Mines of Moria
|The Fellowship of the Ring||
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|Realms of the Elf-lords|
|Mines of Moria|
|Name||Mines of Moria|
|Platforms||Paper, LotR-O, GEMP, mLOTRO, Tabletop Simulator, Lackey, gccg|
The Mines of Moria
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.