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So we already know Theros will be a greco-roman based set, with a gods/heroes/monsters division to its creature types.
We know Elspeth is going to be on Theros, but for what reason? When we last saw her she was trying to get help to fight the Phyrexians in SoM block. Is she still doing that, or is this a side quest for her, much like Gideon in Ravnica?
Who/what do you think the antagonists will be in this block? It's pretty obvious that there's a heroes vs monsters theme (from the duel decks), but where do the gods fit in all this? They have a new card frame color scheme. Maybe it's a throwback to RoE's Eldrazi, to represent beings that are too large to be of this world. After all, in greek/roman mythology, the gods basically lived in their own realms.
What do you guys think?
Elspeth may be searching for aid, but she may have also abandoned Mirrodin just like she did Bant. Remeber, she doesn't want to be a hero and has a serious inferiority complex. A world where there are gods and heroes allows her to blend in, to not stand out.
For antagonist, this is a little out there, but here me out: Bolas will be manipulating the gods. He's been messing with every multiplanar threat we have seen (Eldrazi, New Phyrexia), and its been two years since his plans showed up as part of the plot. He is the main thread tying together many of the planeswalkers, so I would be suprised if he doesn't show up soon.
As for what the gods are, less sure there. But I doubt it is as simple as it appears (remember Innistrad's religion and how Sorrin was behind it).
I think the lore will be generalized like for Innistrad, focusing more on the feel of the plane instead of a heavy story driven arch.
For Elspeth there's been speculation that the events of Theros occurs before SOM and she was planehopping after Bant looking for a purpose.
I think that i'm severely excited to see theros. As a major mythology fan the thought of the greek/roman gods being referenced in the cards is a wonderful concept. Now more to the point of your question:
Elspeth at this point is kind of a mystery but here is my hypothesis ~ she is there to recruit allies. While I don't think the phyrexians will have a presence in theros at all (gods lets hope not) it stands to reason that she can't effectively fight them without some serious help.
Gods~You bring up an interesting point with the whole eldrazi thing. They could be viewed as such but I find that oddly unsettling. The greek aspect of the gods were very high and mighty. Zues in particular didn't much care for the dealings of "mortals". Unless they were hot chicks of course. However the roman aspect of the gods were almost akin to the norse gods in terms of ideals and values being very combat orientated.
In conclusion what we have here are the makings of what will most likely be a very lore heavy set even by magic standards. They are basically laying an entire mythology on top of magic mythology which holds no end of possibilities
Since enchantments are going to be so prominent, perhaps the returning ability they tweaked will be Aura Swap ? Also, for the other returning mechanic that "nailed Greek Mythology", my guess is Level Up since they kept using that phrase when discussing the Hero's Path, which is what they said they felt Greek Mythology was all about.
Just ran through all the cards in Future Sight, and here's a list of the things I think might be brought back in Theros:
Omg it's almost definitely gotta be grandeur. It fits perfect with the while semi legendary aspect of the set. And it would make the players more likely to put 4 of in a deck if they actually worked together. I cant belive i forgot about that ability considering my standard deck from way back when ran 4 Korlash, Heir to Blackblade . Thoughts?
Grandeur and Aura Swap look really likely, but I still feel like the keywords themselves don't seem that... greek feeling? I don't know. Neither of them feels as greek-mythology as delve, fateseal, or frenzy. Level up might be coming back, but I never really liked it all that much anyways...