We’ve finally been gifted with a proper look at Strixhaven: School of Mages.
Alongside a few card reveals and the return of a somewhat controversial idea, we’re happy to have also had a glimpse into the new magic pairs.
Because of the setting, these new color-pairs are known as Colleges.
Here’s your introduction to each of the Strixhaven: School of Mages Colleges.
What are the Strixhaven: School of Mages Colleges?
If you’ve been a fan for a while, then you’ll likely know these couples by other names like Izzet or Golgari.
Well, that’s the old way of doing things, MTG is becoming all hip and young and stuff be changing up a bunch of phrases we’ve all known for ages, and alongside an article, gave a little summary in a series of tweets too.
It’s actually kind of cool, and we’ll 100% end up doing a quiz of sorts that marks you as one of these Strixhaven: School of Mages Colleges when we know a little more.
Lorehold – “Home of daring adventurers and scholars of history!”
First up is Lorehold, which you’ll probably know as Boros. That means Lorehold is the home of Red/White mages, and they do things like making tokens, bulking up the power of Creatures, dealing damage, and drawing cards at a cost.
We’re expecting this guild to be more of an aggro guild than the others, and we’re looking forward to turning our cards sideways and winning.
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Prismari – “Enterprising young mages looking to express themselves to the fullest with the art of Magic!”
The Prismari are mages who are all about drama and magic. You’ll know this combo as Izzet, which means this lot is Blue/Red. We’re expecting direct damage, draw and discard, token creation, and Artifact destruction.
As is the case with Izzet, we’re expecting a lot of spell matters cards, things like counterspells and thunderbolts are likely to be all over the place, so this should be a good guild for control players.
Quandrix – “Where the magic of math meets the mystifying infinite”
The Quandrix are neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerds. They’re the college of mathematical magic and while we used to call them Simic, they’re still Blue/Green. Their spells do things like bounce permanents, counter spells, put counters on things, and causes some shuffling.
We’re anticipating this to be a good college for midrange players and anybody that likes messing around with things really.
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Silverquill – “Where master wordsmiths hone their best battle poetry (and cutting arcane insults)”
As much as we said that the Quandrix are nerds, Silverquill “wield the magic of words”, so you can label them as you like to. Try and ignore the fact that we’re all writer, because not all of us want to be connected to Orzhov, or White/Black. Their spells should do things like temporary buffs, returning stuff from the graveyard to the battlefield, drawing cards and losing life, and making people sacrifice things.
This is another one that could be well-suited to control as well, but we’ll see how things go.
Witherbloom – “As comfortable brewing potions as they are riding around on their zombie crocodiles”
Finally, we have the Witherblooms, who are goth hippies, basically. They’re Green/Black (Golgari for the boomers in here), and they’re all about self mill, destroying stuff, destroying more stuff, and draining the life from stuff.
We’re expecting this to be another one of the Strixhaven: School of Mages Colleges suited to midrange strategies.