Magic the Gathering Universes Beyond Series will have a crossover with Warhammer 40,000 this August 2022

Magic the Gathering has just revealed details about its next chapter for its Universes Beyond series. The focus this time will be Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, and Blood Bowl.

Magic the Gathering’s Universes Beyond series will have a crossover with Warhammer 40,000 this August 2022

  • Gender: trading card game
  • Developed by: wizards of the coast
  • Published by: wizards of the coast
  • Release date: August 12, 2022

The Universes Beyond (commonly known as “UB”) is Magic the Gathering’s way of bringing heroes, villains, settings, and themes from other popular franchises to the trading card game.

Through this spin-off series, Wizards of the Coast was able to introduce series like The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Arcane, and Street Fighter. In addition to Warhammer 40k, they intend to release cards for Fortnite and The Lord of the Rings in the coming months.

The Magic the Gathering Warhammer: 40,000 decks of cards

Players will be able to purchase 4 Themed Commander decks starting worldwide on August 12, 2022.

The first deck will focus on green, blue, and red. Tyranid Swarm. The next will be Empire Forces, who command the powers of White, Blue and Black. We also have the black jumpsuit Necron dynasties. Last but not least, come the ruinous powers of Chaos that have a mix of blue, black, and red.

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Each Commander Deck will contain 100 cards and is fully playable right out of the box. This means that it should contain everything a player needs to start playing, lands for mana and all.

A special collector’s edition version of all decks will be available. This will make all included cards foil versions. That is not all, as these are”never before seen special swell sheet” cards.

All cards featured in the Magic the Gathering Universes Beyond collaboration will be completely legal. This means that each card can be used in Commander, Legacy, and Vintage formats.

Secret Lair Drops

Also, there will be three smaller “Secret Lair” drops later on. The first set will still feature Warhammer 40,000, but will feature Orks as an additional race. Next up is Warhammer Age of Sigmar, the fantasy branch of the Warhammer series. Lastly, we will get a game of Blood Bowl, a soccer game based in the spin-off universe of the Warhammer fantasy series.

Magic the Gathering Warhammer: 40,000 card previews

So far, only 4 cards have been revealed to us for this Universes Beyond collaboration. More previews begin on July 26. Let’s take a look at what’s currently been revealed!

Abaddon the Despoiler



First up is the commander of The Ruinous Powers, Abaddon the Despoiler. This legendary agent of Chaos really shows off his power in his card effects. Spells cast by the player during their turn will Cascade depending on how much life their opponents have lost that turn. Cascade is a keyword that allows the player to reveal cards from his deck until he can cast additional spells whose cost is less than Cascade’s value. It also has trampling.

Abaddon is the only Commander revealed at this time.

Blood for the God of Blood

Blood for the Blood God Instant Spell

Blood for the Blood God Instant Spell

We also get the ever-popular battle cry “Blood for the Blood God” incorporated into a black and red instant spell. The legions serving the Chaos God Khorne shed gratuitous amounts of blood in his honor. Blood for the Blood God exemplifies this effect, as this high-damage nuke spell is cheaper to cast the more creatures die this turn.

Vanguard Suppressor

Ultramarine Vanguard Suppressor

Ultramarine Vanguard Suppressor

The first card that represents the Imperium of Man is the Vanguard Suppressor. The mighty Space Marines, or Astartes, fight best when they fight alongside their brothers in arms. Vanguard Suppressor shows this, as he can summon copies of himself, forming a small squad.


Limited Edition Manufacturing

Limited Edition Manufacturing

While not included in any deck, Fabricate is an exclusive promo card for those who attend the Magic the Gathering launch event in person for Universes Beyond. Fabricate features a prominent tech-priest, Belisarius Cawl. As such, this card allows players to search their deck for a specific Artifact card they need and instantly put it into their hand.

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We’ve mentioned the “Commander” keyword a lot in this article, and for those unfamiliar, this is a specific game mode in Magic the Gathering. This is a special multiplayer format where players use decks of 100 cards. Players have around 40 lives (instead of the standard 20), and it’s usually a free-for-all format.

Each deck must contain 99 normal cards and one “Commander” card. There can be no duplicate cards in this deck, and each must have color alignments that are a subset of the commander’s colors. The commander is usually a legendary creature or a Planeswalker.

All About War (Hammer)

In the gloomy darkness of the distant future, there is only war. This is the famous catchphrase from the Warhammer 40,000 board game. The future of humanity is bleak in the 41st millennium, filled with death and strife on a daily basis. The forces of Chaos and their demonic cults, ravenous alien tyranids, and immortal undead Necron robots are just a few of humanity’s problems.

Beyond the Warhammer Universes

It is only through the heroic Astartes Chapters and the protection of the Emperor that humanity can flourish. Powerful psykers and warriors like the Gray Knight Daemonhunters are enough to turn the tide of darkness.

Want more real life card games? Be sure to check out our coverage of Sorcery: Contested Realm from the creators of Path of Exile. You can also see more Warhammer in our Warhammer 40000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Overview, the turn-based tactical RPG.

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