I wondered when we'd get more of Kasmina! As one of only a few different new characters in War of the Spark, it seemed only a matter of time until she was brought front and center in the Lore. Unfortunately, I've been jammed up with work and haven't gotten to learn as much about the Lore as I usually do during preview season. But rest assured I'll catch up as soon as I can. For now, knowing that she's one of the deans of the Strixhaven mage academies is pretty rad, and I think it gives us a lot to go on.

Because of her connection to the Strixhaven colleges, and because her minus ability involves fractals (which seem to be a hallmark of the Quandrix school), we'll lean that way for this deck. The downside is we won't have other Planeswalkers who benefit from Kasmina, Enigma Sage passive ability, but on the plus side we'll get to play with a ton of new cards from Strixhaven, which seems like an exciting set.

Class, please open your books to the following chapter:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Kasmina, Enigma Sage by Andy Hurst

'Kasmina, Enigma Sage' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Cards

Quandrix Apprentice

Color Identity:G,U

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal a land card from among them and put that card into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Serpentine Curve

Color Identity:U

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Create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is one plus the total number of instant and sorcery cards you own in exile and in your graveyard.

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Reject

Color Identity:U

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Counter target creature or planeswalker spell unless its controller pays {3}. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Island

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Umara Wizard

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Whenever you cast an instant, sorcery, or Wizard spell, Umara Wizard gains flying until end of turn.

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Simic Growth Chamber

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Simic Growth Chamber enters the battlefield tapped.
When Simic Growth Chamber enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {G}{U}.

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Introduction to Annihilation

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Exile target nonland permanent. Its controller draws a card.

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Environmental Sciences

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Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle. You gain 2 life.

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Snow Day

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Tap up to two target creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step.
Draw two cards, then discard a card.

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Stern Proctor

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When Stern Proctor enters the battlefield, return target artifact or enchantment to its owner's hand.

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Quandrix Pledgemage

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Quandrix Pledgemage.

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Double Major

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Copy target creature spell you control, except it isn't legendary if the spell is legendary. (A copy of a creature spell becomes a token.)

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Quandrix Cultivator

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When Quandrix Cultivator enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic Forest or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Elite Instructor

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When Elite Instructor enters the battlefield, draw a card, then discard a card.

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Quandrix Command

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Choose two —
• Return target creature or planeswalker to its owner's hand.
• Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.
• Put two +1/+1 counters on target creature.
• Target player shuffles up to three target cards from their graveyard into their library.

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Expanded Anatomy

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Put two +1/+1 counters on target creature. It gains vigilance until end of turn.

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Pop Quiz

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card.
Learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Kianne, Dean of Substance

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{T}: Exile the top card of your library. If it's a land card, put it into your hand. Otherwise, put a study counter on it.
{4}{G}: Create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put a +1/+1 counter on it for each different mana value among nonland cards you own in exile with study counters on them.

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Professor of Zoomancy

Color Identity:G

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When Professor of Zoomancy enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Mercurial Transformation

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Until end of turn, target nonland permanent loses all abilities and becomes your choice of a blue Frog creature with base power and toughness 1/1 or a blue Octopus creature with base power and toughness 4/4.

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Zimone, Quandrix Prodigy

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{1}, {T}: You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield tapped.
{4}, {T}: Draw a card. If you control eight or more lands, draw two cards instead.

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Forest

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Quandrix Campus

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Quandrix Campus enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.
{4}, {T}: Scry 1.

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Bookwurm

Color Identity:G

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Trample
When Bookwurm enters the battlefield, you gain 3 life and draw a card.
{2}{G}: Put Bookwurm from your graveyard into your library third from the top.

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Aether Helix

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Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Return target permanent card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Applied Biomancy

Color Identity:G,U

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Choose one or both —
• Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
• Return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Return to the Earth

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact, enchantment, or creature with flying.

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Bury in Books

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets an attacking creature.
Put target creature into its owner's library second from the top.

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Decisive Denial

Color Identity:G,U

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Choose one —
• Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)
• Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Mentor's Guidance

Color Identity:U

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When you cast this spell, copy it if you control a planeswalker, Cleric, Druid, Shaman, Warlock, or Wizard.
Scry 1, then draw a card.

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Academy Journeymage

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This spell costs {1} less to cast if you control a Wizard.
When Academy Journeymage enters the battlefield, return target creature an opponent controls to its owner's hand.

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Woodland Stream

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Woodland Stream enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Frilled Mystic

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Flash
When Frilled Mystic enters the battlefield, you may counter target spell.

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Reckless Amplimancer

Color Identity:G

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{4}{G}: Double Reckless Amplimancer's power and toughness until end of turn.

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Divide by Zero

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Return target spell or permanent with mana value 1 or greater to its owner's hand.
Learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Thornwood Falls

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Thornwood Falls enters the battlefield tapped.
When Thornwood Falls enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Joraga Visionary

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When Joraga Visionary enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Disruptive Student

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{T}: Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

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Biomathematician

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When Biomathematician enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put a +1/+1 counter on each Fractal you control.

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Gnarled Professor

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Trample
When Gnarled Professor enters the battlefield, learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

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Eureka Moment

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Draw two cards. You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Kasmina, Enigma Sage

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Each other planeswalker you control has the loyalty abilities of Kasmina, Enigma Sage.
+2: Scry 1.
−X: Create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put X +1/+1 counters on it.
−8: Search your library for an instant or sorcery card that shares a color with this planeswalker, exile that card, then shuffle. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

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Leyline Invocation

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Create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the number of lands you control.

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Tangletrap

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Choose one —
• Tangletrap deals 5 damage to target creature with flying.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Mage Duel

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if you've cast another instant or sorcery spell this turn.
Target creature you control gets +1/+2 until end of turn. Then it fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

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Symmetry Sage

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Flying
Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, target creature you control has base power 2 until end of turn.

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The Game Plan

We're here to build some powerful fractals, and use a couple Wizard synergies to bury the opponent in a flurry of magical mathematics. Biomathemetician, Serpentine Curve, and Kianne, Dean of Substance are our main fractal creators, along with Kasmina, Enigma Sage herself.

We're also looking to ramp up some mana with Zimone, Quandrix Prodigy and Quandrix Cultivator to let our top end spells take over. Bookwurm will send our opponents to a long, dark session of detention, and Aether Helix can swing an entire game by resolving it.

Unlike some of the other Strixhaven schools, Quandrix feels like it's too "good stuff" to me. But that's ok! We're very used to environments where blue/green is the "good stuff" pile anyway, and these aren't too overpowered.

The removal is bad, but there are some pretty spicy tricks. I really like the look of Decisive Denial. It's like all the good parts of Temur Charm, but it's both cheaper and easier to cast, and it's truly remarkable how much stronger fight spells are at instant speed. Divide by Zero is a fantastic removal option that offers a flavorful nod to all-timer Repulse. Applied Biomancy is another excellent trick.

Lastly, we're taking a full 16 credits worth of Lessons, with Introduction to Annihilation, Expanded Anatomy, Mercurial Transformation, and Environmental Sciences. Never hurts to have a little more knowledge at our beck and call.

The Rares

These double faced cards offer us a lot of options, and I appreciate how we kinda get to cheat on the rares by adding them. Here, we're given a choice: the Fractal Factory or the decent sized Flyer. They're both a bit slow and unwieldy, but given some time there's plenty of power there. Most of the time, we'll want to lean into the Kianne, Dean of Substance to get the fractals going—we have a few cards that want to ramp us, and the first ability to power up said fractals doesn't cost us any mana to use, which won't hinder the rest of our development. But, sometimes the opponent may just be a little weak to a Phantom Monster, in which case Kianne, Dean of Substance should show up to put our opponent in the remedial lessons.

Are we even allowed to have a green deck without a solidly built monster somewhere? Let's not find out. Gnarled Professor here is a stout 5/4 trampler for four, and we've got some solid Lessons to learn. Not really too many frills here. I'm going to assume Gnarled Professor here teaches on weekends at the School of Hard Knocks.

This is a weird card. It took me like four times to read it before I understood that the thing you're copying has to be on the stack—essentially forcing us to add on a two-mana tax to the thing we're most excited to play. Obviously that's not super ideal. But, it's important to note this doesn't have to copy the very best thing we've got for it to be a strong card. Also makes drawing a three-drop on turn six much more palatable. I think I'm most excited to use this on a Biomathematician.

Commands, charms, and other modal spells are simply awesome. I always love playing with them. I expect this to be no exception. Sort of like a better Applied Biomancy, because the creature bonus sticks around, I expect the Bounce + Counters mode to be the most frequently chosen. However, the Naturalize effect can be huge in the right circumstances, and you don't have to go to one of these fancy schools to realize that Solid Modes + Instant Speed - Prohibitive Mana Cost = A Great Deal.

Unsung Hero

Once you've been playing Magic for a while, it's no secret that More Cards = Better. And More Cards Without Paying More Mana = Way Better. Quandrix Apprentice = More Cards Without Paying More Mana. Sure, we may not hit lands with our triggers. But we'll want to cast spells anyway as the game goes on, and Quandrix Apprentice trigger can leave us up big on cards. Never worrying about hitting land drops is such a blessing, especially in a deck that has top end goals and aspirations of doing wacky things with all that extra mana. With this much of an in-game advantage, I think the Quandrix Apprentice here deserves something of a promotion.