IGN writes: "Duels of the Planeswalkers, with its scaled-back options for deck customization, is a great choice for anyone, even players totally unfamiliar with Magic: The Gathering, looking for a deep competitive experience. Magic offers plenty of help for newcomers to learn the setup, and the additional cards you unlock as you play through the campaign means there are plenty of reason to keep plugging away against AI opponents. A number of modes are offered beyond that including special challenges and online play for up to four players, which means there's even more of an incentive to get your unlocks for each deck type to better compete on Xbox Live. A warning to the more hardcore Magic fans out there – you may very well be turned off by a lack of full deck customization and only mildly flexible class-based color deck setup. Yet what's offered in Duels of the Planeswalkers, while it may be different from what Magic fans expect, is still an entertaining brand of card battle game, with plenty of depth, complexity, and unpredictability to keep you drawing from your library again and again".