Magic the Gathering - Heroes of Dominaria Board Game
Here at WizKids, we absolutely love working on licensed properties. We are all long-time gamers and pop culture addicts, so working on some of the most storied intellectual properties of all time is an honor and a privilege. Today we’d like to talk about one of the most exciting properties we’re getting to work with.
Magic: The Gathering is one of the greatest games of all time, and its influence continues to be felt across the gaming world 25 years after its release. Magic weaves together deep gameplay, memorable characters, and beautiful art to create unique planes and rich stories that have enchanted players like us since we shuffled up our very first decks. So, when we were offered the opportunity to develop a game set on Dominaria, we jumped on it. After all, what could be cooler than making a game set on Magic’s original plane?
Heroes of Dominaria is a competitive game for two to four players. The objective is simple: earn as many Victory Points as possible before the game ends. The player with the highest number of points wins. Players can earn Victory Points in several different ways: complete quests, build sites and leylines to generate mana, or battle and defeat the Cabal. Just like in the card game, you will spend mana to advance your game plan. You will need to choose carefully where to move on the board and which mana color you collect each turn. Sometimes you will need to forgo a large amount of mana to collect the colors you need, while at other times you will take the largest amount of mana available regardless of color. You’ll also have to keep a close eye on your rivals and what colors of mana they are collecting. Will you try to collect the same color, depleting its sources across the map for everyone, or will you target a different color and attempt to outpace your opponents?
Of course, this wouldn’t be Dominaria if we didn’t include some of the plane’s most iconic locations and beloved characters. You’ll travel through storied locations such as Llanowar, Benalia, and Keld in search of mana. Along the way, you’ll battle the Cabal and discover powerful and recognizable artifacts: you’ll generate mana with Moxen, take extra turns with the Time Vault, and move your heroes across the map aboard the Weatherlight. In Magic, when one of these artifacts enters the battlefield it changes the course of the game, and we made sure the same was true in Heroes of Dominaria.
The name of the game is Heroes of Dominaria, so we know you will expect to see some of your favorite characters and you will not be disappointed. Jhoira, Karn, Teferi, and Chandra are all playable, sporting art from their latest cards. Each has dramatically affected the fate (and in some cases, geography) of Dominaria, and now you can join them in saving it once more. All four characters will also be available as pre-painted miniatures in the Premium Edition of Heroes of Dominaria.
Heroes of Dominaria features characters, art, and history with the card game, but that does not mean that only Magic fans will appreciate the game; it will appeal to anyone who enjoys eurogames as well. It is a game of resource management and positioning, so if you enjoy formulating strategies and adjusting them on the fly you will find a lot to love in it. As almost every game action requires spending your hard-won mana, eking out small advantages in mana efficiency will be paramount. An untimely Cabal attack can slow your progress, or if you have put too many eggs in one basket, ruin your plan entirely. You’ll need to decide which quests you take, which you wish to complete, and which you will decline in order to maximize your limited movement and resources and score the most Victory Points.
We are also very proud to announce Creature Forge, a new line of pre-painted miniatures for Magic: The Gathering. Our first set, Overwhelming Swarm, focuses on some of the most popular tokens from Magic’s past, like Angels, Goblins, and Soldiers, along with tokens from current sets, like Pirates and Dinosaurs. Each token will have the name, keywords, and Power/Toughness easily viewable on top of the base for reference, and the Planeswalker symbol is also displayed, giving you an easy way to show if the token is tapped or untapped.
We didn’t just bring high-utility tokens to Creature Forge. We know you will be eager to show off just how many times you can buy back Saproling Swarm, or to flood the Battlefield with Sliver tokens using your Sliver Queen Commander deck. Not to worry, we have that covered as well. From one of the very first tokens like the Pegasus, to the newest like the Treasure, this set will have a token for just about any deck imaginable.
Creature Forge will be a great way to add a premium touch to your battlefield, or help bring your new token deck to life. It is also an awesome way to collect some of your favorite Magic creatures in 3D for the first time, even if you never cast a spell to create them. Creature Forge tokens augment your Magic: The Gathering experience in a fun new way, and we cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on them.
We could not be more excited to be bringing a bit of Magic: The Gathering to life on your tabletop this year, and we hope you are just as excited as we are. Look for Creature Forge: Overwhelming Swarm in your Friendly Local Game Store in July and Heroes of Dominaria this August.