'Magic 2015 Duels Of The Planeswalkers' Xbox, Android And Steam Versions Release Today, Brings Along Updated AI And Interface

By Steve Buja , Updated Jul 16, 2014 11:22 AM EDT

With all this talk of Hearthstones and Solforges, let us take a moment to remember where we all came from. The granddaddy of all Collectible Card Games, Magic: The Gathering, has released its yearly update, Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers.

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The game has been out for a week for the iPad. Today sees the release of the PC version via Steam as well as the Xbox 360, Amazon and Android. The Xbox One release will hit later this summer.

The game is a big update from the 2014 version, which allowed players only limited deck building potential. Magic 2015 will introduce a full, openended deck building experience through a comprehensive deck builder, the ability to customize and supplement your deck as you open booster packs featuring new and exciting cards, a thrilling story that puts players at the center of the action as they try to outwit the Multiverse's greatest hunter, Garruk Wildspeaker. Newcomers and old analog warhorses such as myself should find it easy to learn with an updated, more intuitive control scheme and better AI opponents.

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Players have about 300 of the core Magic 2015 cards to create their decks from. As always, keep it to sixty cards and you will be fine. While the game has always had the rule, 'you cannot have more than 4 of the same type of card, with the exception of Planeswalker cards' (thereby ruining my all Lotus/Channel/Fireball decks), Magic 2015 limits players to 4 common, 3 uncommon, 2 rare and 1 mythic.

The game makes no qualms about being pay-to-play. Players can download the updated game client, which will net you the Innistrad plane and a bunch of cards. Everything else is going to cost you. Unlocking the remaining planes will cost $12.99 (or $3.79 per plane). Completists will have to shell out $2.49 per pack to get the remaining 14 booster packs worth of cards that cannot be gotten during the course of regular gameplay against players and the computer.

And we will gladly do it. You know why? Because it's Magic. Because there is an entire shelf in my closet devoted solely to all my Magic cards from the late 90s and early 2000s. To be able to collect and collect and not have to take up any space? That's the dream.

Duels of the Planeswalkers precedes the release of the printed Magic 2015 Core Set which will hit gaming stores this Friday, July 18. The full set will include 269 cards that can serve as a solid foundation for any Magic deck.

You can download Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers from the App store here.

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