Theros block

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The Theros block consists of the large expansion Theros ({THS_symbol}), and the two small expansions Born of the Gods ({BNG_symbol}), and Journey into Nyx ({JOU_symbol}). [1] It is the 20th block in Magic: The Gathering history. The block was released over 2013–2014. [2] [3]

Block details[edit | edit source]

Theros block features a top-down design inspired by Greek mythology. Mechanically it is also very much about tapping into the potential of enchantments. [4]

Sets[edit | edit source]

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Development codenames[edit | edit source]

The development codenames for the Theros block expansions were "Friends", "Romans", and "Countrymen".

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

The Theros block had a "enchantment matters" theme and introduced enchantment creatures and enchantment artifacts. [5] Each set featured a part of the pantheon of Gods. The keywords Bestow, Heroic, Scry, Monstrosity, Inspired and Devotion were featured in two or three of the sets.

Mega cycles[edit | edit source]

The Theros block has two mega cycles: the Temples and the Pantheon of Gods.

Cycle name Description and notes {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Pantheon of Gods Each color received a Legendary Enchantment Creature with the type God in Theros. All of these cards are indestructible, have a triggered or static ability, and cease to be creatures unless your Devotion to the appropriate colors is high enough. Also each have an activated ability designating them as major gods. Heliod, God of the Sun Thassa, God of the Sea Erebos, God of the Dead Purphoros, God of the Forge Nylea, God of the Hunt
Cycle name Description and notes {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W}
Pantheon of Gods Each allied color pair received a Legendary Enchantment Creature with the type God in Born of the Gods. All of these cards are indestructible, have a triggered or static ability, and cease to be creatures unless your Devotion to the appropriate colors is high enough. These are minor gods. Ephara, God of the Polis Phenax, God of Deception Mogis, God of Slaughter Xenagos, God of Revels Karametra, God of Harvests
Temples Each of these rare taplands can tap for two different colors of mana and upon entering, allow you to scry 1.[6] Temple of Enlightenment
(Born of the Gods)
Temple of Deceit
(Theros)
Temple of Malice
(Born of the Gods)
Temple of Abandon
(Theros)
Temple of Plenty
(Born of the Gods)
Cycle name Description and notes {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Pantheon of Gods Each enemy color pair received a Legendary Enchantment Creature with the type God in Journey into Nyx. All of these cards are indestructible, have a triggered or static ability, and cease to be creatures unless your Devotion to the appropriate colors is high enough. hese are minor gods. Athreos, God of Passage Keranos, God of Storms Pharika, God of Affliction Iroas, God of Victory Kruphix, God of Horizons
Temples Each of these rare taplands can tap for two different colors of mana and upon entering, allow you to scry 1.[7] Temple of Silence
(Theros)
Temple of Epiphany
(Journey into Nyx
Temple of Malady
(Journey into Nyx)
Temple of Triumph
(Theros)
Temple of Mystery
(Theros)

There is a Mirrored pair spanning two sets in Returned Centaur and Forsaken Drifters. Both are Zombie cards for {3}{B} that mill for four cards. However, Returned Centaur does this when he enters the battlefield and can force an opponent to do so, while Forsaken Drifters do it when they die and it will always be its controller who mills. Also, Forsaken Drifters is 4/2 while the Returned Centaur is 2/4.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Hero's Path[edit | edit source]

Main article: Hero's Path

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Main article: Theros block/Trivia

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Trick Jarrett. (November 18, 2013.) "Looking Ahead", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  2. Trick Jarrett. (March 25, 2013.) "Announcing Theros", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Sam Stoddard. (April 18, 2014.) "Building Block: Theros Edition", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  4. Mark Rosewater. (August 26, 2013.) "State of Design 2013", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  5. Sam Stoddard. (May 02, 2014.) "Making Enchantments Matter", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  6. Mike McArtor. (February 17, 2014.) "Heading to the Temple", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  7. Mike McArtor. (April 17, 2014.) "Journey's Temples", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]