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You Can Summon Vecna In MTG’s New D&D Expansion

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Jun 23 2021

A new mechanics-filled teaser for the Adventures in the Forgotten Realms set reveals that yes, you’ll be able to summon Vecna.

The Adventures in the Forgotten Realms set is well on its way, and that means it’s spoiler season. Today we’re taking a look at some of the new mechanics that’ll be introduced in the upcoming set, courtesy of Mark Rosewater, who’s back with new reveals in perfect form. Specific enough to be exciting without revealing the card names themselves. But who needs card names when you can summon Vecna? Let’s take a look.

via Mark Rosewater


Before previews for Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms officially begin, I thought it would be fun to do another of my Duelist-style teasers where I give tiny hints of things to come. Note that I’m only giving you partial information.

  • a new enchantment subtype
  • a card granting -11/-11
  • a creature with a death trigger that make an equipment token
  • a legendary creature that makes a legendary Hamster creature token
  • something only seen previously in Un-sets comes to black border
  • an artifact that’s a musical instrument that creates harmony counters
  • a card that can keep your opponent from winning the game
  • an ability that cares about attacking with a certain amount of power of creatures
  • cards that let you decide where the story goes
  • a card that creates a legendary creature token named Vecna

There you have it. A legendary creature token named Vecna. This might well come from acquiring both the Hand and Eye of Vecna, a famous and powerful (if wholly evil) set of artifacts in Dungeons & Dragons. But that’s not the only secret D&D spoiler in here–the Legendary creature that makes a legendary Hamster creature token is almost certainly the legendary ranger, Minsc who is famous for his miniature giant space hamster companion, Boo.

But that’s not all we have to look forward to. Do you like necromancy? You will absolutely love the graveyard mechanics that are present on some of the rules text in the set. Take a look.

  • “Enchanted permanent is a Treasure artifact”
  • “Ward – discard a card.”
  • “Exchange your hand and library”
  • “Skeletons, Vampires and Zombies”
  • “Spend this mana only to cast Dragon spells or activate abilities of Dragons.”
  • “for each different mana value among nonland cards in your graveyard.”
  • “Then if you have fewer than three cards in hand, draw cards equal to the difference.”
  • “Whenever you cast a creature spell that doesn’t share a creature type with a creature you control or a creature card in your graveyard,”
  • “You may cast [THIS CREATURE’S NAME] from your graveyard if a creature not named [THIS CREATURE’S NAME] died this turn.”
  • “When its power become 20 this way,”


So get ready to bone up on your necromancy. Finally, here’s a look at some of the creature types, which also reveals D&D creatures will be in the set.

  • Creature – Dwarf Citizen
  • Creature – Tiefling Wizard
  • Creature – Human Elf Monk
  • Creature – Elf Spider
  • Creature – Gnome Warlock
  • Creature – Halfling Rogue
  • Creature – Bird Bear
  • Legendary Creature – Dragon Knight
  • Legendary Creature – Devil God
  • Legendary Creature – Beholder

The “bird bear” is obviously an owlbear, but what really sticks out to me is the legendary “devil god” creature–could this be Asmodeus? There are powerful devils in D&D to be sure, but Asmodeus is the only one that could be considered a deity as well as a devil.

What clues have you deciphered from these teasers? Let us know in the comments!

Author: J.R. Zambrano
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