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Strixhaven: Spoilers and More!

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

Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios and Journey to the Oracle

Oriq Loremage and Tempted by the Oriq

Ingenious Mastery

April 2nd

Daemogoth Titan and The Biblioplex

Exponential Growth and Gnarled Professor

Blex, Vexing Pest and Search for Blex

Retriever Phoenix and Sedgemoor Witch

Pestilent Cauldron and Restorative Burst

Callous Bloodmage and Poet’s Quill

Beledros Witherbloom and Harness Infinity

April 1st

Dramatic Finale and Vanishing Verse

Devastating Mastery and Leonin Lightscribe

Basic Conjuration and Double Major

Selfless Glyphweaver and Deadly Vanity

Augmenter Pugilist and Echoing Equation

Accomplished Alchemist and Fervent Mastery

Body of Research and Dream Strix

Blot Out the Sky and Mascot Exhibition

Crackle with Power and Mavinda, Students’ Advocate

Mila, Crafty Companion and Lukka, Wayward Bonder

 

March 30th

Wandering Archaic with backside Explore the Vastlands

Culmination of Studies and Elemental Expressionist

Baleful Mastery and Codie, Vociferous Codex

Flamescroll Celebrant and Revel in Silence

Sparring Regimen and Magma Opus

Extus, Oriq Overlord and Awaken the Blood Avatar

Galazeth Prismari and Tanazir Quandrix

March 29th

Semester’s End and Venerable Warsinger

Academic Probation and Radiant Scrollwielder

Illuminate History and Velomachus Lorehold

Blade Historian and Efreet Flamepainter

Hofri Ghostforge and Strict Proctor

March 25th

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 Rowan, Scholar of Sparks and 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.

March 22nd

Monday kicked off with some exciting new previews from Danny Trejo and Sean Plott on Twitter!

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.

February 18th

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!

The Commands

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 Opt, Swords to Plowshares, and Demonic Tutor.



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