– D&D: ADVENTURES IN THE FORGOTTEN REALMS
Date Reviewed: July 5, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 3.88
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
You’re not dreaming. Drizzt has a Magic card now, and so too does much of Dungeons and Dragons‘ most well-known setting. And Drizzt’s card is a pretty good one at that – double strike lets him take down creatures much more superficially efficient than him, Guenhwyvar means that Doom Blade Guy can’t just write off the long-awaited crossover, and his ability to gain counters when something dies makes your opponent recalculate what they target and when (not to mention the way you’ll profit from opponents targeting each other in multiplayer). While there’s a high-ish proportion of white removal that exiles and thus doesn’t help with him, you also have green’s fight and bite effects to buff him, and of course if he’s in your deck there’s a pretty high chance that your deck’s good at combat and things will be dying regardless.
Without giving too much away for the rest of this week, it looks like not all of Drizzt’s famous friends got cards in the set this time around – surely they’re not already hinting at a sequel? . . .
The Forgotten Realms beckon, bringing fan-favorite characters from Dungeons & Dragons and dungeon-crawling activity to the card game in the replacement for the core set. Drizzt Do’Urden is one of the characters who has achieved fame and fandom in the years since, so it makes sense that he shows up here.
Drizzt himself is actually pretty powerful if you can support him; his body starts fairly small, but he has limitless growth if you can slay creatures (or if others die), and he brings a feline friend who can smash through boards easily. Effectively 10 power for 5 mana is a great deal with nothing else, particularly split over 2 bodies, and Drizzt will tear up Limited tables nicely. I suspect he’s a touch slow for Constructed, but there’s some intrigue to be had all the same, and he might make a splash with some supporting cards to buff him.
Multiplayer: 3.5 (he tracks all creatures, regardless of controller, so he can get big very quickly)
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