College Cup Event Guide

College Cup Event Guide
Strixhaven Stadium Art by Piotr Dura

Strixhaven College Cup Guide

Week 1: May 13-18Week 2: May 20-25Week 3: May 27-31
Test of KnowledgeTest of WitTest of Leadership

MTG Arena will be hosting a series of three events over three weeks called the College Cup, which is the festival equivalent for the Strixhaven: School of Mages expansion. This guide will contain everything you need to know about this event including the schedule, rewards and our exclusive sample decklists.


Strixhaven University holds an annual competition between the five colleges – Lorehold, Prismari, Quandrix, Silverquill, and Witherbloom. It consists of three events that will challenge players to create decks unique Standard formats to test their mastery of magic within the halls of Strixhaven University.

Each event runs for four or five days spanning three weeks, from May 13, 2021 to May 31, 2021. The first four wins of each event rewards players with the Japanese Mystical Archive card styles, allowing you to collect twelve different ones in total.

Furthermore, players can represent a college (or colleges) of their choice by equipping a Strixhaven college-themed sleeve, avatar, and pet. The first win each day in each of the three College Cup events contribute towards the college leaderboard, depending on the event itself and the cosmetic used:

Test of Knowledge2 Points2 Points3 Points
Test of Wit3 Points3 Points5 Points
Test of Leadership5 Points5 Points8 Points


Strixhaven Sleeves

Players can get their five free college sleeves by taking the Strixhaven Quiz and entering the code you receive in the emailed acceptance letter at or in the Store tab in MTG Arena on PC or Mac. Below is the complete list if you wish to skip the quiz. You can also get the complete codes from our guide here for more free packs and cosmetics!

DebateDuelistsSilverquill Sleeve
MathWhizzesQuandrix Sleeve
SwampPunksWitherbloom Sleeve
ArtClubPrismari Sleeve
RockJocksLorehold Sleeve


Strixhaven Avatars

Each college’s avatar is available in the second position in the Strixhaven Mastery web.


Strixhaven Mastery Pet

Each college has a Tome pet available within the first ten levels of the Strixhaven Mastery Pass rewards levels.

The highest scoring college will earn a special card sleeve featuring their emblem given out to all players via code redemption, and a special college-themed celebration will take over all of MTG Arena after the events wrap up.


Updated: June 1, 2021


Test of Knowledge

The first event is Test of Knowledge and the format is Standard Singleton, which means you can have at most one copy of any card in your deck (excluding basic lands), but with a twist: Archmage Emeritus will be overseeing this test. Whenever a player casts or copies an instant or sorcery spell, that player will draw a card!

Event Details

  • Duration: May 13, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST – May 18, at 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: Singleton Emeritus
  • Entry Fee: 2,500 Gold or 500 Gems
  • Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past four wins.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)


  • 1 Win: Cultivate Japanese Mystical Archive card style
  • 2 Wins: Thrill of Possibility Japanese Mystical Archive card style
  • 3 Wins: Opt Japanese Mystical Archive card style
  • 4 Wins: Revitalize Japanese Mystical Archive card style

Test of Wit

The format for the second event, Test of Wit, is 100-Card Treasure Standard. Your minimum deck size is 100 cards and each player will create a treasure token during their upkeep.

Treasure Token

The following cards will also be banned for this particular event:

Event Details

  • Duration: May 20, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST – May 25, at 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: 100-Card Treasure Standard
  • Entry Fee: 2,500 Gold or 500 Gems
  • Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past four wins.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)


Test of Leadership

The final challenge is to test your leadership skills in a Strixhaven Brawl. This means that all legendary creatures and planeswalkers not in the Strixhaven expansion cannot be used. That is, players are required to build Brawl decks that only contain legendary creatures and planeswalkers from Strixhaven, and of course, any non-legendary card from Standard.

Event Details

  • Duration: May 27, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST – May 31, at 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: Strixhaven Brawl
  • Entry Fee: 2,500 Gold or 500 Gems
  • Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past four wins.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)



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3 Responses

  1. Gabe says:

    is the Test of Leadership event going to allow a sideboard? if not how will lessons work? It’s sort of a large mechanic of strixhaven, sort of annoying not to be allowed to get them.