The first glimpse of Magic: The Gathering’s upcoming Warhammer 40k crossover set has been revealed, alongside the trading card game’s next batch of core sets, a look at its forthcoming Lord of the Rings release, and the reveal of even more videogame crossover sets. Shown during yesterday’s Magic Showcase 2021, MTG is returning to some fan-favourite planes next year, and bringing plenty of out-of-universe characters with it.
Warhammer 40k will crossover into the Magic Multiverse in a series of four Commander decks (pre-constructed, often thematic card collections that can be used right out of the box) scheduled to release in 2022. In the showcase yesterday, two artworks of the set were revealed, both featuring those most popular denizens of the 41st Millennium: Ultramarines. Publisher Wizards of the Coast did confirm other factions will be making an appearance in the final set, however, so it won’t be entirely dominated by blue power armour.
The Commander decks will feature new art, new cards, and reprints of old cards that have been rethemed with Warhammer 40k artwork. During the stream, communications manager at Wizards of the Coast Blake Rasmussen confirmed that the commander decks would be the only 40k crossover releases for MTG, saying: “Warhammer 40,000 is specifically going to be Commander decks”.
The set is expected to release in the third quarter of 2022.
Alongside the grimdark details, the stream provided a bumper crop of announcements. Most substantial among them was the reveal of next year’s core Magic sets, which will take the game through familiar planes and new worlds alike. We can expect to see the following releases in 2022:
- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasties, first quarter 2022 – set in the Feudal Japan-inspired plane of Kamigawa, which first appeared in the titular 2004 set, Neon Dynasties takes place 2000 years in the future. It will introduce a fantasy-cyberpunk aesthetic, and a cyber-ninja Planeswalker called Kaito.
- Streets of New Capenna, second quarter 2022 – a new plane that combines demons and gangsters, this set is a riff on 1920s noir films. It features competing demonic crime families fighting for control of an angelic city.
- Dominaria United, third quarter 2022 – returning to the plane of Dominaria – the first Magic setting, which last appeared in 2018 – the set is being billed as a celebration of Magic’s 30-year history, and will feature the breadth of its universe.
- The Brothers’ War, fourth quarter 2022 – retelling the long, bloody feud between siblings Urza and Mishra, which first appeared in 1994’s Antiquities, this set will expand its focus beyond Dominaria to encompass new artefacts, giant mechs, and more.
The showcase also revealed more details about Magic: The Gathering’s upcoming Lord of the Rings crossover set. The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth will be a complete expansion set with a full product line of booster packs, Commander decks, and Secret Lair drops, somewhat akin to this year’s Adventures in the Forgotten Realms D&D release. Further, it will be legal to play in the game’s Modern and Historic formats, so you can expect its cards to pop up in a competitive play for several years.
Featuring many of Middle-earth’s most recognisable locations, stories, and characters – including Gandalf, Frodo, Gollum, and Aragorn – Wizards said the set is being designed to capture the essence of The Lord of the Rings while staying true to the art style and compositions of MTG. The set is scheduled to release in 2023 in paper form and on MTG Arena.
That wasn’t the final reveal of the stream, however. To both the excitement and disappointment of many, popular vidoegames Fortnite and Street Fighter will also be receiving the Magic treatment with their own Secret Lair drops.
Several cards will be reprinted with Fortnite artwork for the perennially popular battle royale, while cards in the Street Fighter set will feature new mechanics that ape the vidoegame’s fighting – such as Chun-Li’s card, which features a ‘Multickicker’ keyword ability.