MTG Arena Leak Reveals Colleges Arriving in Strixhaven

by in Magic: The Gathering Arena | Feb, 16th 2021

The next major expansion for MTG Arena is going to be Strixhaven, which is a Magical School setting. No, it’s not going to be Harry Potter but Magic. It will likely feel pretty similar, as it’s rooted deep in the genre. It’s going to feature a pretty solid design, but we learned today that the names for the colleges in the new MTGA expansion supposedly saw a leak from a Danish website. They were advertising Strixhaven pre-release packs. We won’t have to wait long to see if these are legit either.

On February 18th on the MTG Twitch stream, a Strixhaven reveal will be shown. We don’t have long at all to wait if this is a legit leak for MTGA’s colleges.

Five Colleges: One Per Color

Strixhaven is a University set within the MTGA universe, and is home to five colleges – we knew that before the leak. Each of the colleges will represent a dual-color combination in Magic, much like the Ravnica Guilds. This makes more sense than making them, mono-colored colleges. That would feel incredibly boring, to be honest.

So what are the five colleges that got a leak for MTGA?

  • Silverquil
  • Lorehold
  • Prismari
  • Witherbloom
  • Quandrix

The quote on the Danish website was translated as follows:

“Welcome to Strixhaven: School of Mages! Here you will study magic under one of the five colleges: Silverquil, Lorehold, Prismari, Witherbloom & Quandrix. Each dorm represents one of Magic’s two-color combinations, each with their own personality and mechanics. Learn from the best professors and explore Strixhaven’s huge library!”

For those of you who are fans of the physical MTG card game, there will be five preconstructed decks based on these colleges, so the leak gives us a vague idea of what each school will be about. On the topic of Strixhaven/MTG development, Mark Rosewater talked about some of the more recent themes: Modal Dual-Faced Cards, and the return of the Phyrexian creature type. The Dual-Faced cards have had a pretty positive impact on the game, but they come with a cost: They have to be printed on their own card sheet. That means they have to make sure there are enough cards for that sheet. This could lead to pushing more of them than they needed.

They’re a complicated thing to add to the game. Mark Rosewater did comment recently on this returning:

“A large majority of the audience seems to really like them and there’s a lot of (practical) design space left, so I’m optimistic they’ll return, although I’m not sure it will be ‘regularly.”

But what about Vorinclex? He’s the first Phyrexian creature type in years. There were people wondering if the Phyrexian type would be overhauled, and Mark said they would “errata old cards”, so Magic cards that are Phyrexian would gain the Phyrexian creature type. Hopefully, this is a lead in to a return of Phyrexia in future expansions.


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