Magic: The Gatherings 83rd official set releases next month on January 23rd, kicking off the new year with a bang.
Players around the globe are eagerly awaiting their chance to return to the mythical Plane of Theros, a land which is dominated by ancient mythological gods, inspired by those from the Greek mythos.
However, Theros: Beyond Death comes with a twist, as players just won’t simply be visiting this Plane, but rather the Underworld that is contained below its surface, where lost souls of the past now call home, such as the epic heroin Elspeth Tirel.
For those looking to get caught up on the story of Theros, we highly recommend visiting Wizards of the Coast lore page, which offer a fantastic look into the rich history surrounding this fan favorite Plane.
But for now, we are going to take a deeper look into the just recently released news surrounding this soon to be released set, of which we can’t wait to share with you.
Next months set release, Theros: Beyond Death is a continuation of the Theros block, of which we last visited in 2013.
Previous Theros themed sets have had a focus on powerful, mythical Pantheon Gods, of which dominate the Plane of Theros and the people who inhabit it.
The people and creatures that make up Theros worship these gods and thus the keyword “Devotion” is a part of the Theros sets.
Devotion rewards the player for focusing on one, or more mana colors and cards will often come with passive abilities that increase in value / activate the more you focus on these specific colors.
For example, one of the cards just spoiled this week is the Legendary Enchantment Creature God Athreos, Shroud-Veiled.
As can be seen from above, this is a powerful Mythic Rare card in the Orzhov colors and of which rewards the player for having seven or more black and or white mana symbols on the board, making Athreos an indestructible 4/7 beater.
Also often associated with the Plane of Theros are “Enchantments”, of which there are typically a plethora of, which means you will be buffing and making your creatures all that much more powerful as you play your way through this set.
An example of this is Setessan Champion, who is a creature that grows both in power and toughness with each enchantment that you play, while also acting as a powerful draw engine.
As can be seen above, the keyword associated with this in the upcoming Theros: Beyond Death set is “Constellation”.
So far, from what we know, two of the pivotal and key Planeswalkers that will be appearing in the Theros: Beyond death set are Ashiok, Nightmare Muse and Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis.
We suspect that other Planeswalkers are likely to make appearances within this set, possibly even Gideon Jura, who recently passed away in the War of the Spark expansion set, as the Underworld of Theros is where the deceased souls of this Plane go once they perish.
Gideon Jura is a native of Theros, who hails from the Akros region, of which is inspired by ancient Sparta. You can read all about Gideon’s lore here.
Both Elspeth, Sun’s Nemesis and Ashiok, Nightmare Muse are expected to see play in the Standard format, as they are both powerful looking Planeswalkers, of which the former is likely to appear in a “White Weenie” aggro style decks and the latter in a more controlling Dimir style deck.
The next exciting piece of news that we must share with you is the recently released official trailer for the Theros: Beyond Death expansion set, which made its debut on December 12th.
Be warned, it is an incredibly chilling and creepy look into the Underworld of Theros.
Both of the previous mentioned Planeswalkers, Elspeth and Ashiok are featured within this trailer and as can be seen at the end of the video, the words “escape your fate” appear.
Wizards of the Coast elaborates further on these words;
“In Theros, the pantheon of gods vies for undying devotion among their mortal subjects. But in the Underworld, there is only one master: the Lord of the Dead. Break free from death's shackles as a hero reborn. Choose your god and fight in their name...or forge a destiny all your own.”
Since the release of the War of the Spark trailer, Wizards of the Coast has been finding its stride with these trailers, with each one finding incredibly success due to their high quality production and popularity amongst fans of the game.
This one followed that trend and fortunately did not disappoint.
Officially and unofficially a large number of spoilers for Theros: Beyond Death have already been leaked out to the general public, a couple of these we have already shared above, however there are much, much more that go into deeper detail about just what exactly this set has to offer;
The cards shown above are just a sampling and we suggest that you take a moment to check out Magicspoiler.com, where you can view each and every card that has been released to date.
However, what can be seen above is just how much this set is going to focus on the devotion and enchantment themes, themes that made Theros such a popular set in the past.
Additionally, one major spoiler that is setting both players and collectors heads spinning are the lands included in the Theros: Beyond Death set.
Take a look above and marvel. Nothing like this has been done in the history of Magic: The Gathering and some players just can’t wait to “bling” out there decks with these stunning new lands, of which are going to look even more amazing in their foil editions.
The wait is not long, with just over one month remaining before Magic: The Gatherings 83rd expansion set hits the market.
Theros: Beyond Death will include 254 cards in its base set, plus additional promo, token and supplemental cards.
Many of these cards are expected to fall in line with the recently released Throne of Eldraine set power level, meaning that this is going to be an impactful set that not only shakes up the Standard format, but each and every other format, such as Pioneer, Modern and Vintage.
We can’t wait to share with you more spoilers in the coming days and any news that we can get our hands on as we count down the days until the official launch day.
What in this set has you most excited? Which cards do you hope to see reprinted from past Theros set, if any? Let us know, we’d love to hear and as always, thanks for reading!