If you’re new to the game, it would be advisable for you to skip this section entirely and go to Rules for Beginners.


The Council of Elrond (CoE) is the world coordinating body for MECCG. Among may other things, the CoE is responsible for regulating the rules of this game. It was founded by players after Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE) stopped publishing the game. Members of the CoE are elected by voting every two years.

This is a very complex game in terms of rules, for there are a lot of them, plus they’ve been revised and rerated since the very beginning. Good news is that they’re rarely changed nowadays.

Rules by expansion

Errata and clarification (CRF)

Besides the rules for each expansion, there are some clarification and official errata compiled in the Collected Rulings File (CRF).

Errata listing

Errata for English edition,  as they appear in the CRF.

Errata and Clarifications issued by the CoE: These are errata that the CoE has published, with approval from the international community.

Tournament Policy

Here are the official rulings for tournaments. Besides the explanation for tournament structure and formats, you will find several sections (“General”, “Clarifications and Rulings” and “Additional Rules) that contain rules that are widely used by the community, to the point they’ve become part of the standard rules. Some of these rules -but not all of them- are also present in the “Tournament Rulings” section of the CRF.


Ruling Digests

This is a compilation of questions made by players to the rules’ official authorities (NetRep) that were present at the moment.

They’re basically questions and answers about particular cards and situations in the game. Their purpose is to solve problematic situations, but they’re not official rules, and in some cases they are contradictory. 


NetRep History


Scott Frazer (Dec. 1995 – Nov. 1996)
Craig “Ichabod” O’Brien (Nov. 1996 – Sep. 1998)
Van Norton (Sep. 1998 – Sep. 1999)


Brian Wong (2001- Mar. 2002)
Chad Martin (Mar. 2002 – May. 2006)
Mark Alfano (Oct. 2006 – Apr. 2009)
Mikko Vihtemäki (Apr. 2009 – May. 2013)
Nobody (May. 2013 – Jul. 2022)

ICE Complete Rules Sources

The rules sources include:

The Wizards Limited Rulesbook (1995)
The Wizards Unlimited Rulesbook (1996)
Middle-earth: The Wizard’s Companion (1996)
The Dragons expansion rules (1996)
The Dark Minions expansion rules (1996)
The Lidless Eye Rulesbook (1997)
Middle-earth: The Wizards Casual Companion (1997)
Middle-earth: The Lidless Eye Companion (1997)
The Against the Shadow expansion rules (1997)
The White Hand expansion rules (1997)
The Challenge Decks rules summary (1998)
The Balrog expansion rules and rules summary (1998)
The Council of Lórien Tournament Policy number 3 (1998)

, and official rulings provided by the MECCG Designers Coleman Charlton and Michael Reynolds and the MECCG Netreps
Scott Frazer (Dec. 1995 – Nov. 1996)
Craig “Ichabod” O’Brien (Nov. 1996 – Sep. 1998)
Van Norton (Sep. 1998 – Sep. 1999)

in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (1998),
in version 15 of the Collected Rulings File (CRF) (1999),
on the Trading Card newsgroup (rec.games.trading-card.misc),
and on the original and second METW mailing lists (metw@silent-tower.org and metw@yahoogroups.com).

Thanks to CDavis



NOTE: Rules information is extracted from the Dutch Council site and the documents written by Mark Alfano, and you can find the original version in their respective websites. This website gathers and formats them in order to be able to find all the info on the same website.