Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is now available in digital and physical form. Labeled as a core set-plus, Forgotten Realms includes existing and new mechanics. It would not be a Dungeons & Dragons crossover set without Dragons, dungeons, dice rolling, and Treasure.
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Four distinctive Commander decks accompany the release of Forgotten Realms. Each deck incorporates different mechanics and themes found in the set, and together they offer over 60 new cards. The four Forgotten Realms Commander decks are:
Between the primary set of Forgotten Realms and associated Commander decks, players have 300 new cards to consider for Commander. Among the new cards, 26 reference Treasure tokens. Considering 90 existing cards (excluding dungeons) in Magic: The Gathering mention Treasure tokens, Forgotten Realms includes 29% of them. Several cards get better due to Treasure token production in Forgotten Realms.
One such card improved by this influx is Revel in Riches.
Revel in Riches is a black enchantment from Ixalan that enables a player to win a game by amassing ten or more Treasures. Also, it creates Treasure tokens each time an opponent-controlled creature dies. An increase in Treasure-producing cards from Forgotten Realms caused Revel in Riches' sales units to recently spike.
The above graph shows the sales units by day and the average price Revel in Riches sold for since January 2021. On July 2nd, a dramatic spike in sales units occurred, probably due to spoilers from Forgotten Realms. Reveals for Old Gnawbone, Xorn, and Treasure Vault likely enticed players to purchase copies of Revel in Riches. Following the initial spike in sales units, Revel in Riches' average market price increased as more copies sold.
Surprisingly, Revel in Riches is absent from the Planar Portal Commander deck. The precon deck's premier commander, Prosper, Tome-Bound, generates card advantage and Treasure tokens. Another included card, Reckless Endeavor, enables Revel in Riches to end the game if your opponents do not answer. Bucknard's Everfull Purse is an interesting artifact that creates Treasure tokens too. Due to multiple cards making Treasure tokens in Planar Portal, Revel in Riches is an excellent upgrade to the deck.
Pirate Commander decks offer another opportunity for Revel in Riches to shine. Admiral Beckett Brass may want Revel in Riches to synergize with Pitiless Plunderer, Ruthless Knave, and Dockside Extortionist. Also, Pirate decks commonly include Treasure-centric spells and artifacts such as Brass's Bounty, Pirate's Pillage, and Treasure Map.
Another card often found in Pirate decks is Captain Lannery Storm. While haste is an excellent ability for any aggressive creature, the opportunity to create a Treasure token with each attack is readily exploited. As an added bonus, Captain Lannery Storm gets +1/+0 until the end of turn each time you sacrifice a Treasure.
Captain Lannery Storm complements Treasure subthemes, particularly in aggressive decks. Outside of Pirates, the captain is an excellent choice for Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner and Grenzo, Havoc Raiser. As a 2/2 red creature, Captain Lannery Storm becomes unblockable via Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner's activated ability. Attacking and creating Treasure tokens is a style of play that favors Grenzo, Havoc Raiser triggered abilities.
As for Forgotten Realms cards, Plundering Barbarian and Unexpected Windfall are excellent complements to Captain Lannery Storm in Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner and Grenzo, Havoc Raiser decks. As a 2/2 Dwarf Barbarian, Plundering Barbarian creates a Treasure or destroys an artifact—Sol Ring anyone? An Unexpected Windfall may be an alternative copy of Pirate's Pillage or another spell that draws cards and makes Treasure.
There is a mono-red combo that creates infinite Treasure tokens and infinite damage dealt by Captain Lannery Storm. Setup for the combo requires casting your commander from the Commander Zone at least once and having Storm-Kiln Artist on the battlefield. You merely cast Fury Storm (targeting any instant or sorcery on the stack) and copy it with the created replica, producing Treasure tokens over and over again as long as Storm-Kiln Artist remains alive.
The two-card combo of Storm-Kiln Artist and Fury Storm synergizes especially well with another mono-red commander.
Magda, Brazen Outlaw enjoys putting a Dragon or artifact on the battlefield from your library by sacrificing five Treasures. Executing the combo of Storm-Kiln Artist and Fury Storm will enable you to put every Dragon and artifact from your deck onto the battlefield! You can use the infinite Treasure tokens to quickly end the game with a swarm of haste creatures, Inferno of the Star Mounts, or Jaya's Immolating Inferno.
Besides Inferno of the Star Mounts, Forgotten Realms contains a couple of other cards that support Magda, Brazen Outlaw. Plundering Barbarian fits right in with Magda, Brazen Outlaw as a Dwarf creature type that makes a Treasure. Xorn increases Treasure token production from other cards. Lastly, Treasure Vault and Bucknard's Everfull Purse are colorless cards that can ramp you into a bounty of Treasure.
Red is not the only color in Forgotten Realms with cards capable of generating Treasure. There are eight black cards in Forgotten Realms that can make Treasure too. One card dating back to Seventh Edition and Urza's Saga that benefits from several black cards in Forgotten Realms is Reprocess.
Reprocess enables you to turn any lands, creatures, or artifacts into card draw for four mana. At first glance, Reprocess synergizes with commanders focused on sacrificing creatures like Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder and Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker. However, you have more options than just creatures to sacrifice to Reprocess. Forgotten Realms adds a handful of black cards that provide Treasure tokens as additional offerings.
Treasure tokens created by Forsworn Paladin can facilitate card draw with Reprocess. Skullport Merchant makes a Treasure token and possesses an activated ability similar to Reprocess. An honorable mention goes to Shambling Ghast since you can sacrifice it or the associated Treasure.
One of the best black creatures to pair with Reprocess and Shambling Ghast is Pitiless Plunderer. With Pitiless Plunderer in play, you can sacrifice creatures to reprocess for extra cards and Treasures.
Reprocess could be a solid support card in the Planar Portal deck. Ogre Slumlord, Marionette Master, and Chittering Witch produce various creature tokens to fuel Reprocess. Treasure tokens created by Prosper, Tome-Bound and Bucknard's Everfull Purse provide sacrificial fodder as well. If you are looking to generate Treasure tokens in another color besides black or red, a blue card may be of interest.
Mechanized Production improves with Treasure token-generating cards from Forgotten Realms. Enchanting a Treasure token with Mechanized Production enables you to create a copy of the enchanted artifact at the beginning of your upkeep. Also, you win the game during your upkeep if you control eight or more artifacts with the same name as one another. Pairing other Treasure-producing cards with Mechanized Production can lead to a quick win.
While Forgotten Realms contains no blue cards that produce Treasure tokens, it does have seven red cards. Probably the most synergistic red cards with Mechanized Production from Forgotten Realms are Xorn and Reckless Endeavor. Any blue and red commander deck interested in producing artifact tokens could include Forgotten Realms cards and Mechanized Production as an alternative way to win a game.
Mechanized Production sales units and average price sold were somewhat consistent throughout the first half of 2021. Spoiler season for Forgotten Realms appeared to cause a few above-average sales days in June and July. We may see additional sales and upward price movement in the near term as Commander players experiment with Mechanized Production alongside Forgotten Realms cards.