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'Tatsurion vs. Razorkinder Battle Decks' decklist and review

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Tatsurion vs. Razorkinder Battle Decks

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Wizards of the Coast's new "Kaijudo The Dojo Edition" launches today, and those interested in the game would be wise to pick up the "Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters" battle decks "Tatsurion vs. Razorkinder." A reboot of the old "Duel Masters" franchise, although the game is based loosely off the kid's television show on the Hub TV Network the game isn't just for children. Easy to learn, "Kaijudo" is a refreshing change of pace from "Magic: The Gathering" while still boasting a wealth of strategy and player interaction.

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You can demo the game and play "Kaijudo Online" for free at www.kaijudo.com/games/tcgo/index.html.

In "Kaijudo" any card can be a resource, meaning that there's no "mana screw" or "mana flooding" like there is in "Magic." In lieu of life, each player has five "Shields," which are cards placed face down from their deck at the start of a game. When a player is damaged by an opponent one of their shields breaks, and is placed into their hand. Players win successfully attacking an opponent with one of their creatures when they have no shields or when their opponent can't draw a card from their library.

To add even more tension, some spells have the ability "Shield Blast" that lets you cast them for free when they are put into your hand from a broken shield. For instance, the card called Terror Pit normally costs seven mana to play and banishes a creature. When it's the card drawn from a broken shield you'll be able to deal with your opponent's best creature for free.

The "Tatsurion vs. Razorkinder" battle decks come with two 40 card decks, each with their own magnetic locking case, similar to what "Magic" players have seen in the "From the Vault" series. The cases are supposed to represent the "tablets" used by characters in the show. I was able to fit both 40 card decks sleeved into one of the two tablets. I can't stress how nice the packaging is. As a "Magic: The Gathering" player I'd be willing to pay a few extra dollars to have a similar presentation on any of the "Duel Deck" products. There are also two code cards that can be used to unlock cards from the online game.

"Tatsurion Battle Deck" deck list
Creatures (29)
1 Tatsurion
1 Roaming Bloodmane
1 Flametropus
2 Rumbling Terrasaur
1 Raging Goliant
2 Essence Elf
2 Bronze-Arm Tribe
1 Brave Giant
3 Ambush Scorpion
3 Simian Trooper Grash
2 Pryo Trooper
2 Little Hissy
3 Gatling Skyterror
2 Draglide the Swiftest
3 Blaze Belcher
Spells (11)
2 Comet Missile
1 Overcharge
2 Rock Bite
2 Return to the Soil
1 Tornado Flame
1 Robot Trap
2 Sprout

The "Tatsurion Battle Deck" is a fast and aggressive deck that has a low mana curve. The deck's weakness is that none of its creatures have "blocker," the ability to stop an opposing creature in combat. As each turn passes "Tatsurion Battle Deck" looses a bit of its steam against the more controlling "Razorkinder Battle Deck" that packs a whopping eight creatures with "blocker." With a high mana curve, the "Razorkinder Battle Deck" patiently builds its defenses and gains card advantage until it plays its awesome late game threats.

"Razorkinder Battle Deck" decklist
Creatures (30)
1 Razorkinder
1 King Nautilus
1 Gigargon
1 Zagaan, the Bone knight
1 Skull Cutter
3 Skeeter Swarmer
1 Horrid Stinger
3 Grave Warm Hatchling
2 Fumes
2 Dream Pirate
3 Brain Squirmer
1 Reef-Eye
1 King Pontias
3 Hydrobot Crab
2 Hydra Spy
2 Frogzooka
2 Aqua Seneschal
Spells (10)
2 Ice Blade
3 Bone Blades
1 Teleport
2 Spy Mission
1 Death Smoke
1 Terror Pit

The two "Kaijudo" battle decks make perfect archenemies to each other. There's a lot of subtle strategy involved and new interactions to discover even after playing with the "Tatsurion vs. Razorkinder Battle Decks" after an extended amount of time.

Rating: 5 of 5

The "Tatsurion vs. Razorkinder Battle Decks" are available for an MSRP of $24.99.

To find a place to purchase and play the "Kaijudo Battle Decks", visit the Kaijudo Store Locator at Wizards.com.

For more information about "Kaijudo," visit www.kaijudo.com or like Kaijudo on Facebook.

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

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