Crispy Gamer

Henry Kissinger Plays a Round of Magic


I know, the title is misleading, but watching my girlfriend Annette play this battle in Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers, it conjured images of American and Soviet nuclear arms buildup.

At the start of the match, there was the usual greeting pleasantries: a quick grizzly bear attack, some mild lightning bolts and fireballs thrown about - just mild skirmishes. Then around turn 5, Annette stopped attacking and just hung back with the three creatures she had, while her opponent, Sarkhan Vol (seriously?), did the same, guarding with his 2, less hardy creatures. Annette was playing it safe but she could afford to. She had some 26 life while Vol over there had only 14.

What progressed was the largest cold war creature buildup I have ever seen, both in live games and in this computerized format. One by one, both sides brought out larger and more numerous creatures, with Annette always maintaining the combat edge should it come to blows.

Finally with only 4 cards left in Vol's library, Annette attacks. In the picture below, you can see that she has so many creatures out, the game had to auto-sort them in to piles. Also, she has a 27/27 Maro out, plus, astoundingly, a 43/43 Duskdale Wurm ready to fight. Apologies in advance for the poor picture quality - printscreen wasn't working and she doesn't have the digital camera was the last resort.

Also take note of her *93* life! She got that high because she had brought out 2 artifacts that gave her life every time either she or Vol cast a green spell.

So the battle ensues with a gigantic clusterfuck of her en-masse attack and his feeble defense. Long story short:

So, I guess unlike the real cold war, there was an earth-ending conclusion to this battle. Thankfully in Magic, mutual assured destruction isn't applicable.


The real paper version of MTG, Rise of the Eldrazi, actually encourages this type of gameplay, a sort of "battlecruiser" Magic.


Because of how the AI is in the computer game, standoffs like the one described above happen very often.  I think the AI values not losing a creature too highly. 

Makes for some really exciting matches. 


Anyway, cool to see some MTG coverage on the site.

Started playing the actual card game because of DotP on XBLA.

Commenting on my own's kinda cool how in the first picture, it almost tricks your eye into believing that it's a real table with real cards. Must be the effect of taking a picture of a TV screen with a digital camera.

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