Wizards of the Coast have released a free download that allows you to the Zendikar universe of Magic:the Gathering. Zendikar is a natural fit for D&D, having been designed as a world of adventure. It already features bands of treasure-hunters and thrill seekers braving the traps and terrors of long-forgotten places. The versatility of D&D’s 5th edition rule book allows you to adapt the game to almost any fantasy realm, it just needs a few of the Zendikar specific races, monsters and artifacts thrown in to make the experience complete. This is exactly what the free download provides.
If you’re expecting to see a new Planeswalker class of magic user, capable of tapping into the raw mana of the lands to ramp up to increasingly powerful spells, don’t. Although you could probably gain a reasonable facsimile with a Sorcerer, the existing D&D magic system won’t be getting replaced with the 5 colors of mana anytime soon.
I always thought it would be fun to merge D&D with Magic: the Gathering. I had even toyed with the idea of allowing spellcasters to declare a ‘wizards duel’ with a deck of spells the character had spent time compiling specifically for the purpose. It could also be great fun to have NPC’s challenge characters to a friendly game of cards. As usual with D&D, the possibilities are endless and Plane Shift: Zendikar has just just significantly widened the range.