Mines of Moria

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Mines of Moria
NameMines of Moria
Release Date2002-03-06
Is OfficialYes
PlatformsPaper, LotR-O, GEMP, mLOTRO, Tabletop Simulator, Lackey, gccg

The Mines of Moria[edit]

Every Fellowship block deck needs a Balrog Contingency Plan

The first expansion of the Lord of the Rings Trading Card game, the Mines of Moria introduced a few new strategies and several crucial cards.

Picking up where the !Fellowship left off, Mines of Moria has a greater focus on the [Dwarven] and [Moria] cultures, introducing several unique minions such as The Watcher in the Water, Keeper of Westgate and two powerful versions of the Balrog, which was foreshadowed in the first set. Additionally, the game introduced artifacts in the form of Gandalf's Staff, Mithril-Coat, The Balrog's Sword, and the Whip of Many Thongs.

Mines of Moria offered the first glimpse of cards directly combating Nazgul: Release the Angry Flood, Flaming Brand, Not Feared in Sunlight, and O Elbereth! Gilthoniel! being four examples. At the same time, Mines of Moria introduced a new Nazgul strategy: Twilight Nazgul.

Other power rares from the format include Secret Sentinels, Uruk Captain, Bill Ferny, Swarthy Sneering Fellow, Tower Assassin, and A Promise.

Mines of Moria is heralded as being one of the best entry points to new players of the game, with both starter decks combining to feature every phase of the card game and two strong strategies. Gimli, Dwarf of the Mountain Race and Gandalf, the Grey Pilgrim were both welcome additions to Fellowship strategies.

Mines of Moria features several cards that were X-Listed in future formats: Flaming Brand and Filibert Bolger, Wily Rascal were both X-listed in Towers Standard (1-6), although Filibert Bolger, Wily Rascal was removed when Return of the King came out and rules regarding cancelling ring-bearer skirmishes changed.

Mines of Moria is one of the most overproduced sets in Lord of the Rings TCG, and, as a result the cards are still cheap and easy to come by.

Official Sets Promotional Promotional
Movie Block Fellowship Block Towers Block King Block
Fellowship of the Ring Mines of Moria Realms of the Elf-lords The Two Towers Battle of Helm's Deep Ents of Fangorn Return of the King Siege of Gondor Mount Doom Reflections
War of the Ring Block Shadows Black Rider Bloodlines Expanded Middle-Earth
Hunters Block The Hunters The Wraith Collection Rise of Saruman Treachery & Deceit Age's End
Unofficial Sets Player's Council Sets Shadow of the Past
The Hobbit Draft Game Packs Hobbit Draft Game Main Deck Hobbit Draft Game Shadow Packs Hobbit Draft Game Supplementary Packs
mLOTRO Cards MLOTRO Promo Cards MLOTRO Reflections II
Journey Continues Sets The Journey Begins