They Are Coming (1C196)

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They Are Coming (1C196) is a Culture Moria.svg Moria Condition from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title They Are Coming
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity C - Common
Card Number 196
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Moria.svg Moria
Side Shadow
Card Type Condition
Twilight Cost 3
Game Text Shadow: Discard 3 cards from hand to play a Culture Moria.svg Orc from your discard pile.
Lore “‘The last thing written is in a trailing scrawl of elf-letters: they are coming.'”
DE - German
Card Name Sie kommen
Game Text Spiele diese Karte in deinen Unterstützungs-bereich. Schatten: Lege 3 Karten aus deiner Hand ab, um einen Culture Moria.svg Ork aus deinem Ablagestapel zu spielen.
Lore "Das letzte ist in einem langgezogenen Gekritzel von Elbenzeichen geschrieben: sie kommen.“
ES - Spanish
Card Name Están Acercándose
Game Text Sombra: Descarta 3 cartas de tu mano para jugar un Orco Culture Moria.svg de tu pila de descartes.
Lore “Las ultimas palabras son un garabateo arrastrado en letras élficas: Están acercándose.”
FR - French
Card Name Ils Arrivent
Game Text Ombre : Défaussez 3 cartes de votre main pour jouer un Orque Culture Moria.svg de votre pile de défausse.
Lore “‘La dernière chose écrite est un griffonnage estompé, en lettres elfiques: ils arrivent.'”
IT - Italian
Card Name Stanno Arrivando
Game Text Ombra: Scarta 3 carte dalla mano per giocare un Orco Culture Moria.svg dalla tua pila degli scarti.
Lore “‘L'ultimo tratto di lettere elfiche scarabocchiate è: stanno arrivando.'”
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S196.0
GEMP ID 1_196
LOTRO Hex ID 44 30 F4
LOTRO Image ID 01_196


While not as versatile as Goblin Swarms or Host of Thousands, They are Coming provides a way to play extra minions that are not in the Shadow Player's hand. The condition is rather expensive, having a twilight cost of 3 and a cost of discarding 3 cards from hand, but it can be nice if you want to get rid of unhelpful events or if you can't seem to get many shadow cards in your hand. They are Coming can be very useful in the typical [Moria] swarm decks as it allows the Shadow Player to replay something like Goblin Scavengers from the discard pile, who can in turn play a Goblin Scimitar for extra card draw (and trigger Goblin Armory). They are Coming is also useful for retrieving minions that fulfill a specific purpose, such as Guard Commander if there is a lot of twilight, or Goblin Flankers if the Fellowship has moved more than once this turn. This condition can be combined with Goblin Swarms to drop a large [moria] swarm on an opponent, and works well with cards that provide extra draw.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Small Fellowships (Helps [moria] swarm)
  • Expensive Fellowships (Can choose expensive minions when needed)

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Mass Condition Discard (Often combined with Goblin Swarms and Goblin Armory)
  • Hand discard


From the Comprehensive Rules 4.0: The Orc you play with They Are Coming (“Shadow: Discard 3 cards from hand to play a [moria] Orc from your discard pile.”) cannot be one of the cards you discarded from your hand to pay the cost of that special ability.

From the Comprehensive Rules 4.0: "If you perform an action that has playing a card from hand or discard pile as part of its effect, you must play that card." Thus They are Coming cannot be used to discard 3 cards from hand when there is no Orc to play.

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