Collaborations are always so fun and exciting, bringing fans the best of both worlds. It’s also exciting to see how one franchise can fit into another. As such, fans of both AMC’s The Walking Dead and Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering card game are looking forward to seeing how these two completely unrelated games can blend together.
To give you a bit of context, The Walking Dead is an ongoing TV show slash video game franchise about a group of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. On the other hand, Magic: The Gathering is a fantasy-themed trading card game where you have to compete with other players by using the most powerful decks.
These two games aren’t new to crossovers, though. The Walking Dead actually collaborated with Bridge Constructor, while the card game has an upcoming crossover with Dungeons and Dragons – another popular franchise by Wizards of the Coast.
The MTG/Walking Dead crossover is known as Secret Lair, and included in this set are premium foil cards that have exclusive art showcasing the characters from The Walking Dead as well as zombies.
According to a press release, the collaboration is scheduled to launch this upcoming October 4. This takes place around the same time when AMC will hold the “We Are the Walking Dead Weekend,” where they will be debuting The Walking Dead: World Beyond.
After the premiere, an episode of Talking Dead will follow, which is where they will unbox the Secret Lair crossover cards. They will be revealing all the cards – except one – during the following weeks.
This last secret card is special, and it deserves a special reveal which players will have to find out for themselves. Sounds pretty exciting, don’t you think?
If you want to preorder the cards, you can do so between October 4 at 11:30 PM ET and October 12. As mentioned, the crossover cards will be premium foil, which is a type of card that has a beautiful glossy finish, unlike the other regular cards.
Understandably, the fantasy tone of MTG and the thrilling zombies in The Walking Dead may not seem like a common fit. However, those who have been playing Magic: The Gathering for a while now know that necromancy and undead hordes are pretty popular in this TCG.
As a matter of fact, Clayton Newman, who is the Vice President of Games for AMC, even went so far as to say that the card drop is a “perfect blend of the two universes.” How well this crossover will do all depends on the art style, though.
Magic: The Gathering and The Walking Dead have completely different art styles, so we definitely look forward to seeing how they will find a balance between the two aesthetics.
It’s also worth noting that The Walking Dead content in MTG will only be permitted in Legacy, Vintage, and Commander. In other words, you should definitely double-check to see if you can use these special cards in your deck before you participate in Magic: The Gathering tournaments.