‘Magic: The Gathering’ card example: Ghost Lantern (Battle for Baldur’s Gate)

Magic: The Gathering and Baldur’s Gate are a perfect match. And we have an exclusive map preview of the upcoming crossover, Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate† Check out Ghost Lantern, a potentially very useful card for Black deck players.

Magic: The Gathering takes the immersive fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons and turns it into a fast-paced, addictive card game on the table. The Baldur’s Gate series is built on the same foundation and is recognized as one of the best CRPG games ever made

The two main reasons for this acclaim are the games’ compelling storytelling and charming cast of iconic characters. For this writer’s money, Minsc and Boo are arguably the best travel companions to ever praise a CRPG. That is, the new Magic: The Gathering set will have a lot of people quite excited

Image: Ghost Lantern (Magic the Gathering) / Wizards of the Coast. Artwork: Julian Kok Joon Wen

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate

The following Magic: The Gathering set includes characters, spells, locations and, of course, monsters, which are most associated with the world of Baldur’s Gate (the Forgotten Realms campaign setting from Dungeons and Dragons† The complete set contains 361 new cards and will be released on June 10, 2022.

The following Battle for Baldur’s Gate set is designed for use in the Commander game format† one of the most popular ways to play the game today. Essentially, you choose a Legendary Hero as your Commander and create a deck of 99 other cards that compliment them.

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Image: Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate / Wizards of the Coast

It’s a great format to play with multiple friends (3-5 players) and you can really create your own identity and play style. However, if you pick 99 different cards, you’ll want to see all the new options for them Magic: The Gatherinset.

Battle for Baldur’s Gate, interestingly, closed the normal commander’s one-card rule; meaning players can include two of the same cards in their deck (and as many common lands as you like). Needless to say, this can shake things up a lot.

Introduction: Ghost Lantern (Black Deck)

Ghost Lantern is a dastardly Artifact (Equipment subtype) card that Magic: The Gathering players who include Black in their deck will definitely want to check out. Sure, it’s not a new legendary creature that’s going to decimate your opponent in a short number of turns. But as any decent MTG player knows, low mana cards can turn the tide of a battle if used under the right conditions.

And Ghost Lantern has the potential to do just that. If you only cost one black mana to play it, and then one colorless mana to equip it, you should be able to get the card early in the game. From there, Ghost Lantern can be very powerful in the right kind of deck.

Once the Artifact map is equipped with one of your creatures, every time another of your creatures dies, a 1/1 mark will go to the creature equipped with Ghost Lantern. This mechanism can be used to strengthen a weaker creature over time, or buff an already powerful creature until it is truly unstoppable.

Ghost Lantern also has the Bind Spirit ability, meaning you can banish the card to get a creature card from your Graveyard back into your hand (very useful if an opponent has already killed one of your favorite beasts).

These two mechanisms make Ghost Lantern an attractive card; especially for players who want to start the game quickly with a lot of weak and cheap creatures in their deck.

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Image: Magic the Gathering: Battle for Baldur’s Gate / Wizards of the Coast

Magic: The Gathering and Battle for Baldur’s Gate – More Details

How Ghost Lantern fits into the bigger story of Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate remains to be seen. However, it is my hunch that many Magic: The Gathering players will, as they usually do, find inventive ways to get the most out of it.

For more information about the new Magic: The Gathering set, check out the official one Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate page here


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