nd now for a brief change of topic. Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 is being released on June 15 (although that date might vary by platform and region), and you can already preorder it on Steam if you want to play it on your PC.
Ah, you say, but what's in it for you? What sort of enticement have we created to get you to preorder it? Well, how about a special hat? How about two special hats?
To be more specific, how about two Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 in-game items for Team Fortress 2? If you play Team Fortress 2, how can you live with yourself if you don't get Chandra's goggles for your scout, or Garruk's helm for your medic? Their official names are "Planeswalker goggles" and "Planeswalker helm," but c'mon. Just look at them. Look!
At this point, you're obviously completely sold on the idea, right? So all we have to do is point you to the Steam presale and be on our way.
But just in case you aren't completely up on the state of the game, here are some fascinating bullet points about just why you should be excited about Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012:
All-new and redesigned: Bigger and better in every way, Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 takes last year's massive hit game and adds new graphics and music, new cards and decks, new challenges, and new multiplayer game modes!
Gather your allies to face new Archenemies: In the new Archenemy format, you and two allies (players or AI) must work together to take down a powerful Archenemy and survive the extra powers from the Archenemy's special scheme deck
New decks using some of the newest cards: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 features ten new decks using cards from the latest Magic:The Gathering expansions, including your first chance to play with cards from the Magic 2012 Core Set. Each deck also offers 16 additional cards that can be unlocked as well.
Modify your deck for your own play style: We listened to what the community asked for, and in Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 players can now modify their decks to play the way they want. Players can add or remove cards from both starting cards and earned unlocked cards for each deck. Want more spells or creatures in your deck? The choice is yours!
Fifteen puzzling challenge levels: Puzzles are back and better than ever with difficulties ranging from easy to (really) hard including new Archenemy challenges.
Three- and Four-Player Enhanced Co-op Play: Co-op play is enhanced in Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012. For the first time, players can invite their friends anywhere in the world to partner up with them to take on the Archenemy or play against live opponents in Two-Headed Giant competition.