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Wizards of the Coast announces 'Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning'

logo for the new Duel Deck "Speed vs. Cunning"
logo for the new Duel Deck "Speed vs. Cunning"
Wizards of the Coast

Today, April 2, Wizards of the Coast announced, via their website, a new addition to the "Magic: The Gathering" Duel Deck series: "Speed vs. Cunning."

Here is a quick blurb regarding the new duel deck:

Racing across the blazing steppe, the wave of attackers crests the barren hills. Nothing can stop their reckless advance. These warriors live fast, fight hard, and strike terror into the hearts of those in their path. The scarred countryside seems abandoned. Then, suddenly, hidden fighters spring from ambush. The overconfident enemy recoils in surprise, outflanked and outsmarted. Who will prevail, the swift or the sly?

So, what can we take from this? Not much really. Besides the logistics, the announcement doesn't give much information regarding what cards we will see. However, there are a few clues in the title we can extract. "Speed vs. Cunning" could possibly stand for an aggressive strategy versus a more controlling one. This could lead to some possible color schemes of green versus blue, red versus white, or maybe a combination of green and red versus blue and white. Unfortunately, that still does not leave us with much. Even the blurb is greatly vague.

One thing is for sure, those who like to speculate on the price of singles will be thinking hard as sometimes these duel decks tend to reprint popular cards. As you may recall, the last time a special set reprinted a popular card were the "Duel Decks: Jace Vs. Vraska." In case you didn't know, the card "Remand" was reprinted in the duel deck. This is a very popular counterspell that originated from the expansion "Ravnica: City of Guilds." With the popularity of modern, the card has exploded in price holding around $15 while the reprinted version from the duel deck is steady around $10. Luckily, for consumers and collectors, this didn't have much of an impact of the overall price of "Jace vs. Vraska." In fact, in most cases, the MSRP remained the same.

"Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning" will be released on September 5, 2014 and online October 6 2014. The MSRP is $19.99, and the deck design and deck development was done by Chris Millar and Sam Stoddard. For the social media gurus, you can tweet about the new duel deck using the hashtag #MTGSVC.

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