The Sorin vs. Tibalt Duel Deck spoiler has been released and, like the Izzet vs. Golgari before it, looks to be a great value for your money. Let’s take a look at what we have in our decks. As usual, prices are based on Star City pricing as of March 6th, 2013.
Tibalt, the least valuable planeswalker, was honored enough to have his own deck this go around. To make up for his $3 value, Wizards included a few value cards to round out his deck. Showing love for both Standard and Legacy, the deck includes Hellrider and Sulfuric Vortex respectively. These two cards give us $21 in value alone, and when we throw in all the other rares and Tibalt, we get $29. So far this is over our MSRP of $20 for the set.
Sorin, the valuable planeswalker of the set, is currently at $20, already making up for the cost of the entire Duel Decks. But Sorin is not all the value of the set. Wizards gave us a few key uncommons like Lingering Souls and 2 copies of Spectral Procession, a card valued at $4 each. The rest of the value is under the $3 mark. One card to make note of is Ancient Craving. While the value of that card is $10, it is unlikely that that is the true value since the card did appear in the Starter Set. Card from limited sets like Three Kingdoms always have higher value due to scarcity so this card will not be added in the calculation. Adding the key money cards from Sorin, we get a value of around $35 for the Sorin half of the deck.
The total of the value cards of the entire set comes in around $65. This is a great amount of trade value for a $20 set. Even if we price it at half value to be conservative, we are still in value. In other words, this is a definite buy if you are looking for any of the desired cards in the set. Not only are there cards for different formats, we also get new art for Sorin, Tibalt, and a few other cards like Blighting below.
So grab a copy from your local game store, Target, or eBay. This set will be highly available so don’t buy it for over $20, as some stores will try to charge a bit more for this set. Release date is March 15th, 2013.