There were big announcements at Wizards Presents 2022, a video show on August 18 that showcased new releases from Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, and there were a few surprises along the way.
In the following, you will find out which new releases will be available for Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering for the rest of this year and especially in 2023. And of course, you’ll also find out what I think about them.
Feel free to leave your opinion, because I’m eager to hear what you’re looking forward to the most.
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Dungeons & Dragons – Wizards Presents 2022
Dungeons & Dragons is very successful in its 5th edition and the company is very satisfied with where the role-playing game currently stands. Nevertheless, they are, of course, thinking about how to continue with it in the future.
To this end, a big step has been announced by Wizards of the Coast.
They want to get away from the big editions, and One D&D should be the future of the role-playing game.
Instead of publishing a completely new edition in the future, they want to further develop D&D through careful updates, but also make sure that all rulebooks and adventures remain compatible. That sounds good, but we’ll see how long they can keep it up.
Playtesting for One D&D will begin in August 2022 and is expected to continue until at least the end of 2023. You can sign up for it online. In 2024, new basic rulebooks are to be published.
After the takeover of dndbeyond.com, this platform is to be expanded into a central platform where dungeon masters and players can find everything they need. In the future, there will be eBook and book bundles, so that you can use the digital version in addition to the printed rulebook or adventure.
Also presented was a 3D engine “D&D Digital Play Experience” for online role-playing rounds, which uses the Unreal engine and looks really fancy. This is supposed to make online play even better, and you can customize your own miniatures, for example. That looked really good, but we’ll have to see if it really works that well. There should be directly integrated adventures, but of course, you can also create your own adventures. I am very curious.
Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen
A new setting book for the fifth edition brings back the popular Dragonlance world, where dragons are very much present: Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen.
This book covers only a part of the whole Dragonlance story, but a previously untold part. So there is a new race, new classes, info for Dungeon Masters, a DM Screen, and a Deluxe Edition. It will be released on December 6, 2022, in the normal version and from February 28, 2023, the Shadows of the Dragon Queen Deluxe Edition will be available in this country.
This is supposed to be the first product where you can buy a bundle of printed book and digital version (on D&D Beyond). Unfortunately, the digital version is not simply included with the book, but you have to pay around 20 dollars more if you want both. This is another missed opportunity in my opinion. Why don’t they just include the digital version when you buy the book?
There will also be an accompanying board game called Dragonlance Warriors of Krynn. Let’s see what’s in store for us, but I’ll take a closer look at that, too, of course.
Keys from the Golden World
In early 2023, a new adventure volume, Keys from the Golden World, will be released, which will focus primarily on raids.
Bigby Presents – Glory of the Giants
In spring 2023, Bigby Presents – Glory of the Giants, a background volume on the giants in D&D, will be released. It will contain everything there is to know about them and is a companion book to last year’s Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons.
In the summer of 2023, a new adventure campaign called the Phandelver Campaign will be released. It is based on the adventure The Lost Mine of Phandelver, which was part of the first D&D5 Beginner’s Set, and expands on it significantly. This is great for anyone who played that adventure as a starter.
The Book of Many Things
The Book of Many Things is another background volume coming out in the summer of 2023. It is based on the familiar item “Deck of Many Things” and brings many new options for players and dungeon masters. It is a collection of creatures, places, and other extras related to the mysterious deck.
In the fall of 2023, the Planescape setting will be revisited. It will allow players to explore Sigil, the City of Gates, and the multiverse. Included in this release will be the setting manual, a bestiary, and a campaign book.
There are many other releases coming in 2023, such as the reissuing of all Drizzt’s books and audiobooks with new artwork for the 35th anniversary. The Legend of Drizzt Visual Dictionary will also be released, featuring the adventures of Drizzt in the Forgotten Realms with great artwork.
Magic: The Gathering – Wizards Presents 2022
For Magic: The Gathering fans, there was a lot of exciting news and a few surprises at Wizards Presents 2022.
30 years of Magic
MTG is turning 30, and Wizards of the Coast is celebrating with a big party in Las Vegas from October 28th to 30th. Among other things, there will be the World Championships, panels, beta drafts, many events, and much more. In local game stores, there will be promos fitting to the anniversary, with a total of 30 promo cards for every year since Magic’s inception.
New Magic Sets
Of course, some new sets have been announced.
As the next major Magic set in 2022, Dominaria’s Covenant (Dominaria United) is set to launch on September 9.
This begins a major storyline centered around Phyrexia’s attack on Dominaria. Dominaria is the first Plane of Magic, which started it all 30 years ago.
Enemies from various other Planes (Kamigawa, New Capenna, Kaldheim and others) are attacking Dominaria. You can watch the debut video here, where a lot is shown and explained.
In addition, there will be so-called “Lost Legends” cards in the collectible boosters. A while ago, they found old “Legends” sets that were only printed in 1994. You have a 3% chance to find one of these cards in the Dominaria’s Bundle collectible boosters.
Overall, this new set looks really good, and I’m really looking forward to it because it goes back to the roots of Magic, but of course modernized. Just look at these beautiful lands.
The Brothers War
We continue in the fall of 2022 with the set War of the Brothers (The Brothers War), in which we go into the past of Dominaria.
There are a lot of artifacts here. Mechs and War machines are supposed to be among them, which sounds very exciting.
In 2023, there will be a limited print run of Dominaria Remastered. It will include cards from 27 previous sets that featured Dominaria.
Dominaria Remastered will be draftable, and there will be draft and collector boosters. This is surely something for die-hard fans.
Phyrexia: Everything Becomes One
In the beginning of 2023, Phyrexia: All will be One (Phyrexia – All will be One) will be the continuation of the storyline, and it will go back to this plane after 10 years.
It goes to Phyrexia, and we experience how they try to conquer the multiverse.
March of the Machine
Spring in the year 2023 is getting hot. In March of the Machine, the Phyrexia storyline is coming to its climax. It ends with a huge battle for the future of the multiverse.
March of the Machine: The Aftermath
We will also find out what happens after that in March of the Machine: The Aftermath in the spring of 2023. After the big story cycle and the battle at the end, things are different. But new stories also begin.
Wilds of Eldraine
Things will get fairytale-like in the fall of 2023 when we’ll head to the forests of Eldraine. There we will probably encounter even more references to classic fairy tales.
The Lost Caverns of Ixalan
At the end of 2023, we will go to The Lost Caverns of Ixalan. Things have changed here, and besides treasures, there are probably pirates, dinosaurs, and vampires.
Apart from several Secret Lair announcements that do not interest me, there was news about Universes Beyond at Wizards Presents 2022. In this format, special sets are released that feature other worlds and IPs.
Warhammer 40.000 was already known to be included, with four Commander Decks set to be released on October 7th.
Excitingly, there are four Sol Rings that are assigned to the individual factions.
Surprisingly, the announcement was made that there will also be four Commander Decks from Doctor Who. Additionally, there will be a Collector Booster. The cards are supposed to cover the entire 60 years that Doctor Who has existed, which, as a big Doctor Who fan, I find particularly interesting.
Even bigger was the announcement of The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™. In this set, we will dive into Middle-earth in Q3 2023 and will be able to find Frodo and the Balrog, among others. There will also be 18 cards that together will depict a great scene from the Battle of Pelennor Fields.
It is primarily intended to be a draft format, and there will also be a digital Alchemy set for MTG Arena.
There was a lot of information and announcements from Wizards of the Coast. The return of Dragonlance is, of course, great and I’m really looking forward to it, and the other supplementary volumes sound very interesting as well.
As for how it will continue with One D&D, we have to wait and see, but it remains exciting in any case.
Regarding Magic, The Lord of the Rings set is, of course, great, but my highlight was the Commander decks for Doctor Who.
I’m also really excited about Dominaria’s Covenant and look forward to the big story that will be told over several sets from then on.
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