Speed vs Cunning Duel Decks

Are you all about the speed or are you witty enough to be cunning? Try out these new duel decks to see for yourself. These latest decks boast a cool flavour while introducing the new set – Khans of Tarkir.

What I love about these duel decks that come out each year is they always reprint something old while introducing unreleased new cards. In these decks, they bring back old school stuff as shown below

Goblin WarchiefReckless AbandonImpulseGoblin Bombardment


Plus some modern goodies like these

Lightning HelixMana LeakLightning AngelRepeal


A few commander bombs

Arcanis the OmnipotentKrenko, Mob BossSphinx of UthuunBanefire


And some unreleased new stuff

Zurgo HelmsmasherMardu Heart-PiercerThousand WindsJeskai Elder

Follow this link to view the full decklists here.


I’ve already got myself a copy of this duel deck and had a great session playing them against each other with my mate Ethan. We’ve found that these decks have a lot of potential for use as a basis for commander decks. The goblins can really blow out and Zurgo hits very hard if unanswered. Plus we found great potential with the new “Prowess” mechanic as it will go great in a Jeskai themed (blue, white, red) tempo deck. There are lots of hidden tricks within both decks and they are pretty much evenly matched. Play of the night went to me casting Act of Treason to steal Ethan’s Arcanis the Omnipotent for the turn, tapping Arcanis to draw 3 cards where I drew into a Goblin Bombardment, which I cast then sacrificed Arcanis to deal one damage to Ethan’s life total instead of giving him back his card that would shut me out of the game.

The main 2 cards that appealed to me, which meant I had to buy this duel deck as soon as I saw it, was the foiled alternate art of Arcanis the Omnipotent which goes straight into a commander deck of mine that is nearly all foiled out and the Lightning Angel which is now finally reprinted in the new modern bordered card frame. Plus there are lots of unique cards in the speed deck that makes a great start to a mono red goblin deck lead by Krenko for commander.

After saying that, what’s an article without one of my tasty deck lists to try? Here is a Modern Jeskai Tempo deck that includes my old favourite – Lightning Angel

LAND 22                                                                                                                    

2   Arid Mesa

4   Flooded Strand

1   Hallowed Fountain

2   Island

1   Mountain

1   Plains

1   Sacred Foundry

4   Scalding Tarn

4   Seachrome Coast

2   Steam Vents

CREATURES 16                                                                                           

4   Delver of Secrets

4   Snapcaster Mage

4   Young Pyromancer

4   Lightning Angel

SPELLS 22                                                                          

4   Lightning Bolt

3   Spell Snare

3   Path to Exile

4   Lightning Helix

4   Mana Leak

2   Electrolyze

2   Jeskai Charm



For our lucky readers, Australian Tabletop Gaming Network will be giving away a copy of the Speed vs Cunning Duel Deck. To be in the running simply register yourself to this site and leave a comment below about what excites you the most about these duel decks.

Competition closes midnight September 30th.  Competition is open to Australian residents only.  Winner will be notified via email.

~ Dan

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