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Garruk vs. Liliana

Taking a quick break from our review of the Magic 2010 core set to bring you (almost) something new on the radar.

Last month Wizards had announced a new Magic the Gathering product - Duel Decks : Garruk vs. Liliana. What we had not realised was that we here at MTG Realm failed to report this to you our loyal blog readers. We will make amends now.

Today (7/21/2009) on Magic Arcana, Wizards posted some additional arts to whet your Magic playing appetite.

Not quite the classic good / evil struggle we see in the Duel Decks - Divine vs. Demonic as Black and Green are considered [edit : 'enemy'] colour pairs but this should still provide countless hours of fun.

Here are the new alternate art Planeswalkers provided for this set.

Garruk Wildspeaker, 2GG
Planeswalker - Garruk, Mythic Rare
+1: Untap two target lands.
-1: Put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
-4: Creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.

Liliana Vess, 3BB
Planeswalker - Liliana, Mythic Rare
+1: Target player discards a card.
-2: Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
-8: Put all creature cards in all graveyards onto the battlefield under your control.

These ready-to-play 60-card decks showcase some of the best spells that green and black Planeswalkers have in their arsenal. Duel Decks: Garruk vs Liliana has eight rare cards, and six cards with new artwork, including foil alternate-art versions of Garruk Wildspeaker and Liliana Vess. Each of the cards in the 60-card decks will be black-bordered and tournament legal. This means that these cards are legal for use in any tournaments where the original printings are still legal.

Deck Design and Development:
Erik Lauer and Gregory Marques
Release Date: October 30, 2009
MSRP: $19.99

When we are able to get a hold of a deck list for Garruk vs Liliana, we will be sure to post it here.

Some gravy to savour the flavour.

Garruk Wildspeaker is a planeswalker aligned with green mana, with warrior-druid abilities. His philosophy is to live naturally, being one with nature, aspiring to become a predator. He is gruff and impatient, uncomfortable in conversation or "civilized settings", and prefers the wilds. Garruk perceives those who don't understand him as considering him a monster. After defeating particularly difficult prey, Garruk sometimes "connects" them to himself, gaining their strength.

Liliana Vess is a human planeswalker who is adept at using spells of black mana, especially necromancy. She's charismatic, witty, and attractive, but she makes certain to always look out for herself first. Though she appears to be in her 20s, she actually much older. Long ago she made a deal with four demons to secure her youth and power. Recently the consciousness of the demonic pact has slowly started to trouble her, and as she tries to figure out ways how to avoid the consequences of dealing with demons, her inner turmoil rises.


Joey Pasco said...

Just an FYI, black and green are not allied colors. Green's allies are red and white, while black's allies are blue and red. Take a look at the color wheel on the back of any card if you don't believe me :)

Anonymous said...

uhmm, aren't Green and Black enemy colors?

CopySix said...

Thanks guys - I really think I need a vacation for my brain. :-(

Anonymous said...

think there is no such thing as enemy colors. Though in the description of the colors, basically, these 2 are enemies but, when red combined its allies for power, green and black can become allies.

Anonymous said...

i think it just means that green and black are often used as color pairs, since green can throw fatties and black can take care of your opposing creatures and get yours back from the GY. its like a cycle of life and death. thats y G/B is popular, and it doesnt seem so enemy-ish.

Anonymous said...

youre supposed to use the decks against each other. thats why it sayes garruk VS liliana