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Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
Forgotten Realms logo.png
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Dragon head in hexagon
Design Andrew Veen (lead)[1]
Development Jules Robins (lead)
Release date July 23, 2021
Themes and mechanics Dungeons, Dragons
Expansion code AFR[2]
Development codename Zebra
Forgotten Realms Standard
Zendikar Rising Kaldheim Strixhaven: School of Mages
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Modern Horizons 2 Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Commander Decks

Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is a Dungeons & Dragons crossover Magic: The Gathering set which replaces the core set of the 2021-2022 standard rotation.[3] It is the 88th Magic expansion and releases on July 23, 2021.[4][5] The name of the set is often abbreviated to Adventures in the Forgotten Realms or Forgotten Realms.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Mark Rosewater had worked on a Dungeons & Dragons TCG as early as 2016.[6] Before that, the D&D Spellfire CCG had been created by TSR, Inc.. Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is a true collaboration between the two Hasbro teams.[7] The D&D team worked with the Magic team on every aspect of the set, similar to how the Magic team worked with the D&D team on D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros and D&D Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica. The D&D team provided extensive feedback on both the visuals and lore of The Forgotten Realms. The visuals of the cards tell a story and many favorite D&D characters are mentioned in the flavor text.

This set contains 281 regular cards (20 basic lands) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Alternate card frames have another card number than the original version. Borderless cards are numbered #TBA-TBA, and showcase cards are numbered #TBA-TBA . Extended artwork cards are numbered #TBA-TBA. The Buy-a-Box card is #396.

As a first, the basic lands of this set feature flavor texts. These are structured as descriptions presented by a Dungeon Master.[5] Showcase cards have a "classic rulebook frame treatment", pulled from the look and feel of illustrations in the the original Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual. Showcase lands look like the covers of old module sourcebooks.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

The Forgotten Realms is a campaign setting for the D&D fantasy role-playing game.[8] Commonly referred to by players and game designers alike as "The Realms", the planet Toril is shared by humans, dwarves, elves, goblins, orcs, and other peoples and creatures. Technologically, the world of the Forgotten Realms resembles the pre-industrial Earth of the 13th or 14th century. However, the presence of magic provides an additional element of power to societies. There are several nation-states and many independent cities, with loose alliances being formed for defense or conquest. Forgotten Realms centers on Faerûn, a sub-continent in the northern hemisphere of Toril.[9]

The Forgotten Realms are not considered to be canonically part of Magic 's Multiverse.[10][11] The cards tell the story of Drizzt Do'Urden and some of his friends battling Frost giants in the north of Faerûn.[8]

Some iconic D&D characters that have traveled the various D&D planes of existence are being featured as Planeswalker cards.[8] However, this doesn't mean that these characters have a planeswalker's spark in the sense of in Magic 's lore. According to Wizards of the Coast, they wanted to make these characters as cool as they could possibly be, and as Planeswalkers were a regular part of new Magic sets - the Planeswalker card type in their opinion would make a great fit.[12]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is sold in regular 16-card Draft Boosters (one card being a marketing card), Theme Boosters (five monocolored and 1 TBA), Collector Boosters, Set Boosters, the Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Bundle, and four Commander decks. The set also features revamped Welcome Boosters.[13] The Draft Boosters feature artwork from Drizzt Do'Urden. There are three different set boosters, featuring art of TBA, a Mind flayer and a blue dragon. The Theme Boosters feature art from TBA ({W}), TBA ({U}), TBA ({B}), TBA ({R}), TBA ({G}) and TBA. The Collector Boosters feature art of a Beholder.

Events[edit | edit source]

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

Ampersand card
  • Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare.
  • Other events: cards from the Forgotten Realms universal promo pack.
    • The seasonal dark-frame promos are: TBA
  • Buy-a-Box: foil Alternate art Vorpal Sword.[5]
  • Bundle promo: TBA
  • Ampersand cards: Every WPN Premium store receives two copies of every Rare and Mythic Rare in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms with an all-new treatment not found elsewhere in the set: the iconic D&D ampersand in a glossy, transparent overlay on the front of each card. The are to be used as participation prizes or sales promos.[15]

Tokens/emblems/markers[edit | edit source]

Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms features at least four tokens and emblems.

  1. {B} 2/1 Spider creature with Menace and reach for Lolth, Spider Queen
  2. {G} 4/1 legendary Cat creature named Guenhwyvar with trample for Drizzt Do'Urden
  3. {C} Treasure token for Prosperous Innkeeper
  4. {C} Equipment artifact named
  5. legendary creature named Vecna.
  6. legendary Hamster creature named Boo for Minsc...
  7. Emblem for Lolth, Spider Queen.
  8. TBA
  9. TBA
  10. TBA
  11. TBA
  12. TBA
  13. TBA
  14. TBA
  15. TBA
  16. TBA
  17. TBA
  18. TBA
  19. TBA
  20. Dungeon of the Mad Mage
  21. Lost Mine of Phandelver
  22. Tomb of Annihilation

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Forgotten Realms introduces the Dungeon card type.[16] These also come in double-sided and oversized versions.[17] Dungeons are connected to the Venture into the dungeon mechanic, and certain cards receive a bonus when they are completed.[18]

Card types[edit | edit source]

The set introduces the Halfling, Tiefling and Hamster creature types. Citizen appears for the first time as a black-bordered creature type (previously only seen on tokens and on a test card). Beholder is also introduced as as a black-bordered creature type.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms has at least one cycle:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Fast Manlands Den of the Bugbear
Five rare lands that enter the battlefield tapped if the player controls two or more other lands. Each of them can turn into creatures until end of turn.

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]


Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms features four Commander decks that are released as a regular part of a set's product line, each containing 15 new cards.[19].[14]

deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Aura of Courage
Dungeons of Death
Draconic Rage
Planar Portal

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (September 17, 2020). "Who were the lead designers of Kaldheim, Strixhaven and Forgotten Realms". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Information below the text box
  3. Blake Rasmussen (September 1, 2020). "Zendikar Debut and Announcement Day Recap". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast (March 18, 2021). "Strixhaven News + More". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b c Adam Styborski (May 6, 2021). "Welcome to the Summer of Legend". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater (February 24, 2016). "Other than Star Wars and Duel Masters, what other properties did you help with?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  7. Christian Hoffer (September 1, 2020). "Magic: The Gathering Announces Dungeons & Dragons Set for 2021". Comicbook.com.
  8. a b c All Things Drizzt (Video). Dungeons & Dragons. YouTube (May 20, 2021).
  9. Wizards of the Coast (March 18, 2021). "Strixhaven News + More". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Wizards of the Coast (February 25, 2021). "Magic's Voyages to the Universes Beyond". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Mark Rosewater (May 7, 2021). "Where does Adventures in the Forgotten realms fit in with the current lore?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  12. Magic: The Gathering (May 20, 2021). "To get it out of the way: This doesn't mean that these characters have a Planeswalker Spark.". Twitter.
  13. WPN (June 15, 2021). "3 Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Bonuses that Will Kickstart Your Metrics in the U.S.". Wizards Play Network.
  14. a b WPN (April 5, 2021). "Reach WPN Premium by June 7, Get These Perks". Wizards Play Network.
  15. WPN (June 21, 2021). "Love Your Local Game Store Promotion Continues July 23 in the U.S.". Wizards Play Network.
  16. WPN. "Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Prerelease Pack". Wizards Play Network.
  17. WPN. "Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Bundle". Wizards Play Network.
  18. See Cloister Gargoyle
  19. The Future of Commander Preconstructed Decks! (Video). Good Morning Magic. YouTube (May 14, 2021).

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