefield' effects.
Topplegeist - A flying 1/1 Spirit creature for just one W is getting a thumbs up from us. This spell does way better with an EtB effect of tapping down an oppenent's creature. It even goes further with a delirium ability (which checks whether there are at least four different card types in your graveyard) which will provide another tap down at the beginning of each opponent's upkeep. This makes the grade for a few of our Commander lists as well.
Tooth Collector - 2B for an uber-creepy human rogue with a 3/2 body. Similar to the above Topplegeist, this fella has an EtB effect giving an opponent's creature -1/-1 until end of turn and again with the delirium effect. Not to shabby.
As for the decklists -
Blessed is a White / Blue build featuring a number of humans and supporting spells with Angels and spirits helping to fill out the list. Champion of the Parish, Captain of the Mists, Geist of Saint Traft, Dearly Departed, Increasing Devotion and Eerie Interlude are this list's rare cards.
Cursed is a Black / Blue build and has a host of zombies along with vampires, and demons which uses your graveyard as a resource. Gravecrawler, Unbreathing Horde, Havengul Runebinder, Harvester of Souls, Sever the Bloodline and Mindwrack Demon are the rares in this list.
Here is the 4.1.1. for Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed which is hitting the shelf of a gaming store near you NEXT WEEKEND -
Duel Decks are a great way for two expert players to face off against each other with ready-to-play, sixty-card decks that contain powerful cards related to a specific theme and feature six exciting new cards from Shadows over Innistrad.
Holy Warriors Unite Against the Unquiet Dead
A divine mission has once again united the Humans, Spirits, and Angels of Innistrad. Together, these protectors will stand against the shadows, fighting for humanity's salvation.
Evil rules the night. Shambling hordes of the dead roam free, their cemetery gates in ruins, as powerful Demons soar overhead. The fate of the living remains shrouded in darkness.
Will you defend hope or snuff it out?
• 2 Ready-to-play, 60-card decks
• 2 Deck boxes
• 10 creature tokens
• 2 Spindown life counters
• Strategy insert
Deck Design and Deck Development: Chris Millar and Sam Stoddard
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGBVC
Languages Available: English, Japanese
Release Date: February 26, 2016