Realms of the Elf-lords

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Realms of the Elf-lords
NameRealms of the Elf-lords
Release Date2002-06-19
Is Officialyes
PlatformsPaper, LotR-O, GEMP, mLOTRO, Tabletop Simulator, Lackey, gccg

Set 3, Realms of the Elf-lords (or ROTEL), the second expansion to The Lord of the Rings TCG took strategy to a whole new level. Largely focusing on the Culture Elven.svg Elven allies of Rivendell and Lothlorien, ROTEL created an entirely new subset of minions with Culture Isengard.svg Isengard Orcs, largely expanded the Culture Sauron.svg Sauron discard strategy, and introduced several cards to keep the Fellowship healed. Realms of the Elf-lords also introduced a new Aragorn, two new Arwen companions, and the two starter deck companions, Legolas, Son of Thranduil (3P121) and Boromir, Defender of Minas Tirith (3P122) . Finally, ROTEL introduced Saruman as a playable character and introduced the three Elven rings of power, Narya (3R34) , Nenya (3R23) , and Vilya (3R27) .

Notable Cards[edit]

Realms of the Elf Lords featured several cards that were subsequently X-Listed in future formats, including:

Sharp-eyed readers will notice the overlap between this list and the Notable Cards from above.

Starter Decks[edit]

Print Runs[edit]

Realms of the Elf-lords is one of the most difficult sets to find sealed product for; presumably in response to the over-printed Mines of Moria, Decipher cut down on the print runs for ROTEL and ran into the opposite problem: rather than overflowing warehouses, players literally could not get enough. Even in the later overprint distribution in Reflections, ROTEL remained underrepresented.

Official Decipher Sets Promotional Promotional
Fellowship Block The Fellowship of the RingMines of MoriaRealms of the Elf-lords
Towers Block The Two TowersBattle of Helm's DeepEnts of Fangorn
King Block The Return of the KingSiege of GondorMount Doom
War of the Ring Block ShadowsBlack RiderBloodlines
Hunters Block The HuntersRise of SarumanTreachery & Deceit
Non-Block Sets ReflectionsExpanded Middle-earthThe Wraith CollectionAge's End
Unreleased Sets The Great EyeShelob's Lair
Unofficial Fan Sets Player's Council PC Kitchen Sink (V0)Shadow of the Past (V1)
The Hobbit Draft Game Main DeckShadow PacksSupplementary Packs
mLOTRO MLOTRO Promo CardsMLOTRO Reflections II
The Journey Continues The Journey Begins