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The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth
The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth
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Set Information
Set symbol
Design Mark Rosewater
Release date Q3 2023
Set size TBA
Universes Beyond
Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth N/A
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The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth is an upcoming booster-based product in the Magic: The Gathering Universes Beyond series released by Wizards of the Coast.[1][2] The set will be released in Q3 (midyear) of 2023.[3][4] It is designed to be drafted.

Set details[]

This is a cross-over product based on the The Lord of the Rings, the epic high fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and was created in close cooperation with Middle-earth Enterprises, the firm which owns the rights. Hasbro, the mother company of Wizards of the Coast, has earlier published a board game based on the same franchise. The cards in this set feature the triangular holofoil stamp of non-canon cards.

Like all Universes Beyond products, the set will not be legal in Standard, but in the eyes of R&D Modern (and historic) legality provides the greatest opportunity for the most people to experience this beloved world while still holding Standard as its own space. While the set isn't focused on Modern like a Modern Horizons set might be, R&D wanted to give as many players the opportunity to play with these cards and enjoy them.[5] The set will also be released on Magic Online and as an Alchemy set on Magic Arena.


The title names the story's main antagonist, the Dark Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth. From homely beginnings in the Shire, a hobbit land reminiscent of the English countryside, the story ranges across Middle-earth, following the quest mainly through the eyes of the hobbits Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin.


The set is accompanied by some Secret Lairs featuring the same IP.[6] Unlike these Secret Lairs, the cards of the main set won't automatically have a Magic equivalent printed later, though R&D have the ability to make Magic versions of any UB card if the need arises.[7][8][9]

The set wil feature a number of new card treatments, including borderless, textless scene cards. When brought together these cards will form recognizable scenes from the books, e.g. the climactic Battle of the Pelennor Fields outside Gondor. This tableau is formed from 18 separate cards.



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Preconstructed decks[]

Tales of Middle-Earth features four commander decks.

deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}