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The One Ring Arrives With Magic: The Gathering Release With Dave And Adams Offering $1 Million Bounty For The 1/1 Ring Card

Magic: The Gathering is branching into one of the most iconic and well-built fantasy worlds of our time with The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth.

Presales for the latest expansion began June 16th, with an expected release on June 23rd. There’s a unique crinkle to this release, a 1 of 1 alternate-art edition of the One Ring card. With only one in existence, Dave & Adams has put a one million dollar bounty on finding the precious.

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The 1 of 1 Ring (Now Found!)

You might be wondering what’s so special about this card. After all, there are plenty of one of a kind cards that never approach seven figures. For one, this is the first time a 1/1 Magic: The Gathering card is being intentionally released.

Additionally, The Lord of the Rings brand has a huge fanbase and plenty of momentum after a new show in 2022. Fans will definitely enjoy the look of this card, written entirely in the black speech of Sauron.

Of course, the ring’s significance as the most powerful ring on Middle-Earth helps too. The rarity alone would lead to a high value, but combine it with the other factors and you can justify the huge bounty.

The 1 of 1 Ring has already been found and graded by PSA, receiving a 9. It was purchased in early August by Post Malone.

MTG The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth release formats

There’s going to be a slew of release formats for the expansion, but only two of them will have a chance at containing the 1 of 1 Ring.

The only formats that will possibly have it are Collector Boosters and Gift Bundles, which include a single collector booster pack. Collector Boosters Boxes will have 12 packs, so those will be the best product to target for ring hunters.

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Starter Kits

The basic configuration for people new to Magic and interested in learning the game is the Starter Kit. It includes a total of 130 cards across two decks. In addition to the base 60-card deck, each deck includes 5 new-to-Magic cards with one being a foil mythic rare.

Jumpstart

Designed for experienced players, Jumpstart Boosters will include cards across five different themes. There will be 18 packs of 20 cards within each Jumpstart. In each pack you can expect:

  • 1 Thematic Rare Card
  • 1 Rare or Mythic Rare Card
  • 2 Shiny Traditional Foil Land Cards

Prerelease Pack

Only available before the product releases, each Prerelease Pack will include six Draft Boosters and two foil-stamped promo cards.

One promo card will be a rare or mythic rare from the base set, and the other will be a scene card exclusive to Prerelease Packs and Collector Boosters. Along with the cards will be a spin-down life counter.

Draft Boosters

Draft Boosters exist to give players more sealed cards to play the draft game mode. Within each Draft Booster Box, you will be guaranteed:

  • 36 Draft Booster Packs
  • 1 Traditional Foil Borderless Realms & Relics Box Topper Card

Within each pack, you can expect

  • 15 Total Cards
  • 1 Rare or Mythic Rare
  • 33% Chance of a Draft Booster containing a Land Card

Set Boosters

For collectors and players wanting to expand their deck, look no further than Set Booster Boxes. These boxes are huge, with a total of 360 cards. Each box contains:

  • 30 Set Booster Packs
  • 1 Traditional Foil Borderless Realms & Relics Box Topper Card

In each pack you can expect:

  • 12 Total Cards
  • At least 1 Shining Traditional Foil Card
  • At least 1 Rare or Higher (Maximum of 4)
  • 1 Art Card
  • 1 Alternate Art Card

Collector Boosters

The only box that has a chance of containing the 1 of 1 ring is the Collector Booster Box. Besides that, Collector Boosters are designed with collectors in mind, featuring plenty of rare and alternate art cards.

This box is also the only one to contain Serialized Ring, Elven, Dwarven, or Human Sol cards. Each box will contain:

  • 12 Collector Booster Packs
  • 1 Traditional Foil Borderless Realms & Relics Box Topper Card

In each pack you can expect:

  • 15 Total Cards
  • 1 Borderless Art Scene Card

Bundle

For any passionate Magic or Lord of the Rings fan who isn’t satisfied with just cards, there’s the bundle option. Bundles come with plenty of cards, as well as some accessories including a themed storage box and an oversized spinning life counter. Every Bundle contains:

  • 8 Set Booster Packs
  • 4 Traditional Foil Alternate Art Cards
  • 20 Foil Land Cards
  • 20 Non-Foil Land Cards
  • 1 Spindown Life Counter
  • 1 Card Storage Box
  • 2 Reference Cards

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Gift Bundle

A new edition of the bundle will be released in November, referred to as either the Gift Bundle or a Bundle: Gift Edition. Some unique features of this bundle include a special edition Collectors Booster and Jumpstart Volume 2.

Assuming the 1 of 1 ring is not found by November, it will also have a chance to appear in these bundles. Within each Gift Bundle there will be:

  • 1 Special Edition Collectors Booster
  • 8 Set Boosters
  • 4 Traditional Foil Borderless Mount Doom Scene cards
  • 20 Foil Land Cards
  • 20 Non-Foil Land Cards
  • 1 Exclusive Spindown Life Counter
  • 1 Foil Card Storage Box
  • 2 Reference Cards

Commander Decks

Fans of the Lord of the Rings will especially enjoy the Commander Deck format, which are 20 card ready-to-play decks consisting of recognizable characters.

There are four commander decks: Riders of Rohan, Food and Fellowship, Elven Counsel, and Hosts of Mordor. Each deck will include:

  • 20 Never-Before-Seen Cards
  • 1 Rare or Mythic Rare from a Collector Booster Sample Pack
  • 1 Traditional Foil from a Collector Booster Sample Pack
  • 10 Double-Sided Tokens
  • 1 Helper Card
  • 1 Life Tracker
  • 1 Deck Box
  • 1 Foil-Etched Display Commander

Final thoughts of the Magic: The Gathering The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth release

Overall, this looks to be an excellent addition to Magic: The Gathering’s Universes Beyond lineup. Dave and Adams definitely made this release pretty interesting with the million-dollar bounty on the 1 of 1 ring.

Although surely cool for collectors, it seems unlikely that this set will be very powerful gameplay-wise.

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