Wizards has announced the decklist of ‘Teeth of the Predator,’ one of their new “Duels of the Planeswalkers” series of pre-constructed, 60-card decks. These decks are a spinoff of their xBox 360 title, Duels of the Planeswalkers. However, in a dumbfounding and likely ill-fated move, none of the decks will actually contain the planeswalkers they are branded with.
The packaging was announced on Monday the 19th of April. Immediately, in comments below this announcement, the dubious trick was highlighted: that while the packages all feature prominently the planeswalkers whose decks these allegedly are, none of the decks actually contain the planeswalkers in question.
Yep, that’s right. Garruk’s deck has exactly zero copies of Garruk Wildspeaker. And yes, that’s a huge picture of Garruk on the cover of the box. Check out the Garruk box:
Don’t be fooled by the phrase “The Garruk Wildspeaker Deck.” This doesn’t mean “deck featuring Garruk Wildspeaker” as we might reasonably presume, but rather something along the lines of “a deck someone like Garruk Wildspeaker might play.”
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I share the sentiment of Andrade, the first poster on the blog announcing the packaging:
There will be a lot of disappointed people if the decks don’t include a Planeswalker card. If I buy “The Nissa Revane deck” with a huge picture of Nissa on the box then I would expect to find a Nissa in there.
“Disappointed” is a bit of an understatement if you ask me. I’d substitute “pissed.” I, for one, would feel utterly deceived and cheated by this blatant near-false-advertising.
The biggest problem here is that this will inevitably only infuriate n00bs who are just getting into Magic, to whom these products appeal greatly as a way to supplement their nascent collections. Someone who is “in the know” and keeps up with Magic culture is far less likely to blindly buy a product on a whim without knowing the specific contents of that product. In short, experienced players won’t be duped by this crap. But the n00b just sees the picture and buys it. This is speculation, but it seems consistent with purchasing behaviors I’ve observed in an unscientific, personal way over the years.
So, WotC, shame on you for peddling this inferior and deceptive product. I don’t know who made this decision, or what their blood-alcohol level was at the time they made it, but you can bet this lemon of a product will tarnish the brand, and in a just world, those responsible for this trash would be purged from the company.