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Magic Duels turns your screen into a card table (pictures)

When it comes to converting the classic tabletop card game to digital platforms, Magic Duels has a few tricks up its sleeve.

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Luke Lancaster

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Magic Duels is the latest in a long line of digital adaptations of the tabletop card game Magic: The Gathering.

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The single-player mode follows the origin stories of some of Magic's best known characters.

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The play area looks spacious, but the cards themselves feel a little cramped in action.

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An attacker and a blocker trade blows.

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There's a lot of complex rules, but you can zoom in on cards for reminders.

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It's helpful for the more complex creatures, like the transforming Planeswalkers.

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It's also a handy way to trigger special abilities.

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The game is available on a number of different platforms, but disappointingly, your card collection isn't shared between them. Get ready to see a lot of padlocks.

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In Magic, players build custom decks to play against each other. Luckily, the deck builder is very beginner-friendly.

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Just pick a play style and go.

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The game provides both specific advice...

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...and general deck-building tips.

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Just click and drag from the available options until all the slots in your 60-card deck are full.

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There's also an expert mode, which lets you add any card from your library to a deck.

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Daily quests keep the in-game currency rolling in, so you can buy more packs of random cards.

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