The latest set for the venerable card game "Magic: The Gathering" will be released September 27. Titled "Theros", this set takes place in a plane with the feel of Greek Mythology and interesting new mechanics that capture the flavor and heroics of myth.
Theros features monsters of myth, such as Hydras, Minotaurs, Centaurs, Gorgons, and more. It also has gods and heroes that are reminiscent of Greek myth. These all work toward the new mechanics found in this set.
With all of these terrible beasts in Theros, there is a new mechanic called Monstrosity, where a creature can be pumped up with a bonus at an extra mana cost. In this exclusive look at the Arbor Colossus, it can be seen that when it becomes Monstrous, this Colossus can instantly destroy a flying creature.
Another new mechanic is Devotion. The fore-mentioned gods require a certain amount of Devotion, which is based on the number of mana symbols of a particular color that your summoned creatures possess. Without the necessary Devotion to green, Nylea, God of the Hunt, won't count as a creature and thus can't be used in combat.
Another new mechanic can be found are creatures that are heroes. Heroic characters gain bonuses when spells are used on them, making them more powerful -- allowing them, just as in myth, to take on the great monsters of the realm.
This ties into a new mechanic called Bestow, where certain creatures can also be cast as an enchantment spell that empowers another creature with whatever special powers that the original had.
The mythological flavor of Theros is taken further at special events where players can face Challenge decks that feature unique quest, such as defeat a certain Hydra and its many heads. This is not unlike the challenge decks found in the Magic: The Gathering video games. At each event, a Hero's Path will continue, with multiple quests and bonus cards for players.
All in all, between the mythological flavor of the Theros plane, the unique mechanics added to the game, and the questing events, Magic: The Gathering players have something to look forward to later this month.
[Images courtesy of Wizards of the Coast]