The upcoming MTG expansion is coming this spring, and its lore will be set in the elite university of the multiverse, featuring five colleges battling it out with their own takes on magic. Over on his Blogatog, Rosewater confirmed that Strixhaven is “bottom-up”, meaning the design of the set started with mechanics and a world is built around that. The latest bottom-up set was Zendikar Rising which featured “land matters” mechanics. The opposite is top-down design which starts with the set’s world and themes before developing the mechanics. The latest example of this is the Norse mythology-inspired set Kaldheim.
Strixhaven: School of Mages will be a bottom-up set, Rosewater confirmed.
Magic: The Gathering head designer Mark Rosewater has confirmed that Strixhaven: School of Mages will have a bottom-up design.
The lore of the upcoming expansion will take place in an elite university of the multiverse, featuring five colleges battling it out with their own takes on magic. Recently, Rosewater confirmed on his Blogatog that Strixhaven: School of Mages is “bottom-up”, meaning that the set was designed with a focus on mechanics first before building its world and themes. The latest bottom-up set released was Zendikar Rising, which features “land matter” mechanics. The opposite of this is top-down design, which starts with the world and themes first before developing the mechanics of the set. The latest example of this is the Norse mythology-themed set, Kaldheim.
Rosewater said that he will “explain when we get previews”, so expect more information coming in the next few weeks.
Strixhaven: School of Mages is scheduled to release for tabletop on April 23. You can find out more details about Strixhaven here.