The two IPs joining forces created many opportunities for unique artwork on cards. To begin, this set will feature Full Art Middle-earth Map Lands. These lands, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, highlight different map locations in Middle-earth on the basic land cards. The lands can be found in Draft, Set, Jumpstart, and Collector Boosters.'Lord of the Rings' Cards"). The set will also include nine different art variations of a Nazgul card, which can be found in Draft, Set, and Collector Boosters. This set will also have tons of Borderless cards and Borderless Scene cards. The Borderless Scene cards can be pieced together to create epic battle scenes from LotC.
For retailers, the dozens of art variations included in this set should be a boon for sales, at least initially. Based on the cards spoiled thus far, this set is shaping up to be more a casual collector set than anything else. LotR has a wide fan base, which stretches far beyond that of Magic: The Gathering. There should be plenty crossover purchases from LotR collectors, who will likely be looking for cards with art that they just find attractive. Higher end LotR collectors will, like Gollum, be seeking precious, rare Ring cards for their expected high monetary value.
For more information on future releases of Magic: The Gathering products, check out ICv2's 2023 calendar (see "'Magic: The Gathering' 2023 Release Calendar").
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