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Let’s cut to the chase: if you love Magic the Gathering and the plane of Ravnica, you’re probably pretty damn interested in knowing how the city’s next five guilds play out in Gatecrash. While I’ve taken a stab at possible guild mechanics for the paper game, I’m very pleased to announce actual news.

Below you’ll find full, official deck lists (including unlocks) of the Boros and Simic decks for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013. While it’s not officially confirmed, you can expect it will likely arrive on November 7th (Xbox), in keeping with Major Nelson’s recent DLC announcement.

The Boros deck, Act of War, is a combat-focused pile with lots of efficient creatures, a handful of powerful removal spells, and more than enough instant combat tricks to make your opponent regret every blocking decision.

The Simic deck, Sky and Scale, offers a little more flexibility. There are a multitude of themes, including card draw, tempo advantage, and token generation, giving the Simic scientist in all of us a few viable options for deckbuilding.

Of course, there are still three other decks likely to make an appearance for Gruul, Dimir, and Orzhov, as well as promo card unlocks and a mysterious sixth reveal that’s rumored to be Duels’ first rainbow deck. I’ll certainly post info as soon as it’s available, as well as deck guides and strategy, in the near future. So stay tuned to Top Tier Tactics and enjoy the spoilers!


Boros deck list: Act of War

The horns sound. To war! With the red and white “Act of War” deck, your heroes will cut a path to the enemy’s door. If they stumble, cast tide-turning spells to light their way.


Unlocks (promo cards unlisted)


Act of War card-by-card analysis (video)


Simic deck list: Sky and Scale

Hold your ground and rule the skies with this green and blue deck. “Sky and Scale” starts slow and steady but wins by summoning titanic flying creatures to end your foes’ hopes.


Unlocks (promo cards unlisted)


 Sky and Scale card-by-card analysis (video)

38 replies to this post
  1. And because you posted it, ac3 won’t kick u back to the main screen. Thanks a bunch Wing, you are the best.

  2. Do you know anything about the unlocks (promo)? Try to use these two cards Lightning Serpent and Assault Strobe.

  3. Hey Wing, just wondering, how are you getting on the internet?
    I’m using my phone right now as a hotspot – which will probably last for about 50 minutes before I’m in the dark again.
    I heard that we won’t get power until Wedsday, and was wondering if I could find an easier way to get online.

  4. Normally I don’t like Red or White but Act of War looks FUN.

    I can’t wait for the 7th. A little halo 4 action plus more Duels decks!!!

  5. I’m quite surprised at the lack of any equipment in the Boros deck. You’d think that they’d have included even a couple of basic ones like Leonin Scimitar or something.

    The only reason I can think of why they wouldn’t is that providing such a bonus for the Boros Swiftblade is something they didn’t want to do. Still, seems strange to me.

      • March to war was a 3-4 turn deck, only like 4 decks (goblins, knights, sorin vamps, and tezzy arts) in the duels series claim that title so I lovingly disagree with you destricted, pure white March was waaaaaaAAAAaaay OP. Granted beknighted was the most stupidly OP deck in the series.

  6. Not to let my nerd hang out ,Wing, but boros is not the law, azorius is the law. Boros is essentially the army. I can’t fucking wait for UG!!! I used to rape face with Ancient Depths and I can’t wait to build a card advantage/token deck!!! I don’t think I have enough exclamation points to show how excited I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn gotta go buy more exclamation points.

  7. […] Top Tier Tactics got the exclusive on two of the upcoming decks in this planned five-deck pack. The first is a white-and-red “Act of War” deck that is a modified version of “March to War” that was introduced in the first DLC pack for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012. The other deck is a hybrid green-and-blue deck called “Sky and Scale.” […]

  8. The DLC is now available on Steam. Interestingly the new decks don’t seem to have the ten bonus unlocks. Either that or they haven’t been integrated as of yet.

    Since the promo cards went unlisted, I wonder if this means that there will be a new round of codes for these and upcoming decks.

  9. There are no promo cards for the new decks, sadly.

    That being said, when we gonna see some deck guides? Curious for your take on them, Wing. Still tryin to figure out what I want to do with Simic. A lot of fun, but kinda slow.

  10. Damn I played 20 games in a row with the simic deck and I lost 1. My variant is token creation and card draw. This deck kicks ass. Please someone find the promo unlock codes!!! I needs them!!!

  11. Brutal build… Wish I could run 8-9 mountains and 10-11 plains (duels seems to reverse it every time :-( ). Well actually, I wish I could run 8 Mountains, 10 plains, and 4 terramorphic expanses… Shrug!

    Anyway, this is a very solid build. It attacks from the beginning, if it doesn’t win fast it controls, and then has plenty of late game finishers once it locks down the board. Give it a try.

    Act of War
    61 cards
    11 Mountain
    10 Plains
    1 Terramorphic Expanse
    22 lands

    3 Boros Recruit
    2 Boros Guildmage
    2 Boros Swiftblade
    4 Veteran Armorer
    2 Benalish Veteran
    2 Mentor of the Meek
    4 Skyknight Legionnaire
    2 Flame-Kin Zealot
    1 Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
    1 Balefire Liege
    1 Basandra, Battle Seraph
    1 Nobilis of War
    1 Sunblast Angel
    1 Balefire Dragon
    27 creatures

    3 Lightning Helix
    2 Rise of the Hobgoblins
    2 To Arms!
    2 Scourge of the Nobilis
    1 Brightflame
    2 Glory of Warfare
    12 other spells

  12. My build for Sky and Scale :

    Terramorphic Expanse x 3

    Groundswell x 1 ( or Claustrophobia x 1 or Omnibian x 1)
    Pongify x 2
    Quest for the Gemblades x 1
    Regrowth x 1
    Snakeform x 1
    AEther Mutation x 2
    Fable of Wolf and Owl x 2
    Coiling Oracle x 4
    Gaea’s Skyfolk x 3
    Lorescale Coatl x 3
    Trygon Predator x 1
    Winged Coatl x 2
    Assult Zeppelid x 3
    Mystic Snake x 1
    Sower of Temptation x 1
    Indrik Stomphowler x 2
    Mitotic Slime x 2
    Murkfiend Liege x 1
    Overbeing of Myth x 2
    Simic Sky Swallower x 2

  13. Hi Wing, is it possible you can put out deck guides for these decks? Also for Aura Servants? Especially for Aura Servants?

    I know you’re playing AC3 but we’d also love more videos, especially with the new decks.

  14. Jesus people, Simic’s deck requires a hell lot of customization. I feel like the deck doesnt have enough focus otherwise; boros is much more focused btw

    I guess if you dont specialize simic’s deck into card draw, or air, or tokens, the deck pretty much sucks

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