Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth

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Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth
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Set symbol
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Design team
Chris Millar,
Mark Gottlieb
Development team
Chris Millar,
Mark Gottlieb
Art Director
Release date
March 30, 2012
Themes and mechanics
"Enters-the-battlefield" effects,
"Mountains matter",
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
(two 60-card theme decks)
Expansion code
(short for Duel Decks I)
Duel Decks sets
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Dark Ascension Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth Avacyn Restored

Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth is the ninth set in the Duel Decks series. It was released on March 30, 2012, with an MSRP is US$19.99.[1] [2]

Venser vs. Koth contains two preconstructed theme decks, one centered around Venser, the Sojourner and the other around Koth of the Hammer. Venser vs. Koth depicts the struggle between two planeswalkers and is a set of largely flavor-based theme decks.

Description[edit | edit source]

Venser vs. Koth features two cards with alternate art and holographic treatment; Koth of the Hammer and Venser, the Sojourner. Furthermore, the set includes another five cards with alternate art; Anger, Chartooth Cougar, Path to Exile, Plated Geopede, and Preordain. [3]

In addition to this, the Duel Deck contains one of each emblem card for each of the two planeswalker's ultimate abilities.[4]

Venser vs. Koth was panned by critics and was ill-received, with some citing a lack of power, lack of favorable card–card interactions or synergy in both decks, and the "broad but shallow" approach with themes and mechanics.[4]

Background[edit | edit source]

Venser vs. Koth is based on the novel The Quest for Karn, which tells the story of the Scars of Mirrodin block.

Two Planeswalkers, one compassionate, one calculating, gave their all to save a world.

The Planeswalker Koth, from the metal plane of Mirrodin, sought help when his world darkened. He traveled to Dominaria to enlist allies and met fellow Planeswalker Venser.

When Venser recognized the threat to Koth's world was none other than Phyrexia, he knew that the only hope for Mirrodin was to find its maker. But that would mean forsaking its people in the meantime.

Koth would rather die than turn his back on his fellow Mirrans. But Venser knew they would all die anyway if they failed to reach Karn, his former mentor and creator of Mirrodin.

Two Planeswalkers, one goal, very different methods. Recreate the struggle to lead the way to Mirrodin's salvation. [1]

Decklists[edit | edit source]

Venser[edit | edit source]

Evade and Shimmer  
11 Island
7 Plains
1 Azorius Chancery
1 Flood Plain
1 New Benalia
2 Sejiri Refuge
1 Soaring Seacliff

1 Whitemane Lion
1 Augury Owl
1 Coral Fighters
1 Minamo Sightbender
1 Mistmeadow Witch
2 Scroll Thief
1 Neurok Invisimancer
2 Slith Strider
1 Sky Spirit
1 Wall of Denial
1 Galepowder Mage
1 Kor Cartographer
1 Clone
1 Cryptic Annelid
1 Primal Plasma
1 Sawtooth Loon
1 Cache Raiders
1 Windreaver
1 Jedit's Dragoons
1 Sunblast Angel
1 Sphinx of Uthuun
1 Path to Exile
1 Safe Passage
1 Vanish into Memory
2 Overrule

2 Preordain
1 Revoke Existence

1 Sigil of Sleep
1 Angelic Shield
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Steel of the Godhead

1 Venser, the Sojourner

The rares in this deck are Venser, the Sojourner (holographic foil), CloneGalepowder MageSphinx of UthuunSunblast Angel, and Windreaver.

Koth[edit | edit source]

Erupt and Overwhelm  
25 Mountain

2 Plated Geopede
1 Pygmy Pyrosaur
2 Pilgrim's Eye
1 Aether Membrane
2 Fiery Hellhound
1 Vulshok Sorcerer
1 Anger
1 Cosi's Ravager
1 Vulshok Berserker
1 Bloodfire Kavu
1 Stone Giant
1 Geyser Glider
1 Lithophage
1 Torchling
1 Chartooth Cougar
1 Earth Servant
1 Greater Stone Spirit
1 Bloodfire Colossus
1 Downhill Charge
1 Searing Blaze
2 Seismic Strike

1 Jaws of Stone
1 Spire Barrage
1 Volley of Boulders

1 Armillary Sphere
1 Journeyer's Kite
1 Vulshok Battlegear
1 Vulshok Morningstar
2 Wayfarer's Bauble

1 Koth of the Hammer

The rares in this deck are Koth of the Hammer (holographic foil), Bloodfire ColossusLithophageTorchlingJourneyer's Kite, and Volley of Boulders.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Monty Ashley. (August 18, 2011.) "Announcing Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Monty Ashley. (March 22, 2012.) "Venser vs. Koth Packaging", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Gottlieb. (March 26, 2012.) "Duel or Die", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Adam Styborski. (March 20, 2012.) Venser vs. Koth Decklists Revealed!, GatheringMagic.

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