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Review: 'Primordial Hunger' deck devours all in 'Planechase (2012 Edition)'

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For the past week I've been devouring my opponents with "Primordial Hunger," one of four new "Magic: The Gathering" decks from the "Planechase (2012 Edition)" multiplayer expansion being released by Wizards of the Coast on June 1, 2012.

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"Planechase (2012 Edition)" introduces a new type of planar card called phenomenon, which represent the dangers that can lurk between planes. You may only have two phenomenon cards in your planar deck (or two for each player in a community planar deck). If you've never played a game of "Planechase" then read about all the rules here on Wizards.com.

All ten of the oversized planar cards are unique to the "Primordial Hunger" deck, and it also features six brand new normal sized "Magic: The Gathering cards" with it: Thromok the Insatiable, Preysizer Dragon, Dragonlair Spider, Beetleback Chief, Brindle Shoat, and Fractured Powerstone. There are also five other rares included (Awakening Zone, Mitotic Slime, Mycoloth, Hellion Eruption, and Warstorm Surge), bringing the total rare count to an impressive eight.

"Primodial Hunger" Decklist
Planes (8)
1 Furnace Layer
1 Jund
1 Kilnspire District
1 Lair of the Ashen Idol
1 Orochi Colony
1 Prahv
1 Selesnya Loft Gardens
1 Stensia
Phenomena (2)
1 Reality Shaping
1 Spatial Merging
Creatures (25)
2 Tukatongue Thallid
2 Brindle Shoat
1 Nest Invader
2 Viridian Emissary
1 Wall of Blossoms
1 Hissing Iguanar
2 Mudbutoon Torchrunner
2 Thunder-Thrash Elder
1 Gluttonous Slime
1 Nullmage Advocate
1 Thorn-Thrash Viashino
2 Beetleback Chief
1 Penumbra Spider
1 Hellkite Hatchling
1 Mitotic Slime
1 Mycoloth
1 Thromok the Insatiable
1 Preysizer Dragon
1 Dragonlair Spider
Other Spells (11)
2 Flayer Husk
1 Fractured Powerstone
1 Fiery Conclusion
1 Fling
1 Mark of Mutiny
1 Awakening Zone
1 Fires of Yavimaya
1 Overrun
1 Hellion Eruption
1 Warstorm Surge
Lands (24
2 Gruul Turf
2 Kazandu Refuge
1 Khalni Garden
1 Skarrg, the Rage Pits
1 Terramorphic Expanse
11 Forest
6 Mountain

There are two large differences in the packaging that make "Primordial Hunger" and the rest of the new "Planechase (2012 Edition)" decks stand apart from their predecessors. The original "Planechase" decks features several of the planes visible on the front of the box, and the new "Planechase (2012 Edition)" has them in one stack. While fanning the planes out makes the box have a higher visual appeal, the oversized planar cards could easily become damaged when removing them from the packaging. While that might have only happened in rare occasions, it's not something you'll have to worry about when opening your "Planechase (2012 Edition)" deck. Additionally, the old "Planechase" decks all came with the same colored cardboard box, making them indistinguishable from one another if you had bought them all. Each of the four new decks has their own different colored box this time around.

Many of the cards in "Primordial Hunger" help offset the intense devour costs you'll be paying by utilizing creatures that produce "enters the battlefield" or "leaves the battlefield" effects. Because every creature in the deck without devour provides some sort of card advantage, you'll slowly overwhelm your opponent with all the little incremental abilities of cards.

Early examples include Brindle Shoat, Tukatongue Thallid, and Viridian Emissary, while a later Awakening Zone or Mitotic Slime will help fuel your larger devour creatures like Preysizer Dragon. In one instance I was able to cast Thromok the Insatiable with a Warstorm Surge on the battlefield.

The new planes in "Primordial Hunger" amplify the effects of all your cards, and encountering one of the two new phenomenon cards in your deck can lead to some crazy scenarios. For instance, you might Spatial Merging into a Selesnya Loft Gardens and Jund at the same time with a Beetleback Chief or Hellion Eruption in your hand.

"Primordial Hunger" makes a great choice if you like to Overrun your opponents into the ground with an aggressive creature based deck. The best feature of the deck though is its price. At an MSRP of $19.99, the "Primordial Hunger" deck is a steal.

Related: "Savage Auras," "Chaos Reigns," and "Night of the Ninja."

How will you use "Primordial Hunger" deck from "Planechase (2012 Edition)?" Share your opinions below.

Please note that this review was based upon an advance review copy provided for free by Wizards of the Coast.

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