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Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Review

Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Review

Magic The Gathering (MTG) is quite possibly the most popular trading card game (TCG) on the planet. Ever since its inception in 1993, it quickly gained popularity among people of all ages and established an enormous community dedicated to playing the game. Duels of the Planeswalkers (DotP) is a series that was created with the intention of drawing in new players to the world of Magic the Gathering as well as providing a unique "arcade-like" experience to fans of the TCG. The newest entry in the series, Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, does an impressive job of offering great accessibility as well as a slew of exciting content thrown into one compelling package.

DotP2013 continues the series' tradition of replicating the authenticity of the TCG over a fluid and automated system. Rather than picking up a stack of physical cards and going through the hassle of setting things up yourself, DotP2013 does it all for you. This allows both newcomers and veterans of MTG to focus on the strategy part of the game instead of making sure everything is set up right. It also takes one of the most intimidating parts of Magic, deck building, and makes a wide variety of playstyles available right from the start.

The game initially prompts you to choose your level of experience with MTG and hence adjusts the difficulty of the game based on your choice. A handy tutorial is provided to guide players who are completely new to MTG and educate them on the rules & ways of the game. The tutorial is however entirely optional and people who want to get right into the action can do so without any delay.

The Campaign mode in DotP2013 serves as the starting point for the game's single-player content. It consists of six different stages that progress forward in a linear manner. Each stage starts off with a series of Encounters, which are basically duels that are meant to make you practice against a certain strategy. Once you complete those Encounters successfully you can then go on to duel that area's Planeswalker. Planeswalkers are much more difficult than the regular Encounters and play with more complex strategies up their sleeves.

While duels in the game are extremely entertaining for the most part, they can at times go completely haywire. Luck plays an important role in the game and sometimes the opponent ends up with a totally broken hand. Other times you keep drawing horrible cards that just don't allow you to control the game the way you want to. This could prove to be frustrating at times but it's not bad enough to become a truly game breaking issue.

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