The Dungeons and Dragons crossovers continue with Magic: The Gatherings’ latest set, Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate.
Choosing to focus the latest Commander Legends set in the D&D universe is an excellent choice from Wizards of the Coast. Commander is the most social and easy to get into format in Magic: The Gathering. In it, players choose one legendary creature to lead and theme their 100-card deck around, and the game is usually played with four or more players. As far as MtG formats go, it’s the closest you’ll get to the hectic and social aspect of playing Dungeons and Dragons.
The most prominent new mechanic in this set is Backgrounds. Legendary Cards featuring this keyword, usually enchantments, can be paired alongside your Commander in the Command Zone at the start of the game and treated as a Commander. This second card can also add another colour identity to your deck. Your Black/Green Commander paired with a White Legendary Background allows you to play three colours in your deck, making for a massive change to the deck structure.
The next introduction is The Initiative, a keyword that all Dungeons and Dragons players will know quite well. In this set, you’ll be looking to attack for and defend The Initiative, which works sinuosity for The Monarch seen in Conspiracy. Having The Initiative will let you delve into The Undercity, a new dungeon introduced in Battle for Baldur’s Gate, and move further through the dungeon each upkeep you continue to hold The Initiative. However, you will lose it if you take combat damage from another player or use certain cards.
It’s worth noting that cards from Adventure into The Forgotten Realm that let you choose which dungeon you’d like to adventure into won’t let you select The Undercity. You can only venture into The Undercity by gaining The Initiative.
Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, I was able to sit down and open six boosters and the contents of a Battle for Baldur’s Gate Bundle. Although I didn’t open any of the chase cards from the set like the Elder Dragons (and I’d love to have seen those in the showcase format), it was still a great set to open. You can see the drafting flavour within each booster, which is how the set has been designed.
For the online player, MTG Arena has Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate coming up soon, with pre-orders beginning this week and the set releasing in July.
In the comment section below, let me know if you’ve been cracking some Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate boosters.
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