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Theros: Beyond Death

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Theros: Beyond Death
Theros: Beyond Death
Theros Beyond Death logo.png
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Mask of the Returned
Design Mark Rosewater
Release date January 24, 2020
Themes and
Graveyard matters, Enters the battlefield matters, Sagas, Enchantment creatures
Keywords and/
or ability words
Constellation, Devotion, Escape
Set size 254
Expansion code THB[1]
Development codename Baseball
Non-block expansions
Throne of Eldraine Theros: Beyond Death Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Secret Lair Drop Series Theros: Beyond Death Unsanctioned

Theros: Beyond Death is the 83rd Magic expansion. It will be released on January 24, 2020.[2][3]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Like its spiritual predecessors Theros: Beyond Death has an ancient Greek themed top-down design, making use of many mythological tropes (Heroes, Monsters, and Gods).

The main set contains 254 cards (TBA basic lands, TBA commons, TBA uncommons, TBA rares, TBA mythic rares), and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Additional cards are found in the set's collector boosters, planeswalker decks and brawl decks. A unique Buy-a-Box promotional card is also considered to be part of the set. Cards with alternate card frames have another card number than the original version. Borderless planeswalkers are numbered #255-TBA, Showcase cards are numbered #TBA-TBA, the Buy-a-Box is #TBA, planeswalker deck cards are numbered #TBA-TBA and extended artwork cards are numbered #TBA-TBA. The Bundle promo is numbered #TBA. Finally there are FNM-treatment cards from the Universal promo pack numbered #TBA-TBA. Both regular and foil versions of these cards may be found in the collector boosters.

The set features five special full-art basic lands.[4] The set's expansion symbol is a Mask of the Returned.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Expansion symbol
Key art with Elspeth

The set will focus on the Underworld of Theros over the normal world of the plane.[5][6] It features the returned planeswalker Elspeth Tirel.[7]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Theros: Beyond Death is sold in regular 16-card Draft Boosters (one card being a marketing card), mono-colored Theme Boosters, two planeswalker decks, the Theros: Beyond Death bundle and a Deck Builder's Toolkit.[8] The set also features Collector Boosters.[9]

Events[edit | edit source]

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens/emblems/markers[edit | edit source]

The sixteenth card in the boosters is a token or emblem, with advertisements on the back side.

  1. {W} ?/? Goat creature, created by ?
  2. {W} 1/1 Human Soldier creature, created by Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis and Hero of the Nyxborn.
  3. {U} 3/2 Reflection creature, created by Alirios, Enraptured.
  4. {R} 1/1 Satyr creature with "This creature can't block," created by Heroes of the Revel.
  5. {G} 2/2 Wolf creature, created by Wolfwillow Haven.

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Theros: Beyond Death introduces the keyword action Escape; spells with escape can be cast from the graveyard for their escape cost.[4] The cost includes exiling a number of other cards from the graveyard. If a creature escapes, it may receive an additional bonus.

Returning mechanics from the Theros block are Constellation and Devotion.[4] Hero of the Nyxborn and Heroes of the Revel effectively have Heroic, without the actual ability word.

Theros: Beyond Death features the following limited archetypes:

Card types[edit | edit source]

The set sees the return of the enchantment subtype Saga, first used in Dominaria.[4] It also sees the return of Enchantment creatures, first used in the Theros block.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Theros Beyond Death has at least three cycles.

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Omens Omen of the Sun Omen of the Sea Omen of the Dead Omen of the Forge Omen of the Hunt
Five common enchantments with flash and an enters the battlefield ability, depicting the major gods of Theros. They may be sacrificed for {2}C to scry 2.
Nyxborns Nyxborn Courser Nyxborn Seaguard Nyxborn Marauder Nyxborn Brute
Five common vanilla enchantment creatures with related flavor text.
Cycle name {W/U} {U/B} {B/R} {R/G} {G/W} {W/B} {U/R} {B/G} {R/W} {G/U}
Gold signposts Warden of the Chained Hero of the Nyxborn
Ten uncommon gold spells, each a signpost for a draft archetype.

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards have been reprinted:

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Theros: Beyond Death is the last expansion to feature Planeswalker decks.[11]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Printed on the card frame.
  2. Magic Announcement Stream (Video). Magic: the Gathering. YouTube (September 4, 2019).
  3. Wizards Europe (October 11, 2019). "We're happy to announce the release dates for two upcoming sets in 2020!". Twitter.
  4. a b c d BlakedaWerewolf (October 30, 2019). "Theros Beyond Death Major Spoilers". Reddit.
  5. Mark Rosewater (September 04, 2019). "I missed the announcement of the sets for next year.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (October 23, 2019). "Will Theros Beyond Death completely take place in the Underworld or will we see more of Theros?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  7. She's back!. Reddit (September 26, 2019).
  8. Wizards Play Network
  9. Mark Rosewater (September 21, 2019). "I feel like the return to Theros should have an enchantment masterpiece series.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  10. Jeffrey Dohm-Sanchez (October 22, 2019). "Wizards of the Coast reveals the first details on the Theros Beyond Death product line.". Icv2.com.
  11. Caranthir (September 10, 2019). "Are Planeswalker Decks being discontinued? (Comment #11)". MTG Salvation.