Purchasers of the game received access to a coupon which could be redeemed for a 6-card sampler of Magic 2013 cards. Duels 2013 received a number of upgrades from previous iterations of the series. It launched with manual manatapping, a deeper stat tracking system, the inclusion of an end step, and a more balanced and cohesive roster of decks. The Duels of the Planeswalkers video games were now meant to be a gateway product for new players to be introduced to Magic. Thus, Duels 2013 and M13 were developed and designed with each other in mind. Both used the same art, referencing the big bad of the sets: Nicol Bolas.