The Gelatinous Cube is arguably one of D&D most iconic monsters, infamous for its ability to surprise, envelop, and then disintegrate low-level adventurers in record time. Well, now you can feel that dread in Magic as well, as its characteristic destructive nature has been translated in a grotesque way.
Here’s a look at the map itself, as well as its special Monster Manual-style variant.
The Gelatinous Cube is a rare 4/3 black silt creature that costs two colorless mana and two black mana to cast. He also has two entirely new ability words that mimic some of his D&D abilities: Gobble and Dissolve.
Engulf is similar to many effects we’ve seen before (although more often on white cards than black ones), allowing you to exile an opposing midi-ooze creature when Gelatinous Cube enters the battlefield, but to return it when your cube finally leaves. . Dissolve is a variation of this familiar mechanic, allowing you to pay the exiled creature’s mana value (plus one additional black mana) to move it from exile to its owner’s graveyard.
It’s a wonderfully flavorful version of a notoriously oppressive creature, literally allowing you to trap a creature in the gelatinous cube where it can possibly be devoured unless the cube can be dealt with first.
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms will be released in MTG Arena on July 8 and physically on July 23. Stay tuned for more IGN disclosures in the near future.