One of the cool things about starting college for a lot of kids is it's the first time they're presented with totally unsupervised choices. When to take classes, which classes to take, which activities to occupy free time, where to eat, when to eat, who to live with, etc etc.

I enjoy that, even in a small way, Strixhaven seems to give us some choices as well with the Double Faced cards. They're modal, so we have some agency over which side we want to play, and those choices are super fun.

In this case, that choice extends all the way to the top, since our planeswalker requires such a choice. In the red corner, Rowan, Scholar of Sparks can ping stuff and copy spells later. In the blue corner, Rowan, Scholar of Sparks shrinks permanents, draws cards, and sometimes churns out an army of 4/4 elementals.

Which one to cast? Well, the choice is ours of course! And in keeping with the theme of choice, we're going to pack as many modal cards as we can into this shell. Aren't options fun?!

Get your Scantrons ready:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Rowan, Scholar of Sparks // Will, Scholar of Frost by Andy Hurst

'Rowan, Scholar of Sparks // Will, Scholar of Frost' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Market Price: $21.28

Cards

Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Rowan, Scholar of Sparks

Color Identity:R,U

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
+1: Rowan, Scholar of Sparks deals 1 damage to each opponent. If you've drawn three or more cards this turn, she deals 3 damage to each opponent instead.
−4: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay {2}. If you do, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy."

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Maelstrom Muse

Color Identity:R,U

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Flying
Whenever Maelstrom Muse attacks, the next instant or sorcery spell you cast this turn costs {X} less to cast, where X is Maelstrom Muse's power as this ability resolves.

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Goblin Electromancer

Color Identity:R,U

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Storm-Kiln Artist

Color Identity:R

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Storm-Kiln Artist gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, create a Treasure token.

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Explosive Welcome

Color Identity:R

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Explosive Welcome deals 5 damage to any target and 3 damage to any other target. Add {R}{R}{R}.

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Prismari Pledgemage

Color Identity:R,U

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Defender
Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, Prismari Pledgemage can attack this turn as though it didn't have defender.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Surtland Frostpyre

Color Identity:R,U

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Surtland Frostpyre enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
{2}{U}{U}{R}, {T}, Sacrifice Surtland Frostpyre: Scry 2. Surtland Frostpyre deals 2 damage to each creature. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Expressive Iteration

Color Identity:R,U

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Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand, put one of them on the bottom of your library, and exile one of them. You may play the exiled card this turn.

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Fact or Fiction

Color Identity:U

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

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Deceiver Exarch

Color Identity:U

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
When Deceiver Exarch enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Untap target permanent you control.
• Tap target permanent an opponent controls.

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Prismari Command

Color Identity:R,U

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Choose two —
• Prismari Command deals 2 damage to any target.
• Target player draws two cards, then discards two cards.
• Target player creates a Treasure token.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Oggyar Battle-Seer

Color Identity:R,U

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Haste
{T}: Scry 1.

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Mascot Interception

Color Identity:R

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This spell costs {3} less to cast if it targets a creature token.
Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gets +2/+0 and gains haste until end of turn.

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Goblin Cratermaker

Color Identity:R

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{1}, Sacrifice Goblin Cratermaker: Choose one —
• Goblin Cratermaker deals 2 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target colorless nonland permanent.

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Spectacle Mage

Color Identity:R,U

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Flying
Instant and sorcery spells you cast with mana value 5 or greater cost {1} less to cast.

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Highland Lake

Color Identity:R,U

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Highland Lake enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Prismari Apprentice

Color Identity:R,U

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Magecraft — Whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, Prismari Apprentice can't be blocked this turn. If that spell has mana value 5 or greater, put a +1/+1 counter on Prismari Apprentice.

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Prismari Campus

Color Identity:R,U

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

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Creative Outburst

Color Identity:R,U

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Creative Outburst deals 5 damage to any target. Look at the top five cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
{U/R}{U/R}, Discard Creative Outburst: Create a Treasure token.

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Goblin War Party

Color Identity:R

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Choose one —
• Create three 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.
• Creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain haste until end of turn.
Entwine {2}{R} (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

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Winterflame

Color Identity:R,U

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Choose one or both —
• Tap target creature.
• Winterflame deals 2 damage to target creature.

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Defiant Ogre

Color Identity:R

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When Defiant Ogre enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Put a +1/+1 counter on Defiant Ogre.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Irreverent Revelers

Color Identity:R

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When Irreverent Revelers enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Destroy target artifact.
• Irreverent Revelers gains haste until end of turn.

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Uvilda, Dean of Perfection

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}: You may exile an instant or sorcery card from your hand and put three hone counters on it. It gains "At the beginning of your upkeep, if this card is exiled, remove a hone counter from it" and "When the last hone counter is removed from this card, if it's exiled, you may cast it. It costs {4} less to cast this way."

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Rootha, Mercurial Artist

Color Identity:R,U

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{2}, Return Rootha, Mercurial Artist to its owner's hand: Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Elemental Masterpiece

Color Identity:R,U

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Create two 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature tokens.
{U/R}{U/R}, Discard Elemental Masterpiece: Create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Torrent Sculptor

Color Identity:R,U

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Ward {2} (Whenever this creature becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter it unless that player pays {2}.)
When Torrent Sculptor enters the battlefield, exile an instant or sorcery card from your graveyard. Put a number of +1/+1 counters on Torrent Sculptor equal to half that card's mana value, rounded up.

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Pigment Storm

Color Identity:R

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Pigment Storm deals 5 damage to target creature. Excess damage is dealt to that creature's controller instead.

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Elemental Summoning

Color Identity:R,U

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Create a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

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Swiftwater Cliffs

Color Identity:R,U

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Swiftwater Cliffs enters the battlefield tapped.
When Swiftwater Cliffs enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Savage Alliance

Color Identity:R

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Escalate {1} (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Creatures target player controls gain trample until end of turn.
• Savage Alliance deals 2 damage to target creature.
• Savage Alliance deals 1 damage to each creature target opponent controls.

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Fire // Ice

Color Identity:R,U

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Shipwreck Dowser

Color Identity:U

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Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
When Shipwreck Dowser enters the battlefield, return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Read the Tides

Color Identity:U

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Choose one —
• Draw three cards.
• Return up to two target creatures to their owners' hands.

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Aven Surveyor

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Aven Surveyor enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Put a +1/+1 counter on Aven Surveyor.
• Return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Turn // Burn

Color Identity:R,U

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Izzet Charm

Color Identity:R,U

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Choose one —
• Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.
• Izzet Charm deals 2 damage to target creature.
• Draw two cards, then discard two cards.

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Supreme Will

Color Identity:U

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.
• Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Multiple Choice

Color Identity:U

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If X is 1, scry 1, then draw a card.
If X is 2, you may choose a player. They return a creature they control to its owner's hand.
If X is 3, create a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.
If X is 4 or more, do all of the above.

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The Game Plan

Make some choices! A lot of our spells involve choosing which we want them to be, so take a bit of time to think about the game plans—some of our cards have a great deal of flexibility. The card-drawing option on Fire is appealing, but taking out two different one-toughness creatures with Fire will almost certainly be worth that extra card. We'd probably want to bounce a creature with our Aven Surveyor, but every once in a while just having a 3/3 flyer around will be potent enough for us. Don't skimp on thinking through the options.

And sometimes the modes are extremely different, so keep in mind what we want to do. Supreme Will, for instance, gives us an option to save a Counterspell, but occasionally we'll really want to dig for that specific bomb or removal. Irreverent Revelers is in here largely because artifact destruction is great, but sometimes we'll need a hasty body for a lethal alpha strike, or a surprise creature to take out an opposing planeswalker.

The creatures here are classic Izzet/Prismari: they facilitate casting more spells, or help those spells do cooler things. Goblin Electromancer, Spectacle Mage, and Storm-Kiln Artist cut some costs, Prismari Pledgemage and Prismari Apprentice use spells to get in for damage, Maelstrom Muse can offer an evasive body that trims costs later. Shipwreck Dowser can bring a cool spell back for a second shot. Deceiver Exarch keeps the shields up.

The removal here isn't the best ever, but we've got some pretty potent options. Abrade is a multi-format all star. Fire has been great for years. Savage Alliance can wipe the board in our favor. Read the Tides is extremely expensive, but can be extremely potent. Ditto with Creative Outburst.

And while we're talking about choices, Fact or Fiction is one of the best to ever do it. Nothing helps pass the time between classes like a little subgame.

The Rares

Uvilda, Dean of Perfection weird. She plays kinda like a Jhoira of the Ghitu, but you don't get a total break on the card we're suspending. At the same time, Uvilda, Dean of Perfection a little easier on the mana, and she doesn't require any for her ability—both are nice positives. On the other side of the coin, Uvilda, Dean of Perfection a massive beater who also puts us ahead on cards, and the red half gets substantially larger if we're making use of those extra cards. My gut says I'll be casting the Uvilda, Dean of Perfection option more often, but it's never wise to discount the cheap option Uvilda, Dean of Perfection represents. Actually playing our spells is fun.

Wow, talk about a tough choice! I have no idea which one of these we'll want to choose most often. The Torrent Sculptor is an attractive package. If we cast a three-drop spell on turn three and follow it up with a Torrent Sculptor, we'll get a 4/4 (shout out Rounding Up!) with Ward 2—for a non-green deck it's a very solid set of stats. Or, we can smooth out our draws a bit better, giving us a removal spell that'll be able to kill mostly anything we're scared of—and we don't have to pay much mana for the privilege. The best part about choices like these is we'll be in great shape no matter which option gets the nod.

I imagine most of the time we cast this, the shock mode will be one of the choices. Maybe not always (especially against green decks), but consistently. Creating a Treasure token is an interesting option as well, since we have several options for the higher mana costs like Read the Tides, Creative Outburst, Explosive Welcome, and the entwined Goblin War Party. Getting a Super Loot doesn't hurt either.

I've always been leary of the multiple choice questions ending with D) All of the Above. Seems like it's too obvious a trap. But with this card, I'm gonna mark it every single time I can. If we can get to five mana and cast this card, things will be looking up. Five mana gets us an Air Elemental, plus half an Aethersnipe and half a Mulldrifter? Yes, please.

Unsung Hero

Fact or Fiction is one of my all time favorite Magic cards. Generally speaking, you'll be faced with either three decent cards or two other, slightly better cards. Every once in a while you get the choice of Bomb vs. Four Not-Bombs. But the subgame of hidden information, of trying to face off against your opponent to hopefully trick them into not realizing what's important in the game while making piles, that's everywhere I want to be in a game of Magic. Fact or Fiction is a deep, interesting, and fun card, and I'm excited to play it in a deck revolving around making specific choices from versatile cards.