The Magic The Gathering Commander Legends: Battle For Baldur’s Gate set has been fully revealed and comes with many reprints of varying value. Many cards first featured in the original Dungeons & Dragons set, Adventures In The Forgotten Realms, have made a return for the sequel Commander set.
Along with these reprints have come others from throughout Magic The Gathering history. These include cards that are essential for specific strategies, as well as cards that are worth including in any Commander deck. Some also haven’t seen reprints in a while. Here are the best of all.
While not the most valuable reprint, having constant access to Swiftfoot Boots will never be a bad thing. Swiftfoot Boots are a staple in many Commander decks, often Voltron decks or decks that rely on their Commander remaining on the field.
Swiftfoot Boots gives the equipped creature both hexproof and haste, protecting it from being targeted while allowing it to start swinging for damage as soon as it hits the ground. Although it costs one mana to equip, Swiftfoot Boots will allow you to continue targeting your own creature while preventing opponents from doing the same, unlike the equally popular Lightning Greaves.
9 Geode Golem
Geode Golem hasn’t seen a print since Commander 2018 and is back with new art to boot. Whenever Geode deals battle damage to any player, it lets you cast your commander without paying its mana cost.
Cards that can trick your commander are always useful, as you can ignore the commander’s tax with them. With its five power and stomp abilities, chances are you can trigger the ability easily.
It costs five mana to cast, but can often be cheaper than having to cast your commander, especially if he’s been removed from the field a lot during a game.
8 Crossing the Outlands
Traverse The Outlands was first released in Commander 2017 and was on the list of reprints found in Set boosters. With Commander Legends: Battle For Baldur’s Gate, it gets a reprint, with brand new art to go along with it.
It’s an expensive ramp spell, costing five mana to cast, but can provide a ton of land. The number of lands depends on the highest power among the creatures you control.
However, in decks that want a lot of land to enter the battlefield, like landing decks, Traverse The Outlands can trigger a plethora of powerful effects.
seven deadly argument
You wouldn’t expect such a recently released common card to push five bucks before this reprint was announced, but the multi-format staple Deadly Dispute did just that. Released in Adventures In The Forgotten Realms, Deadly Dispute returns for a much-loved re-release.
Deadly Dispute is a great way to draw cards, as it lets you sacrifice a creature to draw two cards and create a treasure token. Deadly Dispute saw a ton of games in formats like Pioneer, Standard, and Pauper, and having to buy a game bundle of them was getting expensive. Fortunately, the announced reprint has already lowered the price, allowing more players to easily access Deadly Dispute.
6 tradition of nature
Nature’s Lore has been a fantastic ramp card since its introduction in Ice Age. It only costs two mana and will bring any forest onto the battlefield. Unlike other ramp spells, this one isn’t untapped and can be any forest land, rather than a basic land.
This means that Nature’s Lore can recover double lands, and these can be used immediately to continue to take full advantage of your early game mana. Nature’s Lore is one of the best ramp cards for green decks and can easily get you the color you need if you use the right dual lands.
5 Sovereign of Bramble
The only printing of Bramble Sovereign before Commander Legends: Battle For Baldur’s Gate was in Battlebond in 2018. It was a rather expensive card, which made the reprint much appreciated.
Bramble Sovereign is fantastic for flooding the field with copied creatures, as it lets you pay generic mana and green to create a token copy of any creature that enters the battlefield. This effect can be used on any player’s creatures, allowing Bramble Sovereign to be used as a political tool to get opponents on your side.
4 Discovery of kinship
Kindred Discovery first came out in Commander 2017 and was printed in The List, but with Commander Legends: Battle For Baldur’s Gate it was reprinted with brand new art. The map was worth over $20, which made the reprint very valuable.
Kindred Discovery is a must-have for tribal decks that can play blue. It has you choose a creature type, then lets you draw a card each time that creature type enters the battlefield or attacks. This can give you a ton of cards, allowing you to reload your hand to ensure you never fall behind on hand advantage.
3 Self Blade
One of the returning mechanics for Commander Legends: Battle For Baldur’s Gate is Myriad, and with it comes a reprint of gear that grants this ability to any creature. Blade Of Selves was a very expensive card, often over $30.
Myriad is a fantastic ability, and giving it to a creature with a powerful enters-the-battlefield ability causes this effect to trigger three more times just by attacking. It costs four mana to equip, but, in the right deck, that cost is worth it.
2 Water mirror
Reflecting Pool hasn’t seen an impression since 2014’s Conspiracy (without an exclusive Judge Gift in 2019). Reflecting Pool lets you tap it to add one mana of any color that any land you control can produce.
If you’re playing a multicolor deck, you’ll want to use Reflecting Pool as it will make color fixing a lot easier. The downside of playing multiple colors is sometimes not having the right color to cast the cards in your hand, or even your commander, and Reflecting Pool can help alleviate that downside.
1 Battlebond Lands
One of the best land cycles for Commander, Battlebond Lands were released in Battlebond in 2018. They’re essentially dual lands at no cost because they enter the battlefield untapped as long as you have two or more opponents. Since Commander games typically have four players, they will almost never enter the battlefield tapped.
The latest Commander Legends set featured the color pairs missing from the original Battlebond cycle, and so Battle For Baldur’s Gate is reprinting the other half to make them much more accessible to have them all in your collection.
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