A lot of information has been pouring out in the last week regarding the upcoming Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
which is due for release June 15th on XBLA. You can check out the trailer here
or learn what is inside one of the Planeswalker's decks
You have a third option if you so choose, which is to continue reading as I display some new screenshots and then explain the new play mode, Archenemy: A match set up screen for Two-Headed GiantA shot of combat with the new UI in actionMortivore returns but the Cudgel Troll is making its debutWhen Green decks collideThe official title of this image is "Faultline played", so hopefully this means some more exciting dynamic effects for the spellsUnlocking decks looks to be the sameUnlocking cards looks to be the same........now this is different. Hopefully means the "basic" unlocks such as Kraken's Eye will come as a set instead of one by one
That last "Card Unlock" image of the Dungrove Elder deserves some more detail. Dungrove Elder appears in Magic: DotP 2012
a full three weeks before it will appear in card form. Dungrove Elder was a preview card for Magic 2012
just this past Monday.
The other image of note that I wish to elaborate on is this one from the new play mode, Archenemy:
Archenemy is a One vs. Many play style, with one team comprised of up to 3 players each using a standard, 60 card deck and taking turns Two-Headed Giant style. The other player assumes the "Archenemy" role and plays with a standard 60 card deck, 40 starting life, always goes first and draws a card on their first turn in addition to a 20 card deck of special schemes.
At the start of the Archenemy main phase, that player (or the AI in the case of Magic: DotP 2012
) will reveal a scheme. Some, such as the revealed "Approach My Molten Realm" are persistent throughout the turn until a new scheme is drawn, others are immediate actions:
Some schemes are ongoing:
Ongoing schemes remain in play until the criteria is met for the card to be removed. For example, Imprison This Insolent Wretch will be removed when the target is attacked or targeted by a spell or ability.
Only four Archenemy sets exist with the physical card game, so it will be interesting to see if scheme decks repeat or if each Planeswalker has their own scheme deck. Especially since, well, you can take a look at the length of the Archenemy campaign yourself: Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
will be available June 15th from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.