Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Magic Duels - So you want to grind gold?



If you've gotten the itch to play Magic on the go or even on your computer and you don't feel like dropping a lot of money on it, Magic Duels is an awesome alternative. Not only is it similar to previous Duel of the Planeswalker games but it will also continue to add sets as they release. It's not perfect but it's definitely a good alternative.

Magic Duels gives you the ability to either buy packs with real money or grind for gold by either completing the campaign missions or by winning duel games either by AI or real people. It costs 150 gold to buy one Pack and you also receive daily quests to complete every day to help you get gold faster. You do have a 400 gold a day cap that you can grind for by dueling in AI and multiplayer battles.

So you've decided to get into Magic Duels and you don't really want to drop money to buy packs to get the cards you need? Well, no worries! What I will showcase today are two decks you can build to help you grind for gold fast! The best way to do this is to go up against the Hard AI as that nets you 15 gold each time you win. Why the Hard AI? Well the Hard AI isn't the fastest and neither is the AI very smart, so why not exploit that to help you get that gold fast?

The first deck I will showcase are all cards you can use right away! If you don't want to complete the campaign and rather just grind for gold now this deck will be perfect for you. I do recommend to at least complete 1 or 2 of the campaigns as they net you a decent amount of gold and you can buy a few packs which can help with your goal to collect all the cards.


As you can see there are a lot of creatures in this deck. The starter cards you get aren't chocked full of spells, so we need to make due with what we have. Red has always been known for fast so we're sticking with it here. When I was grinding with this deck I always found Foundry Street Denizen and Flaring Flame-Kin to be my go-to cards. They were particularly of value and always netted me decent damage to the opponent.

You'll want to play this deck very fast and use spot removal when you have it. Starting off with one land is tricky but doable, make sure you have at least two lands. Once you get the hang of it and start buying some Origins or BFZ packs you can start replacing cards with the deck I currently use now for grinding gold as seen below.


There are a lot less creatures in this iteration and 2 fewer lands but more spells. The prowess ability on both the Abbot's and Mage-Ring's are extremely helpful. This has become my main go-to deck for when I am in between rounds on MTGO draft's and want to grind some gold in the meantime or even if I want to get a quick game of MTG in. I've been able to win by Turn 4 consistently with this build, even if I decide to do 1v1 against someone.

So there you have it. Two decks to use if you want to grind gold fast in Magic Duels. I plan on showcasing some more decks from Magic Duels in the future. I find the game pretty fun and hope Stainless and Wizards continues to support it. Thanks for reading and have a great day!