Set Prospective

Tales of Middle-earth Commander

July 10th, 2023 — Parker LaMascus

This article is part of our community-sourced Set Prospective series. We survey Cube designers before the set’s official release to document their first impressions of new cards.


Cube curators submitted 50 responses for our LTC survey, giving an average rating of 6.3 on a median of 2 cards tested.

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Card TestersRank 
Forth Eorlingas!54.0%8.3
Riders of Rohan22.0%5.9
Arwen, Weaver of Hope18.0%5.8
Aragorn, King of Gondor18.0%6.8
The Balrog of Moria12.0%6.0
Fealty to the Realm10.0%6.4
Éomer, King of Rohan10.0%6.4
Relic of Sauron10.0%6.5
Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit10.0%6.0
Rapacious Guest8.0%5.8
Oath of Eorl8.0%4.5
Gimli of the Glittering Caves6.0%4.3
Trap the Trespassers6.0%5.5
Moria Scavenger6.0%7.2
Lossarnach Captain6.0%2.3
Sail into the West6.0%5.4
The Black Gate6.0%3.4
Summons of Saruman6.0%6.1
Pippin, Warden of Isengard6.0%4.9
Farmer Cotton6.0%7.3
Denethor, Stone Seer6.0%6.1
In the Darkness Bind Them6.0%5.6
Cards being tested by fewer than 3 respondents not shown.

Single Card Discussion

Boros Beatdown

Forth Eorlingas!
Riders of Rohan
“"Oh, no thank you, I've already had TWO Boros Grave Titans today."”

These two Boros cards are juiced up to give Boros commanders enough oomph in a color-restricted format, but they scale very favorably in 1v1 Cubes that don’t adopt color identity rules. Forth Eorlingas! uses the Monarch mechanic notorious for scaling well in 1v1 Magic, and Riders of Rohan exploits Commander’s ability to absorb tons of battlefield stats with a single board wipe. Both are powerful options for Eternal cubes.

Many more cards are seeing niche Cube play (less than 20% popularity). Whether you hope Monarch will be more tolerable at high density, or want an instant-speed wheel for combo, there is plenty to love in this set.

Reprint Alert

Valley of Gorgoroth
Toxic Deluge
White Tower of Ecthelion
Bag End

Commander sets are always rich with reprints, and LTC sets a new standard with a hoard richer than Smaug’s. Some of these reprints are of highly desirable, often-printed staples in multiple Eternal formats, so while they may not become suddenly affordable, they do open up options for new bling, or they may sweeten the deal on a precon you’d already buy for other reasons.

Dragonskull Summit
Anguished Unmaking
Night's Whisper
Path to Exile
Mystic Confluence

A second group of reprints is likely to be made temporarily more affordable thanks to increased supply, but these are also options to spice up a cube with Middle-earth flavor or to enrich a LTR set cube with new options.

LTC is also Consider’s first printing with its Surveil erratum written.

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