Magic Online Born of the Gods Prerelease and Release Events

Posted in Daily Deck on February 10, 2014

By Mike Turian

Before joining Magic Online as its digital product manager, Mike worked as a producer for Wizards's technology department, a product manager for organized play, and as an R&D lead developer. He has played Magic Online since it came out in 2002 and Magic since The Dark.

Born of the Gods Magic Online Key Dates
Prerelease Begins: 10AM February 14, 2014
On-Sale: 10AM February 17, 2014
Release Events End: 12PM March 5, 2014
Redemption Guarantee: October 31, 2015
Redemption Cutoff: November 2, 2016

We are only days away from Born of the Gods! We want to make sure that you have all the information you need so you're ready to Awaken the Myth for yourself when the Prerelease events begin on February 14.

Read on and prepare yourself for the next chapter in the Theros Block.


Awaken the Myth!

The god-realm of Nyx has been flung into chaos as Xenagos claims the mantle of the god of revelry, and his ascension sends ripples across the mortal realm!

Prerelease events begin on Friday, February 14, at 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC), and will run through the weekend. Prerelease events will conclude and Born of the Gods Release Events will begin on Monday, February 17, at 10:00 AM (18:00 UTC). At that time, Born of the Gods will go on sale in the Magic Online store.

In Born of the Gods, players will continue their heroic path by choosing their Destiny. A Destiny entry object can be purchased from the Magic Online store for $5.00 starting Wednesday, February 12, following downtime. These will grant access to Prerelease Events.

Nyxborn Shieldmate

We continue to optimize Magic Online events based on player feedback and trends we observe in player activity. We have restructured Born of the Gods 16-Player Sealed Release Events, greatly increasing the number of booster packs awarded (an additional 30 booster packs per event as compared to Theros). To make this possible, we increased the entry requirement by six Event Tickets per player to 26 Event Tickets.

In addition to the normal draft offerings, we're adding two Born of the Gods-only Draft Events to the event roster: 8-4 Single-Elimination Drafts and Swiss Drafts.

We've also changed how Prerelease and Release avatars are acquired. Players can earn the avatars they want simply by participating in the events that award them. Collect only the ones you want, or collect them all.

With our Release Events, we are starting the 64-Player Drafts two days earlier than we did with Theros. They begin following the downtime on Wednesday, February 19. On weekends beginning February 21, we will host the Top 8 Release Sealed Premier Events, as well.

Happy Playing!

Born of the Gods Products

Born of the Gods features 165 black-bordered cards with 60 common, 60 uncommon, 35 rare, and 10 mythic rare cards, as well as randomly inserted premium versions of all cards in the set.

Born of the Gods products include:

  • Fifteen-card booster packs that include one rare or mythic rare card, three uncommon cards, ten common cards, and one basic land card
  • Draft Packs, with one Born of the Gods booster pack, two Theros booster packs, and two Event Tickets
  • Sealed Event Packs, with three Born of the Gods booster packs, three Theros booster packs, and two Event Tickets
  • New avatars
  • Five new Intro Packs

Born of the Gods New Avatars and Prerelease Promo Cards

Participate in the Born of the Gods Prerelease and Release Events, and you can earn new avatars, and Prerelease promo cards!

New AvatarEvent Participation
Brimaz, King of Oreskos avatar
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Participate in a Born of the Gods Sealed Prerelease Event or Swiss Draft Prerelease Event.
The General avatar
The General
Participate in a Born of the Gods 8-4 Draft Release Event.
The Savant avatar
The Savant
Participate in a Born of the Gods 4-3-2-2 Draft Release Event.
The Tyrant avatar
The Tyrant
Participate in a Born of the Gods Swiss Draft Release Event.
The Warmonger avatar
The Warmonger
Participate in a Born of the Gods-only , Single-Elimination 8-4 Draft Release Event.
The Explorer avatar
The Explorer
Participate in a Born of the Gods 16-Player Sealed Release Event.
The Provider avatar
The Provider
Participate in a Born of the Gods-only Swiss Draft Release Event.
The Vanquisher avatar
The Vanquisher
Participate in a Born of the Gods 64-Player Draft Release Premier Event or Sealed Release Premier Event.

Born of the Gods Prerelease Events | February 14 - February 17

Update: Now that the Prerelease cards for Born of the Gods have been previewed, we can update the Born of the Gods Hero's Destiny entry objects with each one's included Prerelease promo card.

For Born of the Gods, players may purchase a Prerelease Hero's Destiny to participate in Prerelease Events. There are five of these, each corresponding to a Magic color alignment. The Hero's Destiny will determine the seeded pack a player will receive as part of their six Prerelease Sealed Event booster packs:

DestinyPrerelease Promo Card
Destined to Lead

Silent Sentinel

Destined to Outwit

Arbiter of the Ideal

Destined to Dominate


Eater of Hope

Destined to Conquer

Forgestoker Dragon

Destined to Thrive


Nessian Wilds Ravager

Players can purchase their Destiny entry object, which is untradeable, from the Magic Online Store for $5.00 USD from 1:00 PM PST (21:00 UTC) on Wednesday, February 12, until 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC) on Monday, February 17.

Avatars for Born of the Gods will now be awarded for participation in Prerelease and Release Events. This will allow players collect the avatars they want by participating in events. See the new avatars and the events in which they are awarded for participation.

Born of the Gods Prerelease Sealed Event Details
START TIMESFriday, February 14, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC) until Monday, February 17, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC).
LOCATIONRelease Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS20 Event Tickets, plus a Hero's Destiny entry object.
PRODUCTMagic Online will provide 2 Born of the Gods booster packs, 3 Theros booster packs, and 1 seeded booster pack based on the player's chosen Hero's Destiny entry object.
SIZE16 players.
PLAY STYLESwiss.
DURATION20 minutes deck-building time. Four rounds, Swiss pairings, each round up to 60 minutes.
PRIZES
Match WinsPrizesQPs
410 Born of the Gods booster packs3
34 Born of the Gods booster packs1
21 Born of the Gods booster pack0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Prerelease Event participants will receive Brimaz, King of Oreskos avatar.

Born of the Gods Prerelease Swiss Draft Event Details
START TIMESFriday, February 14, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC) until Monday, February 17, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC).
LOCATIONRelease Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS15 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT1 Born of the Gods booster pack, and 2 Theros booster packs.
SIZE8 players.
PLAY STYLESwiss.
DURATION15 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds of up to 60 minutes each, Swiss pairings. Play all three rounds, win or lose!
PRIZES
Match WinsPrizesQPs
32 Theros booster packs
2 Born of the Gods booster packs
1
21 Theros booster pack
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
0
11 Born of the Gods booster pack0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Prerelease Event participants will receive Brimaz, King of Oreskos avatar.

Born of the Gods Release Events | February 17 - March 5

Born of the Gods Release Single-Elimination 8-4 Draft Event Details
START TIMESMonday, February 17, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC) until scheduled downtime Wednesday, March 5.
LOCATIONRelease Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1Option 2Option 3
14 Event Tickets2 Event Tickets
plus product
1 Born of the Gods
Draft Pack
PRODUCT1 Born of the Gods booster pack and 2 Theros booster packs.
SIZE8 players.
PLAY STYLESingle elimination.
DURATION10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, single elimination.
PRIZES
PlacePrizesQPs
1st5 Theros booster packs
3 Born of the Gods booster packs
1
2nd2 Theros booster packs
2 Born of the Gods booster packs
0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Release Event participants will receive The General avatar.

Born of the Gods Release Single-Elimination 4-3-2-2 Draft Event Details
START TIMESMonday, February 17, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC) until scheduled downtime Wednesday, March 5.
LOCATIONRelease Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1Option 2Option 3
14 Event Tickets2 Event Tickets
plus product
1 Born of the Gods
Draft Pack
PRODUCT1 Born of the Gods booster pack and 2 Theros booster packs.
SIZE8 players.
PLAY STYLESingle elimination.
DURATION10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, single elimination.
PRIZES
PlacePrizesQPs
1st2 Theros booster packs
2 Born of the Gods booster packs
1
2nd2 Theros booster packs
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
0
3rd-4th1 Theros booster pack
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Release Event participants will receive The Savant avatar.

Born of the Gods Release Swiss Draft Event Details
START TIMESMonday, February 17, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC) until scheduled downtime Wednesday, March 5.
LOCATIONRelease Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1Option 2Option 3
14 Event Tickets2 Event Tickets
plus product
1 Born of the Gods
Draft Pack
PRODUCT1 Born of the Gods booster pack and 2 Theros booster packs.
SIZE8 players.
PLAY STYLESwiss.
DURATION10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
PRIZES
Match WinsPrizesQPs
32 Theros booster packs
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
1
21 Theros booster pack
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
0
11 Born of the Gods booster pack0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Release Event participants will receive The Tyrant avatar.

Born of the Gods Release 16-Player Sealed Event Details
START TIMESMonday, February 17, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC) until scheduled downtime Wednesday, March 5.
LOCATIONRelease Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS26 Event Tickets.
PRODUCTMagic Online will provide 3 Theros booster packs and 3 Born of the Gods booster packs.
SIZE16 players.
PLAY STYLESwiss.
DURATION20 minutes deck-building time. Four rounds with Swiss pairings, each round up to 50 minutes.
PRIZES
Match WinsPrizesQPs
412 Born of the Gods booster packs3
39 Born of the Gods booster packs1
23 Born of the Gods booster packs0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Release Event participants will receive The Explorer avatar.

Born of the Gods-Only Release Single-Elimination 8-4 Draft Event Details
START TIMESMonday, February 17, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC) until scheduled downtime Wednesday, March 5.
LOCATIONRelease Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1Option 2
14 Event Tickets2 Event Tickets
plus product
PRODUCT3 Born of the Gods booster packs.
SIZE8 players.
PLAY STYLESingle elimination.
DURATION10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, single elimination.
PRIZES
PlacePrizesQPs
1st8 Born of the Gods booster packs1
2nd4 Born of the Gods booster packs0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Release Event participants will receive The Warmonger avatar.

Born of the Gods-Only Release Swiss Draft Event Details
START TIMESMonday, February 17, 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC) until scheduled downtime Wednesday, March 5.
LOCATIONRelease Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1Option 2
14 Event Tickets2 Event Tickets
plus product
PRODUCT3 Born of the Gods booster packs.
SIZE8 players.
PLAY STYLESwiss.
DURATION10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES
Match WinsPrizesQPs
33 Born of the Gods booster packs1
22 Born of the Gods booster packs0
11 Born of the Gods booster pack0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Release Event participants will receive The Provider avatar.

Born of the Gods Release Premier Events

Born of the Gods Release 64-Player Draft with Top 8 Premier Event Details
START TIMESWednesday, February 19, 12:00 PM PST until scheduled downtime Wednesday, March 5. Events occur once per hour on the half-hour (e.g., 1:30, 2:30, etc.).
LOCATIONScheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1Option 2
20 Event Tickets8 Event Tickets
plus product
PRODUCT1 Born of the Gods booster pack and 2 Theros booster packs. For the Top 8 draft, Magic Online will provide 1 Born of the Gods and 2 Theros booster packs.
SIZE64 players.
PLAY STYLESingle elimination with Top 8.
DURATION10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, single elimination; followed by a Top 8 draft with 10 minutes deck-building time, then three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, single elimination.
PRIZES
PlacePrizesQPs
1st24 Born of the Gods booster packs6
2nd18 Born of the Gods booster packs5
3rd-4th12 Born of the Gods booster packs4
5th-8th9 Born of the Gods booster packs3
9th-16th4 Born of the Gods booster packs0
17th-32nd2 Born of the Gods booster packs0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Release Event participants will receive The Vanquisher avatar.

Born of the Gods Release Sealed Swiss with Top 8 Premier Event Details
START TIMESAll times are PST (+8 hours UTC):
Friday
2/21
Saturday
2/22
Sunday
2/23
Friday
2/28
Saturday
3/1
Sunday
3/2
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
2:00 PM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
2:00 PM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
LOCATIONScheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2
30 Event Tickets 6 Event Tickets
plus product
PRODUCT3 Born of the Gods booster pack and 3 Theros booster packs. For the Top 8 draft, Magic Online will provide 1 Born of the Gods and 2 Theros booster packs.
SIZE129-212 players.
PLAY STYLESwiss with Top 8.
DURATION20 minutes deck-building time. Eight rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, Swiss pairings; followed by a Top 8 draft with 10 minutes deck-building time, then three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, single elimination.
PRIZES
PlacePrizesQPs
1st65 Born of the Gods booster packs6
2nd40 Born of the Gods booster packs5
3rd-4th25 Born of the Gods booster packs4
5th-8th20 Born of the Gods booster packs3
9th-16th15 Born of the Gods booster packs0
17th-32nd10 Born of the Gods booster packs0
33rd-64th5 Born of the Gods booster packs0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Release Event participants will receive The Vanquisher avatar.

NOTE: If any event fails to meet the minimum number of players, refunds will be fulfilled within two business days.

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