The first expansion for Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers adds five new playable decks to the game, some new campaign levels, and five additional challenges. Though having some additional single player stuff to do is nice, most people are going to purchase this expansion just to get the new decks for multiplayer.
Priced at $4.99, you’re basically paying about a dollar a deck. This is a really good deal considering veterans of the paper card game routinely drop hundred of dollars on competitive constructed decks. The new decks included in the expansion are very powerful as well. For example, there is a samurai tribal deck called “Sword of the Samurai” that includes a copy Umezawa’s Jitte! If you are at all familiar with the Jitte, you already know that it owns in the limited meta that is DoTP.
There is also a new demons deck that specializes in board wipes and dropping beefy demons earlier than usual thanks to several copies of Heartless Summoning, a tribal elves deck that puts the elf decks from past versions of the game to shame (Wellwisher anyone?), an exalted deck that is actually good, and a burn/counters deck called Dodge and Burn that uses direct damage and lots of annoying counter spells. This last deck is arguably the most welcome addition to the game, however, since there aren’t really many decks that don’t rely solely on creatures.
At this point it should almost go without saying that the new Magic 2014 expansion is a must-buy for anybody interested in this game. There are a total of fifteen decks in the game now which gives a lot more variety to the online play, not just in terms of what you can use but also in regards to the variety of decks your opponents will be using. It’s nice not having to play against the same deck over and over again. No single deck really stands out as the number one best anymore.
Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers is a great way for new players to grow accustomed to the game of Magic: the Gathering but veterans can also enjoy it for the “old school” Magic feeling that this limited format provides. Cards that normally would never be playable in constructed formats can actually be pretty powerful in this game. The game itself costs $9.99 to download. With the expansion, you’re only looking at an investment of about $15. Considering that’s less than the cost of just a single copy of Thoughtseize in real life, you can get a lot of bang for your buck with this game. Pick it up!
Overall Score: 10 / 10
Developer: Stainless Games
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Played on: Xbox 360
Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Steam, iOS, Android
Review Copy Info – A Digital Copy of the DLC was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.