Wizards of the Coast revealed the first maps for Magic: The Gathering Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, the crossover set that introduces the Dungeons & Dragons universe to the collectible card game for the very first time. The set releases in July, with cards arriving first in digital formats like Magic: the gathering arena July 8.
Announced in September, Adventures in Forgotten Realms is among the most ambitious card sets ever announced for Magic. It will feature tons of different products, including new Set Boosters and Collector Boosters. There will be Theme Boosters, including one for each color, plus a sixth type of Theme Booster which is not yet discussed. There are also four new Commander decks on the way: Will have courage, Dungeons of death, Draconic Rage, and Planar portal.
Wizards showed a number of preview cards during a live broadcast on Thursday. The lands in this set are markedly different from other previous sets and include human figures – as if the Adventure Team were visiting these locations together for the first time. They also include nods to classic adventures like Storm Kings Thunder and Out of the abyss.
Fans were expecting a lot of tongue-in-cheek blunders, and that first round of previews has definitely been delivered. The first artifact revealed was Portable Hole, an iconic magical item that allows players to drop an extra-dimensional pocket of space on any flat surface. There’s also the ninth-level Power Word Kill spell, which causes instant death.
The Chromatic Dragon Tiamat also showed off his heads, all five, as a legendary 7/7 creature. It will be perfect for fans of the Commander format, but it will take time to get on the table.
Tiamat requires two mana of any type and WUBRG (one of each type of mana, including white, blue, black, red, and green) to cast, but allows you to bring five Dragon cards extra in your hand. The standard Mythic Card art is handled by Chris Rahn, while Tyler Jacobson (cover artist for the Player’s Manual) was used for the borderless version.
The final reveal was Vorpal Sword, a black mana cascade artifact that can take down any opponent at the table.
For the sake of continuity, the set will also include alternate frames and illustrations that evoke the same styling as the modern Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition books themselves.
Previews begin June 29 with a digital release (including both Magic: the gathering arena and Online magic) scheduled for July 8. Prerelease week begins July 16 and will feature both SpellTable and in-store play. The worldwide release arrives July 23.