Theros Beyond Death: Magic Online Edition

Posted in Magic Online on January 10, 2020

By Alli Medwin

Welcome back to Magic Online. It's 2020, we're about to release Theros Beyond Death (THB), and there's Gods, heroes, and monsters aplenty for everyone. Before you head off to your tabletop Prerelease, you can play THB Limited on Magic Online starting on Thursday, January 16. Or, if you prefer, you can trade for the cards you want and brew up a new Constructed deck and play it all weekend. (And then keep going. We're not going to judge.)

Before the THB events begin, though, we need to wrap up Throne of Eldraine season. Here's how that's going to work: We have scheduled downtime on Wednesday, January 15, which is planned to go until approximately noon Pacific Time. Once we're back up, we're going to be in the new post-rotation world. What that means is that all Constructed leagues will be reset: any league courses in progress will be ended, and they'll be ready to join all over again with Theros Beyond Death already legal. Reprints will also be legal in Standard immediately—Underworld Dreams, Banishing Light, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, the ally-colored scry lands, etc.—even if players don't have the THB versions just yet.

And then events begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, January 16.

Theros Beyond Death Redemption Schedule

  • Theros Beyond Death will be available for redemption beginning February 12.
  • The Theros Beyond Death redemption guarantee will end April 29.
  • Theros Beyond Death redemption will end entirely June 3.

Single-Card Stories: Furious Rise

Over recent years, Magic Online has added lots of little clarifying steps. We now include prompt box reminder text when appropriate, especially to steps that your opponents' cards show to you. It helps to read the card, but if you're being asked to choose from a pile of cards or game objects on the battlefield, more often than not, Magic Online will tell you just why it is you're making that choice.

R&D has been experimenting lately with more and weirder red "impulse draws." These are effects that exile cards and allow you to cast or play them later on. Some cards let you use the card later that turn. Others give you until the next turn. Theros Beyond Death gives us a new twist on this effect in Furious Rise.

Furious Rise

This duration isn't based on time, unlike those that came before. This duration is based on the next time that trigger exiles something, which isn't quite the same. If the trigger is countered, or if you don't have a card in your library to exile, or (more likely) you don't have a ferocious-enough creature to cause the ability to trigger, you're not going to exile another card with Furious Rise. And that means the permission to play the card in exile doesn't go away.

Furious Rise with blue text

So we did two things here: First, cards exiled by Furious Rise have blue italic text specifying their novel duration. Second, there's an association (that's the blue arrows that appear on mouseover) between the cards, so just in case you have multiple Furious Rises, it'll be clear which card is associated with which Furious Rise.

The Avatars of Theros Beyond Death

There are five avatars introduced with Theros Beyond Death.

For new accounts and the Deck Builder's Essentials, there's the Planeswalking to Theros avatar:

Planeswalking to Theros avatar

In a departure from most recent sets, there's only one new avatar for Treasure Chests. But he's such a good boy, I don't think anyone's going to mind much.

Sleepy Puppy avatar

The new Prestige Avatar system based on trophies has been working well, and it will continue through THB season. If you accumulate 5 points of trophies (one Competitive or five Friendly), at the end of the season you'll be granted this Calix Beyond Death avatar, the uncommon prestige avatar for the set. 20 points, and you'll get the rare Ashiok Beyond Death prestige avatar. And if you can accumulate 40 points, you'll get Elspeth Beyond Death, the Theros Beyond Death mythic prestige avatar.

Calix Beyond Death avatarAshiok Beyond Death avatarElspeth Beyond Death avatar

Alternative Play Calendar

All events on this calendar are Phantom unless otherwise specified. This season, every event is Phantom. In the future, non-Phantom events will also be labeled as "Encore" events, rather than "Flashback," to help make the distinction more clear.

  • January 29February 5: Ravnica Block Flashback. No Return to, no Guilds of. This is the City of Guilds, my friends, and the Guildpact and Dissension that followed. Draft those Selesnya Evangels and, I guess, other cards if you want to. There's certainly no shortage of classic cards in this block.
  • February 519: CHAOS! Draft. For two weeks, go ahead and draft. Open those packs. It could be anything. Anything at all. (Spoiler alert: it'll be Magic cards.)
  • February 1926: Zendikar Flashback. Harrow is the best card in the set. Change my mind. (Yeah, yeah, Windrider Eel.)
  • February 26March 4: Spotlight Cube: Khans Expanded. This was a very popular Spotlight Cube, and we're happy to bring Elliot Raff's creation back for another week.
  • March 411: Hour of Devastation Flashback. This format has eternal appeal. Get it? Eternal? Eternalize? . . . I'll show myself out.
  • March 1118: Spotlight Cube: [REDACTED]. Something new is coming. Something neat. Something . . . oddly familiar? We'll talk more about this brand-new Spotlight Cube as we get closer to it.
  • March 1825: Invasion Block Flashback. Back in the day, when Magic Online first released, Invasion was the block that was released not because it was current, but because otherwise we wouldn't be able to play Standard. As a result, it was never the primary Draft set, so no matter how many times we run the flashback, it'll never make up for the fact that this awesome format remains forever underdrafted.
  • March 25April 16: Modern Cube. The always-exciting Modern Cube returns for a three-week stint that wraps up THB season.

Event Details

Friendly Sealed League

Schedule: This League will begin on January 16, at 10 a.m. PT. This League is planned to run until the release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths in April.

Product: 6 Theros Beyond Death boosters, with the option to add a Theros Beyond Death booster after each of the first two stages.

Structure: 3 stages of up to 3 matches each, played at your convenience

Entry Options:

  • 24 Event Tickets
  • 6 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 4 Event Tickets
  • 240 Play Points

Upgrade Options:

Upgrades are available at the beginning of each stage beyond the first. Choosing any of these options will add the contents of one Theros Beyond Death booster to your Sealed pool.

  • 4 Event Tickets
  • 1 Theros Beyond Death booster
  • 40 Play Points

Stage Prizes:

Stage prizes are earned for each of the three stages in the League.

  • 3 wins: 40 Play Points + 1 Friendly Trophy
  • 2 wins: 30 Play Points
  • 1 win: 20 Play Points
  • 0 wins: 10 Play Points

Course Prizes:

Course prizes are earned after completing all three stages.

  • 9 wins: 3 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 200 Play Points
  • 8 wins: 2 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 200 Play Points
  • 7 wins: 1 Theros Beyond Death booster + 200 Play Points
  • 6 wins: 200 Play Points
  • 5 wins: 100 Play Points
  • 4 wins: 50 Play Points

Competitive Sealed League

Schedule: This League will begin on January 16, at 10 a.m. PT. This League is planned to run until the release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths in April.

Product: 6 Theros Beyond Death boosters

Structure: Up to 5 matches, played at your convenience

Entry Options:

  • 24 Event Tickets
  • 6 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 4 Event Tickets
  • 240 Play Points

Prizes:

  • 5 wins: 6 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 360 Play Points + 4 Qualifier Points + 1 Competitive Trophy
  • 4 wins: 3 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 240 Play Points + 2 Qualifier Points
  • 3 wins: 1 Theros Beyond Death booster + 120 Play Points

Theros Beyond Death Draft League

Schedule: This League will begin on January 16, at 10 a.m. PT. This League is planned to run until the release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths in April.

Product: 3 Theros Beyond Death boosters

Structure: Draft, then up to 3 matches at your convenience

Entry Options:

  • 12 Event Tickets
  • 3 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 2 Event Tickets
  • 120 Play Points

Prizes:

  • 3 wins: 6 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 1 Qualifier Point + 1 Competitive Trophy
  • 2 wins: 2 Theros Beyond Death boosters

Elimination Draft

Schedule: This League will begin on January 16, at 10 a.m. PT. This League is planned to run until the release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths in April.

Product: 3 Theros Beyond Death boosters

Structure: Draft, then single-elimination rounds until a winner emerges. Round 1 will begin as soon as the deck-building period after the draft ends. Rounds 2 and 3 will begin 2 minutes after the last match in the previous round ends.

Entry Options:

  • 15 Event Tickets
  • 3 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 5 Event Tickets
  • 150 Play Points
  • 3 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 50 Play Points

Prizes:

  • Winner: 6 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 150 Play Points + 4 Qualifier Points + 1 Competitive Trophy
  • 2nd Place: 3 Theros Beyond Death boosters + 150 Play Points + 2 Qualifier Points

Constructed Leagues

Schedule: These Leagues run continuously but reset with downtimes that introduce new Standard-legal sets. The downtime to introduce Theros Beyond Death will begin at approximately 3 a.m. Pacific Time on January 15. This League will run until the next reset, happening with the release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths in April.

Formats: Standard, Pioneer, Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Pauper

Structure: Up to 5 matches, played at your convenience

Entry options:

  • 10 Event Tickets
  • 100 Play Points

Prizes:

  • 5 Wins: 150 Play Points + 4 Qualifier Points + 11 Treasure Chests + 1 Competitive Trophy
  • 4 Wins: 120 Play Points + 2 Qualifier Points + 5 Treasure Chests
  • 3 Wins: 100 Play Points + 1 Treasure Chest
  • 2 Wins: 50 Play Points

Alternative Play Draft League

Schedule: These Leagues will begin at approximately 10 a.m. PT on the first day listed, which is always a Wednesday. These leagues will be closed to new entries at 10 a.m. PT on the last day listed and ended no later than 2 p.m. that same day.

Entry Options:

  • 10 Event Tickets
  • 100 Play Points

Product: Based on event

Structure: Draft, then up to 3 matches played at your convenience

Prize Structure:

  • 3 wins: 150 Play Points + 1 Qualifier Point + 1 Friendly Trophy + 1 Treasure Chest
  • 2 wins: 100 Play Points
  • 1 win: 50 Play Points

Treasure Chest Updates

We continue to be generally happy with the state of Treasure Chests, so there are no major changes being made to their contents. The full update will be posted to the Treasure Chest Page before downtime, but in the meantime, the change list for the Curated sheet is listed below.

Card Name Set Relative Drop Rate
Ardenvale Tactician PRM -20
Curious Pair PRM -20
Faerie Guidemother PRM -20
Garenbrig Carver PRM -20
Lonesome Unicorn PRM -20
Merchant of the Vale PRM -20
Merfolk Secretkeeper PRM -20
Queen of Ice PRM -20
Reaper of Night PRM -20
Rimrock Knight PRM -20
Rosethorn Acolyte PRM -20
Silverflame Squire PRM -20
Smitten Swordmaster PRM -20
Tuinvale Treefolk PRM -20
Animating Faerie PRM -12
Beanstalk Giant PRM -12
Elsha of the Infinite C19 -12
Flaxen Intruder PRM -12
Force of Will EMA -12
Hypnotic Sprite PRM -12
Oakhame Ranger PRM -12
Order of Midnight PRM -12
Palace Sentinels PZ2 -12
Prismatic Strands JUD -12
Shepherd of the Flock PRM -12
Tolaria West FUT -12
Aether Vial MMA -6
Ancient Stirrings PRM -6
Bedlam Reveler EMN -6
Chandra's Regulator M20 -6
City of Traitors TPR -6
Collective Brutality EMN -6
Embereth Shieldbreaker PRM -6
Engineered Explosives UMA -6
Enlightened Tutor EMA -6
Ensnaring Bridge ST -6
Evincar's Justice TPR -6
Foulmire Knight PRM -6
Hostage Taker PRM -6
Lava Spike CHK -6
Liliana's Triumph PRM -6
Mox Diamond V10 -6
Restoration Angel PRM -6
Thorn of the Black Rose PZ2 -6
Thoughtseize MS3 -6
Walking Ballista PRM -6
Winter Orb EMA -6
Meren of Clan Nel Toth PZ1 -5
Core Set 2020 Set M20 -3
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn UMA -3
Force of Negation MH1 -3
Mox Opal MS2 -3
Sylvan Safekeeper JUD -3
Wrenn and Six MH1 -3
Magus of the Wheel PZ1 -2
Blood Crypt PRM -1
Breeding Pool PRM -1
Core Set 2020 Foil Set M20 -1
Godless Shrine PRM -1
Hallowed Fountain PRM -1
Overgrown Tomb PRM -1
Sacred Foundry PRM -1
Steam Vents PRM -1
Stomping Ground PRM -1
Temple Garden PRM -1
Watery Grave PRM -1
Anje Falkenrath C19 +1
Arahbo, Roar of the World PZ2 +1
Atla Palani, Nest Tender C19 +1
Ghired, Conclave Exile C19 +1
Hammer of Nazahn PZ2 +1
O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami PZ2 +1
Oloro, Ageless Ascetic C13 +1
Ramos, Dragon Engine PZ2 +1
Tempt with Discovery C13 +1
Theros Beyond Death Foil Set THB +1
Ashiok, Nightmare Muse PRM +3
Black Market MM +3
Calix, Destiny's Hand PRM +3
Custodi Squire PZ2 +3
Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis PRM +3
Erebos, Bleak-Hearted PRM +3
Heliod, Sun-Crowned PRM +3
Herald's Horn PZ2 +3
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper RNA +3
Klothys, God of Destiny PRM +3
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger PRM +3
Lotus Vale WL +3
Nylea, Keen-Eyed PRM +3
Nyxbloom Ancient PRM +3
Ox of Agonas PRM +3
Polukranos, Unchained PRM +3
Prismatic Vista MH1 +3
Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded PRM +3
Thassa, Deep-Dwelling PRM +3
Theros Beyond Death Set THB +3
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath PRM +3
Urza, Lord High Artificer MH1 +3
Allure of the Unknown PRM +6
Aphemia, the Cacophony PRM +6
Arasta of the Endless Web PRM +6
Arasta of the Endless Web PRM +6
Archon of Sun's Grace PRM +6
Ashiok's Erasure PRM +6
Atris, Oracle of Half-Truths PRM +6
Auriok Champion 5DN +6
Bomat Courier KLD +6
Bronzehide Lion PRM +6
Carpet of Flowers UZ +6
Cavalier of Thorns M20 +6
Chalice of the Void MRD +6
Chandra, Awakened Inferno M20 +6
Chromanticore BNG +6
Dalakos, Crafter of Wonders PRM +6
Daze NE +6
Dreadbore RTR +6
Dream Trawler PRM +6
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove PRM +6
Eat to Extinction PRM +6
Eidolon of Obstruction PRM +6
Emrakul, the Promised End EMN +6
Enigmatic Incarnation PRM +6
Erebos's Intervention PRM +6
Gallia of the Endless Dance PRM +6
Gemstone Mine WL +6
Goblin Rabblemaster M15 +6
Gravebreaker Lamia PRM +6
Grim Flayer EMN +6
Haktos the Unscarred PRM +6
Hazoret the Fervent AKH +6
Heart of Kiran AER +6
Heliod's Intervention PRM +6
Heroic Intervention AER +6
Idyllic Tutor PRM +6
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy ORI +6
Kolaghan's Command DTK +6
Kozilek's Return OGW +6
Kunoros, Hound of Athreos PRM +6
Kytheon, Hero of Akros ORI +6
Labyrinth of Skophos PRM +6
Leyline of the Void M20 +6
Liliana, Untouched by Death M19 +6
Llanowar Wastes 10E +6
Mana Confluence JOU +6
Mantle of the Wolf PRM +6
Master of Waves PZ2 +6
Master of Waves THS +6
Mox Opal MM2 +6
Nadir Kraken PRM +6
Nessian Boar PRM +6
Nexus of Fate M19 +6
Nicol Bolas, the Ravager M19 +6
Nightmare Shepherd PRM +6
Nylea's Intervention PRM +6
Nyx Lotus PRM +6
Omniscience M13 +6
Phoenix of Ash PRM +6
Protean Thaumaturge PRM +6
Purphoros's Intervention PRM +6
Rekindling Phoenix RIX +6
Relentless Dead SOI +6
Rishadan Port MM +6
Selfless Spirit EMN +6
Setessan Champion PRM +6
Shadowspear PRM +6
Shatter the Sky PRM +6
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord M20 +6
Soul of New Phyrexia M15 +6
Sphinx's Revelation RTR +6
Starfield of Nyx ORI +6
Startled Awake SOI +6
Storm Herald PRM +6
Storm's Wrath PRM +6
Taranika, Akroan Veteran PRM +6
Tectonic Giant PRM +6
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria DOM +6
Temple of Abandon PRM +6
Temple of Deceit PRM +6
Temple of Enlightenment PRM +6
Temple of Malice PRM +6
Temple of Plenty PRM +6
Thassa, God of the Sea THS +6
Thassa's Intervention PRM +6
Thassa's Oracle PRM +6
The Scarab God HOU +6
Thryx, the Sudden Storm PRM +6
Torrential Gearhulk KLD +6
Treacherous Blessing PRM +6
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger BFZ +6
Underworld Breach PRM +6
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth PLC +6
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger M20 +6
Voice of Resurgence DGM +6
Walking Ballista AER +6
Wavebreak Hippocamp PRM +6
Woe Strider PRM +6
World Breaker OGW +6
Anax, Hardened in the Forge PRM +12
Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea PRM +12
Courser of Kruphix BNG +12
Daxos, Blessed by the Sun PRM +12
Hydroid Krasis RNA +12
Jace, Architect of Thought RTR +12
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar OGW +12
Renata, Called to the Hunt PRM +12
Tymaret, Chosen from Death PRM +12
Victory's Envoy THB +12
Grasping Giant THB +12
Sphinx Mindbreaker THB +12
Serpent of Yawning Depths THB +12
Underworld Sentinel THB +12
Demon of Loathing THB +12
Deathbellow War Cry THB +12
Terror of Mount Velus THB +12
Ironscale Hydra THB +12
Treeshaker Chimera THB +12
Athreos, Shroud-Veiled PRM +50

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