Today Aug. 30, 2013 in an update to DailyMTG.com Wizards of the Coast revealed that the prerelease cards of their upcoming "Magic: The Gathering" expansion set "Theros" will be the same as the intro pack rares. They'll boast alternate art and a gold date stamp.
Related: Complete Theros spoiler list
This isn't the first time prerelease cards have been the same as the intro pack rares: It happened last year in "Return to Ravnica."
- Azorius - Archon of the Triumvirate
- Izzet - Hypersonic Dragon
- Rakdos - Carnival Hellsteed
- Golgari - Corpsejack Menace
- Selesnya - Grove of the Guardian
It also happened again in "Gatecrash."
- Orzhov: Treasury Thrull
- Dimir: Consuming Aberration
- Gruul: Rubblehulk
- Boros: Foundry Champion
- Simic: Fathom Mage
Despite the alternate art, the fact each of the promos was included in an intro pack had a detrimental effect on the secondary market prices. This could be considered both a good and bad thing: Good for players looking to pick up said cards for their decks, bad for those looking to sell or trade in their prerelease promos to fund additional sealed events.
"Theros" will contain 249 "Magic: The Gathering" cards. Prerelease events will be held on Sept. 21-22, 2013, the "Theros" set will be released on Sept. 27, 2013, and the launch weekend will occur on Sept. 27-29, 2013.
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