With the new Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 DLC available, my first quest was, of course, to unlock the content’s five new Ravnica-themed decks. Each represents a different color pairing, offering unique perspectives on the world of Magic. I’d wager DLC #2 is the next five Ravnica guilds.
The interaction between the game’s five colors has always been one aspect of Magic the Gathering that has always fascinated me. Each color represented certain ideals, places, strategies, and values, and each found itself paired with two allies and against two enemies.
The simplicity and breadth of this design continues to impress me, partly because they so completely describe actual relationships in the real world. The clashes between ego and collestivism. The forces of life and death. The drone of bureaucracy and the fires of change that rally against it. In many ways, I’ve adapted these color relations as my top-level worldview; not literally, of course, but they make for easy shortcuts.
Anyway, each of the new DLC decks brings something new to the Duels 2013 table – harnassing decay, insane experimentation, rule of law… it’s wonderful. I decided to face each of the expansion’s decks down with opposite color decks to demonstrate why they’re at odds and, well, just for kicks. Enjoy!