29, Mar, 21

Strixhaven: School of Mages Lorehold Preview Round-Up

Lorehold leads todays Strixhaven: School of Mages previews!
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A new week, another week of Strixhaven: School of Mages previews! Today’s previews focus on the school of Lorehold. Lorehold Students are diligent researchers and daring adventurers. Passionate scholars obsessed with history, the Students explore the past by poring over archaeological artifacts and summoning long-dead spirits. Falling into the Boros color pie, Lorehold Students care about finding answers to the questions that lie on the plane of Arcavios.

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Strixhaven: School of Mages Lorehold Previews

With that, let’s dig into some of the highlights from todays previews.


Recursion seems to be the theme with Lorehold such as digging up old relics to find more information. In a Magic: The Gathering context, this means cards or permanents can come back into play, or into your hand. This something we don’t often see in the Boros color pie so it’s going to be exciting to see how these fare in a competitive and Commander setting.

Quintorius, Field Historian is an interesting lord for Spirits and rewards you for taking cards out of your graveyard to develop your board. Although Velomachus Lorehold doesn’t seem too exciting, I’m sure there’s a fun Commander strategy waiting to happen with the Elder Dragon, bringing back powerful instant and sorceries to win the match.

The most exciting card to come from these previews is Reconstruct History. The enchantment allows you to bring a myriad of card types (except creature) back to your hand, which could lend itself to an interesting Standard strategy alongside Showdown of the Skalds. Lesson is a new spell type that allows you to cast spells from outside of the game that you own, and Academic Probation looks to be one of the pushed ones for constructed application. At least, every Draft booster pack will contain at least one Lesson in each pack, allowing Limited players to use the new mechanics to their full potential.

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Strict Proctor is an exciting design for constructed formats. Although it’s a weird mash-up between Hushbringer and Hushwing Gryff, there’s potential for the Spirit Cleric to see play in Standard, Pioneer, and Modern. Notably, it does synergize with Lotus Field since you don’t have to sacrifice the lands as part of the ability, and simply let the ability be countered instead and the Lotus Field will stay in play. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Strict Proctor appear in Death & Taxes and Spirits lists in Modern, as it’s ideal to play off an Aether Vial.

It’s encouraging to see Strixhaven: School of Mages break the norms of these color pairings by bringing something fresh and new to the table. It’ll be exciting to see what the other schools– Witherbloom, Silverquill, Quandrix, and Prismari have to offer during the previews this week.

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