Like Progenitus meeting a tarrasque for a spot of afternoon tea, the mighty worlds of Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons have come together in blissful harmony to create a unified gaming experience. The new Magic: The Gathering – Adventures in the Forgotten Realms set contains 301 regular cards (including 20 basic lands) and launches online July 8, with prerelease events for the physical cards running from July 16 and booster packs officially on sale July 23, 2021.
As you’ll learn in a few pages’ time, the “Dungeon” element of the MTG set will see players taking excursions into some of the most famous (and deadly!) environments from the D&D tabletop roleplaying game. And as displayed on our cover, where we feature the work of Lucas Graciano, the “& Dragons” element of the TTRPG is also fantastically served in this upcoming Magic: The Gathering set.
Lucas’s Dracolich isn’t the only incredible art we’re showcasing from this official Dungeons & Dragons set. Dragon+ is living up to its name and providing an exclusive look at three more impressive beasts—all dragons! Check out these never-before-seen cards from Magic: The Gathering – Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.
Our cover star is Ebondeath, Dracolich and you’ll wish this legendary zombie black dragon was mythical when it pops out of your opponent’s graveyard for the umpteenth time in a game. All four of the creature cards we’re revealing come in full art and standard versions, although Ebondeath is the only one performing a superhero landing pose in the landscape shot.
The uncommon Black Dragon looks suitably fierce for such a classic D&D creature. And it knows how to properly greet an opponent’s creature when it first appears on the battlefield, dousing it with acidic breath. You really see that -3/-3 effect on the standard version of the card—those poor soldiers never stood a chance!
Not to be outdone, the uncommon Green Dragon destroys any creature that takes damage on the turn it comes into play, and just look at that poison breath fly. The impressive aerial shot on the full art card is as breathtaking as it is terrifying, while the portrait view also begs the question: how much are they paying these soldiers!?
“Gold dragons are the greatest of the metallic dragons in size, power, and wisdom,” professes the flavor text on the standard version of the Adult Gold Dragon card. And with an impressive selection of abilities on offer (flying, lifelink, and haste), these rare creatures live up to that billing.
Given that the Dragon God Tiamat allows you to search your library for up to five dragon cards with different names to add to your hand, we expect you’ll be stacking your deck with a few of these beauties.
Magic: The Gathering – Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is released for Magic Online and MTG Arena on July 8, 2021. Prerelease events for the physical cards begin on July 16, ahead of their official on-sale date of July 23, 2021. Visit the Magic: The Gathering website to see all the card previews for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.