Magic the Gathering is releasing their Theros Expansion this Friday, September 27, 2013. That means standard tournament decks will ONLY include the following expansions.
- Return to Ravnica
- Dragon’s Maze
If you’re looking to start the hobby this is an excellent time to do it, as several older MTG expansions will no longer be prohibited to play in standard tournaments. That means many veteran players will be playing with untested or incomplete decks and that can substantially level the playing field for newer players who are still trying to build a strong deck.
Also with the release of the Theros expansion, MTG has added a few new game mechanics. The one that I was particularly interested in was called devotion. Your devotion is tallied by the number of colored mana you have on each card in the field of battle. For example, once played, the card on the right will count as one devotion toward the color black because of the single skull listed on the top of the card. Build enough devotion for the card and this can trigger special abilities.
This should make magic players take a second look at cards they have in their closet and possibly make mono color decks gain in popularity.