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Magic Online Theros Prerelease and Release Events

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Theros Key Dates
  • Prerelease Begins: October 4, 2013
  • Digital Release: October 7, 2013
  • Release Events End: October 23, 2013
  • Redemption Guarantee: October 31, 2015
  • Redemption Cutoff: November 2, 2016

The letter T!he time has come to stand among heroes!

Magic Online Theros Prerelease events begin on October 4, 2013, at 10:00 AM PDT and will run through the weekend. When Prerelease events conclude on Monday morning, October 7, at 10:00 AM, Theros will go on sale in the Magic Online Store. Theros Release Event queues (Sealed Deck and Draft) will begin at the same time the set goes on sale so players won’t have to wait before jumping into a draft!

As part of the Theros Prerelease Events, you have the opportunity to choose your Hero's Path as part of participating in certain events. Your Hero's Path comes with an avatar and a promo card you can use in events.

We've changed our Release Events as well, with lower entry requirements for the 16-Player Sealed Deck queues, improved prizes for the Premier Release Top 8 Sealed Deck events, and hourly 64-player Top 8 Premier Draft events!

Read on for more info on all Prerelease and Release Events!

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Note: All times are Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7 hours).

Theros Products
Theros features 249 black-bordered cards with 101 common, 60 uncommon, 53 rare, 15 mythic rare, and 20 basic land, as well as randomly inserted premium versions of all cards in the set.

Theros products include:
  • 15-card booster packs that include 1 rare or mythic rare card, 3 uncommon cards, 10 common cards, and 1 basic land card.
  • Draft Packs, with 3 Theros booster packs and 2 Event Tickets
  • Sealed Event Packs, with 6 Theros booster packs and 2 Event Tickets
  • New avatars
  • Five new Intro Packs:
Favors
from Nyx
Manipulative
Monstrosities
Devotion to
Darkness
Blazing Beast
of Myth
Anthousa's
Army

Prerelease: Pick Your Hero's Path

You have been chosen by the gods of Theros to stand among heroes! To begin building your myth you will have a choice. During Theros Prerelease you must choose your Hero's Path based on one of Magic's mana colors.

Your Hero's Path will be used as part of the entry for Theros Prerelease Sealed Deck Queues. Players can purchase their Hero's Path, which is untradeable, from the Magic Online Store for $5.00 USD from 1:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, October 2, until 10:00 AM PDT on Monday, October 7.

For Prerelease, players will receive a tradeable avatar that corresponds to their chosen Hero's Path, which they can set as their user avatar in Magic Online. Also included with their Hero's Path will be one of five different Theros Prerelease premium foil promo cards.

Hero's Path Choices
Hero's Path Avatar Promo Card
Honor
The Protector

Celestial Archon
Wisdom
The Philosopher

Shipbreaker Kraken
Ambition
The Avenger

Abhorrent Overlord
Battle
The Warrior

Ember Swallower
Might
The Hunter

Anthousa, Setessan Hero

Once a player has chosen and purchased a Hero's Path, that player can use it and 20 Event Tickets to enter the Theros Prerelease Sealed Deck Queues. Players will receive five Theros booster packs and one seeded booster pack that match their chosen Hero's Path.

Prerelease Events will consist of two parts: the Theros Prerelease Sealed Deck Queue and the Theros Swiss Draft Queue. Both events will be available for the duration of the Theros Prerelease.

Only the Sealed Deck events will require a Hero's Path to join. Unused Hero's Path entry objects may be refunded within 30 days by sending a request to customer service.

Theros Prerelease Events | October 4 - October 7
Magic Online Theros Prerelease Sealed Deck Queues
START TIMES On demand beginning Friday, October 4, until 10:00 AM PDT on Monday, October 7.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS 20 Event Tickets plus 1 Hero's Path entry object.
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide 5 Theros booster packs and 1 seeded Hero's Path booster pack for this event.
SIZE 16 players.
DURATION Deck building time plus four rounds, Swiss pairings. Play in all four rounds, win or lose!
PRIZES Prizes are based on the total Match Wins at the end of the tournament. Each win awards 1 Match Win and each loss awards 0 Match Wins.
Match
Wins
Prizes QPs
4 10 Theros booster packs 3
3 4 Theros booster packs 1
2 1 Theros booster pack 0
Magic Online Theros Prerelease Swiss Draft Queues
START TIMES On demand beginning Friday, October 4, until 10:00 AM PDT on Monday, October 7.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS 15 Event Tickets
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide 3 Theros booster packs for this event.
SIZE 8 players.
DURATION Drafting and deck-building time, plus three rounds, Swiss pairings . Play all three rounds, win or lose!
PRIZES Prizes are based on the total Match Wins at the end of the tournament. Each win awards 1 Match Win and each loss awards 0 Match Wins.
Match
Wins
Prizes QPs
3 4 Theros booster packs 1
2 2 Theros booster packs 0
1 1 Theros booster pack 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Each player who participates in a Theros Draft Queue will receive a Hythonia the Cruel avatar.

Theros Release Events | October 7 - October 23

Release Events begin October 7 and continue through October 23. Participating in Release Events will earn you another Hero Avatar to add to your collection, The Harvester.

The Harvester
Release Avatar

We have made a few changes to Theros Release Events that we think improve the play experience.

The Release Sealed Deck Queues are now lower cost to enter than other Sealed Deck events, and we have adjusted the prizes in accordance with the lower entry requirements. These events are great for players looking to build their Theros collections.

Our Theros Release 64-Player Top 8 Premier Drafts will start every hour on the hour beginning October 11, giving players a more exciting play experience in these very popular events.

We've improved prizes for Premier Release Top 8 Sealed Deck events and extended awards through 64th place. Now more players will receive booster packs. We have also changed the number of players in the event to a minimum of 129 and a maximum of 212. This makes for a more consistent time frame for Swiss events, followed by a Top 8. Plus, you will have opportunities to enter sixteen Theros Premier Release Top 8 Sealed Deck events each week of Release, running Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These replace other Premier events that would normally run during this period.

Because of upcoming changes for the Theros Championship, Release Events will not grant invitations. More information on the Championship changes will be announced on October 7.

Magic Online Theros Release Draft Queues
START TIMES On demand beginning Monday, October 7, until 10:00 AM PDT, until downtime on Wednesday, October 23.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS 14 Event Tickets OR 2 Event Tickets plus product.
PRODUCT 3 Theros booster packs.
SIZE 8 players.
DURATION Drafting and deck building time plus three rounds, single elimination; or three rounds, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES Prizes for single-elimination events are based on placement at the end of the tournament. Prizes for Swiss pairing events are based on total Match Wins at the end of the tournament. Each win awards 1 Match Win and each loss awards 0 Match Wins.
Theros 4-3-2-2 Draft
Place Prizes QPs
1st 4 Theros booster packs 1
2nd 3 Theros booster packs 0
3rd - 4th 2 Theros booster packs 0
Theros 8-4 Draft
Place Prizes QPs
1st 8 Theros booster packs 1
2nd 4 Theros booster packs 0
Theros Swiss Draft
Match
Wins
Prizes QPs
3 3 Theros booster packs 1
2 2 Theros booster packs 0
1 1 Theros booster pack 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Each player who participates in a Theros Release Draft Queue will receive the Hero Avatar, The Harvester, as well as the Hythonia the Cruel avatar.
Hythonia the Cruel
Participation Avatar
Magic Online Theros Release 16-Player Sealed Deck Queues
START TIMES On demand beginning Monday, October 7, at 10:00 AM PDT until downtime on Wednesday, October 23.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS 20 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide 6 Theros booster packs for this event.
SIZE 16 players.
DURATION Deck building time plus four rounds, Swiss pairings .
PRIZES Prizes are based on total Match Wins at the end of the tournament. Each win awards 1 Match Win and each loss awards 0 Match Wins.
Match
Wins
Prizes QPs
4 8 Theros booster packs 3
3 4 Theros booster packs 1
2 2 Theros booster packs 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Each player who participates in a Theros Release Sealed event will receive the Hero Avatar, The Harvester.

Magic Online Theros Release 64-Player Top 8 Premier Draft Events
START TIMES Scheduled start times every hour beginning Friday, October 11, until downtime on Wednesday, October 23.
LOCATION Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTIONS 20 Event Tickets OR 8 Event Tickets plus product.
PRODUCT 3 Theros booster packs; Magic Online will provide 3 Theros booster packs for the Top 8 booster draft.
SIZE 64 players.
DURATION Drafting and deck building time plus three rounds, single elimination.
PRIZES
Place Prizes QPs
1st 24 Theros booster packs 6
2nd 18 Theros booster packs 5
3rd - 4th 12 Theros booster packs 4
5th - 8th 9 Theros booster packs 3
9th - 16th 4 Theros booster packs 0
17th - 32nd 2 Theros booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Each player in a Theros Release 64-Player Top 8 Premier Draft will receive the Hero Avatar, The Harvester, as well as the Hythonia the Cruel avatar. In addition, players who finish in the Top 8 will receive a Tymaret, the Murder King avatar.

Note: If any event fails to fill the minimum number of seats, refunds will be fulfilled within two business days.

Tymaret, the Murder King
Prize Avatar
Magic Online Theros Premier Release Top 8 Sealed Deck Events
START TIMES
Friday October 11 & October 18 4:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM
Saturday October 12 & October 19 4:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Sunday October 13 & October 20 4:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM
LOCATION Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTIONS 30 Event Tickets OR 6 Event Tickets plus product.
PRODUCT 6 Theros booster packs; Magic Online will provide 3 Theros booster packs for the Top 8 booster draft.
SIZE Minimum 129 players, maximum 212 players.
DURATION Deck building time plus eight rounds (Swiss pairing), followed by the Top 8 consisting of drafting and deck building time plus three rounds, single elimination.
PRIZES
Place Prizes QPs
1st 65 Theros booster packs 6
2nd 40 Theros booster packs 5
3rd - 4th 25 Theros booster packs 4
5th - 8th 20 Theros booster packs 3
9th - 16th 15 Theros booster packs 0
17th - 32nd 10 Theros booster packs 0
33rd - 64th 5 Theros booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Each player in a Theros Premier Release Top 8 Sealed Deck Event will receive the Hero Avatar, The Harvester, as well as the Hythonia the Cruel avatar. In addition, players who finish in the Top 8 will receive a Tymaret, the Murder King avatar.

Note: If any event fails to fill the minimum number of seats, refunds will be fulfilled within two business days.

Theros Championship
The Theros Championship will be a completely reimagined event. We are moving the Theros Championship to later in the Theros cycle, closer to when Born of the Gods releases, and the new Theros Championship will operate independent from Theros Release Events. The Theros Release 64-Player Top 8 Premier Draft and Release Premier Top 8 Sealed Deck Events will no longer qualify players for the Theros Championship.

Look for more information in the News and Updates article on October 7.

Using an account other than your own, allowing any other player to use your account, selling your account, and other similar actions are all violations of the Magic Online User Agreement. If you play in Magic Online events, win, and expect to get your prize, be very, very sure you are playing on your own account. We do not recognize excuses, such as "I and a friend jointly own the account," "It's my brother's account but he gave it to me," or similar. The only exception is an adult may authorize a single dependent child age 13-18 to play on an account that the adult has established.

For all Theros Release Events, Wizards of the Coast may modify, suspend, and/or cancel an event, substitute prizes, or change the costs and/or schedule for an event without notice, at its sole discretion.

Note: All times above are Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7 hours).

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