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D&D Delving Back Into Magic: The Gathering With Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos Sourcebook

June 9, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos

It’s a busy week for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition, with the latest announcement being a return to the world of Magic: The Gathering in the next big sourcebook. Wizards of the Coast announced on Tuesday that the next campaign setting will be Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos. The setting book releases on November 16th and will be previewed on June 8th, with a more in-detail preview at D&D Live on July 16th and 17th.

The announcement comes just a day after WotC announced its latest campaign, The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, which will also preview at D&D Live and which releases in September.

Strixhaven is one of the newest additions to the Magic: The Gathering multiverse. Within the game’s setting, Strixhaven is a a magical academy on the plane Arcavios. Described as “the most elite university in the Multiverse,” it is divided into five colleges: the adventurers and explorers of Lorhold, the artistically-devoted Prismari, the mathematicians of Quandrix, the witty and stylish Silverquil, and the nature mages of Witherbloom. Strixhaven was released as an expansion to the card game in April.

In addition to the announcement of the setting book, WotC has released a new Unearthed Arcana that explores a new concept that appears tied into the book: multiclass subclasses. The “Mages of Strixhaven” UA features several subclasses that are available to multiple classes. For example, a Mage of Lorehold subclass can be applied to bards, warlocks, and wizards while the Mage of Prismari can be a subclass for druids, sorcerers, and wizards.

This is the third time Wizards has brought Magic: the Gathering into D&D. The first two were the Guildmatser’s Guide to Ravnica, which released in November 2018, and Mythic Odysseys of Theros which arrived in June of 2020.

“The D&D guidebooks around Ravnica, and Theros have done amazingly well, and we thought that the Strixhaven storyline would appeal not only to fans of Magic and fans of D&D, but [also a] younger audience,” D&D Senior Communications Manager Greg Tito told IGN. “There is a ton of information on how to create a campaign that would appeal to people of all ages… who love that kind of young adult coming-of-age storytelling – and so we thought Strixhaven would be perfect for dramatizing that in a D&D game.”

The new campaign book is now available for pre-order at Amazon, D&D Beyond, and other such locations.

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