Magic the Gathering (MtG) is a collectable card game for 2 or more players. Each game represents a battle between powerful wizards known as Planeswalkers, who have the ability to travel the multiverse.
Players will cast spells, summon creatures and deploy artifacts to overcome their opponents. Typically, a player will win by reducing their opponents starting life points to zero, but there are other paths to victory.
To play the game, each player will need a deck of at least 60 cards. Players may use pre-constructed decks or customised decks created from their personal card collection.
Throne of Eldraine is the 82nd expansion for MtG, released on 4 October 2019. The set is comprised of 269 cards: 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares, and 20 basic lands.
This expansion introduces a new gameplay mechanic - Adventure. It also introduces a new keyword ability - Adamant. Hybrid mana makes a return to MtG in this set. The set’s overall design has been heavily influenced by European fairytales and Arthurian legend. Players can expect to find an abundance of Knight and Faerie creatures, and unique spells that play on the theme.
Each Planeswalker Deck product contains:
A pre-constructed, ready to play 60-card deck
2 15-card booster packs
1 MTG arena code, allowing the purchaser to play the same deck on MTG Arena.
Included in the 60-card deck is a foil version of the named planeswalker and a number of exclusive cards. Two planeswalker decks were released as part of the Thrones of Eldraine expansion. By ordering this product you will receive one copy of each:
Oko Planeswalker Deck, which contains the following exclusive cards: Oko, the Trickster, Oko's Accomplices, Bramblefort Fink, Oko's Hospitality and Thornwood Falls.
Rowan Planeswalker Deck, which contains the following exclusive cards: Rowan, Fearless Sparkmage, Garrison Griffin, Rowan;s Battleguard, Rowan's Stalwarts, Wind-Scarred Crag.
Player Count: 2+
Time: Depending on format 20 - 70 minutes
Magic the Gathering (MtG) is a long running, collectable card game for two or more players. Each game represents a battle between powerful wizards, known as Planeswalkers, who have the ability to travel a multiverse - Within which lie countless worlds in habited by species as varied as the fantastic lands they live in.
Players will cast spells, summon creatures, and deploy artifacts to overcome their opponents. Typically, a player will win by reducing their opponent’s starting life points to zero, but there are other paths to victory.
Throne of Eldraine is the 82nd expansion for MtG, released on 4 October 2019. This expansion introduces a new gameplay mechanic: Adventure. It also introduces a new keyword ability: Adamant. The set’s overall design has been heavily influenced by European fairytales and Arthurian legend. Players can expect to find an abundance of Knight and Faerie creatures, and unique spells that play on the theme. You can read my summary of the set here: MTG Throne of Eldraine.
A Planeswalker deck is a pre-constructed, ready to play, 60 card deck - which also comes with two booster packs. This product is aimed primarily at new players, as it enables a player to jump right into the action. It will also help players begin to learn the strategies and mechanics of gameplay and deck construction. As part of the Throne of Eldraine product range, two Planeswalker decks have been released. Both contain cards showcasing the new themes and mechanics introduced in the Throne of Eldraine expansion.
|Planeswalker (1)Rowan, Fearless Sparkmage x1||Instant (3)Scorching Dragonfire x3|
|Creature (27)Acclaimed Contender x1|
Ardenvale Tactician x2
Garrison Griffin x4
Giant Killer x1
Inspiring Veteran x2
Knight of the Keep x2
Prized Griffin 2
Rimrock Knight x3
Rowan's Battleguard x3
Rowan's Stalwarts x2
Venerable Knight 2
Weaselback Redcap x1
Youthful Knight x2
|Sorcery (2)Joust x2|
|Artifact (2)Weapon Rack x2|
|Land (25)Wind-Scarred Crag x4|
Rowan's deck draws on Red (Mountain) and White (Plains) mana and focuses on creatures with the Knight subtype. Inspiring Veteran, Venerable Knight, and Acclaimed Contender all have strong synergies with other Knights. Inspiring Veteran will provide all your Knights with a +1/+1 buff, whilst in play. Venerable Knight provides an early attacker that will pump up another Knight when it dies - and Acclaimed Contender’s ability to gain a extra cards in hand will trigger whenever you successfully cast a Knight.
Ardenvale Tactician is a flying Knight, which gives you an evasive creature for combat. It can be played as an Instant, to tap two target creatures. This is a handy little trick for pre-combat phase, to neutralise some potentially tricky defending creatures.
Your Knights will help keep your opponent at bay until you can get Rowan, Fearless Sparkmage into play. Her offensive abilities will buff your creatures even further and help you clear out your opponent’s defenders, before striking directly. Should Rowan be removed from play, bring Rowan's Stalwarts into play, to retrieve her from your graveyard (or library.) Scorching Dragonfire and Giant Killer provide your removal options.
|Planeswalker (1)Oko, the Trickster x1||Enchantment (6)Charmed Sleep x3|
|Creature (25)Beanstalk Giant x1|
Bramblefort Fink x3
Faerie Vandal x2
Garenbrig Carver x3
Keeper of Fables x2
Maraleaf Pixie x3
Mistford River Turtle x2
Oko's Accomplices x4
Tome Raider x3
Tuinvale Treefolk x1
Wildborn Preserver x1
|Instant (3)Oko's Hospitality x2|
Return of the Wildspeaker x1
|Land (25)Thornwood Falls x4|
Oko's deck draws on Blue (Island) and Green (Forest) mana and highlights non-Human creature synergies and card draw. Keeper of Fables will enable you to draw a card each time one of your non-Human creatures deals damage to an opponent. As twenty two of the twenty five creatures in the deck are non-Humans, that's potentially going to trigger a lot. Tome Raider and Return of the Wildspeaker are also going to support card draw. The ability to draw extra cards is great as you'll have more options in your hand. If Faerie Vandal is in play, it will be gaining +1/+1 counters each turn.
Beanstalk Giant and Tuinvale Treefolk are big hitters that you want in play as quickly as possible. Pair one in attack with Mistford River Turtle, and you have an unblockable beast marching through to deliver a sizeable punch. Oko himself will buff your creatures with +1/+1 counters and can even become a copy of a creature and attack directly. Trigger his minus seven ability and give all your creatures power and toughness of ten, and Trample, until end of turn. If you time that right, the battle will be yours.
I enjoyed the Throne of Eldraine expansion, and the two Planeswalker Decks contain some fun cards to play with. Planeswalker decks are a product for the new players, and to them I'd recommend these in particular. They provide good examples of tribal deck construction (Rowan) and how to build around mechanics like card draw (Oko). The latter in particular is a good lesson to learn for new players. A big part of MtG (and my favourite part) is developing your own decks. Planeswalker products are a good foundation from which to start learning, and playing.
That said, collectors may want to pick this up, as both decks contain five exclusive cards. Those cards will not be available in any other Throne of Eldraine product.