Duels of the Planeswalkers Getting Sealed Play

Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers will include a sealed play mode, putting actual on-the-fly deck construction into the game.
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Magic the Gathering has a unique place among gaming nerds of all strata.  Most who wander between the various nerd-doms of tabletop and digital gaming have played it at some point or another and it remains a central aspect of the overall gaming scene decades after it was created.  There have been multiple digital versions of the game, some notably more successful than others, but some of the aspects of a card game involving literally tens of thousands of individual cards are necessarily lost in translation.

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With the upcoming Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers, however, Wizards of the Coast is looking to help bring at least one more game mode to the digital world that has always made the card game especially dynamic.

Sealed play mode for the upcoming game will enable players to draw a number of booster packs in-game and create a deck on the fly with them to play against their opponents.  Deck construction is an art to itself, the added complexity coming from having a set pool of random cards to draw from for those decks is a form of excitement and intellectual challenge I am glad to see brought to the game’s digital fans.

The game will also have slivers… but I didn’t expect it to be perfect.

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