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Magic: The Gathering 2015 and Price of Glory Intro Deck Reviews

Magic The Gathering 2015- Price of Glory Intro Deck Magic the Gathering 2015 Core Set

MTG 2015 offers up a mix of new and classic cards.

As any “Magic: The Gathering” fan knows, the yearly core set release is always an event. Not only do you get new cards (and new rares), but you will also likely devise new gameplay strategies and or come up with new deck ideas. So, what can gamers expect from this particular release? Read on to find out!

As I poured over the samples I was given for review, it was evident that MTG 2015 was very much a mixture of old favorites and new cards that are destined to be played frequently. Of course, you have the usual standbys like Negate, Titanic Growth, Lava Axe, Mind Sculpt, and the Staff of the Mind Magus, but there was also a few surprise returns like Grindclock and multiple cards with the Convoke ability (which allows you to tap creatures to help pay for the cost of a card). I can see the convoke ability coming in handy, but tapping creatures for this purpose could come back to haunt you in battles.

As far as the new cards go, if you’re looking for details on coveted cards like “Nissa, Worldwaker,” I can’t comment on those as they were not among my samples. However, I can shed some light on cards that caught my eye such as: 1. Blastfire Bolt (Red, Mana Cost- 6)- An instant that deals 5 damage to a target creature and destroys ALL attached equipment to that creature. 2. Meditation Puzzle (White, Mana Cost- 5)- This card allows you to gain a whopping 8 life. The convoke ability is also optional with this one. 3. Chasm Skulker (Blue, Mana Cost- 3) A 1/1 creature that gives you the ability to put a +1/+1 counter on it EACH time you draw a card. If the character were to die, you put X 1/1 blue squid creature tokens on the battlefield with X being the number of counters on Chasm Skulker. 4. Master of Predicaments (Blue, Mana Cost 5)- A 4/4 creature with flying. Whenever it deals damage, choose a card in your hand and make the opponent guess whether the mana cost is higher than 4. If the player chooses incorrectly, the card can be cast for free.

If booster packs and or boxes don’t interest you, you’ll be happy to know that there are 5 new intro packs for MTG 2015. The particular one I received is the 60 card black/white deck dubbed “Price of Glory.” In addition to the 2 booster packs that come with the deck, you also get a well balanced deck. Now, I know there have been a lot of criticisms about the intro decks, but this one is generally pretty strong as it contains loads of life gain and lifelink cards, creatures with counters, defenders, flyers, enchantments, artifacts, as well as cards that destroy opponent’s cards and or life. Sure, there are a few clunkers that I wouldn’t personally use like Ulcerate, but, for the most part, I can see this deck doing heavy damage. Also, for those wondering what the main selling point is for this deck, it’s the 4/4 Resolute Angel. The card states that when it enters the battlefield, it can revert your starting life total back to 20 if your current life is under 20. Not bad, eh?

Overall Thoughts: If you’re like me, you probably can’t wait to dig into the cards of the “Magic: The Gathering” 2015 set and start building new decks. Whether you want to base your deck around new rares or use the convoke ability intelligently, there’s a lot to work with here. On a related note, the “Magic 2015- Duel of the Planeswalkers” game is also now available if you want to play Magic online as well.

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July 30, 2014 - Posted by | Game Review | , , , , , , ,

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