By Jennifer Tan AKA Mrs Fett
It’s been two weeks since the release of Theros in Magic: The Gathering. Long enough to play the new decks, attend a few events, and the best part, open a sealed booster box! My Golden Hand struck again, pulling mythic rares, and foils left and right. But first, let’s look at the story!
This set introduces five gods, with abilities unlike anything seen before. Each follow the mechanic of Devotion, which is paid by the amount of their plains symbol in the mana cost of cards in play. As long as your devotion is below a specific number, that god isn’t an enchantment! THIS IS HUGE, for those who don’t like cards like negate, cancel, and murder!
Theros also introduces new mechanics to their creatures as well. Scry allows you to look at a specific number of cards on top of your library, and put any number of them on top, or on bottom in any order. An amazing advantage if you are mana hosed, or tired of pulling enchantments.
Monstrosity is just that. Monstrous. By paying a creature’s Monstrosity cost, that creature becomes terrifying, and in most cases, gains an ability that makes it the ultimate game changer.
Bestow, another mechanic new to the MtG scene, allows a creature to become an enchantment, and attach to another creature to bump it up even more. There is another perk to this ability, which is that once the targeted creature dies, the enchantment becomes a creature again.
By far, the most sought after and prized card to pull is Elspeth. (Pulled her my first booster draft. Totally amazing!) Next would be the malevolent duo, Erobos, God of the Dead, and Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver. Prophet of Kruphix is an amazing card giving you ultimate control of the battlefield, but running a perfect green/blue deck can be difficult.
To be honest, I was a little weary about this set and the new mechanics. After mixing things like Shadowborn Apostles, and M14 Hydras, I’m starting to see the method behind this new set’s madness.
For those of you looking for a good Planeswalker Duel, Friday Night Magic is the best place to be. It’s become a tradition to grab an apple juice, and play a Booster Draft every Friday for myself, and I always love a new challenge! See you on the planes, don’t forget your D20!