Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and Codename Entertainment, take a look at the first planeswalker to be previewed from Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms — Ellywick Tumblestrum!
The first planeswalker previewed from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms also introduces a new, complex mechanic — venture into the dungeon. In short, dungeons are placed in your Command Zone (yes, even in formats outside Commander). When you venture into the dungeon, the player puts a venture marker on the first room of the dungeon and the room ability activates. Each time you activate a venture ability beyond the initial one, you’ll move your marker deeper into dungeon, triggering actions as you go, until the dungeon is complete. For reference, here are a few dungeons you can expect to navigate through.
Using Ellywick’s -2 ability allows you to dig for creatures, and you may even find some willing to help you venture further into the dungeon. The conditional life gain is also a nice added bonus if your deck is packing legendary creatures.
Ellywick’s ultimate ability resembles many green planeswalkers — granting trample, haste, and bonus stats, but rather than having the stat bonus be a static number, it looks at the number of dungeons you’ve completed, meaning it can be anywhere from +0/+0 to upwards of +4/+4 and beyond. Better keep track of those dungeons you’ve completed!
So what do you think of Ellywick Tumblestrum? How will the venture into the dungeon mechanic impact your favorite formats? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is scheduled for release on July 23. View our official preview gallery.