Magic Duels’ Eldritch Moon Expansion Rising Next Week

Now that the Duels of the Planeswalkers series has gone free-to-play, new sets are being released for the video games alongside their cardboard launches. That’s nice. Magic’s Eldritch Moon expansion will hit tabletops on July 22nd but Wizards of the Coast have announced we’ll actually see it early on desktops and laptops in Magic Duels [official site] on July 20th.

It’ll continue the Shadows over Innistrad block with a new story campaign, a new pre-built deck, and new cards with new mechanics. You can, for example, meld a town’s soldiers and its battlements to form a writhing, horror-spawning meat-town. Nice.

Eldritch Moon will bring 126 extra cards to Magic Duels and the set introduces three new card mechanics too.

‘Emerge’ is an ability on some frightful Eldrazi horrors which gives a discount on casting them if you pay the Emerge cost alongside sacrificing a creature. Your lovely little bears and merfolk and elves split open to reveal horrors within. Ace.

Similarly, ‘Meld’ is an ability to combine two specific cards into one honking great horror. Two angels tormented by a jellyfish Titan become a two-headed mess of wings and tendrils. A horde of rats and some scavenging rogues Meld into a one single shambling mound of meat and limbs. And a town’s soldiers can merge with the town’s battlements to become the aforementioned meat-town. Fantastic. In the tabletop game, the Melded version is printed across the backs of both cards so players flip and combine them when Melding.

Lastly, ‘Escalate’ cards have multiple distinct abilities, with more triggering as you pay costs beyond the spell’s casting cost. These extra costs can be anything from paying mana to discarding cards.

Eldritch Moon’s full card listing is over here. Reading up on all this has me hungry for Magic again. I am glad expansions are coming regularly for Duels now, frequent enough to keep me away from the cardboard. Duels isn’t great but it’s good enough.

Magic Duels is free-to-play on Steam. Virtual card packs are on sale now too.

The expansion will also have an accompanying update with bug fixes, stability improvements, and some cards being swapped out for others. This here video has some wizards to explain all the details:


  1. bbkenny says:

    I love the art they do for these games, but the game itself doesn’t interest me much at all. I’d love to trawl through higher defintion pictures of the art though. I could do that for hours.

  2. Aparter says:

    Lol Wut, is the game still running?
    Installed -> Never connected to server – Uninstalled…

    • Jmnea says:

      It’s been getting less shit with the larger card base. Only issue is they usually only do bug patches during regular card update patches.

  3. RanDomino says:

    Duels is very good in some ways and the worst thing I’ve ever played in some ways. If you already play Magic, you will be gobsmacked by the liberties Duels takes with the rules (for example, there’s no upkeep or draw step- if there are upkeep triggers, they happen in a nebulous time between the opponent’s end step and your draw, which is more or less at the start of the first main phase). The timer/priority system is mind-bogglingly terrible, apparently designed for the purpose of making players give away as much information as possible and usually miss the correct time to do things. You will tap the wrong lands all.the.time. And perhaps most bizarre is that they don’t have all the cards- it looks like from each set there’s something like 10 mythics, 35 rares, and some number of uncommons and commons- and you can only have one of each mythic, two of each rare, and three of each uncommon (and four of each common, at least).

    In other words, this is a completely different game from cardboard Magic. It’s horrible but free and it’s still essentially Magic.

    If you have not played cardboard Magic before, STAY AWAY FROM DUELS. It will ruin you for the real game. Just ask one of your appropriately nerdy friends to teach you. Yes, it will cost more money in the long run, but it’s a real game played by real people who live in houses and wear hats & so forth.

    • Jmnea says:

      It’s a gateway game. If they had all the cards, it would be better than MGO with it’s 90s ass UI. They’re fixing some of the priority mistakes finally with this patch