Magic Explores Middle-earth, Warhammer 40K & Doctor Who

August 23, 2022 by brennon

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Wizards Of The Coast and the Magic: The Gathering crew talked more about what's coming to the Universes Beyond range over the next year or so. They are going to be visiting Middle-earth, the grimdark future of Warhammer 40,000 (as we know) and also the universe of Doctor Who.

Gandalf - Magic The Gathering

Gandalf // Magic: The Gathering

Firstly, we turn our attention to The Lord Of The Rings: Tales Of Middle-earth. Their aim is to create a diverse and interesting cast of characters for you to use in your games of Magic alongside familiar locations, items, monsters and even more fearsome foes.

Balrog - Magic The Gathering

Balrog // Magic: The Gathering

The team are aiming to latch onto the familiar whilst also doing something new with their artwork, allowing their artists to have some fun. It's always nice seeing how different people interpret the various characters and stories of Tolkien's Middle-earth.

One of the coolest ideas they are bringing to the collection is their big borderless scene cards. These all come together to show off a full-on battle scene in your collection. Feels a bit like collecting stickers for a sticker book.

Battle Of Pelennor Fields - Magic The Gathering

Battle Of Pelennor Fields // Magic: The Gathering

The Lord Of The Rings: Tales Of Middle-earth will be available as four Commander decks allowing you to get stuck right in with your games. There will also be Secret Lair releases for The Lord Of The Rings if that floats your boat. Tales Of Middle-earth will be released in mid-2023.

Enter The Grimdark Of Warhammer 40,000

We already know quite a lot about Warhammer 40,000 and how that is going to be folded into Magic: The Gathering.

Inquisitor - Magic The Gathering

Inquisitor // Magic: The Gathering

You can get a look at the different Commander decks that they have been working on in some of our past stories here OnTableTop. The Necrons, Imperium, Chaos and Tyranids are going to be leading the way.

Necron - Magic The Gathering

Necron // Magic: The Gathering

Much like with the other Universes Beyond collections, there will be Secret Lair drops alongside the Commander Decks. The decks themselves are going to be made available for everyone on the 7th October 2022 despite a minor delay.

Secret Lair options have been announced as Orks as well as Age Of Sigmar and Blood Bowl.

Explore Time & Space With Doctor Who!

Travels through time and space are also on the cards for Magic: The Gathering.

Eleventh Doctor - Magic The Gathering

Eleventh Doctor // Magic: The Gathering

Again, there are going to be four Commander decks that will be coming out to support those Whovians who want to play out the Doctor's adventures on the tabletop. You will also find Collector Boosters and Secret Lair options here too.

The Doctors - Magic The Gathering

The Doctors // Magic: The Gathering

Art and ideas will be taken from across the full sixty-year spectrum of Doctor Who, allowing you to create decks that are tied to your favourite time traveller. I am certainly liking the artwork that they have been showing off.

As a Middle-earth fan, I am most excited to see what they do there but I am equally tempted by Warhammer 40,000 as well. With the Commander Decks being the main port of call for all of these Universes Beyond releases, it seems like they have at least made it easy to just snap up a set and dive in. Much easier than having to scrounge and pilfer for cards!

Are you tempted by these new sets?

"...four Commander decks that will be coming out to support those Whovians who want to play out The Doctor's adventures on the tabletop"

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