Do you still love Harry Potter franchise, but can certainly not comply to support its terfy author? In that case, Magic the Gatherings latest card set, Strixhaven: School of Mages, may be something for you.
More than just a simple card game played to demoralize your friends, Magic the Gathering has its own story, with each new set of cards taking place in magical realms called planes. Recent aircraft have included the Viking theme Kaldheim, adventure-inspired Eldraine, and now with Strixhaven, publisher Wizards of the Coasts is Hogwarts-ifying its popular card game.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Strixhaven is a school for the stomach founded by five powerful dragons, each with its own disciplines and personalities. They have divided their school into five different colleges, with each college devoted to the ideals of the founders. Magic published one short, sweet blog about each of the colleges. Strixhaven sounds very much like a real university with mathematics, science, history and literature departments, each with its own unique magical style.
I love Magic the Gathering, but I was always more attracted to the characters on the cards than the worlds they occupied. I identified with black characters as Kaya and Teferi and deeply respected characters like Ashiok despite the misery they caused me at any given time their card materialized out of the opponent’s hand.
With Strixhaven, I’m really excited to know more about the world. It seems so much fun – a stark contrast to Magis common stories about war or survivors in monster-infected environments. Strixhaven seems like only children are learning and having a good time, and that’s a nice change of pace—Magi could use some levity. It can not be Nicol Bolas trying to take over the world all the time, right?
Here is my brief summary of the schools.
Witherbloom is the school for bio-nerds who like to point out things that are alive or dead, and who definitely have a collection of taxidermied pets. Quandrix is the school that has somehow managed to make magic boring by adding math to it. Prismari is the school for drama kids – at any time of the day at least one person can be heard singing “Seasons of Love.” Lorehold is the history college and is completely populated by children who read at lunchtime, specialization and while they are on the toilet. Finally, Silverquill is for the literary nerds who believe that wearing black is a substitute for having a personality.
Along with a standard set of cards, Wizards will release ready-made Commander tires for each of the colleges. I personally choose Lorehold since I am a history nerd who favors playing white mana decks and … I was one of the children who read at lunchtime, immersion and in the toilet.
Strixhaven: School of Mages will not be looking for a few others months, but you can expect to see more cards and hopefully more of the story as we get closer to the release date.