Travel outside familiar worlds to universes undiscovered in the already released and upcoming epic crossovers from Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast with Magic the Gathering: Universes Beyond!
Initially announced during a Investor Event held in February of 2021, Universes Beyond is series of products that cross over with other favored properties and integrates their characters, stories, and worlds into the gameplay we all know and love, yet, they are not canon when it comes to the lore previously established in Magic the Gathering. Such IP’s as The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Street Fighter, and Fortnite have all been released up to this point, with many more on the way.
With the uniqueness that comes with this series, it meant that Wizards of the Coast would have to find a way to get them to the players in different ways. Previously, Secret Lairs drops of alternate art or foiled cards would be the way to go, but it has been made known that this would not always be the case. Wizards has said there will be occasional releases in association with Secret Lairs, however they have made it clear that Universes Beyond cards will be featured in a wide range of Magic the Gathering products. Such is the case with the upcoming Transformers cards which were recently announced during Hasbro Con 2022. The cards will be available and found throughout The Brothers’ War set that is to be released on November 18, 2022. The pulls rates at this time are unknown for these cards or if they will take a rarity spot like in some other TCG’s.
The Universes Beyond products are not legal for standard play, but they are for Eternal Formats. With that in mind, the cards had to have a different look to them so players and collectors alike can tell them apart. In the place of the usual oval holofoil stamp at the bottom of the cards is a triangular shape that denotes them as apart of this series. Wizards wanted to use a different border color for the cards, but the concept was quickly dismissed as they didn’t want people to see them as ‘Not real’.
Who’s coming to the Universe?
To date, Universes Beyond has featured 5 popular brands and there are no plans of slowing down. The next addition to this line up comes this week with the release of the Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks with three Secret Lairs drops to follow on October 17th. Looking past the Transformers announcement, Wizards has also informed players and collectors that they will be releasing sets based on The Lord of the Rings and Doctor Who, both of which will see a 2023 release. The collaborations don’t stop there. During the Hasbro Investor Day 2023, Wizards’ president Cynthia Williams announced that Magic the Gathering will be welcoming Final Fantasy and Assassin’s Creed into the fold in 2024.
Are you excited for any of the upcoming Universes Beyond releases? Have you already picked up any of the crossover cards? And what properties would you like to see make an appearance in the Magic the Gathering realm? Let me know down in the comments!
Until next time, my friends…