It’s only been a couple of months since they confirmed everything, so let’s first look at everything we’ve seen, then check out the new artwork! One thing to note before we start though, they did confirm there will be 4 Commander Decks coming with the release.
GW Confirms 40k Coming to Magic the Gathering
Warhammer is the world’s biggest name in tabletop gaming. Magic: The Gathering is the number one fantasy card game. So, what happens when you smush them both together?
The answer can be found in Universes Beyond, a new premium card set for Magic: The Gathering which sees the game’s creators teaming up with some of the world’s biggest storytelling brands – including Warhammer 40,000.
They didn’t release too many details about the partnership, but thanks to a Wizards of the Coast post, we know a little bit more about what to expect!
This expansion of the Magic game system to other universes is exciting and new, and certainly raises questions for many of our longstanding fans, so today we’re going to answer many of those questions as we look toward the Universes Beyond release in 2022 and further.
Universes Beyond will act as a brand within Magic: The Gathering—existing in addition to and alongside our existing line of products.
Well, the first thing to unpack here, is this isn’t going to be out until 2022, so don’t get too excited about new cards too soon! Next, they mention the expansion will exist alongside and in addition to their current line, so that’s good to see. Again, they explicitly say cards will not be Standard Legal. So if you were hoping to add these to your deck, doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
Details on the Upcoming Cards
First, Universes Beyond will be branded slightly differently and will have a specific look as a result. These are still Magic cards, through and through, but the frame will be distinct and cards will have a holofoil stamp that denotes them as being from Universes Beyond. It will look like this:
If that stamp looks familiar, it’s because it already exists on Secret Lair X The Walking Dead cards, which will be grandfathered into Universes Beyond.
On that note, Universes Beyond products will generally be sold in all Magic channels—these will not be strictly Secret Lair products. The Warhammer 40,000 Commander decks, for example, will be available everywhere we currently sell Commander decks, as will The Lord of the Rings product. We may occasionally do associated Secret Lair products related to the main release, like the Secret Lair Godzilla lands when Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths came out. There will also be the occasional standalone product like The Walking Dead, but the intention is to typically make Universes Beyond as available as any other Magic product.
They also mention that they will stick to their normal release for standard cards, so no need to worry about this messing up any releases you’re waiting for. Being able to get the cards where you normally grab your Magic cards is also nice, you won’t have to make an extra trip just for those 40k or LotR cards.
New 40k Magic The Gathering Artwork Spotted!
The announcement comes from Wizards and details all kinds of new releases. Let’s hear what they had to say about the 40k side of the release:
Today, we blew the doors open with new details and exciting artwork: 2022 and beyond sets up Magic players to explore even more incredible worlds and stories. Next year, Magic meets Warhammer 40,000 with four Commander decks and, of course, Space Marines.
The art is already looking awesome. Of course, we had to get Space Marines. They didn’t mention much else about what other decks are coming, but we hope for some Xenos and Chaos ones. This is all the art for now, but if all the cards look this cool, we’re in for some great cards. We’ll have to see how much crossover this will end up having, but we expect a lot of people to hop on the game.
Are you excited about the crossover? Will you be playing?
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