Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013

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FeatureTrading Host: Are Tablets Transforming Card Games?

Rich Stanton investigates the magic of card trading games.

When I was a teenager I did all sorts of terrible things, from buying Ant and Dec albums to nicking my dad's whiskey. I especially regret the fact that, despite loving chess and spending all my time playing videogames, I regarded the guys who played trading card games as the biggest dorks in the playground. Man, they got a hard time at school.

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Review

Magic: The Gathering is a game so big that everyone has an opinion - even folk who don't have a clue what it's about. Released way back in the early '90s, it has expanded and booster-packed its way to being the daddy of collectable card games, leaving a host of imitators in the dust. The cards change and the rules are tweaked, but the Magic stays the same.

Though you can play with more than two players, and indeed certain modes are built for this, by far the most common way to play Magic is one-on-one. Each player is a planeswalker, i.e. wizard, and takes it in turns to build up a mana pool before using this energy to cast spells and summon creatures. Both players have 20 life, and the game is to get your opponent's health below 0.

What happens within these confines is impossible to summarise. Magic is a game of huge depth, but thanks to the way it has been constantly added to and refreshed over two decades, it is also one of enormous breadth. There are thousands of individual cards, as well as subsequent game modifiers like Planechase (included here as a standalone mode).

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Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 release date announced

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 launches on 20th June, Wizards of the Coast has announced.

The card battle video game releases then on iPad, PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox Live Arcade. You can pre-order on Steam now.

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 is the third game in the video game Magic the Gathering series, and arrives alongside new real life trading cards. UK studio Stainless Games, recent recipient of a successful Carmageddon Kickstarter campaign, developed it.

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Why Magic The Gathering has become an annual gaming franchise

Amid the trials of Microsoft's submission process, Duels of the Planeswalkers dev lays its cards on the table.

Stainless Games' digital version of cult card game Magic the Gathering is one of the most popular titles on Xbox Live. This summer will see the developer pump out the series third incarnation, Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013.

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 announced for iPad, PSN, Steam, XBLA

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 announced for iPad, PSN, Steam, XBLA

Third game in Magic: The Gathering series this summer.

A third Duels of the Planeswalkers game will be released this summer on iPad, PSN, Steam and Xbox Live Arcade, Wizards of the Coast has announced.

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 will arrive alongside new trading cards for Magic: The Gathering - the IP it's based on.

Therefore, Duels of the Planeswalkers has new cards to choose from - 10 new decks. There will be other new features such as optional mana tapping, too.

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