On Friday we posted a hands-on of the upcoming Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013. It was great. Really great, actually:

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 for the iPad is the full experience. I'd argue it's the best way I've played a Duels of the Planeswalkers game so far. The touch controls work exactly as you'd expect them to. Playing cards from your hand is as simple as dragging them on to the play field, targeting is done by tapping, and a few on-screen buttons control the rest of the things you need to do to advance the game. It feels so much better than playing with a controller.

As promised, here are a whole load of screenshots of the game. They're available in full iPad Retina Display resolution, which you can see by clicking (or tapping) on any of them. Take a look at how good the card text looks, it's night and day from the console version.

Duels of the Planeswalkers will be available on June 20th. I can't wait.

  • Dannyz2000

    Is this only for iPad?

    • regkilla

      seems like it

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp


    • http://www.facebook.com/david.sobiegraj David Sobiegraj

      Nope. PS3, PC, Xbox 360 and for the first time IOS.

      • regkilla

        iOS meaning only for iPad

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G433IKBRRDXDPA3BAUANN3XKO4 Larry

    Anyone know of a price yet?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=852830407 Nathaniel Christian Bottorff


  • StVincent

    I played a lot of MTG in the 90s, and never touched any of the DotP games. How customizable are the decks usually?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      They're not, if you're looking for complete customization that's what Magic Online is for. Think of this as a gateway drug into playing the actual real game.

      • Rothgarr

        Well if it's like previous games on Xbox Live you unlock cards whenever you beat an opponent in single player. So you can customize your deck but only with cards that are featured in this expansion. Not anywhere near as customizable as playing with physical cards or MtG:O but better than nothing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=852830407 Nathaniel Christian Bottorff

      Each pre-made deck will have between 70-80 cards that can be swapped in to customize your 60 card deck. You can't swap cards between the pre-mades. Everyone plays with the same card pool, so matches are very competitive.

  • http://www.vitaltitles.com/ Nick

    This looks incredibly amazing, but I PRAY it will work on a 1st gen iPad. That's what my wide is rocking and she would be devastated if it didn't work.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      They didn't flat out say that it wouldn't run on the original iPad but they did mention targeting the 2nd gen and newer. 🙁

      • Riggy

        And with just one comment, my Sunday is now ruined.

      • http://www.vitaltitles.com/ Nick

        Ugh. Well if it's like iOS 6 then not mentioning it may mean it just simply doesn't work on it... Blargh.

        Ah well, we will see. 9 more days!

    • xStatiCa

      You refer to your wife as wide? Shame on you 😉

      • http://www.vitaltitles.com/ Nick

        Hahahaha. Shhh, don't tell her I said that. She'd kick my ascots! Stupid autocorrect.

    • regkilla

      They left out the iPad 1 like they did the iPhone. SMH

  • Rothgarr

    Duels of the Planeswalkers if current $10 on Xbox Live but that's a little older. I wonder how much this will be for iPad. I'm guessing $10 or $15 which I would happily pay. Not sure how many of the IAPs I'd be up for...

  • lepeos

    Can't wait, this is going to be awesome, hope it runs smoothly on the iPad 2

  • blackout845

    Wheres all the good games for ios e3 2012 this yr is slacking the only game so far is dead trigger

    • Ryan Bach

      You're commenting on a story about one of the most exciting iOS releases in recent memory - a major multiplatform title making it to iOS along with its usual crop of PC and console platforms.  That's huge!  Baldur's Gate is also coming soon, and we're seeing a new wave of successful indie PC titles being ported constantly now that the new iPad is out (Gratuitous Space Battles, Uplink, Avernum...).  This is, far and away, the most exciting time since the platform launched to be an iOS gamer.  I don't know what you're disappointed about.

      As for E3: I don't know what games were showed there specifically.  E3 is a dying event, and iOS was historically not a part of it at all, so I don't know why anyone would be too concerned by which iOS titles did or did not get stage time there.  E3 is like the Superbowl commercials of gaming - they're entertaining, they're a tradition, but what does and does not make it there is of very little consequence the day the event is over.

      • blackout845

        Thanks man but all the games you stated i have no intrest in. Where are all the console quailty games at? These 99 cent play to waste time while you sit at the doctors office games are getting old. You have a powerful device such as the new ipad no more excuses. Like i said dead trigger looks amazing. Infinity blade dungons looks ok. Thats about it. E3 is suppose to showcase the next big and best thing and mobile games are at the for front as if now why not take advantage and give customers what they want and are willing to pay for. Just saying! Good talk though

      • MidianGTX

        The "console-quality" games are... on consoles. Hence people owning multiple platforms.

      • blackout845

        Thanks for you input but im looking for console quailty games on the go

  • xDyNaMiiCx

    And why is this not for iPhone 4s ?

    • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

      Because not everything designed on for an iPad looks/plays properly on a much smaller display.

      • Scape


        I have mtg 2012 running fine on my 4s. I use logmein and have it running on my pc. Works fine.

      • DotComCTO

        *sigh* OK. You win. All games and apps should look/work perfectly on the 4S. In fact, why even bother with an iPad version at all? There. Happy now?

      • regkilla

        iPhone 4S should get support!

  • http://twitter.com/thejoker177 elianel alifonso

    I have a iPad 2 but I realy want this game in my iPhone

  • Frank Hopewell-Smith

    If I was the developer I would worry about the experience on the iphone. There's a lot of reading to be done. The ipad is definitely the natural platform. Very Excited. 

    I think I'd pay up to £15 for it! 

  • http://twitter.com/PaeK6 Pae K.

    iapfree better works on this app. Muahahaha~~~!!

    • Rothgarr

      Not cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andyng211 Andy Nguyen

    What so goood about this crap? I dont see anything interesting.

    • blackout845

      Well said

  • UnSurreal

    June 20th can't come soon enough... I loved loved loved DOTP 2012 on my PS3. Having the ability to play this on my ipad is mind blowing.

  • David Luchetti

    does anyone know if it will have async multiplayer?

    also, i hope it works well on the iPad 1 ... i can't afford to upgrade this year ;*(

  • heretikeen

    Funny how people that don't care about M:TG have nothing better to do than troll the comments section.

  • Quickmix

    It's time for Magic, can't wait 🙂

  • callmericard0

    Really looking forward to this.

  • Frank Hopewell-Smith

    Asynchronous multiplayer would be unbelievable. Doubt it will happen though. 

  • http://twitter.com/TouchedWieners Tyler Piderit

    Can anyone recommend a good card game for iPhone that people are playing? I don't have an iPad but kind of want to get into one of these on my phone :).


    • tops2

      Try Ascension. 1st card game of these type for me and I like it a lot. Pretty easy to learn the mechanics of the game. There's also multiplayer if your interested.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jhartloff Jason Hartloff

      Try Shadow Era... Great game

    • Bonta-kun

      Take a look at BANG!, Food Fight and Nightfall as well.

    • romevi


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fokion-Harokopos/1533190553 Fokion Harokopos

    Well to all intents and purposes, this is a console quality game. It's not an action blockbuster with lots of eye candy, it never was. Unless Apple approves some kind of controller, people who want console quality games on the go are much better off with a Vita IMO (or a 3DS perhaps).

    • Bonta-kun

      Nah, not the Vita. Given the microscopic sections I've seen for it in every games store, it seems Sony are screwing up another handheld. They're like Sega was with home consoles - can't market them for toffee (the evidence of their other machines suggests that the Megadrive was a fluke, and even then the Super Nintendo was far superior).

      If anything, right now the handheld market from the top down goes Mobiles (iOS tussling it out with 'droid), (3)DS, Vita. I see folk with their phones/iPods/'droidphones and DSes out wherever I go - NEVER seen a single Vita as of yet, not even with pals that I know have one. And even then, that's being kind to Sony - I wanted to include the Game Gear, Lynx, Neo•Geo Pocket and Wonderswan...

  • UnSurreal

    Does anyone know if Duels 2013 will support in-game chat for the iPad?

  • odi0n

    Why are you not digging up more details?
    Video of iPad gameplay?