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Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth
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Set Information
Set symbol
Design Chris Millar,
Mark Gottlieb
Development Chris Millar,
Mark Gottlieb
Release date March 30, 2012
Plane Mirrodin
Themes and mechanics “Enters-the-battlefield” effects,
Mountains matter”,
Keywords/​ability words Landfall
Set size 120
(two 60-card theme decks)
Expansion code DDI[1]
(for Duel Decks I)
Duel Decks
Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas Venser vs. Koth 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.[2][3]

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.


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.[4]

In addition to this, the Duel Deck contains one of each emblem card for each of the two planeswalker's ultimate abilities.[5]

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.[5]


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.[2]




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


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


  1. Product info
  2. a b Monty Ashley (August 18, 2011). "Announcing Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Monty Ashley (March 22, 2012). "Venser vs. Koth Packaging". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Gottlieb (March 26, 2012). "Duel or Die". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b Adam Styborski. (March 20, 2012.) Venser vs. Koth Decklists Revealed!, GatheringMagic.

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