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.

Cycle name Description and notes White card(s) Blue card(s) Black card(s) Red card(s) Green card(s)
Pantheon of Gods
Each color as well as each two-color pair receives a Legendary Enchantment Creature with the type God.
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.
The mono-colored gods appearing in Theros also each have an activated ability designating them as major gods, while the color-pair Gods are called minor.
Allied-colored gods appear in Born of the Gods while enemy-colored gods appear in Journey into Nyx.
Heliod, God of the Sun
(Theros,{W})
Thassa, God of the Sea
(Theros,{U})
Erebos, God of the Dead
(Theros,{B})
Purphoros, God of the Forge
(Theros,{R})
Nylea, God of the Hunt
(Theros,{G})
Ephara, God of the Polis
(Born of the Gods.{W/U})
Phenax, God of Deception
(Born of the Gods.{U/B})
Mogis, God of Slaughter
(Born of the Gods.{B/R})
Xenagos, God of Revels
(Born of the Gods.{R/G})
Karametra, God of Harvests
(Born of the Gods.{G/W})
Athreos, God of Passage
(Journey into Nyx, {W/B})
Keranos, God of Storms
(Journey into Nyx, {U/R})
Pharika, God of Affliction
(Journey into Nyx, {B/G})
Iroas, God of Victory
(Journey into Nyx, {R/W})
Kruphix, God of Horizons
(Journey into Nyx, {G/U})
Temples
Each of these rare lands can tap for two different colors of mana, enter the battlefield tapped, and upon entering, allow you to scry 1.
In Theros, two of the temples are allied colored and three are enemy colored, following the same distribution as Gatecrash.
Born of the Gods introduced the three remaining allied colored temples [6], and Journey into Nyx introduced the two remained enemy colored temples. [7]
Temple of Enlightenment
(Born of the Gods{W/U})
Temple of Deceit
(Theros, {U/B})
Temple of Malice
(Born of the Gods, {B/R})
Temple of Abandon
(Theros, {R/G})
Temple of Plenty
(Born of the Gods, {G/W})
Temple of Silence
(Theros, {W/B})
Temple of Epiphany
(Journey into Nyx, {U/R})
Temple of Malady
(Journey into Nyx, {B/G})
Temple of Triumph
(Theros, {R/W})
Temple of Mystery
(Theros, {G/U})

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]