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Which MtG block had your favorite art and why?

>> No.30845851
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M14.
gotta love dat whale.

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>>30845838
Shadowmoor, because of all the lulzy and semi-broken things, like this

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Shadowmoor had a bunch of really fun pieces.

Although my favourite is probably Scars of Mirrodin, but saying that felt a bit too much like saying the Beatles are my favourite band.

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>>30845838
>>30845851
>>30846148
>>30846157
Jesus, have you seen the old art?

>> No.30846459

>>30846414
However much you like Necropotence I dont think you can say Ice Age as a whole has better art than modern sets.

>> No.30846524
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As bad as it was mechanically, Mercadian Masques block will always have my heart, art-wise. It has that perfect balance of fantasy and realism without going full on CG nonsense. It has it's lows, of course (Molting Harpy?) but on the whole it just works so very well.

>> No.30846690
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You have to even ask? That shit was so fucking epic.

Invasion > all

Post 8th edition card layout = a shit

>> No.30846955

For some reason a lot of my favorite versions of cards are Mercadian Masques, if they are available, so I guess I'd have to pick that.

I also really like Invasion Block.

>> No.30846973

>>30846459
He's obviously talking about 5th edition bro

but in all seriousness, 5th and 7th are probably my favorite core sets, art wise, too bad about the shitty expansion symbol and the white borders

>> No.30847002
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INNASTHRUTH. I really loved the human centricness of the plane. It was refreshing when you compare it to most of the other planes where humans are second fiddle erry where. It also felt smaller. Like Innastrad was only a continent the size of mainland europe. It felt earthly, and more sympathetic?

>> No.30847004

>>30846524
You're mah nig. Urza block is a close contender, though.

>> No.30847014 [SPOILER] 
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New Phyrexia. For reasons.

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>>30846524
On a similar vein, I love Kamigawa's spirits for both art and flavour, bad as they might be. On any other plane, pic related would be an angel or cleric, sort of generic. On Kamigawa, it's a bloody fetus with horn-wings and a floating katana above its head. It rarely comes weirder than that in Magic.

>> No.30847045

>>30847004
Yeah Urza Block is great too.

A while back when I was looking around at all the versions of the cards in my cube to decide which ones to get, I ended up gravitating a lot towards printings from Urza block, Masques Block, Invasion, and Mirage

>> No.30847064

>>30847002
>It also felt smaller.
I agree with this, but it felt alot smaller than mainland Europe to me. More like a single country, or just a single city with one or two nearby villages.

>> No.30847065

I like Onslaught block art a lot.

>> No.30847081

>>30847045
Oh and Odyssey block, how could I forget

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>>30847081
Because you've locked your memories of it away so you can experience Odyssey limited for the first time again.

That shit was the bomb.

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>>30845838
Lorwyn. Something about the warmth and kind of harmlessness in most of the art is great. When your swamps look this nice, shit is cash.

>> No.30847154

>>30845838
I liked the more abstract and varied art of the earlier sets more. It felt more flavorful and fantastic. These every card is just a closeup of some "badass" or a monster and is also often only loosely connected to what the card does and often feels very interchangable. Like, I'm pretty sure that if you switched the art between all the red cards at random in the average set you wouldn't even notice something was wrong most of the time, and the same is probably also true for every other color.

>> No.30847166

>>30847154
this isn't really true

go play the card art game on magiccards.info and see what you think of the art before you find out what set its from

I used to think the same thing before I did this

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>>30847064
Yes. As if Galvony, Kessig, Nelphalia and Stesnia were territories that put together only made a sate the size of France. Even the the obligatory dragons looked like they deserved to be there.

>> No.30847189

Overall? RotE had some pretty cool lands. Though I guess by virtue of higher budget newer sets tend to look better, which is why all the hilariously bad arts (forest bear) were way back when.

That being said I usually think of individual cards (Fling) or artists (guay) when I judge quality instead of whole sets.

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Best mountain of all times, no contest.

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>>30847191
I like all the Urza's Saga mountains, but this one is my favorite.

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Anything Ravnica related, namely Dragons Maze. There's just something about the way the color alignment for each guild is worked in to the artwork I absolutely love.

Also Teysa. I would /so/ steal hair from her brush and rub it against my face.

>> No.30847233

>>30847217
you're not alone in that

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>>30845838
>>30845838


Block? My favorite MtG art came a long time before any 'block' existed

>> No.30847253

>>30847166
>see what you think of the art before you find out what set its from
That doesn't work for me. Memorizing what all the cards do, their art, and which sets they were from was like the first thing I did when I picked the game up ten years ago.

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Probably masques. legends is up there too, and anything by rebecca guay.

>> No.30847357
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The Eastern Bloc.

>> No.30847368

>>30847217
You appear to be lost.
tumblr is that way ------>

>> No.30847850

>>30847357
Ravnica had Eastern Euro themes

>> No.30847952

>>30847850
As someone that actually lives there, no it didn't.

>> No.30847976

>>30847850

No, only thing Eastern European about that shit was word "ravnica".

>> No.30847983

>>30847952
They were trying with the names and some mythological creatures like the moroii and rusalka.

>> No.30847986

>>30847983
But overall it looked like your average urban-fantasy, nothing was really eastern european about it besides the names.

>> No.30848002

>>30847986
Given how big of a failure Kamigawa was because it stayed to true to the source material I don't really fault them for playing it safe with Ravnica.

>> No.30848028

>>30848002
You can sell anything to people who don't know any better, "Ravnica" quite literally means "plain" or "meadow" for example, half the people here died of laughter at WotCs clumsy attempts at sounding slavic, same for Kamigawa, the Japs had a field day while going over the names in the set.

>> No.30848103

>>30848028
If thats the case Im looking forward to the embarrasing australian folklore set.

>> No.30848110

>>30848028
>"Ravnica" quite literally means "plain" or "meadow"

You mean, the block based entirely on the single great big fuck off city?

>> No.30848121

>>30848110
Yep.

>> No.30848141

>>30848028
>"Ravnica" quite literally means "plain" or "meadow" for example
Y'know, most real world names aren't much better than that. Algeria literally means "The Islands", for example.

>> No.30848148

>>30848002
Kamigawa failed because 99% of the cards were strictly worse than what was already out in core and downright useless outside of their set, not because of its fluff.

>> No.30848151

>>30848141
Oh I know, it's just kinda unfitting is all.

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>>30848103
>that's no Rainbow Serpent, boonga!
>it's a fucken minotaur!

>> No.30848262

>>30848148
The powerlevel was certainly a factor, but the japanese flavour was also a big reason the block failed. First because players were worried that it was gonna be like an anime or manga, which many players at the time didn't want, and second because it failed to deliver what players were expecting from a japanese block, namely samurai and ninjas, and was instead havily based on shintoism and included many spirits that, while being true to the souce material, felt too alien to most of the players.

Remember that WotC pay people specifically to figure out why people like and dislike every set, and they are very open what they did wrong once the block has rotated out of standard.

>> No.30848296

>>30848262
>it failed to deliver what players were expecting from a japanese block, namely samurai and ninjas, and was instead havily based on shintoism and included many spirits that, while being true to the souce material, felt too alien to most of the players
This makes me sad. It's like comic books, where everything interesting dies like dogs to because it's ignored by the fuckheads who just want more Batman or Wolverine

>> No.30848340

>>30848296
The problem is that you read american comics.

>> No.30848353

>>30845838
Gotta go with Zendikar block. Floating geometry, high adventure and eldritch monstrosities.

>> No.30848418

>>30848296
>its like american superhero comics

fixed it for you, comics are going through a really interesting time now if you look outside of the big 2

And to keep it on topic, the Zendikar vampires and Eldrazi and pretty cool designs, it a shame the rest of the races were pretty generic.

>> No.30848425

>>30848028
It was a pun

Because plain sounds like plane

>> No.30848453

The original Mirrodin had absolutely crazy art, I love the clash between the 'magitech' and the standard medieval fantasy.

>> No.30848458

Ice Age.

>> No.30848500

>>30848262
So people were pretty much expecting Three Kingdoms 2: Sekigahara Boogaloo?

>Remember that WotC pay people specifically to figure out why people like and dislike every set

There's a lot of people taking those surveys ticking the "shitty 3d art" box, then.

>> No.30848502

>>30848262
Man, this sucks. Kamigawa had my favorite art and fluff (could have stood for less ninja, snake tits, and foxes that were honorabu warrior instead of tricksters, though) but the things I liked about it were the things that everyone else hated.

Someday I will make a glorious moth rider in some other game, though.

>> No.30848572

>>30848500
>3D art
Using 3D models is nowhere near as prevalent in MtG art as you think it is.

>> No.30848587

>>30848500
>There's a lot of people taking those surveys ticking the "shitty 3d art" box, then.
Evidently people don't dislike the art enough to stop buying packs.

Surverys are a part of the research they do, but not all.

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>>30848340
Every now and again I forget that faggots from /v/ make their way to this board. It's like seeing a dog drive a car, watching guys like you try to contribute to a thread.

>> No.30848596

>>30848262
>Be my 14 year old self
>Watch Spirited Away 3 weeks before Kamigawa comes out
>Come buckets from the lore

You can't view Kamigawa as 'Samurais and co'. You have to view it as Spirited Away gone postal.

>> No.30848612

>>30848502
I imagine that during war there is no time to be tricksters.

>> No.30848621

>>30848596
The problem is that MtG is very much a mainstream product, and when the general public hears something like "inspired by japanese folklore", they think of Ninja and Samurai. Which is why the majority of them probably didn't understand most of the set.

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>>30845838

excuse me sir, your karn is missing something

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>>30848636
>mfw I just bought three today
>mfw I'll never be able to look him in the face again

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Urza block, easily.

I loved the fact that in Saga at least (can't remember if they continued through the whole block) each colour represented a different part in Urza's life, Blue when he was at the Academy in Tolaria, White while he was convalescing in Serra's Realm etc. Black was my favourite of all, his journey to Phyrexia. Phyrexia had already been built up in previous sets to be this terrifying implacable force, and the artwork in Urza block really delivered on that.

>> No.30848665

MM or tempest, probably a little more towards MM

It was the first MTG related thing I ever bought

>> No.30848670

>>30845838

I can't really say that one block had my favorite art, but if I had to pick a single set, it would be Fallen Empires.

>> No.30848681

>>30848644

>restart the game

how is this balanced?????

>> No.30848693

>>30848681
>balanced

This is MtG. Balance is not a thing.

>> No.30848703

>>30848693

i dont play magic so i didn't really know

all I know is balance did exist at one point

>> No.30848704

>>30848693
>this guy

Look at him and laugh.

>> No.30848705

>>30848681
>>30848693

>7 mana
>Takes 3 turns to actually activate the ultimate if your opponent doesn't do anything at all

>> No.30848707

>>30848681
If I invest seven mana and several turns into something it'd better damn well win me the game.

>> No.30848726

>>30848681
Mate, I play a KarnTron deck exclusively in Modern and I can tell you that it never happens. It sounds great on paper, but it'll never happen in a real match. If an opponent is beating you so badly that you need to restart the game, Karn is already dead.

>> No.30848747

>>30848681

It's an 'ultimate' ability. I'm guessing you have probably never played with a Planeswalker, but it's not easy to get to use a Planeswalker's Ultimate, as a result they tend to be big flashy things that either win you the game on the spot or make it very very hard for you to lose. Karn is 7 mana, that's not easy to achieve either, and takes him 2 turns without being interfered with to Ultimate. If you try to Ultimate him as early as possible then chances are you're only going to restart with say an extra land in play, while that is pretty fucking good it's not exactly an auto win. The way you use Karn is he normally hits the board, -3's and then you can start ticking him up and sculpting the perfect exile pile before you restart the game, at that point his Ultimate basically reads "I win the game" and your opponent will often just concede immediately.

tl;dr Yes, it sounds broken, but you need to do a lot of shit to pull it off correctly.

>> No.30848750

>>30848703
It didn't. Ever. That doesn't mean the game is bad, but balance has never actually been a concern. They print shit rares ON PURPOSE, after all.

Karn isn't broken, though.

>> No.30848751

>>30848726
This.

Just think about when you'd want to restart the game. Surely not when you're winning, because that would be just retarded. And if you're losing badly enough to warrant a restart, you won't be able to get Karn online.

The chances that both Karns -14 gets online AND you're in a bad enough situation to warrant a restart are just not very good.

>> No.30848759

>>30848621
>there will never be a Kamigawa 2.0 because mainstream didn't get it
>there will never be a Time Spiral 2.0 because new players didn't get it
>any plane that does get revisited will just get shit on by modern Magic design (Ravnica, Mirrodin, the slivers)

On topic, Kamigawa by a mile. It was a major turning point in the quality of artwork for Magic. It's like an opposite Born of the Gods for artwork.

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>>30846690
Loved those sets. The arts is edging towards too complex to see on cards but they had a good balance for a few blocks.

>> No.30848769

>>30848759
>Mirrodin
wait, wait, Scars was a great revisit. Interesting, new, took the set in a cool direction which was different to the original but still respectful and thematically appropriate. Plus, mechanically it was a hell of a set

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>>30848703
>balance did exist at one point

"Hey guys let's create a 1 mana artifact with 1: Draw two cards, there is no way that will be unbalanced, right?"

>> No.30848783

>>30848751

ive never played mtg so i didnt know

i just liked the art when i was eight

>> No.30848796

>4 Scalding Tarns cost as much as an Xbox One

Magic is such pay to win bullshit

>> No.30848815

>>30848796
I hate lands, they make the game way more expensive but are usually completely uninteresting

>> No.30848828

>>30848771
On the other hand, there's a Chimney Imp and Mogg Toadie for every Memory Jar and Baneslayer, so that makes it even, right?

>> No.30848835

>>30848759
I enjoyed kamigawa BUT the card design was awful (soulshift, bushido, arcane, ninjitsu, ki counters, etc.) but flavorful; I rarely can use the cards since they rotated.

>> No.30848837

>>30848815
Play Lands.dec in Legacy and say that again.

>> No.30848876

>>30848815
Wizards has to reprint fetchlands or ban them in Modern. Finkel and others have already called for them to be banned due to the way they force you to shuffle and tend to create samey decks in a format without Wasteland, so I'd be okay with banning them. Without Wasteland fetches + duals with basic land types make mana too good.

>> No.30848880

>>30848835
All of those mechanics were fine, soulshift was just stuck onto terrible cards, bushido was fine, arcana was way too fucking limited, ninjutsu was fine.

>> No.30848911

>>30848835
Soulshift was awful which I agree but I think the others were okay

The problem with Arcane (as so repeated by so many fucking people on tg everyday) was that it was one of those things where it had so much potential but WOTC were afraid it might just end up being this broken ass mechanic that would just rape everything

if they ever return to kamigawa, I really hope they delve into arcane further because it was pretty cool.

>> No.30848915

>>30848876
Can you imagine the amount of angry people who spent hundreds on fetchlands if they got banned?

>> No.30848921
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Lorwyn. I just love the colourful fairy-tale look. It's basically Final fantasy 9: the Magic set. A shame we will probably never see anything like it again.

>> No.30848926

>complaining about card prices
>not seeing draft as the only true format

>> No.30848955

>>30848771
To be fair. The original card gave the equipped creature +1/+0. They felt at the last minute that the effect was just a little too strong so they changed it to +1/-1 just before printing and had no chance to playtest it.

This is actually how a large portion of the ultra broken cards are printed. Same thing happened with Umezawa's Jitte. Last minute change to "nerf" a card that is just a little too strong ends up making it broken.

>> No.30848967

Lorwyn and its vibrant colors and fairy-tale setting with a healthy dose of race war.

>> No.30848976

>>30848915
Most people bought in when they were cheaper, but in general my attitude is that those people can take a hike. Modern will recover quickly and be even more popular.

>> No.30848987

>>30848876

I was under the impression that Wizards had pledged to reprint every Modern 'staple' over the next few years. Modern Masters already took care of the majority of them, and then stuff like Mutavault in M14 and Thoughtseize in Theros is continuing the trend. I don't know if Remand in the latest Jace vs Vraska duel deck counts as a reprint for these purposes, I hope not, but it probably will be. I'm hoping that the Fetches will see a reprint in the next two years. If they bring back Landfall as the mechanic for M15 and reprint the Fetches that would be fucking insanely good.

>> No.30848991

>>30848880
>>30848911
The problem wasn't that the cards didn't work, just that they only worked with the set (which I thought was apparent from my post). Their design was all style over substance and they printed parasitic mechanics plus a lot of mechanics that might have been used in other sets but the name for the mechanic was problematic. You aren't going to give a beast Bushido or a rouge Ninjitsu.

I guess print more cards with those mechanics in a return set might make them more viable (particularly arcane) but parasitic mechanics are just bad for the game.

>> No.30849021

>>30848987
>Modern Masters already took care of the majority of them
That depends on what cards you mean. All the non-case cards, sure because they ended up being sold off to recover costs for the chase cards but the staple retained the same price because the card supply did not drastically increase and people were buying the packs based on their price.

>> No.30849046

>>30848926
This is basically what it came down to for me. I played from Urza's until planeswalkers and mythics exploded the price of Type 2. I switched over to EDH/Peasant/Pauper and drafting/sealed/cube.

>> No.30849053

>>30848955
How is there a nerf on Jitte?

>> No.30849274

>>30849021
Yeah, goyfs actually went up in price since MM. Now they're worth approximately twice their weight in gold. Literally.

>>30848876
>Finkel and others have already called for them to be banned due to the way they force you to shuffle
That's interesting. Do you have sauce on that?

>> No.30849311

What could they do with Kamigawa?
Didn't the major storyline happen there already?

>> No.30849666

>>30848911
>I really hope they delve into arcane
Will most likely never happen. Arcane was insanely parasitic and don't work at all with non-Arcane magic cards. Splice is likely to return but in the form of Splice onto Instant or Sorcery.

>> No.30849702

>>30849053
There isn't. There's a buff on it. The -1/-1 ability wasn't there during playtesting, but was added at the last minute to make the card just a tiny bit better. And whop di fuck do you diddly wittly know, that ability is the absolutely best one on the entire fucking card.

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Personally I loved the gold theme in the art of a lot of Return to Ravnica cards. Worked great with the borders.

>>30849311
>What could they do with Kamigawa?
>Didn't the major storyline happen there already?
My personal speculation, based on crappy summaries on some wiki:
Some of Kamigawa's influences leaked into Dominaria, namely around Nicol Bolas' homeland of Madara (read: Tetsuo Umezawa). If we get a Return to Dominaria set in that location, we might see some more samurai or arcane spells.

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>>30849835
>gold theme in the art of Return to Ravnica cards
On second look, the gold backgrounds appear to be most prominent on gold-bordered Rakdos cards. I guess I assumed the rest of the gold-bordered cards would follow suit, but then again I really only played Rakdos in that block.

It's not much different than the usual "red cards having reddish art" and "blue cards having blueish art" themes but the gold art was more noticeable in this block than I'd seen before.

>> No.30849931

>>30849835
>>30849900
It's not because the card frame is golden it's just the way Rakdos cards are visualized.

>> No.30849979

>>30846690
Yes. Magic will never be as balanced and sensible as it was back in Invasion block. I quit during Kamigawa block. It was getting retarded and my friends had all already quit.

>> No.30850026

>>30847174
I really loved innistrad's art as a whole, but this piece is hands down my favorite. There just aren't any other dragons like this in mtg.

>> No.30850050

>>30849979

>invasion
>balanced

c'mon nigga. Magic was fun and much more "magic based" than it is nowadays with shit mythic creatures and planeswalkers beating each other up, but hardly more balanced.

>> No.30850595

>>30849835
Wouldn't that be more of a Dominaria return than Kamigawa?

>> No.30850670

Visually I think that New Phyrexia has been my favorite block. But fluff wise I like Kamigawa

>> No.30850695

>>30850595
Yeah, that's why I wrote Return to Dominaria (though it obviously wouldn't be called that). If it happens, I can see them bringing back Arcane if not the soulshift, bushido, or spiritcraft mechanics. After all, they recently reprinted a few of the basic Arcane spells in Modern Masters.

>> No.30851106

>>30850026
Man there aren't dragons like this just about anywhere else.

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Zendikar easily because ADVENTURE

>> No.30851357
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>>30851275
Oh hell yes, Zendikar is my favorite too. I'll confess to being a bit of a Wayne Reynolds fanboy though (belts, hooks, magical items stored everywhere, ACTION POSES). Pic unrelated, but
ADVENTURE

>> No.30852265

>>30851357

Avacyn and Innistrad

>> No.30852994
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30852994

>>30847217
Mah nigga. They really nailed the artwork for Ravnica.

>> No.30853071

>>30848759
>>any plane that does get revisited will just get shit on by modern Magic design (Ravnica, Mirrodin, the slivers)
>Ravnica
Except that Return to Ravnica was a much better execution than original Ravnica. Guild mechanics fit better (looking at you, Radiance), inter-set synergy was just higher, and the art was just that extra bit better.

So we didn't get reprints of Mortify, Electrolyze, Lightning Helix, and so on. That doesn't mean that modern design killed the plane.

>> No.30853140

>>30851357
>Liking Wayne Reynolds
You make me sad. He's the Rob Liefeld of Magic.

>> No.30853577

>>30853071
>and the art was just that extra bit better
Please stop, your shit taste is killing me.

>> No.30853619

>>30853140
You mean he's Rob Liefeld sans the anatomy shenanigans.

>> No.30853708

>>30853619
Reynolds has plenty of his own anatomy shenanigans, even if they aren't as dramatic as Liefeld's.

>> No.30854443
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>>30848693
I disagree

>> No.30854750
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Innistraid. I love Humans as a tribal, and it gave us so many great cards

>> No.30855070

>>30853140
You. I Like You.

>> No.30855259
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>>30847191
You're horribly wrong.

>> No.30855555

>>30847166
can someone give a link to the card art game? cant seem to find it

>> No.30855869

>>30849053
Of jitte made black man a instead of -1/-1 which in theory would be pretty broken because of quick mana and such

Tl;dr old jitte was way to quick mama Nerf by making it removal

Tl dr replaced jittes mama with removal

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>>30853577
>Thinking this is great art
Your taste ain't too great, either.

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>>30853577
Compare old Putrefy to new Putrefy. Can you really say that the old art was better?

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>>30856020
Yes.

>> No.30856603
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30856603

Seriously, modern MtG art is just "muh realism" and "lets get some more brush and fog and bloom here" when back in the days you had motherfuckers like Hoover to do real Art Nouveau for your card

>> No.30856925

>>30845838
I LOVED Kamigawa goblins

But overall... I have to say either Zendikar or M11

The M11 lands are amazing

>> No.30857402

>>30847976
Shit like Hussar and other words like Orzhov are there too. Prahv, words like that.

>> No.30857503

>>30856020
That's a terrible example. Hell, I agree with you and you couldn't picked worse art to prove your point.

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Personally, I think I probably like Coldsnap art the best. I like the colors, the feel, the tones, everything.

>> No.30857931

>>30856603
It makes me cry what happened to Hoover.

>> No.30858432

>>30849274
Reddit AMA from two years ago.

http://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/qko5f/ama_with_jon_finkel/c3ydc3r

>> No.30859220

>>30858432
excellent, thanks m9

>> No.30859232

>>30857931
Nice of them to reprint his art of Archangel in commander 2013. Obvious tribute.

>> No.30859305
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30859305

My top three
Time Spiral > Invasion > Ravnica TCoG

>> No.30859311

Hoping a ruling question would be appropriate in this thread.

I was cubing today and casted Searing Blood, killing one of my opponents creatures and attempting to direct the damage to his Liliana of the Veil to kill her as well.

My friend was skeptical that that was possible. He seemed to have taken some issue on the wording of "controller of that creature" instead of "player" or something along those lines.

Anyone know if what I did was a legal play and why?

>> No.30859397

>>30859311
He's exactly right. If it doesn't say player, it can't mean planeswalker. Liliana is not the controller of that creature.

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>>30856061
>>30857503
How about Feral Animist?

>> No.30859538

>>30859508
I like the detail on the thing but it tries too hard. Hell most of it you'll never recognize on the card.

>> No.30859640

>>30859397
No, he can. Just could just redirect the damage sent at the controller towards the Liliana, killing it just as if chucked a Searing Spear at the opponent.

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>> No.30859706

>>30859640
>redirect the damage sent at the controller
What are you talking about?

>> No.30859921

>>30859640
Yup, you can redirect any noncombat damage aimed at a players face to their planeswalker. >>30859397 might be thinking of the Rakdos Charm ruling, where the damage has to go to the player because the source of the damage is the player's own creatures, not the charm itself.

>> No.30859985

>tfw you're the only person alive that likes the white borders

>> No.30860021

>>30859985
>tfw you're the only person alive that deserves to be dragged out into the street and put down like an ailing pet
ftfy

>> No.30860040

>>30860021
rude

>> No.30860058

>>30860040
but accurate

>> No.30860060

>>30860040
You crossed a line, m8

>> No.30860068

>>30859985
White borders are better than the old muddy impossible to fucking read anything borders

Come at me /tg/

>> No.30860080

>>30848759
>there will never be a Kamigawa 2.0 because mainstream didn't get it
http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/74133427303/today-is-my-daughters-birthday-and-shes-turning-six
You sure?

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Obligatory

>> No.30860115

>>30860058
Fuck you.

White bordered Blood Moon and Defense Grid are sexy as fuck

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>>30859985
You're not the only one. Some people like to white border their decks. I'd never take it that far, personally, but I do find white borders let the card breathe a little more and looks more inviting than the black borders.

>> No.30860334

>>30860080
So I just have to survive for twelve years to get my miracle? That's a better deal than what most people get so I'll take it.

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>>30860093
rock hawk

RtR was my first set so while i like it, the Innistrad block really had me. Everything just seemed so intense (not surprising since it's horror-based). honestly i like a card's aesthetic much more if the art matches the flavor well. Essence Harvest is probably the best one for me in that regard, but pic related that also falls into this category and (hopefully) helps the guy arguing RTR has better art because i like this a lot

>>30856061
>>30856020
you're free to hate me for this but i liked the Duel Decks version much better than those two.

>> No.30860619

Zendikar

Tribal savage vampires were one of the few cool vampire renditions.

>> No.30861290

It's always the set you started with isnt?

Ravnica for me. All 11 factions, each with a distinct flavor, they just mesh together in such an aesthetically perfect way.

I treasure my Ravnica Bob~

>> No.30862079

>>30859508
>>30856020
Both of these are awful.

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>>30860612
>you're free to hate me for this but i liked the Duel Decks version much better than those two.
Oh, no, you're a man of taste. I just wasn't sure it was admissible in a discussion of the art of Return to Ravnica block art.

>> No.30862237

>>30848636
I. I have an alter to make.
The inner twelve year old demands it.

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>>30862079
They may not be the best art, but they're better than the originals.

>> No.30862446

>>30857931
What, that they stopped commissioning him because they didn't feel that they wanted his art any more?

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NP You can't fuck with the Phyrexian Obliterator

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>>30862607
Aww, look at the cute little guy!

>> No.30863009

I'm a sucker for greek Myth so...I gotta go with Theros right now.

Mirrodin block was awesome too...

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>>30847002
I just loved that it was basically Castlevania meets Magic.

It even has Alucard...

>> No.30864376

oldfag here, i loved the art in both the urza block and arabian nights.

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>>30864340
(LoS Alucard for comparison)

>> No.30864467

>>30864340
>>30864388

Mostly humans and changed humans as the humanoids for the setting...

I'll believe it.

>> No.30864565

>>30853619
tiny hoof feet.

I like his shit, but high art, it ain't.

>> No.30864568

>>30864388
>>30864340
How did the Drow get out of faerun anyway?

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>>30864467
And Thraben Valiant looks like a female Belmont.

>> No.30864862

tempest had the best everything, including art

>> No.30864922

>>30864644
Chalice of Pot-Roast

Artifact

[t] You gain 1 life.

>> No.30865423

Arabian Nights.

>> No.30865444

>>30864862
good taste

Stronghold and Exodus also have a bunch of winners

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>>30853577
GOOD!
DIE DIE DIE!!!

AT LAST I HAVE THE SUPER POWER I ALWAYS WANTED, NOW TO KILL PEOPLE WHO LIKE SHOEGAZE BY PLAYING EMINEM NEAR THEM

>> No.30869507

>>30869444
Baller.

>> No.30869749

>>30861290
>11
wut

>> No.30869770

>>30869749
Gateless, maybe? He did say 'factions' not 'guilds'

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always have loved it.

>> No.30869803

>>30869770
Except he said Bob, so it's original Ravnica.
I hope he didn't mean the Nephilim.

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3 Kingdoms.
Because I'm a chinaboo and it has some really nice artwork + great style overall.

>> No.30869823

>>30869803
>Except he said Bob, so it's original Ravnica.
Fuck, you're right. I've never heard of anyone liking the Nephilim, it's like seeing some rare species out in the wild

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>>30869817
>chinaboo
I'm this close to considering you a Pretty Cool Dude, but I must ask one question: do you get shitty with people for mispronouncing the names?

>mfw his name is pronounced Tsao Tsao

>> No.30869864

>>30860312
The person that did that was worse than six million hitlers

>> No.30869897
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For me it's Rath Cycle (especially tempest), then Ursa block followed closely by Mirage.

>> No.30869901

>>30869851
Well maybe if people took their heads out of their asses and made it so that transliterated Chinese words are spelled like they sound, then we wouldn't have that problem

>> No.30870453

>>30869851
Well, it isn't even the worst case.
There's Kong Fuzi after all.

>> No.30870472

>>30870453
>There's Kong Fuzi
... oh god, tell me

>> No.30872703

>>30861290
>It's always the set you started with
Not for me. The first cards I got were from Portal: Second Age. The first cards I actually played an actual match with were from Mirrodin, Odyssey and Onslaught block, while my first deck was built from Kamigawa cards, and yet none of those blocks or sets come even close to being my favorite anything. My overall favorite block is Time Spiral and the block with the best at is most likely the Urza block.

>> No.30874990

>>30847026
fallopian tube wings*

>> No.30875564

>>30845838
The Kamigawa block.
I just like the alien designs of the various kami and how they were spirits, but weren't all just floating white things.

>> No.30875754

Zendikar. I loved how the blocks art and feel went from "Look at this neat, mostly wild landscape that is ever changing and wildly varied" to "Well, now we kinda know the lay of the land, let's go on an adventure for lost treasure and stuff! Hey, what's this weird round triangle and why are there floating pyramids just chillin' all over the place?" to "OH HOLY FUCKING SHIT EVERYONE GET OUT OF THE PLANE JESUS CHRIST THIS IS HORRIBLE MY GOD THAT THING IS THE SIZE OF A FUCKING PLANET BY ITSELF GOD HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS FUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCK."

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>>30875754
Seriously, look at this art

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