You’re going to want to pre-order this Magic: The Gathering x Lord of the Rings set faster than you can spell PO-TA-TOE.
The shared metaverse of IP crossovers continues to grow, as Hasbro's Universes Beyond line of MTG cards announced a Magic: The Gathering x Lord of the Rings set today. What Fornite began years before, other games and franchises are now dipping their own toes into these potentially profitable waters. The draft and straight-to-Modern MTG x LOTR set releases June 23, 2023 and will feature a number of products across the Magic line.
If you're still on the fence about this set, you may want to figure things out in a hurry. The set was part of announcement last fall that included other franchises coming to MTG such as Assassin's Creed and Final Fantasy. So, fans have had a while to contemplate how hard they plan on going in for a LOTR set.
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MTG x LOTR = $$$
The Lord of the Rings franchise is no stranger to collectible card games, but this new venture with Magic: The Gathering is a whole other animal. MTG parent company Hasbro has been lightly accused in the past years of maybe bleeding the stone dry. This included a stock estimate in which the Bank of America has accused Hasbro of “killing its golden goose."
Surely that's nonsense. Anyways, do you have a spare 400 dollarbucks laying around?
If you thought this once in a lifetime crossover would come cheap then you truly know nothing about Magic: The Gathering. Here's the listed products so far, as well as some good faith estimates on prices (in USD) thanks to Amazon:
- MTG The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Set Booster Box - 30 Packs (360 Magic Cards) - $184.57
- Magic: The Gathering The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Collector Booster Box - 12 Packs + 1 Box Topper Card - $384.06
- MTG The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Draft Booster Box - 36 Packs + 1 Box Topper Card - $167.72
- Magic: The Gathering The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Commander Deck Bundle – Includes All 4 Decks - $186.51
- MTG The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Starter Kit - Learn to Play with 2 Ready-to-Play Decks + 2 Codes to Play Online (2-Player Card Game) - $19.94
- Magic The Gathering The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Jumpstart Booster Box (18 Packs) - 2-Player Card Game - $101.83
- MTG The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Bundle - 8 Set Boosters + Accessories - $52.60
Woof. You're going to need to find a magic ring to afford all this cardboard.
We're going on an adventure
If past IP crossover sets with MTG such as Warhammer and Dungeons & Dragons are any indicator then expect this LOTR set to vanish quickly. Consider pre-ordering now if you want any hope of finding all the members of your party for the long march to Mordor, and get ready for its release in late June.
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