MAGIC: THE GATHERING Heads to Middle-earth with LORD OF THE RINGS Set - Nerdist
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MAGIC: THE GATHERING Heads to Middle-earth with LORD OF THE RINGS Set

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Middle-earth seems to be all around us these days, even before the new show The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power debuts. Wizards of the Coast announced the newest Magic: The Gathering collection’s Tolkien tie-in. Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle Earth comes out in 2023. They revealed artwork for the cards that are stunning additions to the already rich tapestry of Middle-earth. From the ring bearer to epic battle scenes, fans of both the series and the game will be impressed.

Three of the new cards for Magic: the Gathering Lord of the Rings set
Wizards of the Coast

We saw the news thanks to CBR. It’s part of a slate of announcements Wizards of the Coast made about both Magic and Dungeons & Dragons offerings coming up in the next year. A Doctor Who set is another crossover coming soon, as Magic celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023. For both, alchemy sets will also be available for digital players of Magic: The Gathering Arena.

A compilation of 18 Magic: the Gathering Lord of the Rings cards that combine into a battle scene
Wizards of the Coast

Even though scientists declared Magic: The Gathering the world’s most complex game, it’s clear that it offers something for everyone. There’s My Little Pony cards after all. Other recent crossovers include Stranger Things, FortNite, and Street Fighter. But no mashup has ever made me want to own a set more than the Bob Ross painting “Happy Little Gathering” landscapes collection. Maybe it’s not too late to get into Magic

If the game still doesn’t seem like quite your thing, you can always watch other people play. Like this delightful video of Joseph Gordon-Levitt opening his boxes of Magic cards for the first time since he was a kid. Or the Netflix animated series starring Brandon Routh, allegedly coming soon.

Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth. 

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