White Gets New Sweeper In Devastating Mastery From Strixhaven

Learn more about the white Mastery spell.

Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and AusGamers, check out white Mastery spell in the cycle of rare sorceries from Strixhaven: School of Mages — Devastating Mastery!

You may pay 2WW rather than pay this spell’s mana cost.

If the 2WW cost was paid, an opponent chooses up to two nonland permeants they control and returns them to their owner’s hand.

Destroy all nonland permanents.

Devastating Mastery is the newest take on a sweeper, giving the player casting it plenty of options. While in a Standard game, you simply choose between destroying all nonland permanents for six mana or a partial sweeper where the opponent gets to return two nonland permanents to their hand. This won’t always get the job done against aggressive decks for only four mana, but it can buy you some time or have situations where it shines against mostly token-based decks. Creatures with haste or enters-the-battlefield triggers can cause some problems if this is the only mass removal spell in your deck.

When you get into multiplayer formats like Commander, the real fun begins. Now when you cast Devastating Mastery for four mana, you get to choose the opponent to return two permanents. Maybe a player doesn’t have any nonland permanents or only has threats you don’t care about them getting back, choose them and watch everyone else crumble. Let the opponents try to bargain with you over who to choose and reap the benefits.

What do you think of Devastating Mastery? Is it good enough to cut it in Standard or will it live in Commander?

Strixhaven: School of Mages releases April 23. Check out our official preview gallery.