What happens when you combine Magic: The Gathering and Greek Mythology in the blender known as Dungeons & Dragons? You’re going to get a big glass of the newest D&D campaign source book ‘Mythic Odysseys of Theros’ which just recently dropped.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Theros setting, here’s a quick rundown. It’s part of a three part expansion for the collectible card game ‘Magic: The Gathering’ which was first released back in 2013. It included the large expansion titled Theros and two smaller expansions called Born of the Gods and Journey into Nyx.
As you can probably tell, it takes its cues from Greek Mythology in which a pantheon of fifteen powerful gods rule and war over the plane of Theros. It’s a realm where the nature of belief was also powerful magic. The classic stories of heroes who face off against monsters and legends were born. If you ever wanted to be a part of an adventure in the same scope as ‘The Odyssey’, ‘The 12 Labors of Hercules’, or even ‘The Clash of the Titans’ you’ll want to check out this setting.
We’re going to go over a few of the highlights and lows in this review to help you decide whether or not to pick up this new book and use it as part of your own campaign.
One of the biggest selling points would have to be the new playable races. The Centaurs and Minotaurs are pretty much unchanged from the ‘Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica’ source book that was released in 2018. So if you didn’t pick up that book, then this is a nice inclusion. Their lore in this setting is quite different from the Ravnica setting.
Then there’s the sea dwelling Tritons who are pretty much mermaids without the fish tails or the Atlanteans from DC‘s ‘Aquaman’ (but more fishy). There’s also the lion like race of the Leonins, which honestly feels a bit more like a beefer strength based version of the Tabaxi race.
The standout new race and one our top main reasons to pick up this book would have to be the Satyr race. It’s a charisma based fae race with magic immunity and some other fun bonuses. It’ll also allow you to live out your dreams of being Danny DeVito as Phil from the animated ‘Hercules’ movie.
Strangely enough, for a setting based off MtG, it’s a shame that there’s really no new spells for magic casters here to add to their spell lists. Having some spells based off the Greek myths and stories would have been awesome.
There’s two new subclasses, which are the Paladins and their Oath of Glory which is based around athletics and heroics. Then there’s the College of Eloquence for Bards which offers some great ways to use Bardic Inspirations and allows you to pretty much be a damn fine charming beast. It’s definitely the better of the two new subclasses.
As a DM, if you want some new monsters and NPCs to throw at your players then you’re in luck because there’s a ton of them here. Some of these epic level monsters will make for some high level threats with their Mythic Traits which are similar to Legendary Actions. Hydras, Cerberuses, and Krakens oh my!
If we had to choose what had to be the main focal point for ‘Mythic Odysseys of Threros’, it would have to be the new Piety System and the deities themselves. The idea behind this new mechanic is that players can dedicate themselves to a deity and earn piety points in their worship. At certain levels, they can earn special abilities or boosts called boons that’s reflective of their chosen deity (Clerics and Paladins will especially love this).
It’s an interesting new system to be sure. While there’s a lot of gods and goddesses to choose from in this setting, DMs can easily adapt it for their own homebrew games.
So what’s our verdict for ‘Mythic Odysseys of Threros’? If we had a point system out of 5, we would give this new source book a good 2.5 or 3. Fans of Greek mythology will love it, but also a lot things are very circumstantial to the Threos setting. Thumbs up to the new races, subclasses, monsters, new Piety System, and some fantastic art. But we also would have loved to have seen some new spells and perhaps one or two more new subclasses included here. This book feels a bit like an appetizer to a bigger meal.
‘Mythic Odysseys of Theros’ with a cover by artist Jason Rainville is currently available for sale online and retailers for $49.95. It will also be available as a digital download via D&D Beyond, Fantasy Grounds, and Roll20. There’s also an amazing Limited Edition Alternate Cover by artist Kevin Tong.