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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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cjk73 says... #1

Orcish Librarian all the way!!!

August 29, 2012 6:36 p.m.

qk1 says... #2

Disintegrate . Perfect red card, with perfect art.

August 29, 2012 7:26 p.m.

Scaglio says... #3

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... #4

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... #5

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... #6

@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... #7

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... #8

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... #9

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... #10

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... #11

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... #12

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

September 2, 2012 9:39 a.m.

miracleHat says... #13

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... #14

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

September 2, 2012 4:29 p.m.

parasitian says... #15

I need to mention frickin Massacre Wurm THAT TOOTHY GRIN

September 2, 2012 5:16 p.m.

pookypuppy6 says... #16

Hehehe, my friend calls him LolWurm

September 2, 2012 5:46 p.m.

parasitian says... #17


September 2, 2012 6:10 p.m.

Exiistential says... #18

September 3, 2012 3:44 a.m.

masterp says... #19

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... #20

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... #21

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... #22

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

September 5, 2012 8:27 p.m.

theonyc says... #23

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... #24

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... #25

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... #26

September 5, 2012 9:03 p.m.

Wabbbit says... #27

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... #28

I vote for Alpha Tyrranax

September 5, 2012 11:47 p.m.

BatmanUriah says... #29

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... #31

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

September 6, 2012 9:56 a.m.

vazhar says... #32

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... #33

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... #34

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... #35

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... #36

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... #37

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... #38

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... #39

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... #41

card:Commander's Authority

September 24, 2012 6:28 p.m.

Long_Con says... #42

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... #43

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

September 24, 2012 7:02 p.m.

theonyc says... #44

just to say i lied

September 24, 2012 8:46 p.m.

Long_Con says... #45

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... #46

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... #47

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... #49

October 4, 2012 1:59 a.m.

MTG_Player says... #50

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

So basically; Johannes Voss

October 15, 2012 1:04 a.m.

JoeMama says... #51

Hypersonic Dragon, it's just stunning.

October 27, 2012 4:31 p.m.

vishnarg says... #52

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... #53

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

May 29, 2013 12:25 a.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #54

May 29, 2013 12:34 a.m.

Isbjornar says... #55

Gustcloak Sentinel is and always has been my favourite card.

June 6, 2013 3:54 a.m.

Fiaz says... #56

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... #57

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... #58

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

June 8, 2013 11:13 a.m.

Mos says... #59

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... #60

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... #62

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... #63

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... #64

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... #66

Orzhov Guildmage , anyone?

October 26, 2013 9:36 p.m.

catrule3564 says... #67

Angelic Overseer has always been my favorite.

December 10, 2013 7:35 p.m.

Long_Con says... #68

What appeals to you about it? :)

December 11, 2013 1:03 a.m.

infinitemana says... #69

Make a Wish gets my vote.

February 2, 2014 4:24 p.m.

SaultyMagic says... #70

March 29, 2015 10:35 p.m.

Some-Duck says... #71

June 6, 2015 12:20 a.m.

Sniperops says... #72

Wetland Sambar

Simple card, beautiful art.

June 7, 2015 12:11 a.m.

malfeischylde says... #73

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

August 17, 2015 3:18 p.m.

MooneBoyIrish says... #74

November 3, 2015 7:34 p.m.

mtgmanatee says... #75

January 25, 2016 5:57 p.m.

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