In 2021, Wizards of the Coast announced that it would be adding Warhammer 40,000 themed cards to Magic: The Gathering as part of its Universes Beyond expansion series. Which is still a little mind-boggling, to be honest. Further proof that this was not a dream comes in the form of a first look at the Warhammer 40,000 collaborationwhich gives some details about the shape the crossover will take and shows some of the new cards.
First, there will be four pre-made 100-card decks to play Commander, which is the casual four-player mode of Magic around the kitchen table. Cards from these decks will also be valid in Legacy and Vintage mode. The four sets are Tyranid Swarm (green/blue/red), Forces of the Imperium (white/blue/black), The Ruinous Powers (blue/black/red) and Necron Dynasties (mono-black).
I’m surprised I don’t see decks for the eldar or t’au, both of which are quite popular armies on the table, but glad that at least some of them are largely themed. The Forces of the Imperium will include Space Marines, Technical Priests, Inquisitors, and presumably some Battle Sisters and Imperial Guards, while the Ruinous Powers deck, which features Abaddon the Descendant as its Commander, will have Chaos Space Marines, daemons, and others. disciples of the dark gods.
As with Commander decks, there will be three “secret lair” releases, which are what Wizards of the Coast calls small limited-release Magic sets, with alternate art for existing cards (such as the current Pride in all the fall of the Multiverse), or a handful of new cards that are just around the corner (like 2020’s The Walking Dead cards).
One of the three secret hideouts will contain over 40,000 Warhammer cards, this time themed around the orks. Red and green, I think? They would be missing a trick if they didn’t include a Red Ones Go Fasta card. The other two secret stashes are surprisingly from two of Games Workshop’s other settings: the heavy metal fantasy Age of Sigmar and the goblin-with-goblin sports parody Blood Bowl, though neither of these cards have been previewed yet.
The worldwide launch of the Warhammer x Magic: The Gathering collaboration is scheduled for August 12, with the secret lair launch taking place from August 12 to 22. I contacted Wizards of the Coast to ask if any of these cards will also appear in the digital version of the game, Magic: The Gathering Arena, and unfortunately they will be table only.