Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari

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Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari
Izzet vs. Golgari
Set symbol
DDJ symbol.jpg
Design team
Chris Millar
Development team
Mark Gottlieb
Art Director
Release date
September 7, 2012
Themes and mechanics
"Graveyard matters",
Instants and sorcery spells
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
(two 60-card theme decks)
Expansion code
(short for Duel Decks J)
Duel Decks sets
Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt
Magic: The Gathering chronology
From the Vault: Realms Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari Return to Ravnica
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari packaging. [1]

Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari is the 10th set in the Duel Decks series. It was released on September 7, 2012, with an MSRP of US$19.99. [2][3]

Izzet vs. Golgari contains two preconstructed theme decks, one centered on the Izzet League guild of Ravnica and the other around the Golgari Swarm guild. Izzet vs. Golgari depicts the struggle for supremacy, of the Ravnican undercity and of the wider Ravnica, between two guilds, ultimately stemming from ideological considerations.

Description[edit | edit source]

Izzet vs. Golgari features two cards with alternate art and holographic treatment; Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord and Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind. Furthermore, the set includes another ten cards with alternate art; Brainstorm, Life // Death, Feast or Famine, Fire // Ice, Golgari Signet, Golgari Thug, Izzet Chronarch, Izzet Signet, Prophetic Bolt, and Putrefy.

In addition to this, the Duel Deck contains two copies of the Manag.gif 1/1 Saproling creature token, which is created by Golgari Germination and Korozda Guildmage.

Flavor[edit | edit source]

The Izzet League, under the ingenious mind of its guildmaster, the dragon Niv-Mizzet, has dabbled, delved, and decoded many mysteries in its insatiable thirst for knowledge. Now the dracomagus seeks to plumb the depths of Ravnica's undercity. But the Golgari don't welcome interlopers in their dank, moldy realm.

Under the command of the elvish lich lord Jarad, the Golgari have dwelled in darkness long enough. The Swarm grows restless and its rot farms need fresh corpses. Jarad believes the time is right to teach Niv-Mizzet's magewrights a lesson: that there is no place for Izzet research in the vicious cycle of life and death.[2]

Decklists[edit | edit source]

Izzet[edit | edit source]

10 Island
9 Mountain
1 Forgotten Cave
2 Izzet Boilerworks
1 Lonely Sandbar
1 Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind

1 Djinn Illuminatus
1 Galvanoth
1 Gelectrode
1 Goblin Electromancer
1 Izzet Chronarch
1 Izzet Guildmage
2 Kiln Fiend
1 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
1 Ogre Savant
2 Shrewd Hatchling
1 Steamcore Weird
2 Wee Dragonauts

1 Brainstorm
1 Call to Heel
1 Dissipate
1 Fire // Ice
1 Force Spike
1 Izzet Charm
1 Magma Spray
1 Overwhelming Intellect
1 Prophetic Bolt
2 Pyromatics
1 Street Spasm
1 Thunderheads
1 Invoke the Firemind
1 Reminisce
1 Train of Thought
1 Vacuumelt

1 Quicksilver Dagger

1 Isochron Scepter
1 Izzet Signet
1 Sphinx-Bone Wand

The rares in this deck are Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind (holographic foil), Djinn IlluminatusGalvanothInvoke the FiremindProphetic Bolt, and Sphinx-Bone Wand.

Golgari[edit | edit source]

8 Forest
10 Swamp
1 Barren Moor
1 Dakmor Salvage
2 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Svogthos, the Restless Tomb
1 Tranquil Thicket

1 Boneyard Wurm
1 Brain Weevil
1 Doomgape
1 Dreg Mangler
2 Elves of Deep Shadow
1 Eternal Witness
1 Gleancrawler
1 Golgari Grave-Troll
2 Golgari Rotwurm
1 Golgari Thug
1 Greater Mossdog
1 Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
1 Korozda Guildmage
1 Plagued Rusalka
1 Putrid Leech
1 Ravenous Rats
1 Reassembling Skeleton
1 Sadistic Hypnotist
1 Shambling Shell
1 Stingerfling Spider
1 Stinkweed Imp
1 Feast or Famine
1 Ghoul's Feast
2 Putrefy

1 Grim Flowering
1 Life // Death
1 Life from the Loam
1 Nightmare Void
1 Twilight's Call
1 Vigor Mortis

1 Golgari Germination
1 Yoke of the Damned

1 Golgari Signet

The rares in this deck are Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord (holographic foil), DoomgapeGleancrawlerGolgari Grave-TrollLife from the Loam, and Twilight's Call.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Monty Ashley. (August 8, 2012.) "Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Monty Ashley. (May 7, 2012.) "Announcing Izzet vs. Golgari", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Trick Jarrett. (August 27, 2012.) "Playing with Izzet vs. Golgari", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.

External links[edit | edit source]

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