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Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate offers DND to EDH

Commander Legendsis back with a Dungeons and Dragons twist. It's not the first draft set for Commander, nor the first set related to Dungeons and Dragons but it is a seemingly perfect match. The colorful characters of Baldur's Gate are a shoo-in to be classic commanders capable of all sorts of mayhem on the multiplayer battlefield. The set is also larger than a normal set with 344 new cards and 936 distinct cards with their own collector's number. Battle for Baldur's Gate was released on 10 June 2022 and is available in all its various physical forms on Cardmarket.

Sweet Reprints and Cards Make the Commander World Go Round

No Commander set would be complete without its collection of sweet reprints for players to chase and Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate is no exception. To start we should talk about the allied enemy land cycle, consisting of Sea of Clouds, Morphic Pool, Luxury Suite, Spire Garden, and Bountiful Promenade. These are auto includes in most Commander decks, coming into play untapped and providing two colors of mana, and more affectionally referred to as the “bond” lands, for the set they were originally printed in Battlebond. Other notable reprints like Kindred Discovery, Blade of Selves, and Reflecting Pool round out a healthy list of great reprints specific to the Commander format.

There's more to Commander than sweet old cards though. The new kids also have to impress for Commanders' to justify their inclusion in one of the elite ninety-nine that makes up a commander deck. And there are probably no two cards more “elite” than Displacer Kitten and Ancient Copper Dragon, who will surely be the scourge of many a Commander Group. The Kitten, cute before it turns into the significantly scarier displacer beast, comes with a terrifying effect worthy of its grown self. It flickers a nonland permanent every time you cast a noncreature spell and creates a whole host of extremely powerful infinite or pseudo-infinite combos. Whether you use the little tyke with Archaeomancer, Karn, or whatever other wacky combos you come up with, the kitty will win you games. Ancient Copper Dragon might not be quite as degenerate as the Kitty at first glance, but his creation has restarted the firestorm conversation about what constitutes “too many” where treasures are concerned. The dragon believes that the right amount is whatever you can roll on a d20 and the ability to produce so many treasures so easily should not be overlooked at any table. We expect the card should also cause a fair amount of consternation in your average playgroup.

Hey! What About The… You Know… Commanders?

It's completely fair that you'd ask and we certainly haven't forgotten them! If we had our way, we would spend all our time talking about Minsc and Boo, Timeless Heroes, the planeswalking commander that makes the legendary hamster Boo every turn because… are there any commanders “cuter” than that. But legendary hamster walkers aside, Battle for Baldur's Gate introduces some very interesting monocolor commanders that let you choose a background – a legendary Enchantment of your choosing – as a second commander. Pretty hard to overstate how good these are, on top of being solid cards in their own right, like Karlach, Fury of Avernus – a mono-red legend – who gives an extra combat phase the first time you attack each turn. They still aren't as cute as Boo, so your mileage may vary depending on how much you like them. Be sure to check out the full singles list for all the cards we couldn't talk about in this article that are worth discussing!


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