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Post PAX East

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

What a heck of a weekend for Magic: the Gathering fans at PAX East in Boston this past weekend.  Between the Wizards of the Coast MTG panel Saturday afternoon to Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014, there was just so much amazing spoilers 'n' previews around every corner - and that's not even mentioning the great swag WotC had provided.  Over the course of the weekend we here at MTG Realm attempted to keep up with all the news on both the main MTG Realm site as well as our Tumblr site - and apparently you were on top of all our updates.  We had just over 12,000 visits on Sunday alone.

Anywhoos - enough gushing - let's get to some of the big news - namely the announcement of the next block as well as some DotP 2014 / M14 spoilers 'n' previews. We promise to summarize the Dragon's Maze material in the next post.

First up - the next large fall set was previewed at the PAX East MTG panel and followed up with the official announcement on the mothersite today.
• Theros
• Born of the Gods
• Journey into Nyx

Set Name : Theros
Block : Set 1 of 3 in the Theros block
Number of Cards : 249
Prerelease Events : September 21-22, 2013
Release Date : September 27, 2013
Game Day : October 19-20, 2013
Pro Tour Theros Formats Swiss:
Official Three-Letter Code : THS
Twitter Hashtag : #MTGTHS
Initial Concept and Game Design : Mark Rosewater (lead), Ethan Fleischer, Ken Nagle, Zac Hill, and Jenna Helland
Final Game Design and Development : Erik Lauer (lead), Zac Hill, Dave Humpherys, Doug Beyer, Shawn Main, and Tom LaPille

We are very excited indeed about this block - we could be totally wrong here but it feels like there may be a Greek mythology theme here.  We're already thinking about picking up some potentially related cards from MTG Mint Card which may fit thematically with this block.  We'll get to speculations in another post but here's a short list of existing creature types which have already seen print :
White: Griffin, Pegasus
Blue: Hippocampus, Siren, Sphinx
Black: Gorgon, Harpy, Lamia
Red: Chimera, Cyclop, Minotaur
Green: Centaur, Dryad, Hydra, Satyr

Next up - Some new cards spotted during preview play of Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 at PAX East.  These are of particular interest to Magic: the Gathering gamers who play the physical (paper) version as both the electronic and paper Core Set release are very often contiguous.  Here are some cards we may expect come 19th July, 2014 -
Shadowborn Demon, 3bb
Creature - Demon, Mythic Rare
When Shadowborn Demon enters the battlefield, destroy target non demon creature.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if there are fewer than 6 creatures in your graveyard, sacrifice a creature.
Shadowborn Apostle, b
Creature-Human Cleric, Common
A deck can have any number of cards named Shadowborn Apostle.
b, sacrifice six creatures named Shadowborn Apostle: Search your library for a demon creature and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

Kalonian Tusker, gg
Creature - Beast, Uncommon

Regathan Firecat, 2r
Creature - Elemental Cat, Common


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