Strixhaven: School of Mages, Magic's 87th expansion, is scheduled to be released on April 23, 2021. Set in a school on the new plane of Arcavios, Strixhaven contains 275 cards and will continue to include randomly inserted premium versions of all the cards. Players will be able to purchase regular Draft Boosters, Theme Boosters, Set Boosters, Collector Boosters, a Strixhaven Bundle, and five Commander decks.
This set is Magic's take on the magical school genre, and each of the schools featured in this set represents one of the game's enemy color combinations. Check back with us frequently for the latest spoilers and my MTG Finance flavored commentary! I’ll be covering our favorite highlights from spoiler season – if you want to see the entirety of everything that has been spoiled you can check out Wizards’ updated card gallery here.
April 3rd - The Set Has Been Fully Spoiled!
Somehow, once again, we've reached the point of a whole new set being revealed! Today's newest cards are referenced below, and if you want to see the whole Strixhaven gallery, you can check that out over on the official Wizards Card Gallery!
Culling Ritual and [card]Rushed Rebirth[/card
We've officially entered spoiler season! Today kicks off with the traditional stream on Magic's Twitch channel.
We're getting a MDFC Planeswalker card with this set! I think this is a really cool take on Rowan and Will, and I'm excited to play both sides of A-Rowan, Scholar of Sparks // A-Will, Scholar of Frost and A-Rowan, Scholar of Sparks // A-Will, Scholar of Frost. I think their static ability will be great for Izzet mages, and their abilities should pair nicely with the traditional kind of UR strategies we've been seeing in Standard recently.
Kasmina, Enigma Sage is our newest UG planeswalker and seems like a super interesting addition to superfriends-style lists due to the static effect of "Each other Planeswalker you control has the loyalty abilities of Kasmina, Enigma Sage." Scrying is always useful, the token ability seems fine, and I imagine the -8 ability could be pretty decent in the right matchup.
It took me a few minutes to realize that Professor Onyx had the card type of Liliana, and I'm super jazzed to see how that's represented in the story! Why is Liliana moonlighting as a professor? Or is Professor Onyx a distinct character that has the Liliana card type for other mechanical reasons? Either way, I dig it. The abilities are all very Liliana-esque, and I look forward to trying to play this card at some point in the upcoming Standard.
We got our first look at Strixhaven in a Weekly MTG Stream on Magic's Twitch channel. We got a look at the cycle of Commands, some of the Mystical Archive cards, and on the same day, we got a peek at some Japanese pack-exclusive Mystical Archive cards with what I consider to be fantastic art. This is already shaping up to be one heck of a rad-looking set, at least art-wise!
All of these commands seem super fun and flavorful! I'm a big fan of being able to pick two out of the four options for these, making them versatile for many gameplay situations.
Mystical Archive Cards
I keep telling myself I'm going to stop being wooed by gorgeous alternate art Magic card reprintings, but Wizards continues to blow me away with delicious, delicious eye candy.
Japanese Exclusive Mystical Archive Cards
These Japanese exclusive arts are fantastic and I'm really hoping I get a chance to snag some Japanese packs from my LGS! We're looking at Canoptek Scarab Swarm, Swords to Plowshares, and Demonic Tutor.