On a whole, I must congratulate the multiple artists enlisted by Wizards to decorate the set. There are some really nice art works within the set. One of them is the aforementioned Ball Lightning. Take a look at its sweet art:
I really love the face that protudes from the flash of lightning. Unlike the old art, it really gives a hint of menace to the card, showing it more than just a plain old ball of lightning as its name implies, but something to be scared of as its abilities imply.
For such a boring card, this art is really sweet. I like the modern style of art they’re implementing into the game. Compare the dark, video-game type colours to the, placid, plain, hang-on-the-hallway-wall colours of the old art.
But I must say, the old flavour text is MUCH better. Now take a look at what is probably my favourite art in the set.
Every time I see this, I lick my lips. How evil is that black logo melting from the eye’s pupil, much better than the red snowflake looking art from the last printing.
I really like this art because it captures perfectly the effect of the card. Its the sought of eery feeling you would get as you watch your enemies charging, moments before you know that the havoc of battle will begin. Like when every thing goes silent and slow motion until suddenly you hear, “Charge!” and the world breaks into pandemonium.
This is a picture that all you tokens players will hate to see, but I really don’t like it. It looks to me like badly photoshopped World of Warcraft avatar plopped on top of a badly blended leopard skin and mist. Its kinda confusing.
Ah, very nice art. Although it seems like its killing a black zombie, where as I would picture this card being something like a white beam ricocheting a braid of fire or the such. Nevertheless, can’t complain about it.
I thought I’d show the next art as its another example of how much art has changed in Magic.
Compare the pair:
The newer art has bolder colours and has a much more video-game type, 3D look to it, which I much more prefer.
This art kinda confuses me. I don’t really see what’s it to do with Levitation, it looks like a knight thats being created from the mist. Something I do notice is that is has a really Yu-Gi-Oh type look to the knight. As in:
Actually, maybe not. Oh well, lets continue. And now for another one of my favourite arts of the set:
I really hate that I won’t see this art in any constructed play. Its such a waste! I don’t see what at all it has to do with Lifelink, and think about how awesome this would look on a Divine Transformation flavour wise!
Ah man! I love, love, love this art! Its so much better than the old art with some retarded smiling fish on it. This much more sinister, and displays how a planeswalker would actually use a spell such as ponder. This makes my eyes water I love it so much!
Ah, you just gotta love this art. It seems they’re making the art of cards relate more so to the card itself, and make it seem really sinister at the same time. Its not just saying, “Silence buddy!” like an art like this says “HaHoHa, I just about am so funny I can’t be blocked except by those damn serious defender dudes,”:
It menacingly whispers, “Silence mortal,”. And with that, it seems this quick article has been silenced. I hope you enjoyed this appreciation of some of the new art, as I did looking through all ten pages of the gatherer at all these artworks!
Still waiting for Oblivion Ring to be Naturalized,