Exclusive preview of MTG Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate

Screen Rant reveals the Arcane Encyclopedia card for Magic: The Gathering, part of the Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate set.

The following Magic: The Gathering the set will involve characters and locations that will be familiar to fans of both Dungeons & Dragons and the Baldur’s Gate series. The next Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate the whole will bring more J&D characters in the card game, as well as some video game characters, with Baldur’s Gate 3‘s Karlach joined Magic: The Gathering as a legendary creature.

J&D and Magic: The Gathering are both owned by Wizards of the Coast and a crossover between the two seems like a match made in heaven, but it took over twenty years to J&D cards to appear in Magic: The Gatheringas part of 2021 Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Position. The next Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate the set will feature the next J&D and Magic: The Gathering crossover, and it will include the iconic J&D and Baldur’s Gate characters, like Elminster, Jon Irenicus, Abdel Adrian (the canonical hero of the events of Baldur’s Gate), and Tasha. It wouldn’t be a Baldur’s Gate together without appearance of Minsc and Boo from Baldur’s Gatethe legendary ranger and hamster duo becoming a planeswalker in the new set.


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Screen Rant Exclusive Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate the map is the Arcane Encyclopedia. This is an artifact card that costs three mana of any color to play onto the field. Once Arcane Encyclopedia is on the field, it can be tapped for three mana to draw a card, giving the player the ability to draw an additional card each turn for a relatively cheap cost. The map’s flavor text refers to various high-level academic roles within the Forgotten Realms campaign, as places like Candlekeep contain many ancient and magical texts.

Map Arcane Encyclopedia Magic the Gathering Baldur's Gate

Arcane Encyclopedia is about as basic a card as it gets in terms of effect, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an incredibly useful asset across multiple deck types. An artifact that can provide a cheap draw every turn without being tied to a specific color can be a great addition to many decks, as the extra draw power will always come in handy as early game players need as much as possible in their hand, while mana is often more abundant in the later stages of the game, so the extra draw won’t be as costly. A single card can always be one of Magic: The GatheringThe best cards and simplicity can be an asset when it comes to strategies with other complex moving parts.

Magic books are among the best items in J&Despecially those that permanently increase a player’s stats, so it’s only natural that they’re represented in a Magic: The Gathering crossed set. The Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate the set is the second Magic: The Gathering Commander set designed around drafting, which involves a smaller minimum deck size than usual (60, instead of the usual Commander’s 100), and duplicate cards are allowed in the deck. A card like Arcane Encyclopedia has such utility that it would fit into almost any type of deck, especially in a draft format and its limited pool of cards to choose from. A magic book with extra drawing power will be useful to many Commander decks in Magic: The Gathering.

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The Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate set for Magic: The Gathering launch on June 10, 2022.

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