MTG Debuts Trailer For Upcoming Theros: Beyond Death

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Magic: The Gathering released a trailer for its upcoming Theros: Beyond Death card set. This new set is scheduled to be released in January, and is going to introduce 250 new cards.

You can view the trailer below:

The trailer shows us the Planeswalker Elspeth Tirel as she walks among the Returned. She removes her golden mask and attempts to escape. However, she sees a young girl and tries to save her only to realize too late that she is not as innocent as she looks. It turns out that all of this is due to the Planeswalker Ashiok. Ashiok then sends Elspeth to what appears to be a watery demise. However, Elspeth realizes that it's all an illusions and begins to fight back.

Theros: Beyond Death will be sold in regular 16-card Draft Boosters, mono-colored Theme Boosters, and two Planeswalker decks. There's also going to be a Theros: Beyond Death bundle as well as the Deck Builder's Toolkit.

The official release schedule and events of Theros: Beyond Death include:

  • January 16
    • Theros: Beyond Death release to Magic: The Gathering Online
  • January 17-19
    • Theros: Beyond Death Prerelease
  • Janary 24
    • Theros: Beyond Death In-Store Release


The MTG trailer made its debut during The Game Awards 2019. However, this wasn't the only announcement about MTG from Wizards of the Coast. Announced as well was the action RPG MMO Magic: Legends. Set in the world of Magic: The Gathering, Legends is expected to expand the world. You can read more about that here.

Outside of MTG, Wizards of the Coast also revealed a trailer for an upcoming third-person action RPG set in The Forgotten Realms. Titled Dark Alliance, the game is set to be released in Fall 2020. You can read more here.

Bans & Restrictions

Wizards of the Coast also made an announcement related to Banned and Restricted Cards. According to a statement by Senior Game Designer Ian Duke, it has been a challenge to schedule B&R windows so as not to disrupt major changes.

Moving forward, Duke said that they will "no longer be making a commitment in advance to when the next B&R update will be." Duke went on to say that this hopefully will let the team be more agile and responsive with the changes when needed while at the same respectful of the needs and timelines of the competitive events. He shared that they are going to do their "best to avoid making changes to a format too soon before a major event so as not to negatively impact players' plans and preparations."

You can view the list of all banned and restricted cards by format here.

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