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MAGIC the GATHERING:        HEROES vs MONSTERS:  DUAL/DUEL DECKS
Deck Design and Deck Development: Chris Millar, Kelly Digges and Sam Stoddard

This MAGIC the GATHERING set contains 2 x 60 card decks which have been finely honed to give you the best experience of Good vs Evil
across the worlds of MtG. These deck packs contain dual decks which together make challenging duel decks.

The Polukranos Deck:   27 Green cards.   22 Red cards.  10 Red/Green cards.  1 Artefact. Including Lands.

Green / Red is a quite unusual dual deck, mainly because both colours are heavy combat based. There is a good balance of Instants and Sorcery
cards and the one solitary colourless Artefact which gives +1/+1 to the targeted creature can be the difference between the decks if it is drawn
either early or around mid-game when it can set the damage to moving.

22 Creatures:
1  Polukranos, World Eater  (Mythic Rare)
1  Satyr Hedonist
Skarrgan Firebird
Skarrgan Skybreaker
Troll
Blood Ogre
Conquering Manticore
Crater Hellion
Crowned Ceratok
Deadly Recluse
Deus of Calamity
Ghor-Clan Savage
Gorehorn Minotaurs
Kavu Predator
Krosan Tusker
Orcish Lumberjack Ascetic
Valley Rannet
Zhur-Taa Druid

12 Spells:
Beast Within
1  Destructive Revelry
Dragon Blood
Fires of Yavimaya
Prey Upon
Pyroclasm
Regrowth
Shower of Sparks
Terrifying Presence
Volt Charge

26 Lands:
11  Forest
Kazandu Refuge
Llanowar Reborn
10  Mountain
Skarrg, the Rage Pits

 

The Sun Titans Deck    35 White cards. 19 Red cards. 6 White/Red cards. Including Lands.         

This is, as you can see a predominantly White deck with some really useful damage dealing and
totally destructive Instants. It is a power deck that is all about the combat and not about healing.
In this manner it is quite an unusual mix of cards, Fire and Good, but they blend together nicely
and ensure that the player is in the game right to the end. Not a deck to be over-run.

24 Lands:
Boros Guildgate
11  Mountain
New Benalia
Plains

19 Creatures:
1  Anax and Cymede
Armory Guard
Auramancer
1  Cavalry Pegasus
Dawnstrike Paladin
Fencing Ace
Figure of Destiny
Freewind Equenaut
Gustcloak Sentinel
Kamahl, Pit Fighter
Nobilis of War
Somberwald Vigilante
Stun Sniper
Sun Titan   (Mythic rare)
Thraben Valiant
Truefire Paladin  

17 Spells:
Battle Mastery
Bonds of Faith
Condemn
Daily Regimen
Griffin Guide
Magma Jet
Miraculous Recovery
Moment of Heroism
1  Ordeal of Purphoros
Pay No Heed
Pyrokinesis
Righteousness
Smite the Monstrous
Stand Firm
Undying Rage
Winds of Rath 

Playing Red/Green against Red/White is quite remarkable. In my experience over ther years players tend to like dual decks
made of Blue/White, Green/Black or Red/Black because in the "older" days the cards from these colour sets complimented
each other extremely well. Cards from the later sets, especially those used in building these 2 decks, have been included for
their fun element as well as the challenge they offer.

I keep going to write that these two decks are well balanced against each other, but this is Magic the Gathering we are talking
about and if the cards drawn arrive advantageously to one player more than they do to the other then the unfortunate player
will not believe that the decks are balanced. Besides as all Magic the Gathering players know, there is no way at all that every
possible combination of cards cannot be tried and tested under all conditions. It often matters what cards are already on the
table in play or what cards have been discarded how effective a card or run of cards could be. However in games we have
played here, with each of us swapping decks after a few games so that neither of us were absolutely au fait with the build of
either deck, the Monsters came out on top 2/3rds of the time on average.

                                                     

As presented this is a good pack for either newish players or those with more experience to play straight from the box. There
are no booster packs supplied so the intention isn't (at least to begin with) that players should do anything other than shuffle
their decks and proceed to play. There are no special or additional rules, though there is a player guide and a couple of cards
that are Tokens with amazing new artwork.

Pitting a mighty Warrior like the Giant Sun Titan against the Majestic Many-Headed Hydra, Polukranos, is a tale straight
from the annals of Greek mythology and what a challenge it is for MtG players.


 

 

 

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