News news news! We’ve got the announcements about the Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas deck lists and the Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 expansion, so of course we had to cover all that. There was a lot of concern from our listeners regarding the various and sundry natural disasters that hit our area, so we had to talk about that a bit, including a mightily depressing hurricane story from Brian.
Oh, and there’s Squeak. Holy crap I’m in love.
We are joined again here at The Mana Pool by Eric of Many Names, who can add one more name to his repetoire – Judge. Yes, Eric went to GP: Kansas City and passed his test, so you guys get to hear all about it right here!
Then we’ve got another handful of listener mail, including one that we took extra care to answer. It involved either moving cards from Standard back to Alpha, or bringing cards back from Alpha to the current Standard. We weren’t sure which, so Brian took one, and the rest of us went the other way. Either way it was an interesting discussion, hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.
So recently, as in yesterday, GameSpot posted a trailer for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012, coming soon for XBox360, PS3 and PC. In it, you’ll find Gideon Jura near death while the silhouette of Nicol Bolas hovers over him. No no, that’s not a spoiler, it’s the first thing that happens. Gee, get over it. You’ll get a taste of Gideon’s backstory, and see some of our favorite other planeswalkers along the way.
If you keep an eye open at the end of the trailer, you’ll see the old Gideon Jura card with an expansion symbol from M12. Guess that means no new Gideon. That’s okay though, it’ll give all of us poor slobs who don’t have a Gideon another chance to pick some up.
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.