Xenagos, God of Revels, in its first version and now, in its alternative art;
"Okay, I know that, but what do they bring to the game that is so special?"Let's go! First of all we noticed that in addition to its references in Greek mythology, Wizards took advantage of this new "wave" of exclusive products with alternative art (mentioned in my previous article), showing creativity and bringing us two versions of each God and even demigods. I will use as an example the
Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded, in its normal and alternative versions; As I mentioned above, we also have the variation in cards of demigods; Opening a quick parenthesis here, the demigods of this collection, as well as their superiors, are only linked to their specific color, obtaining power or resistance according to devotion. These creatures, for the most part, have already been featured in the 2014 collection and return stronger and more unforgiving than ever in Theros Beyond Death. As we can see here, the great thing was to show these Theros divinities in their superior form and/or in a constellation, thus reinforcing their premise and idea focused on the mechanics of devotion. And taking advantage of this new concept of alternative arts, Wizards launched the basic lands with the arts also with the same theme, see the image below; In my first article here on the site I went deeper into this type of art explaining in detail this "new" appearance. As each deity represents an element and color of the game, each has its function within the lore (history of the game). This time, we no longer rely on artifact cards, which are nothing more than their respective weapons. Instead, we have some "abilities" that are presented to us as interventions for example, check out the images below, two of these cards using the divinity Purphoros as an example; Its grandeur is not only summed up in the history or the power of the cards that bear its name, but also in the beautiful arts that show how rich this plan is. The immortal Gods of Nyx, lead their domains and sow the war traveling through Theros, conjuring soldiers, beasts, krakens and several other enchanted creatures to maintain their supremacy against the famous travelers: Planeswalkers.