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7 Historic Cards to be Banned with Strixhaven: School of Mages Release

A handful of cards will be banned upon Strixhaven: School of Mages release.
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We are knee-deep in Strixhaven: School of Mages previews and the set looks delightful. From powerful spells to diverse colleges battling out for pride– there’s something for everyone. There’s even a new range of cards called the Mystical Archive that that offers a fresh aesthetic on classic Magic: The Gathering cards.

There’s a bunch of Mystical Archive cards previewed so far and we have a dedicated spoiler gallery you get up to speed.

You can acquire these Mystical Archive cards in Set and Draft Boosters, with a foil in every Collector Booster.

The Mystical Archive is a series of cards that feature some of the most powerful instants and sorceries across Magic: The Gathering‘s history. These won’t be Standard legal unless there is an existing printing in a current Standard set (such as Strategic Planning), however, they do have the potential to see application in Historic. With the introduction to the Mystical Archive, some of these cards can be legal in Historic providing new tools for the Magic: The Gathering‘s Arena-only format.

Read More: Strixhaven: School of Mages Preview Gallery

7 Historic Cards to be Banned with Strixhaven: School of Mages Release

However, there will be a couple of cards that will be banned upon Strixhaven: School of Mages‘ release as confirmed by Lee Sharpe, Product Owner of Live Content at Wizards of the Coast.

These all seem sensible pre-bans when it comes to Historic, as all of these cards are powerful within their own right. Historic is becoming more popular than ever with the launch of Magic: The Gathering Arena on iOS— there is bound to be some creativity thanks to the Strixhaven: School of Mages and the Mystical Archives. We’ve already seen Faithless Looting and Lightning Helix revealed today, which is bound to shake up the Historic format in a compelling way.

Strixhaven: School of Mages is set to release for tabletop on April 23, and it will be released on Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic Online (MTGO) a few days earlier.

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