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pie chart People's Choice - Best MTG Art + COMPETITION




Hello TappedOut Community!

Many of you might remember my last one of these "People's Choice" for the Best MTG Card of All Time, which was a lot of fun to put together and interesting to hear everyone's opinion of what they thought was 'one card to rule them all'.

I decided it was time to make another one of these and get the community together once more to share their opinion for another MTG related topic, this time I thought we'd try THE BEST ARTWORK OF ALL TIME for a MTG card.

Just like last time, we have a couple of rules...
1. Try and vote for ONE card only, if you have to pick other cards try and keep it under 3 preferences.
2. Where applicable, please try and provide a reason why you have chosen your vote.
(aesthetics - color, composition, overall beauty, coolness, how well the art conveys the idea and mechanics of the card, etc)
3. No basic land cards.

NOTE: Some preference voting may be omitted.
ALSO NOTE: You can vote for ANY card of YOUR choice - not just the ones already mentioned above.

And yet again, I've got another competition for you all! Yay!

This time, we have a Hero of Bladehold, Platinum Angel and more Feature Tokens up for grabs. So the prize pool will look a little something like this:

Hero of Bladehold, and 2 Feature Tokens towards decks of your choice.
Platinum Angel, and a Feature Token towards a deck of your choice.
A Feature Token towards the deck of your choice.

... And what do I have to do to win this, you ask?

Simply +1 this "deck". Just like last time.
On the 8th of September, I will draw out the names of winners - which I will do by numbering each person accordingly to the list of users who have liked the "deck" and using this random number generator to draw out the winners.

Good luck to everyone who participates, and lets see what everyone's opinion is on their choice of the Top MTG Art of All Time.

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Zickzag says... #1

Glimpse the Unthinkable for overall beauty and how it works with the flavor text.

August 22, 2012 11:14 p.m.

hollandboys says... #2

No basic lands you say? I guess I would have to go with Clifftop Retreat . The way the sun shines through the clouds sets the perfect scene for the plane of innistrad

August 22, 2012 11:16 p.m.

STG says... #3

My personal vote would go to Dark Depths . The artwork is gorgeous, as well as intimidating and gives me a feeling of dread.

Especially when there is a Vampire Hexmage nearby too.

August 22, 2012 11:17 p.m.

Leharic says... #4

Soul Warden

She's just so beautiful. The embodiment of everything White is.

August 22, 2012 11:18 p.m.

atreyujames says... #5

hmmmm its hard to choose..... id have to say the FTV:R Dryad Arbor . I think it conveys that it is both a land and a creature perfectly with the human figures set in the trees of the forest. I think it looks beautiful and the artist did a great job of remaking the only land creature =)

August 22, 2012 11:19 p.m.

Honestly, I have to vote for Kaalia of the Vast . Not only does Kaalia look awesome, the artwork clearly conveys the same message as the flavor text. She's a determined badass who will do any damn thing she has to so she can kill you.

August 22, 2012 11:20 p.m.

platinum_demon says... #7

August 22, 2012 11:21 p.m.

CrimsonKing says... #8

I vote Mind Funeral . It's perfect!

August 22, 2012 11:27 p.m.

benzzer853 says... #9

FTV: Progenitus the art shows how massive and powerful the soul of alara is, and the symbols on his necks each representing one of the five colours is pretty awsome. Plus he looks like he's explodig out of a volcano. the art clearly shows he's on Naya (volcano: red, flatlands in the distance: white, Jungle: green). (the flavor isn't very good though).

August 22, 2012 11:32 p.m.

sigh166 says... #10

Guise of Fire Because the artwork provokes a funny question, After all these years living in a zombie infested world, people still don't know that fire + zombie =/= dead zombie. Not to mention the fact that the flavor text shows the funniness of the card. Also the contrast the color has with the background is very eyecatching, Foil Guise of Fire s are even more eyecatching.

August 22, 2012 11:50 p.m.

MR H3AT says... #11

I think that the first printing of Progenitus from conflux takes the best art. The scale of it is simply awe inspiring. It it just unbelievable huge. The art really does the creature itself justice.

My second pic is Wurmcoil Engine . If you look at the detail on it, the creature is quite amazing.

Since it is a contest about art, Blood Artist needs a spot on the list. It is art within art.

August 23, 2012 12:12 a.m.

I will take anything by Eric Deschamps or Raymond Swanland as the best artwork in magic because they are my favorite artists(im a bit of an artist myself so the art is one of the things I pay great attention to; I have literally not taken a promo card over a non foil regular just because I liked the original artwork better(restoration angel and glissa for examples of what I've done this for)) in magic, but if I have to choose I think I will probably go with Garruk, the Veil-Cursed  Flip  Flip. There is so much flavor in how he presents garruk in this new form, it has amazing tonality, and the way he's posed, the tattered clothing, the cracks all through his skin... just simply awesome. Plus I just enjoy the card(its in my standard deck right now).

August 23, 2012 12:25 a.m.

Dirt3pz says... #13

if i have to vote for one of these cards i go with Mind Funeral , but i have to admit that none of these cards woulld have made my top 50 best artworks...

August 23, 2012 1:21 a.m.

you don't have to vote for the ones up there. He's keeping a tally of whats been voted so far.

August 23, 2012 1:27 a.m.

MetalMeister says... #15

I'll go with Omniscience . Just seeing Jace planeswalking is cool.

August 23, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Tarv says... #16

Not sure about the best but I really enjoyed the Preordain artwork from the Venser vs. Koth Duel deck.

August 23, 2012 1:32 a.m.

doomcomicguy says... #17

Pacifism but not the one you see on the link. The art on pacifism from Onslaught, and the Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic, is my favorite card art. The art is well detailed, has feeling, and has a cool style & color scheme. Plus Akroma is very beautifully rendered.

August 23, 2012 1:39 a.m.

Zarum says... #18

Murmuring Bosk

its beautiful and john avon is my favorite artist =)

August 23, 2012 2:17 a.m.

metalmagic says... #19

Plagiarize gets my vote. It is one of the oddest card arts ever, and it really makes you stare. Not a whole lot of cards, even the most beautiful ones, capture your attention quite like this card does.

August 23, 2012 4:10 a.m.

Dirt3pz says... #20

oh im a bit confused i guess... when you count votes i hope you can delete my post above then, and add this answer instead...

Somberwald Dryad got a cute thing going onand Vampire Hexmage are asking for it...


Earthbind have allready done all the dirty work for me... HOW CAN MY VOTE GO TO ANYTHING ELSE!!!

(no, im not the twisted one, YOU like dragons)

August 23, 2012 4:22 a.m.

cosmo0 says... #21

I'm picking Desolation Angel as my favorite card. My only regret is that it does not have any flavor text. I actually made a deck around Desolation Angel only because I liked the illustration (and, let's be honest, it's a great card).

From the same artist, I also like (but am not voting for) Mageta the Lion . This one has great flavor text.

My favorite artists are John Avon (I have a mono-green deck for which I carefully picked mostly John Avon forests), Brom and Rob Alexander.

Rob Alexander does great things, too. He really has an eye for lands : his Island from M13 makes me want to bathe in its sea, and he did most shock-lands from the Ravnica block, which are all superb (and I really hope they are reedited in RTR with the same art).

I also very much like almost all the basic lands from Avacyn Restored, they're really gorgeous.

I think the general art quality has greatly increased in the last years. Computer imaging has allowed for better contrast, better details, better colors, better everything. Of course, most of the time, it's a matter of opinion, but some early artworks really stink of "quick done", like the Ironroot Treefolk from Alpha, especially when you compare to what the artist can really do, like the Elves of Deep Shadow -FNM-promo, or Crumble from Fifth. Of course, back then, printing did not put the arts in their best, and many cards feel like they could use more contrast.

August 23, 2012 4:52 a.m.

mafteechr says... #22


(obv that's my vote)

August 23, 2012 6:08 a.m.

Pillage from Alliances for sure. Richard Kane Ferguson's technique creates such amazing and ethereal textures and detail to any surface. Also the foul grimace on the barbarian pillaging the lands of the innocent is perfect for the flavor. The flavor text just makes you love Lovisa Coldeyes and her barbaric ways.

Second choice... Draining Whelk . Just a very nice mechanic referring to one of the most powerful counterspells ever printed (Mana Drain of course). The art and function of the cards have been expertly transferred from "interrupt" to creature. It's a perfect fit for the Time Spiral set I feel

August 23, 2012 6:26 a.m.

maiden77 says... #24

without a doubt my favourite art card is Moonveil Dragon , it is absolutely gorgeous dragon artwork its ellegant and sleek and the wings are incredible splices between like a moths and a dragons its looks serene as well as lethal somehow. It is also back set by an awesome moon for its name and really captures the feel of the innistrad block well as well as its set dark ascension. this narrowly beats a few honorable mentions i would like to share with you guys n gals, my 1st runner up is the Ebon Dragon . Its there for a few reasons really, the art for me is just down right awesome, its menacing and its one of the very few dragons that aren't red or green and it also shows a really awesome black/silver laser kinda beam coming from its mouth which looks really cool, abolishing the standard yawn red fire kinda thing. next runner up is the FtV Dragons art for Nicol Bolas this can be described as nothing short of epic IMO. hes the biggest and baddest of dragons (and perhaps of all characters in MTG from the minimal story i know of) and this art projects that really nicely, hes huge in size and scale theres a cool back drop with a mountain or volcano with a dragon minion there too. he just looks aggressive as hell! and for my last runner up (sorry to blab on i bum dragons pretty hard i know lol) is Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon . This guys art is wicked, i love how it just looks like it will infect you with a stare, his devastated wing remnants are really well imagined and the back drop is just wasteland and he looks like the lord of the wasteland standing proudly on a cliffs edge looking for the next victim

right i'll be quiet now i really enjoy these competetions thanks deck:stg :-)

August 23, 2012 6:47 a.m.

Valentine35 says... #25

I will also have to go with Moonveil Dragon . When i first saw it i just really loved how it stuck out compared to all the other cards and i couldn't wait to get my hands on a foil version of...the other card i have to say is card:Commander's Authority, just a beautiful piece of art with the sunlight and the silhouette of the characters is just amazing.

August 23, 2012 7:36 a.m.

Valentine35 says... #26

sorry just I know i didn't say this, but my vote should go towards card:Commander's Authority, its definitely my favorite of the two.

August 23, 2012 7:40 a.m.

McClair_Bear says... #27

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

Love the colors, the light in the back, the angel, ALL OF IT!!!!!!!

August 23, 2012 8:38 a.m.

graft says... #28

My vote rings in for Master Transmuter , definitely. Chippy is pretty awesome.

Other choices would have been Kargan Dragonlord , Mayael the Anima , Nimbus Maze , (everything Jason Chan does is fantastic), Centaur Garden , Boros Garrison , Honden of Infinite Rage , Tranquil Garden (John Avon is good stuff), Cloudcrown Oak , Hana Kami , Pride of the Clouds (hooray for Rebecca Guay), and finally Nils Hamm's Elderwood Scion has a peculiar beauty.

Thanks STG for another fun contest! I can't wait to see what other people choose.

August 23, 2012 8:48 a.m.

graft says... #29

Ohhhh shiiiiiiit I forgot about Angelic Destiny (but my vote is still for Master Transmuter . Anyway, check out the full Angelic Destiny art, it's incredible: http://algenpfleger.deviantart.com/art/MtG-Angelic-Destiny-216556836

August 23, 2012 8:53 a.m.

pookypuppy6 says... #30

This is gonna be one nobody else will choose. but I'm going with Scour . It is BEAUTIFUL, with a really wonderfully-done spiral of magical stuff with the two contrasting colours on either side. It looks like some kind of digital artistry masterpiece!

August 23, 2012 10:20 a.m.

thezeronumber says... #31

The regular version of Restoration Angel .

A beautiful dress with some intricate work on the front, billowing fabric enveloping the scene, the sunlight casting shadows from her golden hair, those wonderful wings... Even the little blue ribbons she has tied to her body and that soft eye shadow you would never notice unless you looked closely. Everything is stunning and full of detail down to the last feather and wheat shaft.

And don't get me started on the flavour of it all! An Angel giving you the spirit to start afresh and fight anew? Brilliant.

August 23, 2012 11:07 a.m.

warper says... #32

I actually think that Diabolic Tutor depicts the mechanics of the card perfectly. John Avon is my favorite artist and has produced some epic art (Murmuring Bosk and such)

but my favorite is Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded . So Awesome! This guy must have the coolest outfit. His posture just exudes confidence. The backround is faded to make room for this guy. He has so much charisma that everyone wants to be on his side. He pollutes the air because he just doesn't give a shit about his hand. Every time I look at this card I smile and think: I'm on his side he's one cool badass. He must of searched for hours trying to find the perfect ledge with the molten river and craggy mountian backround. Look at his foot placement, just try and find another ledge like that with such a backround.


August 23, 2012 11:19 a.m.

My votes are Ebon Praetor (Just absurdly epic), Volrath the Fallen (truly captures the character and his ability), Aboroth (same as with volrath), Phyrexian Dreadnought (iconic art), Necropotence from iceage (iconic art), Ghost Council of Orzhova (very flavorful), Mirari and Stasis .

August 23, 2012 11:25 a.m.

Oh and Grim Monolith truly depicts a strange environment and Baron Sengir and Castle Sengir just for sheer flavor.

August 23, 2012 11:36 a.m.

The art on Terminus is wonderful. A holy light beam (or death laser) from the sky to wash away the evil that was rampant in Dark Ascension fits the flavor of the set perfectly.

August 23, 2012 11:40 a.m.

ajacobik says... #36

I'm voting for card:Giant's Ire.

Master Decoy and Werebear are close runners-up, alongside the original art for Unholy Strength (just because it was so controversial :P). I also like Sharuum the Hegemon 's art and card:Commander's Authority.

August 23, 2012 12:51 p.m.

ajacobik says... #37

(I'm referring to the original Master Decoy and original Sharuum the Hegemon, by the way).

August 23, 2012 12:52 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #38

Corrupted Conscience shows Karn at his worst. He's destroyed the world he created by leaving the oil behind and now he's paying the price.

August 23, 2012 1:31 p.m.

Skythe says... #39

My vote goes to Entreat the Angels . I love the overall scheme of the art, and it just perfectly embodies... Angels..... Entreating? :D

August 23, 2012 1:32 p.m.

Dritz says... #40

After much hemming and hawwing I have decided to vote for Figure of Destiny .

It wasn't an easy choice as it came down to the Figure, Finest Hour , Thopter Foundry , Darksteel Colossus and Platinum Emperion at the end.

August 23, 2012 2:26 p.m.

Dritz says... #41

As an addendum to my post (where I forgot to explain my reasonings) I chose the Figure because of the unique art style and the interesting R/W haze in the background that embodies the Kithkin Spirit Warrior Avatar.

When it comes to the others I was originally going to just go for Finest Hour as the art is really captivating to me and the card is truly amazing in foil. Thopter Foundry has an amazing amount of detail for such a simple card. Good old Darksteel Colossus is one I've always liked and Platinum Emperion and the way that he reflects the area around him (along with that epic flavor text) was also a contender. Extra shoutout to Mirran Crusader , Phyrexian Crusader and the original Grove of the Burnwillows .

August 23, 2012 2:32 p.m.

zkfuzzy1 says... #42

my vote has to be Flamebreak and my second place would have to be card:Liliana's Caress

August 23, 2012 3:08 p.m.

zkfuzzy1 says... #43

oh i forgot i chose Flamebreak because i love the face expression of the skeleton's face when its getting burned.... burn baby burn !!!!!!!

August 23, 2012 3:11 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #44

Oh shizzit, I forgot about card:Liliana's Caress, the colors Argyle used and the pain the guy is in...she's mean. This is my number one pick, Corrupted Conscience is number two.

August 23, 2012 3:42 p.m.

GSamuelnh says... #45

I'm a big fan of Blood Artist . Not only is the artwork stunning, but his own painting is pretty darn impressive.

August 23, 2012 4:34 p.m.

sam154 says... #46

Of the cards in the deck here Clifftop Retreat is the best art because of how well done the shading and lighting is done and it is just appealing to me aesthetically.

August 23, 2012 4:43 p.m.

My favorite artwork? I'd say Sliver Overlord as he is one badass Sliver :3 A deadly beast and I love the design on him. Love this card

Another artwork I love is Liliana of the Veil cause, you know, she looks so awesome :3 Smooth picture and amazing work with the anatomy.

August 23, 2012 5:42 p.m.
August 23, 2012 7:37 p.m.

Saburo says... #49

Glimpse the Unthinkable : I made a dimir deck in the ravnica block just to use this card because I found it so so beautiful

August 23, 2012 7:40 p.m.

MysticEnvoy says... #50

Moonveil Dragon ... such majestic beauty...

August 23, 2012 7:43 p.m.

bluefoothill says... #51

Sulfurous Springs Phil Foglio

August 23, 2012 7:44 p.m.

Demarge says... #52

Sigarda, Host of Herons art gives off the feel of an intimidating angel, she's equipped with a scythe like weapon that makes more sense than small swords for a creature that will be doing most of her combat above her enemies. The haziness of her features depicts hexproof better than a good number of other creatures. The moon background also works wonderfully with the focus.

Aside from her art Sigarda has a ton of flavor with my favorite book series, The Wheel of Time, in that heron marked swords are a sign that the wielder is a master swordsman. Sigarda, Host of Herons is probably the best possible commander in EDH to wield the swords of X and Y, which all the sword's artist was the same person who made sigarda's art.

August 23, 2012 8:08 p.m.

Kirasalterego says... #53

Garruk, the Veil-Cursed  Flip  Flip because he just looks awesome in that picture. And Corrupted Conscience because that picture is sweet too

August 23, 2012 8:09 p.m.

209 says... #54

Restoration Angel because of the Sexy leg.

August 23, 2012 8:14 p.m.

dimas9 says... #55

Rakdos the Defiler because the wings is very big even bigger than Dragon Hatchling . it just so cool

August 23, 2012 8:47 p.m.

dusk23 says... #56

Makindi Griffin no clue its just so pretty i had to resist putting it in decks while it was type 2 legal.

August 23, 2012 8:55 p.m.

sam154 says... #57

Whoops I thought we could only pick from the list. So I will change my vote from Clifftop Retreat to Angelic Overseer .

August 23, 2012 9:30 p.m.

Roborapter says... #58

i think thought scour should be on the list buuuuuut i like nimbus maze on this list the best

August 23, 2012 10:35 p.m.

STG says... #59


You can vote for your own submission, not just the ones on the list.

I'm surprised everyone is getting confused that your vote can be anything you want, not just the ones supplied already, I'll edit it first post.

August 23, 2012 10:40 p.m.

Roborapter says... #60

ooooh! okay then thought scour

August 23, 2012 10:44 p.m.

Sniperops says... #61

I have to say Leyline of Anticipation is by far my favorite artwork in Magic: The Gathering cards.

August 23, 2012 11:32 p.m.

BrokenZygoma says... #62

Stasis has got to be one of my favorite pieces of MTG art ever. Its so weird but I love it.

August 23, 2012 11:38 p.m.

tomorsomthing says... #63

I'd have to say that Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur is my favorite art. It just captures the feeling of New Phyrexia, which is, personally, my favorite set.

August 23, 2012 11:45 p.m.

chowline says... #64

my vote would go towards the promo of Grave Titan , but if promos dont count, i would have to go with Killing Wave .

August 23, 2012 11:51 p.m.

Powerhero44 says... #65


August 24, 2012 1:47 a.m.

cosmo0 says... #66

@STG :

You got Blood Artist twice up there.

Also, if I recall, it was the original Pillage 's art that was voted for (you can put [ALL] after the name of the card), Pacifism was Onslaught ([ONS]), and Sulfurous Springs was Ice Age ([ICE]).

August 24, 2012 4:50 a.m.

STG says... #67


Thank you very much for pointing that out to me. I have edited it, but for some reason the card art will not change to that set for me. :<

August 24, 2012 5:17 a.m.

cosmo0 says... #68

Did you put it like that ?

1x Pillage [ALL]

1x Pacifism [ONS]

1x Sulfurous Springs [ICE]

I copied your deck and there weren't any set symbols, but maybe that's not copied ?

August 24, 2012 5:34 a.m.

graft says... #69

Unfortunately TappedOut doesn't have all of the art on file for all cards. For example, you can see which are on file by searching for a card, then clicking "View All" next to "Printing". Here is Pillage 's page: http://tappedout.net/mtg-card/pillage/printings/

As you can see, the Alliances art is not on file :(

August 24, 2012 5:56 a.m.

cosmo0 says... #70

Oh, I never noticed this link ! Thanks, I always found it annoying to have to switch to another site to see all illustrations !

Well, that's sad. @STG : maybe you can contact the site owners if they can add the missing arts ; they are pretty reactive.

August 24, 2012 6:03 a.m.

cosmo0 says... #71

Oh, and actually, the Divine vs Demonic illustration of Pacifism is the one from Onslaught, so you can put it ([DDC])

August 24, 2012 6:04 a.m.

Trice says... #72

Gotta be Moonveil Dragon . It has stunning art, really nicely drawn.

I was superpleased when I pulled a foil one this weekend in draft. Shiny awesomeartworkness!

August 24, 2012 9:07 a.m.

sewellius says... #73

My vote goes for Liliana of the Veil , and Nimbus Maze . I've always thought cool dark looking mage-type looking chicks were... well, -cool-. I've liked the Lilliana planeswalker cards simply because of the apearance. Nimbus Maze is just plain outright pretty.

August 24, 2012 7:14 p.m.

I'm sorry but I have to go with Jace, the Mind Sculptor

August 24, 2012 7:26 p.m.

Dritz says... #75

Apology accepted. :P

August 24, 2012 7:28 p.m.

Blood Artist His artwork is absolutely gorgeous and the fact that he is painting a picture inside of a picture is awesome. Look at the care he puts into his craft and all the tools he has available. Everything is regal and elegant while at the same time being somewhat horrifying and repulsive.

August 24, 2012 7:29 p.m.

Raspberries says... #77

My vote is for Blood Artist . Love the Gothic architecture in the background, as well as the hidden corpse draining blood into a vial. I also enjoy the contrast between the artist (white, color of purity?) and the red/dark shadow background. Not to mention the flavor, nice art on a card about art, in a contest for the best art.

Honorable mention to Go for the Throat , with great flavor and fascial expressions, the swamp from tenth edition (which can't :( qualify), Angelic Destiny for the awesome 'wings' which I never realized were stained glass, and Goblin Arsonist because I always thought it was some odd triangle mountain, and didn't see the goblin for months. Although I also love the grumpy face and oven mitts on him :D, too bad nothing goes to the 1st loser.

August 24, 2012 7:52 p.m.

piedok says... #78

+1 for a humorous one i would vote for Goblin Chirurgeon but for a serious one i would vote for Blood Artist

August 24, 2012 7:54 p.m.

balangaz says... #79

Blood Artist has an amazing art, fits with the card and looks stupendous, yet I have to give my vorte to Goblin Swine-Rider as it's the first card that made me want to know the artist's name. I just find it hilarious!

August 24, 2012 10:13 p.m.

Wabbbit says... #80

Hmm. This is tough. I would go #1 Champion of the Parish #2 Moonveil Dragon and #3 Vorapede .

August 25, 2012 12:29 a.m.

Laxdragonhf says... #81

August 25, 2012 12:49 a.m.

offworld says... #82

August 25, 2012 2:03 a.m.

phoenix2222 says... #83

Best foil by far is Voidmage Husher , if you get the chance, look at one, the circle is beautiful.

Best non-foil is Damia, Sage of Stone , the picture is so interesting so much to look at, and yet I get the weird feeling if I look into those eyes I will turn to stone lol

August 25, 2012 3:05 a.m.

Long_Con says... #84

I really think Raymond Swanland is the artist who should win this competition. :) I love him. It's really hard to pick my favourite, but http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?output=spoiler&method=visual&action=advanced&artist=[%22Raymond+Swanland%22] (how do I do external links here?)

Ruhan of the Fomori is pretty wicked, and I love the blue in the tornado in Devastation Tide , but my vote goes to Wurmcoil Engine because it's awesome, and it already has votes.

August 25, 2012 10:23 a.m.

Hachi88 says... #85

I really like the art for Restoration Angel , it angle is nice and the artist did a really good job with the overall composition, especially the way her dress waves in the wind. Although Blood Artist seems more like one of those cards I would use as a wallpaper, as it's not a simplistic design and if art is truly in the eye of the beholder, who can argue with the artistic realism depiction? Also the angle really allows for the viewer to fully grasp the room which he paints in, not flat at all.Now I didn't really want to vote for 3, but for the longest time I've loved the art for Angelic Destiny , the detail and overall composition amazes me, with the wallpaper that Wizards of the coast hands out I really like to study the detail which I'm unable to see on the card, and the way the stained glass wings were placed behind her really makes it look like a "destiny" moment instead of "Hey here's a simple enchantment, break a leg!"

There's my 2 cents.

August 25, 2012 11:51 a.m.

Sniperops says... #86

I have to agree with Long_con. Looking at Raymond Swanland's work, with the http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?output=spoiler&method=visual&action=advanced&artist=[%22Raymond+Swanland%22] web page, he has some pretty amazing art skills.

August 25, 2012 11:55 a.m.

birdseed says... #87

Etched Champion . Forever and ever.

August 25, 2012 12:15 p.m.

Hachi88 says... #88

I would rant about how etched champion isn't good art but I don't think this is the time or place for that.

August 25, 2012 12:20 p.m.

apoc7k says... #89

I'm wild about Scour for some reason... I think the artwork is borderline impressionistic (to me), and it just looks so good!

August 25, 2012 12:55 p.m.

Mpz5 says... #90

Naya Battlemage

Steve Argyle is an art god... I love this one, First of all, I tend to like redheads, and this one is done in a way that makes her seem like she is flying through the forest using the vines rather than the power of flight. I love the detail and lighting as well.

August 25, 2012 8:15 p.m.

pookypuppy6 says... #91

@Mpz5: YAY! Someone else who thinks Scour 's art is brilliant! I'm not alone!

@Long_Con: If we are talking about which artist should win, it should be Raymond Swanland. The art of his that'll always stick out to me is Nyxathid . It looks so suitably brutal and awesome and earth-shattering, and the design is brill!

August 25, 2012 8:19 p.m.

Thrandir says... #92

my vote is torn between Blood Artist which i have in french, just because it seems to fit his flavor so much with his paintception and Apocalypse Hydra because the not only is the hydra itself drawn to the smallest detail, but the army fighting it is also drawn with incredible detail and I love the fact that the hydra is rampaging through a building and not giving a shit

August 26, 2012 12:42 p.m.

Perryshattuck says... #93

Glimpse the Unthinkable . I love the facial expression.

August 26, 2012 1:50 p.m.

mufficity says... #94

I'd have to go with Moonveil Dragon and Master Transmuter . They're both incredibly detailed and complement the color of the card border incredibly well, with Moonveil being an oddly perfect contrast, while with the Transmuter it feels like the art and the rest of the card is actually one cohesive product rather than a piece of art on a card.

Also, I think I might have some sort of odd circle fetish.

August 26, 2012 2:03 p.m.

EleshBlade says... #95

Murmuring Bosk John Avon is an amazing artist and it looks amazing. I loved lorwyn block too.

August 26, 2012 3:23 p.m.

Kravian says... #96

I'm joining Tarv with a vote for Venser vs. Koth Preordain . The reflections capture the uncertainty and thrill of scrying the future, even as the metallic blue hues and floating objects assure us that it is an entirely Mirrodin-centric card concept.

August 26, 2012 3:24 p.m.

Long_Con says... #97


There's a link to that card art. Very nice!

August 26, 2012 4:52 p.m.

says... #98


card:Darigaaz's Caldera - who doesn't love lava?

Serpent Generator - appealing creepy and I can almost hear the noises

Call to Mind - the jigsaw metaphor is perfect

Memory Plunder - I picture this face coming out of the dark at you.. and being about 10 feet tall

August 26, 2012 5:26 p.m.

shaistyone says... #99

card:Darigaaz's Caldera - who doesn't love lava?

Serpent Generator - appealing creepy and I can almost hear the noises

Call to Mind - the jigsaw metaphor is perfect

Memory Plunder - I picture this face coming out of the dark at you.. and being about 10 feet tall

August 26, 2012 5:27 p.m.

Temporal Mastery

There is just something I really like about that art. Looks awesome, and fits the card very well.

August 26, 2012 8:21 p.m.

Tyqar says... #101

Even though i'd never seen it before this competition, Earthbind kinda trumped anything I woulda come up with.

Kinda sexy/risque, WOTC =D

I like it!

August 26, 2012 8:27 p.m.

dethjakal says... #102

Savor the Moment , just imagine being hunted down, and relishing the last moments of life. The art conveys it well

August 26, 2012 9:03 p.m.

parasitian says... #103

Glimpse the Unthinkable and Mind Funeral , glimpse is just so amazingly drawn out and the creepiness from mind funeral gives me the chills, but I love it. THE FLAVOR OH THE FLAVOR!

August 26, 2012 9:58 p.m.

parasitian says... #104

crap i forgot Hedron Crab , look at that art dang it


and Visions of Beyond the art is just so GOOD


August 26, 2012 10:06 p.m.

Eskimole says... #105

My vote definitely goes to Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite . The art seems to envoke a sense of total and complete dominance, while still begin seemlessly elegant. Beautiful work in my opinion.

August 26, 2012 10:20 p.m.

Phalynxx says... #106

My vote is for Omniscience . Beautiful art and a great flavor text to go with it.

August 26, 2012 10:56 p.m.

Emiya says... #107

My vote is for Restoration Angel

August 27, 2012 midnight

STG says... #108

JUST A NOTE: I've extended the competition draw date a week later to the 8th of September, just to let a few more people vote and apply.

August 27, 2012 1:42 a.m.

waddledoo93 says... #109

I would have to say Wurmcoil Engine.

August 27, 2012 1:58 a.m.

I'm a huge fan of Gisela, Blade of Goldnight She looks so awesome with the light all blasting out behind her. She's my favorite angel from the set, doubling damage on my side and halving damage on the other side is just a plus to how goddamn amazing her art is. I've decided Gisela is the card I'm going to collect.

Despite my love for Gisela, Ignite Memories has a really cool art too, my favorite storm card. (I don't play storm)

August 27, 2012 2:19 a.m.

snazzycool says... #111

Nicol Bolas has some of the most awesome art, I'd say. He's all like "look at me, not only am I a villain, I'm a LEARNED villain. I know more than anyone who is alive or has ever lived. TRY and stop me." Screw the tiny-arms Nicol Bolas vs. Ajani art though.

Restoration Angel comes in at second for me. Its the wings man.

August 27, 2012 2:30 a.m.

pawleader919 says... #112

Idk why but I love the art for transcendent master, it just feels so effortlessly powerful.

August 27, 2012 3:35 a.m.

Crash308 says... #113

Blood Artist was really good, but none other than Moonveil Dragon . Masks its dirtiness with beauty!

August 27, 2012 11 p.m.

Targulon says... #114

August 28, 2012 1:23 a.m.

http404error says... #115

August 28, 2012 12:05 p.m.

rghughes91 says... #116

Progenitus because I get a sense of awe when I look at it and read the flavor text.

August 28, 2012 4:11 p.m.

Long_Con says... #117

Progenitus should definitely be up there as Progenitus [CON]... that's the art that's awesome!

August 28, 2012 4:47 p.m.

ClunkyCandy says... #118

i love Sublime Archangel because she looks so elegant with so much destruction around her. the art looks as if its been hand painted with water colours and just looks so perfect. IT IS ABSOLUTE BEAUTY

August 28, 2012 7:37 p.m.

zperlo says... #119

I think Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded is the best art, he looks so demonic and the detail is amazing

August 28, 2012 7:37 p.m.

Lhurgyof says... #120

Too bad you can't show different editions. Can you put in a Guru Plains ?


August 28, 2012 8:56 p.m.

Lhurgyof says... #121

Woops, no basic lands. Hmm... How's abouy Humility ? I've always liked Phoglio art, and this one is just hilarious! The skeleton always gets me.

August 28, 2012 9:07 p.m.

JoeMama says... #122

Contested war zone

August 28, 2012 10:32 p.m.

Mysnomer says... #123

No contest. Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite has the best art. Not only is it technically amazing, it's packed with subtle meaning. Scott Fischer is probably the best MtG artist, but I haven't seen many pieces that convey hidden meaning as well as Elesh. Shout outs to rk post's Lightning Angel and Kekai Kotaki's Liliana Vess.

August 28, 2012 11:36 p.m.

MagnaLynx21 says... #124

Despite that Zoltan Boros is my favourite MTG artist, my choice has to be, Lightning Helix with it's alternate art featuring Ajani Goldmane from the duel deck.

This was a great addition to one of the coolest spells in the game. If you have seen the intro cut scene of Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, the animated version of this art is amazing. Fiery justice from the mages of the Boros guild, to a Nacatl planeswalker out for revenge! (It will probably show the art I mentioned when tagged as it was it's most recent printing)

Honourable mentions to Stasis simply because there will never again be art like that, that isn't used on a promo card. The card is literally a piece of post-modern pop art.

August 29, 2012 7:14 a.m.

BiggRedd54 says... #125

Thundermaw Hellkite Is absolutely my favorite art so far. Anything by Svetlin Velinov is Beautiful. For reference Look at Talrand, Sky Summoner , Torpor Orb and Treacherous Pit-Dweller . Most of his artwork tells a story. Whether it be Thundermaw Hellkite patrolling the skies, or Talrand, Sky Summoner Standing tall in front of his drake army.

August 29, 2012 9:27 a.m.

Surfkatt says... #126

Barony Vampire

The artwork is just...perfect. Its just a vampire, but the atmosphere just fits. Its just straight up awesome/beautiful/amazing art.

August 29, 2012 9:34 a.m.

ivo2809 says... #127

Angelic Destiny , this card's art describes perfectly the power of faith, as you see a girl "blessed" by the mozaic- like art in the background, just look at it <3

August 29, 2012 10:33 a.m.

Ekuryua says... #128

August 29, 2012 2:40 p.m.

cjk73 says... #129

Iona's Art is awesome!

August 29, 2012 6:34 p.m.

cjk73 says... #130

Orcish Librarian all the way!!!

August 29, 2012 6:36 p.m.

qk1 says... #131

Disintegrate . Perfect red card, with perfect art.

August 29, 2012 7:26 p.m.

Scaglio says... #132

Bloodghast . The artwork is very cool and beautiful, and it suits very good the the card, it gives me an idea of something mystic and dangerous, and a little tribal. I was thinking about River of Tears , but Bloodghast is the best.

August 30, 2012 4:23 a.m.

reedrocks says... #133

The artwork on Word of Command is by far my favorite. It looks just so beautiful...

August 30, 2012 5:02 p.m.

Askani28 says... #134

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite all the way. This piece of art conveys the extremely rare yet powerful sense of sublime, that is, the simultaneous and contradictory feelings of breathtaking beauty and unspeakable horror. This card's art really makes me feel the same way I do when watching natural disasters: we're struck by the beauty and grandeur of nature, yet we're horrified by the death and destruction it brings. Feeling both emotions at the same time produces a very disturbing and interesting result. Elesh Norn's art is that powerful to me.

August 30, 2012 8:22 p.m.

pookypuppy6 says... #135

@reedrocks: Hahahahahaha! Don't get me wrong, Word of Command is powerful, powerful art. I just always laugh when I see it or see it mentioned because it is just a pair of eyes against black! Nothing else, the artist just said "Yep, that'll do it!"

And those eyes...it's like they are both squinting and looking at me disapprovingly while I pick my nose. I wonder who the eyes belong to? Stewie Griffin?

August 30, 2012 8:46 p.m.

http404error says... #136

The MTGO Word of Command thingy is pretty epic too. Does some semblance of justice to the original.

August 30, 2012 9:55 p.m.

10Fold says... #137

Ooooh, either Emancipation Angel , Shriekgeist or Skinrender .

Emancipation Angel just looks sublime, I put her in any white decks I have just so I can look at the art.

Shriekgeist because the holo highlights all the right areas for that ethereal undertone (and because I made my abacus life counter out of shiny shrieks).

Skinrender because who doesn't love the Alien franchise? ;)

August 31, 2012 11:24 a.m.

Eskimole says... #138

My next vote goes to a truly epic and beautiful piece of art:

Otherworldly Journey .

The target is shown having traveled most of the way into the kakuriyo, the spirit world, and meets a giant turtle. Who wouldn't want that?

September 1, 2012 6:57 a.m.

Sniperops says... #139

Eternal Dominion It just looks so epic and powerful and, just lots of stuff going on in the picture.

September 1, 2012 1:30 p.m.

pbnj says... #140

I'll have to go with Vanishment . The card is pretty bad, but the art with the butterflies encircling the zombie-looking guy is very flavorful and I always stop to look at it.

Honorable mention: Shimmering Grotto (not the Lorwyn one).

September 1, 2012 9:13 p.m.

Long_Con says... #141

Those butterflies aren't encircling the Zombie... the Zombie is getting turned into butterflies!! :o

September 2, 2012 9:39 a.m.

miracleHat says... #142

My favorite picture on a card would have to be Bogardan Hellkite . that thing is just awesome.

September 2, 2012 3:14 p.m.

pbnj says... #143

Oh crap! I forgot Time Warp and Time Reversal ! D:

September 2, 2012 4:29 p.m.

parasitian says... #144

I need to mention frickin Massacre Wurm THAT TOOTHY GRIN

September 2, 2012 5:16 p.m.

pookypuppy6 says... #145

Hehehe, my friend calls him LolWurm

September 2, 2012 5:46 p.m.

parasitian says... #146


September 2, 2012 6:10 p.m.

Exiistential says... #147

September 3, 2012 3:44 a.m.

masterp says... #148

Omniscience When I saw this card I thought of the sheer beauty and the flavor text is just great.Mad props to Jason Chan, honorable mentions of some of his artwork: Avacyn, Angel of Hope Counterspell the jace vs. chandra edition Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Khalni Heart Expedition Lord of the Unreal (great flavor text)

Stasis Just the pure essence of expressive pop art-esque, totally unique to the game and the ability i just heart. for lulz Stasis +Kismet

Honorable Mention: Lightning Bolt (Textless Players Rewards) Promo Card FoilIt's just absolutely powerful and pretty


September 4, 2012 10:23 p.m.

Lhurgyof says... #149

Terese Nielson does some amazing art. I mean, just look at the Guru lands. She does cool stuff with cards like Call to Mind too.

Ah, how I wish I had a set of Guru lands to get signed. :(

September 4, 2012 11:36 p.m.

STG says... #150

Just a reminder, theres only a couple more days left until I draw out the winners for the cards up for grabs! Best of luck to everyone.

September 5, 2012 8:19 p.m.

2austin5 says... #151

I would say Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas , the art is just great.

September 5, 2012 8:27 p.m.

theonyc says... #152

Birthingpod, fun, good art and really playable in standard

in the right deck i think that Survival of the Fittest is the strongest

September 5, 2012 8:33 p.m.

WarlordNeal says... #153

My favorite cards artwork is Oblivion ring from Lowyn. The ring of salt around that poor elemental... It truly shows the ability white has to maintain order

September 5, 2012 8:57 p.m.

WarlordNeal says... #154

My favorite cards artwork is Oblivion ring from Lowyn. The ring of salt around that poor elemental... It truly shows the ability white has to maintain order

September 5, 2012 8:58 p.m.

arsonisfun says... #155

September 5, 2012 9:03 p.m.

Wabbbit says... #156

I already voted, but just like to say that Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius has pretty awesome art. Along with Worldspine Wurm .

September 5, 2012 9:27 p.m.

deseroth13 says... #157

I vote for Alpha Tyrranax

September 5, 2012 11:47 p.m.

BatmanUriah says... #158

I didn't see it up there, so my vote is for All Is Dust .

I love how it is practically a full-art card, a mythic rare, and has such bright, crisp colors and details. It's very well done.

September 6, 2012 12:09 a.m.

expedition map

September 6, 2012 4:40 a.m.

JosephSykes says... #160

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite gets my vote; striking and majestic

September 6, 2012 9:56 a.m.

vazhar says... #161

By far my favorite artwork on any card is Deepwood Drummer . Something about how that guy is just going crazy on the drums.

September 6, 2012 10 a.m.

Arborus says... #162

It's pretty hard to choose one out of all the beautiful card art in the game...but I quite like Grim Flowering .

September 6, 2012 10:41 a.m.

pappasmurf91 says... #163

Goblin Grenade for the flavor text and art, sums up every goblin deck perfectly, http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1952

September 6, 2012 2:36 p.m.

Sniperops says... #164

Lol, look at a large picture of Time Warp on google images or something. Does anybody else this the guy kinda looks like Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender? or is it just me?

September 6, 2012 6:35 p.m.

maiden77 says... #165

who won this and what card ended up top? take it it was the glorious Moonveil Dragon ?! i voted for that i am happy haha :-)

September 13, 2012 10:01 a.m.

maiden77 says... #166

never mind just noticed you have given it another week :-P hope the dragon still wins!!!

September 13, 2012 10:03 a.m.

Long_Con says... #167

Yeah... and there was some sort of prize, was there not? I didn't win... I guess the winner has to have had the most common taste in art?

September 13, 2012 10:05 a.m.

maiden77 says... #168

winner is random number generator mate its going on for another week :-)

September 13, 2012 10:12 a.m.


September 14, 2012 3:10 p.m.

ak3036 says... #170

card:Commander's Authority

September 24, 2012 6:28 p.m.

Long_Con says... #171

I do love card:Commander's Authority, fantastic use of the setting sunlight.

Also... when does this end again? :)

September 24, 2012 6:57 p.m.

theonyc says... #172

it already has, around 2 weeks ago, but people still want to comment

September 24, 2012 7:02 p.m.

theonyc says... #173

just to say i lied

September 24, 2012 8:46 p.m.

Long_Con says... #174

But STG never posted who won, or which art won... or did he? Is there a Forum Thread for this?

September 24, 2012 9:02 p.m.

theonyc says... #175

did you not just see the part where i said i lied? it was on september 8th, two weeks and 2 days ago, i have no clue who won though

September 24, 2012 9:39 p.m.

Long_Con says... #176

Ah, wasn't quite clear on the whole lying thing. Very good then.

September 24, 2012 10:19 p.m.

He never came back and announced a winner.

September 25, 2012 12:08 a.m.

jbockhaus says... #178

October 4, 2012 1:59 a.m.

MTG_Player says... #179

Angelic Destiny , card:Sorin's Vengeance, Blood Artist

So basically; Johannes Voss

October 15, 2012 1:04 a.m.

JoeMama says... #180

Hypersonic Dragon, it's just stunning.

October 27, 2012 4:31 p.m.

vishnarg says... #181

This is a beautiful list. If it's still open, I would like to add All Is Dust as just an all around breathtaking artwork.

May 28, 2013 10:23 p.m.

Long_Con says... #182

Absolutely! It's no Raymond Swanland,. but damn, I'd love a foil!

May 29, 2013 12:25 a.m.
May 29, 2013 12:34 a.m.

Isbjornar says... #184

Gustcloak Sentinel is and always has been my favourite card.

June 6, 2013 3:54 a.m.

Fiaz says... #185

my favorite art ever is Angel of Despair i dont really know why i just think the angel look really epic, the moon in the background is very nice. and it dosent hurt its from my favorite edition ever

June 6, 2013 8:01 p.m.

chowline says... #186

looking at Angel of Despair from old ravnica, doesn't the black moon look like Merciless Eviction from the new ravnica?

June 7, 2013 5:44 p.m.

Long_Con says... #187

Also looks like Black Sun's Zenith from Mirrodin... just sayin'. ;)

June 8, 2013 11:13 a.m.

Mos says... #188

My vote goes for Terror . To start with, it's probably the coolest depiction of an ouroboros I've seen anywhere. It's such a bizarre, nightmarish card that it really makes you stop and think. Even in a world where things like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn , Bone Mask , and Mind Rot are commonplace it is still such an outlandish and haunting card.

Macabre Waltz also deserves a mention on this list. Though I personally prefer Terror , waltz is always mentioned when some one asks about the most resonating, shocking, memorable, or unsettling card art.

June 9, 2013 5:09 p.m.

ensavondel says... #189

Gifts Given

It has my vote.

Seems silly but I can't help but stare at it for 10 minutes or so. The colors work so well together. She looks very real, and all the art just flows. It's become my all time favorite card. I plan on making a deck based on it.Moonfolk are beautiful creatures in general. It's a very peaceful card that makes me sigh (in a good way).

July 9, 2013 6:33 p.m.


very dark art, and even darker flavor text, also made me love playing suicide black!

July 11, 2013 1 a.m.

HallowedFury says... #191

Even though it's ended, I think the original Rafiq of the Many, it shows completely the majesty he embodies. Oona, Queen of the Fae. Soft pastel colours draw out the beauty of the card. Anf finally, Slave of Bolas, the enlarged version makes it abundantly clear why. http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs43/f/2009/122/6/b/Slave_of_Bolas_by_SteveArgyle.jpg

July 14, 2013 5:57 a.m.

tntturtle5 says... #192

I'd like to nominate/vote Gift of Orzhova I just really love the coloring on the stain glass wings. Ive heard the foil looks even more amazing, but I have yet to see a foil version in person... Either way, I just really love the art of this card.

August 14, 2013 11:14 p.m.

Bloodthirsty says... #193

Commander's Authority is a clear choice for me. It's beautiful how the artist can work with the light in this artwork. It's so perfect!

August 31, 2013 6:36 a.m.

Wurmcoil Engine - really like those sharp edges reminds me of Sauron+ worm, and also it looks like a bit as a Transformer so it can disassemble into two pieces

September 8, 2013 1:21 p.m.

MaliciousMac says... #195

Orzhov Guildmage , anyone?

October 26, 2013 9:36 p.m.

catrule3564 says... #196

Angelic Overseer has always been my favorite.

December 10, 2013 7:35 p.m.

Long_Con says... #197

What appeals to you about it? :)

December 11, 2013 1:03 a.m.

infinitemana says... #198

Make a Wish gets my vote.

February 2, 2014 4:24 p.m.

SaultyMagic says... #199

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Some-Duck says... #200

June 6, 2015 12:20 a.m.

Sniperops says... #201

Wetland Sambar

Simple card, beautiful art.

June 7, 2015 12:11 a.m.

Really? Anything by Rebecca Guay, but mostly Perish from Tempest. Perish with Tempest borders

August 17, 2015 3:18 p.m.
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mtgmanatee says... #204

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