Coming to us straight from Joystiq, we have the first decklist from Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012. Not only do we have the first decklist, but we know who is the pilot of said deck. Apparently she is a “female merfolk who commands the powers of the tides and depths” named Kiora Atua. I wonder how long until she gets her own honest-to-goodness Magic card…
But we’re not here to speculate about crap like that, we’ll leave that to the people who don’t have anything better to do (I say the second set of Innistrad, personally). We’re here to discuss this new deck which is, unlike the newspaper, Blue and Green and Awesome all over. Here’s the list.
2 Kraken Hatchling
4 Coiling Oracle
2 Ondu Giant
2 Giant Octopus
1 Elvish Piper
1 Isleback Spawn
1 Tidal Kraken
2 Simic Sky Swallower
1 Lorthos, the Tidemaker
1 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
I don’t know about the rest of you out there, but I can’t wait to get my hands on this deck. That’s provided of course that DotP 2012 works like the first one and that you’ll eventually unlock the decks you play against. I’ve always loved the Coiling Oracle, Cultivate (from back when it was Kodama’s Reach) and Explosive Vegetation, so putting them all in the same deck just makes me giddy.
It’s pretty obvious that putting blue and green in the same deck serves two purposes. First, it allows them to put Coiling Oracle, Simic Sky Swallower, Aether Mutation, and Yavimaya’s Embrace in the game. Those are all SERIOUSLY awesome spells, so that’s a good choice. Actually, other than the Oracle, they’re all absolutely terrifying to play against. And this is the first deck they decided to show? Huh.
Second, it allows Wizards to throw in some of the giant blue creatures into the game without them being completely irrelevant. Sure there’s Polymorph in blue, but that’s silly when you’ve got two Kraken Hatchlings and Giant Octopi in the deck. But adding green allows for some serious ramp so blue doesn’t have to stall quite so much. There’s also the single copy of Elvish Piper in there, which allows the possibility something just ridiculous like a turn 4 Kozilek. No you don’t get to draw the cards, and no it doesn’t matter.
You know, between this and the hardcore badassed trailer that came out recently on Gamespot, they’re doing a really good job of getting me all excited for the new game. I’ll be playing it on the Xbox Live Arcade, but it’s also going to be available on the PlayStation Network (now that it’s finally back up) and the PC (via Steam) starting June 15, 2011. Don’t forget to get it early, so you can nab the hardcore badassed promo Titan to go with it!