Magic The Gathering's 2 Million One Ring Card is Basically Diablo 4's Six Chase Uniques

Diablo 4 features a total of six ultra-rare Unique items that share an interesting similarity with a $2 million card from Magic: The Gathering.
BY Dylan Wilby PUBLISHED Jul 02, 2023

While Diablo 4 and Magic: The Gathering are two very different games, with the former being an online live-service action RPG and the latter being a tabletop game with physical cards, they do share an interesting similarity. Magic: The Gathering is not new to crossovers with other IPs, to the point that its The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth set is just a part of the Universes Beyond sub-brand of the iconic tabletop card game, with it often adding sets in the form of Secret Lair packs. What makes The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth special is the fact that it has a single The One Ring special card, and it can easily be compared to Diablo 4's chase Uniques.

The concept of chase Uniques in games comes from the fact that loot can be obtained in different rarities, and even then, some items of the highest rarity may not be exactly like the others. Diablo 4's ultra-rare chase Uniques are six, and players can only obtain them from level 85+ enemies with very slim odds. These are all extremely powerful pieces of gear, but they are so rare that they could easily be a one-in-a-lifetime drop, especially considering how seasons work.

Diablo 4's Chase Uniques Could be as Rare as Magic The Gathering's 2 Million Card

Diablo 4's seasons will require new characters for players to join them, and while this has been a staple of the action RPG genre for a long time, it has also raised some eyebrows considering how grindy the game can be at high levels. With a constant renewal of characters and in-game population, reaching a level that's high enough to allow chase Uniques to drop is already going to be out of the ordinary for most of the playerbase, especially if this has to be achieved with every single season.

As such, Diablo 4's best Unique items could very well drop in one or two copies each per season within the entire playerbase, which makes their rarity comparable to that of The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth's The One Ring special card. It's worth noting that this card has amassed offers upward of $2 million due to it being the only one in existence, although Wizards of the Coast did print multiple regular The One Ring cards with its in-game text and effect laid out. Instead, this one-of-a-kind card's text is purely written in Lord of the Rings' own Black Speech.

It's likely that Wizards of the Coast is not done with similar sets and unique cards that prompt a community-wide search, which in this case raised the prices of The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth sets by quite a lot, now dipping after the reveal that The One Ring had been found. Coincidentally, this one-of-one Magic: The Gathering card was found on June 30, just a few weeks after the release of the set, and the same happened for the last of the six chase Uniques in Diablo 4, which now has been documented to have dropped for one very lucky player.

In Diablo 4, these ultra-rare items will, unfortunately, be confined to the realm they were found in, meaning that current copies will not be transferable to Diablo 4's first-season characters. Considering how rare the chase Uniques are, how steep the curve is before players can find them, and how they are bound to either Eternal or seasonal characters, any single player finding one of them could be as lucky as the owner of Magic: The Gathering's The One Ring card. Granted, Diablo 4 items are digital-only and provide no further value beyond the game, whereas it's not uncommon for Magic: The Gathering to have pricey cards.

Diablo 4 is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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