Saturday, March 7, 2009

From the Wire: New Product Developments

The last few weeks have brought us a great deal of information about what is coming down the pipe from Wizards over the next few months. First up is a small amount of details on the greatly anticipated Devine Vs. Demonic box set scheduled to street on April 10, 2009.

So far we know that it will contain Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Luminous Angel, Lord of the Pit, and Demonic Tutor. I suspect that we will have full deck lists in the coming 2 weeks, but nothing confirmed yet. The most interesting thing about this product so far, ironically has nothing to do with this product.

The recently previewed artwork for Demonic Tutor features Lilliana Vess, and may impart an important clue as to the origin and identity to the Demonic Trio with which she has been reveled to be indebted to. It has long be believed that Lilliana's Demons were of Kami origins. Honestly I'm not entirely clear on this, but it has something to do with the Rune work tattoos which appear as her power is used. Several folks believe the Demonic Trio is composed of Kuro, Kyoki, and Yukora. Now, I think this artwork does confirm a Kami origin for this Demon, and supports the Trio's Kami origins, but I just don't think this artwork looks particularly like any one of the three in question. Strangely enough, this new artwork does resemble an odd hybridized version of all three Demons together. This has spurned a new theory that the demons manifest as one combined entity since their defeat in the Kami war. I for one am not yet sold on this idea, but it is interesting none the less.

On other fronts, Wizards has answered a lot of question recently about the future of core set. It turns out that both sides of the debate were correct, and that their theories were not mutually exclusive. There Will continue to be a core set, which will be a a radical departure from the past, but there will be no Eleventh Edition. For more information on this development, I recommend you read the official information from the mothership.

There has also been some information from Wizards confirming that there will be a new from the Vault set this Fall, and an unconfirmed report that there will be a Duel Deck this Christmas season as well. I suspect that the Vault will bring us Vampires, and that the new Duel Deck will be Beasts led by Garruk, and Zombies led by none other then Liliana herself as preludes to in Wizard Web comic from last year.

Hunter and the Veil part 1

Hunter and the Veil part 2

Hunter and the Veil part 3