Theros: An in-depth review of events and products

on August 2, 2013 | 0 Comment

Wizards has just released information about the contents of their Magic: the Gathering Theros expansion and details on their associated Theros Organized Play programs. Let’s take a closer look!

An epic new expansion for Magic: The Gathering!

Theros is the first set in the newest Magic: The Gathering block and also a brand new plane in the Magic Multiverse. The setting is inspired by Greek mythology, a theme that longtime fans have always asked to see interpreted by the award-winning worldbuilders and designers of Magic.


The plane of Theros is ruled by a pantheon of all-powerful gods. Krakens, minotaurs, and other monsters threaten the safety of walled cities. Heroes rise to battle, bolstered by their devotion to the gods. The set tells the story of Theros with new cards that include: legendary god creatures, powerful enchantments, and brand new Planeswalkers!

Get ready for Hero’s Path!

An unprecedented block-long Magic entertainment experience where players become heroes of Theros and participate in nine instore quests that include puzzles, battles, and rewards; all of which happen in stores.

The Theros Prerelease starts players on a journey that continues throughout the Theros block. Each Prerelease, Launch Weekend, and Game Day offers a new related quest for players to complete and be rewarded for.


Theros Prerelease:

September 21-22 – Store must be at the WPN Core or Advanced Level

Scheduling is open now through August 18, 2013

These have become a very cool experiences. Not that attending an event where you get to play with all the new cards one week ahead of everyone else wasn’t exciting in itself. In the last couple of years they’ve added the Prerelease packs and fun, set appropriate, activities to further the fun factor. The fact that everything is contained in one neat package makes it extremely easy for stores to administer the tournament now. Gone are the days of busting open booster boxes. Counting out stacks of 6 boosters per player. Adding the promotional card and other goodies to each stack. Hoping you create enough stacks etc. Now stores can save valuable time by just handing out these extremely neat packages and Theros takes on a new spin!


The Prerelease is quest one of nine on the Hero’s Path and the first chance for players to crack open booster packs and enjoy playing with all of the new cards in Theros. At the Prerelease, players will choose a heroic path corresponding to one of the five colors of mana.

As I’ve said, setup for the event is easy, each player receives a Seeded Prerelease Pack for his or her chosen path that has everything he or she needs to build a sealed deck. Theros Prerelease Packs also have something inside that players will be receiving for the first time in Magic history, a Hero Card!

 Theros cards 1 
 Theros cards 2 

Hero Cards:

Theros Hero Cards are a brand new special type of card for players to collect and use when facing Challenge Decks at Game Day.

Each Hero Card has a unique ability that will assist players as they battle against tremendous foes each Game Day during the Theros block.

The back of each Hero Card has a redeemable code that can be entered on for an achievement badge.


Theros Prerelease Event Kit:

Now we’re all excited about the event let’s take a look at the kit contents each store signed up will receive.


  • Poster to advertise the event
  • Standee
  • Welcome Letter
  • Score pad
  • 10 DCI membership applications
  • Instruction document

Note for stores:

  • Prerelease Packs will be available for preorder purchase from Coqui Hobby Distribution approximately 2 weeks after the close of sanctioning.
  • Only approved Prerelease locations can purchase Prerelease packs and are subject to limitations set by Wizards of the Coast.
  • You select Coqui Hobby Distribution as your distributor when sanctioning the event in your Wizards Event Reporter.


Theros Launch Weekend:

September 27-29, 2013 – Store must be at the WPN Core or Advanced Level

Scheduling is open now through August 7, 2013

Wizards used to require stores to sign up to separate Launch Weekend events. That has recently, in Launch Event terms, changed and all you need to now do is sanction your Friday Night Magic events for September. Do this by August 8th and you’ll be set up for Launch Weekend, quest two on the Hero’s Path! Your store then becomes Theros for a fun filled weekend of Magic events. Here you can reward your players with exclusive foil promo card prizes and offer a Hero’s Path activity where they can earn a second Hero Card!

Launch Weekend Event Kit:


  • 50 Foil Launch Weekend promo cards*
  • 40 Hero Cards*
  • Gift from the Gods Puzzle Poster
  • Instruction document

*For each Friday Night Magic scheduled. WPN Advanced locations can schedule up to two events and receive a total of 100 foil Launch Weekend promo cards and 80 Hero Cards


Theros Buy-a-Box Promotion:

September 27, 2013 – Store must be at the WPN Core or Advanced Level

Scheduling is open now through August 18, 2013

Reward your best customers with an exclusive Promo Card!

Buy-a-Box helps promote the sale of Theros in your store by providing promo cards for the first 20 customers (30 for WPN Advanced stores) that purchase a full display of booster packs. Distribution is one card per person, while supplies last.

Buy-a-Box Kit:


  • 20 Alternate-art, foil, promo cards (30 for WPN Advanced locations)
  • Full-color informational flyer
  • Instruction document

Kits are available while supplies last and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis so I highly recommend signing up NOW!


Theros Game Day:

October 19-20, 2013 – Store must be at the WPN Core or Advanced Level

Scheduling is open now through August 18, 2013

Bring back players from the Prerelease and Launch Weekend for another great event!

Quest three of nine on the Hero’s Path is Theros Game Day, a Standard tournament with full-art promo card prizes for the Top 8 and a unique Champion playmat. Theros Game Day also features a brand-new activity that lets players test their skill against a foe they’ve never faced before—a Challenge Deck.

Game Day Event Kit*:


  • 30 alternate-art, full-art participation promo cards
  • 8 foil, alternate art, full-art, prize cards for the top 8 players
  • Champion playmat for the winner of your Game Day event
  • 30 Hero Cards
  • Score pad
  • Instruction document

*WPN Advanced stores can schedule up to two Game Day events and receive two Event kits.


Game Day Challenge Decks:

Your Game Day kit includes an innovative new activity for you to host at your store! Challenge Decks offer players a chance to pit their Standard decks and Hero Cards against a powerful mythological enemy that plays by its own rules.

Challenge Decks are designed so that players can enjoy the activity on their own or with friends, even if they aren’t participating in the Game Day tournament. The rules for this self-running activity are printed on the included playmat so that players can enjoy the experience without store supervision.

Theros Face the Hydra box

Game Day Face the Hydra Challenge Deck Kit:


  • 2 Face the Hydra instructional Playmats
  • 2 Face the Hydra Challenge Decks
  • Double-sided countertop display stand

You MUST schedule a Theros Game Day event to be sent a Face The Hydra Challenge Deck Kit (1 kit per WPN location). Scheduling Game Day also allows you to pre-order the retail version of the Face the Hydra Challenge  Decks to offer for sale in your store on Game Day (6 for WPN Core stores, 12 for Advanced stores). PHD can not and will not break these ordering maximums.


Theros Booster Box:


  • 36 booster packs

Code: WOCA3309

MSRP: $143.64

Release: September 27, 2013

Theros Intro Pack:

Five different versions are available


  • 1 premium card
  • 1 60-card deck
  • 2 Theros booster packs
  • 1 learn-to-play insert
  • 1 strategy insert

MSRP: $14.99

Release: September 27, 2013

Theros Intro Pack Display:


  • 10 Intro Packs (2 of each version)

Code: WOCA3310

MSRP: $149.90

Release: September 27, 2013

Theros Fat Pack:


  • 9 Theros booster packs
  • 1 card box
  • 1 player’s guide
  • 1 80-card land pack
  • 1 learn-to-play insert
  • 1 Spindown™ life counter
  • 2 deck boxes

Code: WOCA3314

MSRP: $39.99

Release: September 27, 2013

Theros Event Deck:


  • 1 60-card deck
  • 1 15-card sideboard
  • 1 Spindownlife
  • counter
  • 1 strategy insert
  • 1 card box

MSRP: $24.99

Release: October 18, 2013

Theros Event Deck Display:


  • 6 Event Decks

Code: TBA

MSRP: $149.94

Release: October 18, 2013

Face the Hydra Challenge Deck:


  • 1 60-card deck
  • 1 Paper instructional playmat

MSRP: $11.99

Release: October 25, 2013

Face the Hydra Challenge Deck Display:


  • 6 Challenge Decks

Code: WOCA6534

MSRP: $71.94

Release: October 25, 2013

Theros Prerelease Pack

5 different versions available


  • 5 Theros booster packs
  • 1 Seeded booster pack
  • 1 Premium promo card
  • 1 Activity card
  • 1 Spindown life counter
  • 1 Welcome Letter
  • 1 Hero Card

Code: WOCA5930

MSRP: $24.99

Release: September 21, 2013

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