Ascend Into Darkness is the first expansion to Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 by Wizards of the Coast and Stainless Games and will be releasing later this fall. Ascend Into Darkness will introduce new decks, cards, play modes, challenges, and a new planeswalker: Ral Zarek.
Because Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 introduced Kiora Atua, who “won’t become a card immediately – or even at all,” it would be safe to presume that Ral Zarek will receive the same treatment.
Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 will feature six Innistrad preview cards, one of which is Bloodgift Demon (which we previously speculated to be included in M12 alongside Angelic Destiny).
You can check out several new screenshots of the Ascend Into Darkness expansion in this slideshow.
The first expansion to Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 will also allow players to be the Archenemy instead of just playing against the Archenemy. There will also be 11 new single player levels “where you must defeat three Planeswalkers as the Archenemy, and you can create multiplayer games and choose to play either as the Archenemy or as a Planeswalker battling to take down the Archenemy.”
Highlights of the Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 expansion include:
- Three new playable decks: Liliana Vess’s “Grave Whispers” deck, Ajani Goldmane’s “Auramancer” deck, and Ral Zarek’s “Cloudburst” deck
- Six exclusive sneak-preview cards from the upcoming Innistrad expansion
- Players can become the Archenemy in single-player and online multiplayer formats
- Six new single-player campaign levels and eleven Archenemy single-player campaign levels
- Four Archenemy challenges
- Four additional card unlocks for all thirteen Duels 2012 decks
- New achievements on Xbox, Steam, and PlayStation
- New loading screens featuring art and text exclusive to the Duels 2012 Expansion
Attendees of PAX on August 25-28 will be able to visit the Magic: the Gathering booth and play the first Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 expansion Ascend into Darkness before it is on sale.
Don’t own Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 yet? Those who purchase Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 will be able to receive one of three new alternate art promotional foils: Grave Titan, Inferno Titan, or Frost Titan (while supplies last).
For more information about Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012, visit duelsoftheplaneswalkers.com
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Magic 2012 Core Set card lists:
White card list, Blue card list, Black card list, Red card list, Green card list, Artifact and Land card list
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New Phyrexia card lists:
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