While most, if not all, Dungeons & Dragons players are familiar with Magic: The Gathering, many have yet to give the popular trading card game a serious go. There is no better time than to try now with Wizards of the Coast finally releasing a Magic set with the flavor of D&D's Forgotten Realms. The preconstructed Commander: Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms decks are the perfect way to start your new adventure in.
Magic surely already has the flavor of fantasy. But the game's focus on fast and competitive one-versus-one plays leave some D&D players wanting. This is what makes the multiplayer Commander format such a great gateway to the world of Magic. And unsurprisingly, this set has a lot to offer for those already hardened EDH players looking for some Dungeons & Dragons-flavored gameplay.
Between them, the four decks add 62 new cards to the game as they make some old favorites more accessible and less costly through much needed reprinting. Two new cycles of cards known as "Endeavors" and "Skill checks" add some Dungeons & Dragons feel to your games by requiring the player to determine the outcome of the spells by dice rolling.
Each 100-card deck includes two foil mythics, one of them being the face commander and the other an alternative commander in the same color combination. Aside from this, you get a display version of the face commander, which is a foil print on thicker cardstock. The decks also come with ten tokens and a life wheel.
Aura of Courage
The face commander of this Bant deck is Galea, Kindler of Hope and Storvald, Frost Giant Jarl is the alternative commander, thus the deck's other foil card. A good selection of auras and equipment makes for a classic voltron strategy. Among the equipment cards you will find both a new favorite, Robe of Stars, and the classic Sword of the Animist. Another notable reprint is Utopia Sprawl.
While voltron is all very fancy, sometimes you just want to get to the point and smash face. If you are looking for a no-nonsense Gruul approach, you need to look no further than Draconic Rage. Exploit the enrage mechanic of face commander Vrondiss, Rage of Ancients to swarm the board with hordes of dragons. Or use the alternative commander Klauth, Unrivaled Ancient to ramp into even bigger dragons. Then cast the reprinted Kindred Summons to get even more dragons out and finish your opponents off with a mighty aerial attack.
Dungeons of Death
When playing the face commander this Esper deck, your strategy will revolve around the the new Explore mechanic and the special Dungeon cards that go with it. As an alternative to Sefris of the Hidden Ways, you can put the horror Nihiloor in your command zone and begins stealing your opponents' creatures. Dungeons of Death comes with a reprint of Phantasmal Image which previously had only been printed in Magic 2012 and Modern Masters 2017.
With Planar Portal, things never really go away. The face commander, Prosper, Tome-Bound rewards you for playing cards from exile which works great with several other cards in this deck. And with Karazikar, the Eye Tyrant as your commander, you get to have some Machiavellian fun pitting your opponents against each other. This strategy is further supported with the reprint of Disrupt Decorum from Commander 2017.
The preconstructed decks for Commander: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms releases on 23 June 2021, and all four decks together, individual decks, and card singles from this expansion for sale right here on Cardmarket.