Aragorn, but in card form: Magic: The Gathering and Lord of the Rings are a fated crossover

Magic: the Gathering, Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth - Gandalf creates fireworks for hobbits
(Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)

The next Magic: The Gathering set—The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth—is billed as a crossover, but it’s more like crossing the street than hopping to universes beyond. Magic has been getting pretty weird when choosing dance partners the last few years, with Transformers and Fortnite being some of the oddest choices. But there have also been well received and enjoyable picks, like the Magic The Gathering Warhammer crossover, and a pair of Dungeons & Dragons sets that felt a bit like flipping through Richard Garfield’s dusty high school yearbooks.

So it’s only natural that Wizards of the Coast would take a whack at the grandfather of modern fantasy, and we’ve gotten a look at the art and cards, from the Shire to Mordor.

What new and old mechanics are in Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth?