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Ixalan PW Decks

Happy Friday MTG peeps,

Here in Canada, we are heading into the Labour Day long weekend, one holiday we share with our American cousins to the south.  It is this time of year we not only begin to prepare to a return to the academic school year, but also as Magic: the Gathering players, look for all the very awesome previews ahead of the 'Fall' set, in this case, Ixalan.

Today on the mothersite, linked right here, Blake previewed Ixalan Promos, Planeswalker Decks, packaging, and upcoming Friday Night Magic promos.  Due to the unfortunate and premature post to the Wizards Play Network back a last week (details linked here), the MTG Fan community did see all the upcoming promos.  What we did not yet see are this set's Planeswalker Decks.  First, a quick blurb about this product - 

Planeswalker Decks acquaint players who are interested in Magic with basic strategy, the game's settings, and characters, and include a premium foil Planeswalker card.  The decks play into mechanical themes of the block or standalone set, most often making use of a new keyword mechanic. 

Each Planeswalker deck features five cards that won't be found in the corresponding booster pack of that expansion, however, they are considered as a part of that expansion, means that those card will be playable in any format, including Standard, as long as that set is legal in that format - 

 • One foil copy of a mythic rare planeswalker, designed to be fun and flavourful but not pushed for tournament play. Expensive to cast and splashy.

• Two copies of a spell that has an effect and also tutors for the specific planeswalker. 

• A card flavoured to the Planeswalker with a basic staple effect.

• An appropriate common dual land.

Here are the details - 

Hautli, Dinosaure Knight is the 6-cost Red and White (Boros) coloured Planeswalker.  Starting Loyalty is 4 with three abilities and it is all about the Dinos with her.  Stone Quarry helps us support this two coloured deck.  One rare creature and one uncommon instant provides bonus or helps support our PW Hautli.  A rather vanilla two-drop 2/2 with vigilance rounds out the special stand-alone cards.

Jace, Ingenious Mind-Mage is our six-cost (double dip on blue) Walker with a starting loyalty of five.  In true Jace fashion we have card draw, along with an ability to untap all our critters and an ultimate to gain control of three target critters.  Woodland Stream indicated a Simic (Blue and Green) coloured base.  A rare soccer to bounce two and tutor Jace and an Uncommon1/3 Merfolk for one and a blue gets a +1/+0 boost and unblockable when the named Jace is on the battlefield and a common Aura shows us a sad-Jace reminiscent of sac-Keanu.

For about $15 (USD) MSRP, here is what to expect in your Planeswalker Deck : 

• Ready-to-play 60-card deck, featuring a foil premium Planeswalker card
• 2 Ixalan booster packs
• 1 Strategy insert

• 1 Magic learn-to-play guide


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