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Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate
 
 
 
Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Shield with a centered hexagon
Design Glenn Jones (lead)
Corey Bowen
Gavin Verhey
Chris Mooney
Michael Grothe
Chris VanMeter
Jules Robins
David Iezzi
Ethan Fleischer
Mike Mearls
Development Corey Bowen (lead)
Gavin Verhey
Jules Robins
David Iezzi
Ethan Fleischer
Mike Mearls
Jadine Klomparens
Megan Smith
Michael Hinderaker
Bryan Hawley
Release date June 10, 2022
Plane Forgotten Realms
Themes and mechanics Legendary, Background, Dice rolling, Flavor words, Gates
Keywords/​ability words Adventure, Choose a Background, Goad, Initiative, Myriad, Party, Venture into Undercity
Set size 361 + 575
Expansion code CLB[1]
Development codename Pentagon[2]
Commander series
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander Decks Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate Dominaria United Commander Decks
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
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Commander Decks

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate is the second Magic: The Gathering Commander set that is designed to be drafted. It will be released on June 10, 2022.[3] It is also a Dungeons & Dragons crossover set.[4][5]

Set details[]

CLB expansion symbol

Key art featuring the Githyanki Lae'zel

Battle for Baldur's Gate is larger than a normal set, with both oft-asked-for Commander reprints and new cards. There are TBA new cards, including 85 legendary creatures and planeswalkers. The set is designed to play Limited Commander: you can play Draft or Sealed with it. It will also be available and draftable on Magic Online. Building on the Commander-first gameplay of 2020's Commander Legends, Battle for Baldur's Gate brings in iconic characters, new mechanics, more flavorful spells from D&D, and Commander Legends-style foil-etched legendary creatures.[6]

For Booster Fun, the Showcase "rulebook" frames of Adventures in the Forgotten Realms are expanded upon to include non-creatures.[7] There are also borderless cards and foil-etched legends.[7][8]

Similar to the original Commander Legends, Battle for Baldur's Gate contains 361 regular cards (141 commons, 120 uncommons, 77 rares, 22 mythic rares, 1 special) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Alternate card frames have another card number than the original version. Borderless planeswalkers are numbered #362-TBA. Other borderless cards are #TBA-TBA. "Rulebook frames" are #TBA-TBA. The extended artwork cards are numbered #TBA-TBA. The Bundle promo is #935 and the Buy-a-Box card is #936. The dark frame treatment cards from the Universal promo pack are numbered #TBA-TBA.

Eight weeks before the release of the set, someone opened multiple Collector Boosters on TikTok. Multiple cards and mechanics were revealed. [9]

Drafting rules[]

Commander draft uses three draft boosters per player. For every pick, players take two cards at a time.[10] This is to ensure coherency of decks, as players will need to conform to the color identities of their eventual commanders, and for speed.

After the draft, players build a 60-card deck — much like how a traditional deck of Magic is 60 cards and a traditional draft is 40, here it's 60 to Commander's 100. All other Commander rules apply with one exception: the Singleton rule does not apply. You may play as many copies of a card as you draft of it, though given the set size compared to how many cards players get, it's not very likely to get more than 1 copy of a card. Players may always use one or more Faceless Ones as a commander, even if they didn't draft one.[11]

Storyline[]

The set takes place in the Forgotten Realms, and focuses on the city of Baldur's Gate.[6]

Marketing[]

Battle for Baldur's Gate is sold in 20-card Draft booster packs. Each booster pack contains 1–4 cards of rarity Rare or higher and 1 guaranteed Traditional Foil card. A 21st card is a Marketing card. The set is also sold in 15-card Set Boosters, Collector Boosters, a Draft Pack, the Baldur's Gate Bundle and four Commander decks.[12] The Draft Boosters feature art from TBA ; the Set Boosters depict Boo and the Collector Boosters feature art from TBA.

Events[]

  • Debut Day: May 17, 2022
  • Previews: May 17-23
  • Commander Deck Previews: May 24 & 25, 2022
  • Prerelease: June 3–5, 2022
  • Global Release: June 10, 2022

Promotional cards[]

Tokens and markers[]

Battle for Baldur's Gate comes with 20 tokens and markers. Tokens and markers appear in the marketing card slot.

  1. {W} 2/2 Knight creature, for The Council of Four.
  2. {W} 1/1 Rabbit creature, for Cadira, Caller of the Small.
  3. {W} 1/1 Soldier creature, for Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward, Isgard's Call, and Veteran Soldier.
  4. {U} 1/1 Faerie Dragon creature with flying, for Elminster, Feywild Caretaker, and Feywild Visitor.
  5. {B} 3/3 Demon creature, for Tasha, the Witch Queen.
  6. {B} 4/1 Skeleton creature with menace, for Gut, True Soul Zealot and Undercity.
  7. {R} Boo, a 1/1 legendary Hamster creature with trample and haste, for Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes.
  8. {R} 1/1 Devil creature with "When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to any target.", for Raphael, Fiendish Savior.
  9. {R} 4/4 Dragon creature with flying, for Dragon Cultist.
  10. {G} 1/1 Squirrel creature, for Cloakwood Hermit.
  11. {C} 1/1 Construct artifact creature," for Jan Jansen, Chaos Crafter.
  12. {C} Treasure artifact, for Battle Angels of Tyr, Blood Money, Descent into Avernus, Dungeoneer’s Pack, Guild Artisan, Gluntch, the Bestower, Jan Jansen, Chaos Crafter, Mahadi, Emporium Master, Noble’s Purse, Safana, Calimport Cutthroat, and Undercity.
  13. {C} Volo’s Journal, a legendary artifact with hexproof and “Whenever you cast a creature spell, note one of its creature types that hasn’t been noted for this artifact.”, for Volo, Itinerant Scholar.
  14. Copy for Elminster’s Simulacrum, Irenicus’s Vile Duplication and Myrkul, Lord of Bones.
  15. Undercity dungeon / The Initiative marker.

Themes and mechanics[]

Undercity dungeon

Battle for Baldur's Gate features new legendary creatures themed as D&D characters and several multiplayer keywords.[7][13]

Adventure, D20 dice rolling, Goad, and Myriad are returning mechanics. Flavor words also made a comeback.[5]

Each prerelease pack comes with an Undercity Dungeon Card. This is a unique card that shares the same mechanic as Dungeon Cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. The card is not included in a player's deck size or sideboard and is activated by the Initiative mechanic to Venture into Undercity.[14] However, the Forgotten Realms Dungeons are not making a return. The Bundle provides an oversized version.

Monocolored Legendary creatures in the set have the ability to Choose a Background. By choosing a Background, you can customize your Commander.

Limited archetypes[]

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate features the following limited archetypes:

Card types[]

The set features the new Background Enchantment type, that is only featured on Legendary Enchantments.[13]

The set also introduces the Elminster, Minsc and Tasha planeswalker type and the Gith creature type.

Cycles[]

Commander Legends has at least two cycles.

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Mythic metallic dragons Ancient Brass Dragon
Five mythic rare Dragons.
Rare background legends Lae’zel, Vlaakith’s Champion Gale, Waterdeep Prodigy Shadowheart, Dark Justiciar Wyll, Blade of Frontiers Jaheira, Friend of the Forest
Five rare legendary creatures with choose a Background.
Rare character spells Lae’zel’s Acrobatics Gale's Redirection Wyll's Reversal Jaheira's Respite
Five rare instants that depict the cycle of rare background legends.
Rare backgrounds Noble Heritage Shameless Charlatan Cultist of the Absolute Popular Artist Raised by Giants
Five rare Backgrounds.
Gem dragons Crystal Dragon Sapphire Dragon Obsidian Dragon Amethyst Dragon Emerald Dragon
Five uncommon dragons with adventure.
Uncommon "dethrone" backgrounds Veteran Soldier Sword Coast Sailor Agent of the Shadow Thieves Guild Artisan Hardy Outlander
Five uncommon Backgrounds that check if you are attacking the opponent with the most life.
Invokers Bane's Invoker Tymora's Invoker Myrkul’s Invoker Bhaal's Invoker Silvanus's Invoker
Five common creatures with an activated ability costing {8}.
Common backgrounds Flaming Fist Scion of Halaster Master Chef
Five common Backgrounds.
Thriving gates Citadel Gate Cliffgate
Five common Gates that are functional reprints of the Thriving lands but with the added subtype.
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W}
Bond lands Sea of Clouds Morphic Pool Luxury Suite Spire Garden Bountiful Promenade
Five rare dual lands that enter the battlefield tapped, unless you have two or more opponents. Reprinted from Battlebond.

Double cycles[]

Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W} {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Gold rares The Council of Four Jon Irenicus, Shattered One Raphael, Fiendish Savior Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss Gluntch, the Bestower Astarion, the Decadent Baba Lysaga, Night Witch Duke Ulder Ravengard Alaundo the Seer
Ten rare dual-colored legendary creatures.
Gold signposts Oji, the Exquisite Blade Rilsa Rael, Kingpin Mahadi, Emporium Master Thrakkus the Butcher Cadira, Caller of the Small Minthara, Ruthless Soul Lozhan, Dragons’ Legacy Kagha, Shadow Archdruid Commander Liara Portyr Korlessa, Scale Singer
Ten uncommon dual-colored legendary creatures, each a signpost for a draft archetype.
Uncommon legend pairs Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward Imoen, Mystic Trickster Sivriss, Nightmare Speaker Ganax, Astral Hunter Halsin, Emerald Archdruid Lulu, Loyal Hollyphant Vhal, Candlekeep Researcher Viconia, Drow Apostate Amber Gristle O'Maul
Alora, Merry Thief Safana, Calimport Cutthroat Gut, True Soul Zealot Skanos Dragonheart Ellyn Harbreeze, Busybody Sarevok, Deathbringer Livaan, Cultist of Tiamat Erinis, Gloom Stalker Rasaad yn Bashir Renari, Merchant of Marvels
Ten pairs of uncommon monocolored legendary creatures with choose a Background, each together making a signpost for a draft archetype.
Uncommon background pairs Far Traveler Dungeon Delver Agent of the Iron Throne Dragon Cultist Criminal Past Acolyte of Bahamut
Street Urchin Inspiring Leader Passionate Archeologist Cloakwood Hermit Feywild Visitor
Ten pairs of uncommon monocolored legendary backgrounds, each together making a signpost for a draft archetype.
Cycle name {G}{W}{U} {W}{U}{B} {U}{B}{R} {B}{R}{G} {R}{G}{W} {R}{W}{B} {G}{U}{R} {W}{B}{G} {U}{R}{W} {B}{G}{U}
Tricolor legends Gorion, Wise Mentor Bane, Lord of Darkness Zevlor, Elturel Exile Bhaal, Lord of Murder Mazzy, Truesword Paladin Jan Jansen, Chaos Crafter Myrkul, Lord of Bones Dynaheir, Invoker Adept Nine-Fingers Keene
Ten rare tri-colored legendary creatures.

Pairs[]

Lore pair Description
Descend into Avernus ({R}) Ascend from Avernus ({W}) Two cards representing the fall and later rise of Elturel from Avernus.

Reprints[]

Notable cards[]

Preconstructed decks[]

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate features four preconstructed Commander decks that are released as a regular part of a set's product line.[4] These are meant to be on-ramps to Commander.

Theme
deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Party Time W B Nalia de'Arnise
Mind Flayarrrs U B Captain N'ghathrod
Draconic Dissent U R Firkraag, Cunning Instigator
Exit from Exile R G Faldorn, Dread Wolf Herald

References[]

  1. Information below the text box
  2. Mark Rosewater (March 26, 2022). "Hi Mark, what was the code name for Baldur's Gate?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
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  4. a b Adam Styborski (March 24, 2022). "A First Look at Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b Mark Rosewater (May 17, 2022). "First Out of Baldur's Gate". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. a b Adam Styborski (August 24, 2021). "What Happened In Magic Showcase 2021?". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. a b c Magic Showcase 2021 (live) (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (August 24, 2021).
  8. Max McCall (May 17, 2022). "Collecting Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Commander Legends Baldur's Gate Leak Gallery. Reddit (April 15, 2022).
  10. WPN (April 25, 2022). "How to Draft Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate". Wizards Play Network.
  11. Adam Styborski and Billie Kaplan (May 17, 2022). "Welcome to Your Magic Adventure with Dungeons & Dragons". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Harless Snyder (May 17, 2022). "Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate Product Overview". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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  14. WPN (March 24, 2022). "Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate Retail Guide". Wizards Play Network.
  15. Magic: The Gathering (May 17, 2022). "Bramble Sovereign translated to the D&D concept very neatly and contributes to the politics at a Commander table.". Twitter.

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