The new Magic The Gathering card collection has generated a lot of buzz on social media. The union with The Lord of the Rings has already caused the first comments, especially after seeing a redesigned Aragorn.
For some time now, Magic The Gathering He has been adding to his catalog a good list of collaborations with the sea of various sagas, such as Street Fighter or even Fortnite. Now, everyone was waiting for one that had raised expectations: The Lord of the rings.
The Magic and Lord of the Rings collection features what could be the most valuable card of all time, but not only that. The company has shared more details, including the design and appearance of several of the cards.
This has awakened a new controversy on social media, which is actually not that new. The Magic card collection of Tokien’s work reimagina a Aragorn and makes him black or Afro-descendant. This has not pleased everyone.
The Lord of the Rings and Magic star in their first controversy
As soon as they see the design of the mythical character, some users have attacked Magic for changing what was established so many years ago, taking as a banner the discourse that we have seen in other controversies related to racism/inclusion.
But Magic The Gathering has been very forceful about it and has released a statement explaining the decision behind this change that is completely intentional. This was communicated by the mythical letter signing on its website:
Some characters may look different than previous depictions, and that is intentional. Great works of art like The Lord of the Rings are only enhanced by having multiple interpretations in the world, the company said.
We think ours will bring joy to many, many Magic and Tolkien fans. This new update was a conscious choice made in partnership between Wizards and MEE and was driven by two guiding principles: diversity and originality.
Our hope is that more people see themselves in the characters and that players and fans can find immense joy in telling these familiar stories through gameplay.
What do you think? We remind you that this set will arrive on June 23. The controversy, as we said, is not new in the audiovisual and entertainment world and similar examples have been given for a long time.
“Why do some need Cleopatra to be white?” Commented the director of the Netflix documentary before the wave of hate. And in the Tokien saga they are no stranger to this, since Amazon had to hire a therapist to help the cast of The Rings of Power deal with racism.