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E3 2012: Chasing Planes in Magic the Gathering 2013

Posted on June 10, 2012 AT 09:30am

Even a beginner can pick up and play Duels 2013

“Planechase has just released for paper Magic and it’s going to be included in Duels 2013. It features an oversized card which represents one of the planes in the Magic game.”

—Adam Dixon, assistant brand manager, Wizards of the Coast

Planechase is a new mode being added to this year’s Duels of the Planewalkers game from Wizards of the Coast. It uses a new set of giant cards that represent different planes—each has a unique ability that changes the game in some way. The mode features four players and is basically exactly the same as a normal game of Magic except for these cards.

Each turn a player gets a free roll of the Planes Dice located in the middle of the board. Four sides are blank and four have Planes symbols. Land on a symbol and you can turn over a card, which changes the filed to a certain Plane and brings with it a unique rule e.g. colorless mana, free summons and more. The idea is to roll the dice and keep a Plane that is favorable to you in play. Players also have the ability to pay a set amount of mana in order to roll the dice again.

The mode offers something different to do once you complete the game’s main campaign. The meta-game is more than enough to keep fans interested and the mode should add that little bit extra for hardcore Magic fans.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
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