PAX Prime 2013: Magic: The Gathering 2014 Expansion Preview
Developer: Stainless Games | Publisher: Wizards of the Coast | Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC-Steam, iPad, Android Tablets | Release Date: September 18
If the review by Chris Lockey is to be believed, Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 is an incredibly solid update to what’s become an ever-growing digital recreation of the company’s most popular CCG. On September 18, Wizards will be making the game bigger and better with a brand new expansion.
Featuring five new playable decks, a brand new single-player campaign and story, and new challenges, the expansion will be a must-get for any Magic fan.
Mark Purvis, brand manager for Magic at Wizards of the Coast, is sure that diehards will love what’s in store for the new add-on. The fact that fans lined up in droves, snaking around the Magic booth at PAX today would seem to indicate that he’s right.
Purvis explained how this new expansion is going to have some deep cuts included that are sure to catch players’ attentions.
“My favorite one is actually the Samurai Deck,” he said. “It has all these amazing pieces of equipment, like Umezawa’s Jitte, which, when it was in paper, during [the set] ‘Betrayers of Kamagawa,’ it was so dominant that it had to be banned from tournaments.”
A card so power-packed it had to be banned from tournaments? Surely it’s been altered for the digital version.
“No,” answered Purvis. “It’s the same card you would play in paper, and it is an incredibly ridiculous, powerful equipment card. There are also some other really well-known pieces of equipment, like Sword of Fire and Ice, Sword of War and Peace.”
Purvis also offered up some details about the story that gamers will encounter in the expansion:
“It’s a little bit of a different story. The first opponent you fight is Elspeth. You travel to three new planes. You start off on Alara, and your first opponent is Elspeth Tirel, and she’s the face of our fall set release called Theros.
“So you get a little bit of a hint that she’s traveling to a new world, is Theros, which is our fall set release. And from there you go on a quest to put together a spell that will make you immortal, and that takes you back to Ravnica, and to Kamagawa.”
As for the pricing information, Wizards is keeping details on the down-low for now.
“We don’t have an officially announced price point yet,” says Mark Nolan, a rep for Wizards of the Coast. “But it will be in line with previous expansions.”
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