Update February 25 2:19pm: We just got some fresh details on both the Lord of the Rings and Warhammer 40k Magic products. First up, 40K is apparently going to be getting the commander deck treatment, so can we expect to see an emperor-fronted deck? Probably not, that would be either OP as hell, or wouldn't exist at all. Hoping that we at least get a Snagrod deck (for Tha Boyz™) or something Tau-based.
It should also come as no surprise that these products will not be standard legal cards, and will come with their own special branding. You'll also be able to buy the upcoming Universes Beyond sets from normal Magic stockists, rather than only as a special Secret Lair drop, which is a nice touch by Wizards. One final note is that the recent(-ish) Secret Lair: the Walking Dead is now retroactively part of Universes Untold, and it looks like we won't be seeing these crossovers until 2022.
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One of the biggest and most exciting crossovers in nerd history is about to take place thanks to Games Workshop, Wizards of the Coast, and Middle-Earth Enterprises. WotC announced on Thursday that their latest crossover for the Universes Beyond series will bring Magic the Gathering and Warhammer 40K together, with some Tolkien characters joining in the fun in the near-future.
Magic the Gathering Meets Warhammer 40k
Magic the Gathering is the world's biggest cardgames, and Warhammer 40k is one of the world's biggest tabletop miniature skirmish games. This upcoming crossover as part of the Universes Beyond series will be one of the most exciting and unique things to happen in Magic the Gathering for a long time. The announcement was made via the recent Hasbro investor call and is sure to drive people completely insane if they have even a passing fancy for both brands.
These will be some of the first official Universes Beyond set, and it's certainly the biggest, it's not the first Magic crossover we've had recently. Last September, Wizards announced a crossover between Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering, bringing certain characters and locations from the Forgotten Realms campaign setting to MTG, and it will be the first of these sets to release. There have also been MTG cards based on The Walking Dead and Godzilla, but It pretty much doesn't get bigger than Magic and Warhammer 40k in modern tabletop, especially with the insane growth Games Workshop has seen lately.
That's Not The End Of The Fun
There's no exact details on either the Lord of the Rings set or even how Warhammer 40K cards will be handled, but whatever happens, it's going to be huge. As if that wasn't enough, Wizards also showed more about Time Spiral Remastered, a new set that brings back a selection of cards from the classic Time Spiral Block. It sounds like the set will be made with drafting in mind, so if you've ever wanted to experience one of the most enjoyable drafting experiences in Magic history then you'll want to keep an eye out for that when it drops on the 19th of March.
What do you think of these new Magic the Gathering crossovers? Will you be getting your hands on either one when they come out? Let us know in the comments below.