This afternoon, the much anticipated San Diego Comic Con Magic panel was held.
New products were announced, new cards were shown, and the entire concept of Theros block was laid out for us. (Spoiler: It's indeed enchantments!):
- Theros block will be Large set, small set, small set, and the theme of the block will be enchantments and Greek Mythology.
- There will be three major facets of Greek Mythology that the sets will focus on, and each of these facets will have a mechanic they call their own. Gods, heroes, and monsters will each be represented in the sets of Theros block. Confirmed types of monsters in the block are Hydras, Gorgons, and Minotaurs. Each color of magic has a god that represents it, and three of the names of these gods were revealed. Heliod represents white, Erebos represents black, and Nylea represents green.
- The set will be designed much like Innistrad was, playing off of well-traversed tropes and using top-down resonant designs.
- The enchantment theme is not just enchantment matters. The way Theros treats enchantments will help bring enchantments and gods 'to life'. Previous speculation pointed at a 'legends matter' theme, but the panel put that rumor to rest by stating the number of legends is more than usual, but nothing close to Kamigawa's levels. There will be "a handful" of gold cards in Theros block.
- The Prerelease experience for Theros block will involve several unique card types exclusive to the event. Heroes act like Vanguard cards, which start in the command zone and are active during your entire match. The event will be held in three steps: Prerelease, release events, and Theros Game Day.
Of course, don't just take our work for it!
Quest 1 is Choose a Path. Special type of card called a Hero card. Acts like a Vanguard. pic.twitter.com/OzXn9vE3FV— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 20, 2013
More Hero cards. Second step is at the Release weekend. Get a second hero card. pic.twitter.com/xYmtlwhwoM— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 20, 2013
Step three is Face the Hydra. Play against a Challenge deck with special back and special cards. pic.twitter.com/Ih439TiP81— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 20, 2013
Challenge cards. You can purchase the decks after game day pic.twitter.com/0HCVdA2HfJ— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 20, 2013
From The Vault Twenty. A card from a winning deck from each year of Magic's History. Including pic.twitter.com/DjZrwZCfLc— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 20, 2013
A new Commander product was announced as well!
New Commander product due out ... November 1st, 2013. Five new decks. 15 new cards in each deck. 51 new cards.— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 20, 2013
Sneak preview of new Commander Jeleva. Three color shard decks for this product. pic.twitter.com/p9LEorSbU6— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 20, 2013
The two promo cards for Heroes vs Monsters were also spoiled:
Duel Decks Heroes vs. Monsters. Tied into theme of the Fall Set. Sun Titan. pic.twitter.com/kUPsz8ESM8— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 20, 2013
Polukranus, World Eater. Green card from new Duel Decks. pic.twitter.com/KYvSsyxjtf— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 20, 2013
Keep coming back to our From the Vault: Twenty spoilers for the latest information throughout the summer, with Theros to follow!