MTG LotR Bundle Contents: Gift VS Regular

A ton of MTG players and Lord of the Rings fans were extremely happy about how the big collaboration of the two franchises turned out. Players were eager to acquire boosters and crack them and open iconic LotR characters on Magic cards. The best reasonably-priced option of doing so were the two Bundles, and in this article we’ll try to answer all the questions you might have about them, such as:

  • What’s in the regular MTG LotR Bundle?
  • What’s in the Gift Edition of MTG LotR Bundle?
  • Is it better to buy the regular or the Gift MTG LotR Bundle?
  • Should you buy a Tales of Middle-earth booster box or a Bundle?
  • And more!

We’ve updated this article in February 2024, in order to look back of how this product has turned out in the long run. This way, you’ll have a good idea on whether you want to buy a LotR Bundle in 2024.

Anyway, let’s start by exploring the regular bundle first.

Regular MTG LotR Bundle – Contents

MTG LotR Bundle Review 2024

Typically, the regular version of the Bundle is cheaper than the Gift Edition. Each regular Tales of the Middle-earth Bundle contains:

  • 8 Tales of the Middle-earth Set boosters
  • 40 basic lands (20 foil + 20 non-foil)
  • 4 foil alternate art cards
  • 1 spindown life counter
  • 1 card storage box
  • 2 reference cards

Unfamiliar with all of those terms? You can find detailed descriptions in the next few paragraphs.

Set Boosters

So, the main content here are the 8 Set boosters. These boosters are great for players who just want to open their boosters, while not spending too much. They can contain 1-4 rare or mythic rare cards, but on average there are 1.34 rares per booster. This means that you can expect a little over 10 rares in your eight Set boosters overall.

Basic Lands

The inclusion of basic lands is great. Both beginners and more experienced players find them useful. In total, you get 40 basics, 20 of which will be foil. They are evenly distributed among the five MTG colors. So you’ll get 4 foil and 4 non-foil Plains, and so on, for every color.

Note that these aren’t the full-art map lands, but you might open those in your Set boosters. Nevertheless, even the regular basic lands in this set are spectacular, as they feature iconic locations from Middle-earth. For example, one of the Plains shows the Shire in all its beauty.

Plains Lord of the Rings Basic Land

Tales of Middle-earth Bundle Promos

You’ve probably noticed that there were 4 foil alternate art cards (or promos) listed among the contents. These cards will be the same across all Bundles, so if you buy one, you’ll for sure open the following four cards:

As you can see, you can align the four cards in a 2×2 frame to form the iconic scene from the Mount Doom. Typically, the promo cards in Bundles aren’t worth much. However, that’s certainly not the case this time around, due to The One Ring. That card is (as of the February 2024) selling for around $50, and it’s included in every Bundle!

So, you’re already guaranteed an extremely popular and powerful card, plus the whole panorama of the four cards is going to be a neat piece in any Lord of the Rings collection.

Accessories

The rest of the contents are various accessories. The spindown life counter is basically a big 20-sided die. (The difference between the two is the position of the numbers.) The one in the regular version of the bundle will be white with gold inscriptions.

A cardboard box might not seem exciting, if you’ve never purchased an MTG Bundle before. However, it’s a very sturdy box, that can fit over 500 unsleeved Magic cards. It typically features a cool design, which looks great on a shelf. This means that it makes for a great card storage, and many players are deciding to get a Bundle over a booster box, simply because they can easily store the cards they open in the box.

Here’s how the inner box and the die look like in the regular LotR Bundle.

MTG LotR Regular Bundle Box Design

Finally, the reference cards are usually just some inserts with information about the set, so in this case about Tales of Middle-earth.

That’s it for the regular Bundle, so now let’s take a look at the Gift Edition.

Gift Edition MTG LotR Bundle — Contents

MTG LotR Gift Edition Bundle Contents Review

Each regular Tales of the Middle-earth Bundle comes with:

  • 1 Tales of the Middle-earth Collector booster
  • 8 Tales of the Middle-earth Set boosters
  • 4 foil alternate art cards
  • 40 basic lands (20 foil + 20 non-foil)
  • 1 spindown life counter
  • 1 foil card storage box
  • 2 reference cards

The two main differences are bolded. The Gift version of the Bundle also has a Collector booster, on top of the expected 8 Set boosters. Furthermore, the interior box has a different design, with a special foil-like (shiny) treatment. Besides, the spindown also looks different. Check them out:

MTG LotR Gift Bundle Box Design

Collector Booster

So apart from the visual differences, the biggest one is the inclusion of the Collector booster. That’s the most premium MTG booster, with containing 15 cards, all with alternate art or foil treatment – sometimes even both. Each booster comes with 5-7 rare or mythic rare cards, so that’s five times as many as a regular Magic booster.

This is also the only product that can come with a Serialized Ring cards. (Those are special versions of Sol Ring, as the one-of-a-kind The One Ring has already been found.) Tales of Middle-earth Collector booster was an insanely popular product.

So, besides the different box, this is pretty much the only difference between the two Bundles. You can find a quick comparison chart of the both Bundles below:

Regular BundleGift Bundle
MTG LOTR Regular Bundle IconMTG LOTR Gift Bundle Icon
Collector boosterNoYes (1 per bundle)
Set boosters88
Storage Boxregularwith foil effect
Priceslightly lowerslightly higher
Check PriceFind it on AmazonFind it on Amazon

MTG LotR Bundles – FAQ

Now we know what’s inside each Bundle, so it’s time to answer some questions about them. First, we’ll tackle the big one. Which of the two products is better? Then, we’ll answer some additional questions players ask about them. As always, if you have a question that we didn’t answer, let us know in the comments, and we’ll get back to you.

Which MTG LotR Bundle to Buy? Gift or Regular?

In order to decide which of the two Tales of Middle-earth Bundle to buy, you have to answer the following two questions:

  1. Do you care about the Collector booster?
  2. What’s the price difference between the Regular and the Gift Edition Bundle?

If you don’t care that much about the Collector booster, then you should just go with the regular Bundle. You’ll be getting more or less the same stuff, just without the Collector booster. On the contrary, if you want the Collector booster, then the Gift Bundle looks much more enticing.

To figure out which product has the better value, you have to know how much are you going to pay for them. Whether you’re buying from your local game store, from Amazon, or anywhere else, the price difference between the two Bundles, will help you make a decision.

Most stores sell LotR Collector boosters from regular sets for between $40-60. So, if the price difference between the two Bundles is lesser than the price of a Collector booster, then it’s better value to buy Gift Edition, and vice versa.

Other Questions

Which are the promo cards in the regular MTG LotR Bundle?

The four promo cards are: Frodo, Sauron’s Bane / Samwise the Stouthearted / Gollum, Patient Plotter / The One Ring. They are foil borderless scene cards, which means that you can align them and form a bigger picture. You can see their exact versions above. (Hovering over the card name shows you the regular version, which isn’t the promo card.)

Which are the promo cards in the Gift Edition MTG LotR Bundle?

The same ones as in the regular Bundle.

Is it better value to buy a Tales of the Middle-earth Set booster box or a Bundle?

This largely depends on whether you value the extra accessories you’re getting in a Bundle. If you’ll have use for the promos, foil basic lands, and the box, then a Bundle is quite a good deal. On the other hand, if you care only about Set boosters, then you should go with a Set booster box, as you’ll typically get more boosters per dollar spent.

Is LotR Bundle a good product to buy, if I’ve never played MTG before?

If you only want to get some cards as a collector’s item, and you do not want to play with the cards, then it’s a fine product to buy.
However, if you want to also start playing the game, it’s not a great option, as you won’t have enough game pieces to make a viable deck. It’s much better to get something like the LotR Starter Kit, which gives you two ready-to-play 60-card decks.

Are the LotR Bundles worth buying?

If you can get them for a fair price, they are among the better MTG LotR products, thanks to the inclusion of a guaranteed The One Ring, which is likely one of the strongest cards in the set.

Conclusion

That’s all about the MTG Lord of the Rings Bundles. Now you know all of their contents and which one is the best one for you. If you want to explore more about Tales of Middle-earth, you can check the following articles:

Until next time, have fun, and may you open a lot of your favorite Lord of the Rings characters in whichever Bundle you’ll choose.

3 thoughts on “MTG LotR Bundle Contents: Gift VS Regular”

  1. The die in each is also different and from looking at them the gift bundle one is a *lot* nicer in my opinion. Might be worth mentioning in the article.

    Reply
    • Correct. Was about to post the same comment.. I wish it was the white with gold, as that design looks much cooler!

      Reply

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