Hero's Path

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The Hero’s Path was a players' event spanning the complete Theros block.[1][2] It captures the unique feel of the the mythological Hero and parallels Elspeth's quest in the storyline. Players can participate in the Hero's Path during prerelease events, FNM release events and Game Days. In each of the nine quests of the Hero's Path, they may win an unique Hero card. Collecting them, the players grow in power and become ever-increasingly more prepared for the epic conflicts at the end of each arc.

Choose a Path[edit | edit source]

In the first quest (Theros prelease) players picked their color, and received a prerelease pack (or Hero Pack) of that color: Path of Honor {W}, Wisdom {U}, Ambition {B}, Battle {R} or Might {G}. Each Prerelease pack contained one Hero card (respectively The Protector, The Philosopher, The Avenger, The Warrior and The Hunter), which weren't for use at the Prerelease. The pack also contained a playable Prerelease promo.

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Gift from the Gods[edit | edit source]

At the FNM Theros Release weekend players solved a visual puzzle in their game shop to get a second Hero card (The Harvester). By connecting the stars in the starfield the combination 5/7 appeared, which represented the power and toughness of Erebos, God of the Dead.

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Face the Hydra[edit | edit source]

At Theros Game Day players pitted their deck against the special Challenge deck Face the Hydra, where they finally could use their Hero cards. By winning against the Challenge deck, they won a third Hero card (The Slayer).

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Master your Destiny[edit | edit source]

The fourth quest on the Hero's Path took place at the Born of the Gods prerelease, February 1–2, 2014. The players pick their color, and receive a prerelease pack (or Hero Pack) of that color: Destined to Lead {W}, Outwit {U}, Dominate {B}, Conquer {R} or Thrive {G}. Each Prerelease pack contains one Hero card (respectively The General, The Savant, The Tyrant, The Warmonger and The Provider) and a playable Prerelease promo.

Venture into the Wilds[edit | edit source]

The fifth quest will take place during the FNM Born of the Gods Release weekend, February 7–9, 2014. The "Venture into the Wilds" puzzle poster contains clues that hint at one of the new cards featured in the set. Players who solve the puzzle to get a fifth Hero card (The Explorer).

Battle the Horde[edit | edit source]

The sixth challenge is to Battle the Horde on March 1-2, 2014, at the Born of the Gods Game Day.[3] By winning against the Challenge deck, players win a sixth Hero card (The Vanquisher).

Forge a Godslayer[edit | edit source]

The seventh quest on the Hero's Path will take place at the Journey into Nyx prerelease, April 26–27, 2014.[4] The players pick their color, and receive a prerelease pack (or Hero Pack) of that color: Forged in Glory {W}, Intellect {U}, Tyranny {B}, War {R} or Pursuit {G}. Each Prerelease pack contains a Hero Equipment card (Spear of the General, Cloak of the Philosopher, Lash of the Tyrant, Axe of the Warmonger or Bow of the Hunter) and a playable Prerelease promo. During the prerelease, players have the opportunity to win three mystical components, represented by reward stickers. Three component stickers combine in specific ways to create one of seven different enhancements. The activity card is handed in to the tournament organizer to receive the corresponding "enhancement sticker". That sticker is put on the player's Hero Card in the blank space as a new permanent ability, thus forging one the most powerful weapons on Theros: a customized Godslayer.
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Journey into Nyx[edit | edit source]

The eighth quest will take place during the FNM Journey into Nyx Release weekend, May 2–4, 2014. The "Journey into Nyx" puzzle poster contains clues that hint at one of the new cards featured in the set. Players who solve the puzzle to get a eighth Hero card (The Destined).

Defeat a God[edit | edit source]

The final challenge is to Defeat a God on May 24–25, 2014, at the Journey into Nyx Game Day.[5] Players will be able to use three of the Hero Cards they have collected and the Godslayer that they forged at the Prerelease to complete this final quest of the Hero's Path! By winning against the Challenge deck, players win a ninth Hero card (The Champion).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dave Guskin. (July 24, 2013.) “The Path of the Hero”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Dave Guskin. (September 16, 2013.) “Hero's Path FAQ”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Trick Jarrett. (November 26, 2013.) “Battle the Horde”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mike McArtor. (April 21, 2014.) “Journey into Nyx Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. LoadingReadyRun. (May 21, 2014.) “Friday Nights: Hero's Path — "The Mastery"”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.