Wizards of the Coast revealed the first few maps for Magic: Gathering adventures in the forgotten realms, the crossover that first introduced the Dungeons & Dragons universe to the card game. The kit comes out in July, with the cards arriving first in digital formats such as Magic: The Gathering Arena on July 8.
Announced in September, Adventures in the forgotten realms is among the most ambitious card sets ever announced Magic. It will include tons of different products, including both new amplifiers and collectors. There will be themed boosters, including one for each color, plus a sixth type of themed booster, which is not yet being discussed. There are also four new Commander decks along the way: An aura of courage,, Dungeons of Death,, Draconian rage, and The planar portal.
Wizards showed off several live preview cards on Thursday. The lands in this set look significantly different from any other previous set and include human figures – as if the adventure group is visiting these places together for the first time. They also include nodding to classic adventures like Thunderstorms and From the abyss.
Fans were expecting a lot of fools and this first set of previews was definitely delivered. The first artifact discovered was the Portable Hole, an iconic magic item that allows players to drop an extra-dimensional pocket on any flat surface. There is also the ninth level Power Word Kill spell, which causes instant death.
The chromatic dragon Tiamat also showed his heads, all five, as Legendary Being 7/7. It will be ideal for fans of the Commander format, but will have to do something to get on the table.
Tiamat requires two of each type of mana and WUBRG (one of each type of mana, including white, blue, black, red, and green), but allows you to bring five additional Dragon cards in your hand. The art of the standard mythical card is Chris Run, while Tyler Jacobson (cover artist of Player’s guide) was wiretapped for the version without borders.
The final revelation was Vorpal Sword, a black manatee stunt Artifact that can shoot any opponent at the table.
For the purposes of the set, the set will also include alternative frames and art that evoke the same style as the modern books from the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons.
The visualizations begin on June 29 with a digital edition (including both Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic online), set for July 8. The preliminary week starts on July 16 and will include both SpellTable and in-store play. The world version comes out on July 23.