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Heroes of the Realm is a custom made series of black-bordered Magic: The Gathering celebration cards, recognizable by a special "Heroes of the Realm" card back.[1]


These cards are specifically created for Wizards of the Coast in very limited numbers, and handed out by the execs to some of their employees as a token of appreciation.[2] Each card includes the name of the employee who receives the card in the right bottom corner.[3] Since these cards don't have the regular card back, the cards aren't legal in any format.

They exist also as oversized cards but with no name of the recipient. An oversized card with all the names of the rewarded team hangs in the Hall of Heroes in the Wizards of the Coast Headquarters.

Mark Rosewater notes that these don't go through the normal design processes, so they aren't always representative of what R&D might actually do on a printed card.[4] The cards aren't designed to be played. They're designed to be read.[5] The Wizards of the Coast executive team chooses the winners and the winners design the cards (sometimes, but not always, with a little help from R&D).[6]


There are four copies in existence for each one of these:

  1. Chandra, Gremlin Wrangler — 2016 Magic: The Gathering Reward for the Planeswalker Decks team.[7]
  2. Dungeon Master — 2016 Dungeons & Dragons Reward for the Fifth Edition team.[8]
  3. Nira, Hellkite Duelist — 2016 Duel Masters Reward.[9]


  1. Diabolical Salvation[10][11][3]
  2. Inzerva, Master of Insights — 2017 award for the Consumer Insights team.[10][3]
  3. M'Odo, the Gnarled Oracle — 2017 Magic Online Reward.[12]


  1. Kharis & the Beholder — 2018 Magic and D&D influencer projects Reward.[13][14]
  2. Optimus Prime, Inspiring Leader — 2018 Transformers TCG Reward. Three-sided card usable in both Magic the Gathering and Transformers TCG games.[15]
  3. Sol, Advocate Eternal — 2018 Game Support and Customer Service Reward.[16]
  4. The Legend of Arena — 2018 MTG Arena Team Reward.[17]


  1. Collectigull — 2019 Booster Fun crew[18]
  2. Keeper of the Secret Lair — 2019 Secret Lair crew
  3. War of the Spark — 2019 War of the Spark crew
  4. Champions of Archery — 2019 Throne of Eldraine crew
  5. Myntasha, Honored One — 2019 Modern Horizons crew
  6. The Cinematic Phoenix — 2019 Cinematics crew[3][19]
  7. Fabled Path of Searo Point — 2019 Operations crew[3]

2021 (2)[]

  1. Euroakus — 2020 European crew
  2. Mountain Mover — 2020 crew
  3. The Secret Lair — 2020 Secret Lair crew

Card types[]

Fighter is a token-specific creature class that is only mentioned in Dungeon Master as a D&D reference. The other three standard D&D classes (Cleric, Rogue, Wizard) already existed in Magic.


Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Cleric White Creature — Cleric 1/1 Lifelink
Devil Red Creature — Devil 4/4 Haste
When this creature dies, create a Treasure token.
Fighter Red Creature — Fighter 3/3 First strike
Gremlin Red Creature — Gremlin 2/2
Human White Creature — Human 1/1
Human Wizard Red Creature — Human Wizard 2/1
Rogue Black Creature — Rogue 2/2 Hexproof
Skeleton Black Creature — Skeleton 1/1 When this creature dies, each opponent gains 2 life.
Wizard Blue Creature — Wizard 1/1 Flying



  1. Mark Rosewater (September 20, 2017). "Why are the "Heroes of the Realm" cards black-bordered, when they're mechanically unique promo cards?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater (September 20, 2017). "Any word on what special project(s) earned people these cards?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. a b c d e 17 Magic Cards Rarer than a Black Lotus: The Heroes of the Realm! (Video). Good Morning Magic. YouTube (April 28, 2021).
  4. Mark Rosewater (December 7, 2019). "Why haven't we heard more of the Heroes of the Realm series?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  5. Mark Rosewater (December 7, 2019). "What are the chances that we will see a collection or compilation product of Heroes of the Realm for the public?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (April 11, 2021). "Who designs the Heroes of the Realm cards and who decides who gets them?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  7. Doug Beyer (September 20, 2017). "Gremlins of the Realm". A Voice for Vorthos. Tumblr.
  8. Mike Mearls on Twitter
  9. Masami Ibamoto on Twitter
  10. a b — 2017 award for for a special WotC Strike Team that dealt with quick, fast moving projects.
  11. Syaba3 on Twitter
  12. Lee Sharpe on Twitter
  13. MishyFishyWhoo (November 26, 2019). "Heroes of the Realm card I had the pleasure to design with the rest of the team at Wizards who worked on influencer projects last yea.". Twitter.
  14. JoeSlucher (November 26, 2019). "Kharis and the Beholder".
  15. Drew Nolosco (December 4, 2019). "Heroes of the Realm Promo - Optimus Prime, Inspiring Leader". Reddit.
  16. David McDarby (December 2, 2019). "Allow me to introduce you to another WotC Heroes of the Realm card". Twitter.
  17. Lee Sharpe (December 7, 2019). "Every year, the WotCStaff executive team recognizes a few teams within Wizards as Heroes of the Realm.". Twitter.
  18. Melissa DeTora (April 9, 2021). "Super thankful to be part of the team that was awarded cards for Heroes of the Realm 2019.". Twitter.
  19. I finally got to office today and got this for making the War of the Spark cinematic.