Spider Art Cards

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Posted on Oct. 12, 2021, 6:56 a.m. by Unlife

I'm working on a project, but I could use some help. I'm looking for a list of cards that include spiders in their art, but are NOT spider creatures. Some are obvious such as Spider Umbra, and some, such as Aerial Predation have what is clearly a spider in their art though it isn't in the name. I know a few off the top of my head, but I don't think I could look at every magic card ever printed to check each card art.

Any reference is appreciated, thanks in advance.

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October 12, 2021 8:44 a.m.

here is a list of all cards with the word "spider" in the name that aren't spiders by type.

October 12, 2021 11:53 a.m.

Terrifying Presence could also work

October 12, 2021 11:55 a.m.

Balaam__ says... #6

I always thought Aerial Predation was a whip scorpion. But I think that’s still an arachnid, so close enough I suppose.

October 12, 2021 12:25 p.m.

Gattison says... #7

Scryfall has a feature that you can use to find "art tags." You can search for stuff using the syntax "art:spider" (no quotation marks). And you can replace "spider" with anything, like "boats" or "chairs." As long as other people have noticed it and tagged it, you can search for it there.

For your convenience: Cards tagged with "spider art" on Scryfall.

October 12, 2021 6 p.m.

Damn it, I hadn't seen your comment and had gone to scryfall and copied the link already thinking I was helpful

October 12, 2021 10:46 p.m.

Unlife says... #10

seshiro_of_the_orochi Thanks for the cards

FormOverFunction It may be easier, and it may be an option at some point when I have a big chunk of time, but I wanted to borrow tappedout user's memories first

Omniscience_is_life Thanks for the list, I've got most of them but Terrifying Presence is new.

Balaam__ Hmm, I may have to look into that, I never noticed the claws before.

Gattison That is awesome, I never knew scryfall would do that, thanks. It's got some great cards I never noticed, though I'm sure I'll still have to search up others if its missing things like Spider Umbra

Wendithewendigo If I can get your link to open I'll check to see if the changing search terms gave up any new cards as well, thanks.

October 12, 2021 10:55 p.m.

Gattison says... #11

Ah, well, Wendithewendigo went the extra step that I was too lazy to do, and tried to post this link, filtering out actual spider creatures: non-spider cards tagged as having spiders in their art... on Scryfall... by random people. (I entered the specific syntax manually into the general search bar. "art:spider -type:spider". Maybe Wendi used the "advanced search" options and that's why her link didn't work? Just speculating here.)

Keep in mind that (afaik) this feature that Scryfall offers is strictly dependent upon which volunteers take the time to tag which cards. I imagine that a lot of the time people might skip tagging obvious cards like Spider Umbra because they assume others would have already tagged it, therefore...

Unlife: For your search criteria, I recommend "running the full gauntlet" (as I call it). Search for each of the following individually (NOT altogether, with multiple search restrictions holding each other back):

  • Cards with the word "spider" in their name. https://scryfall.com/search?q=Name%3Aspider&unique=cards&as=grid&order=name (Which it sounds like you've already done.)
  • Cards with the Subtype "spider." https://scryfall.com/search?q=type%3Aspider&unique=cards&as=grid&order=name (Do NOT specify "type:creature" in your search restrictions, just in case there's a "tribal" card, or something like that.)
  • Cards with the word "spider" in their textbox. https://scryfall.com/search?as=grid&order=name&q=oracle%3Aspider (This way you find all the "tribal" instants, sorceries, enchantments, etc. that synergize with your overall theme/gimmick.)
  • Cards with spiders in their artwork (on Scryfall this is "art:spider," but you knew that, ofc ;) LINKED ABOVE; REMEMBER: LAZY)
  • And for completionists, cards with the word "spider" in the FLAVOR text. https://scryfall.com/search?as=grid&order=name&q=flavor%3Aspider (Mad respect if you go this deep, you Vorthos lil' bugger you.)

And just so nobody shows me up again, I went ahead and unlazily included the links. HAHA! Fool me once, as they say... (well, I tried too, anyway... darnit XD )

And finally, I just want to say, Blackxp has impressed the F*** out of of me with the dedication they've shown to cultivating this Vorthos bear list. Blackxp has even gone so far as to contact multiple artists to verify whether or not bears are actually depicted in the art of certain cards, and it seems like the artist is usually willing to respond honestly. So, there is always the HARDCORE option, too. :D

October 13, 2021 12:23 a.m.

Gattison says... #12

Oh and one more thing, be creative: seshiro_of_the_orochi's post reminds me that you can also search for things like "web" or maybe "eight legs" in place of "spider" to expand your pool of viable cards.

October 13, 2021 12:30 a.m.

Unlife says... #13

Gattison Thank you for taking the time to add the extra links, I really appreciate it. That bear list is, well, its beyond insane. Also, incredible and something to aim for very long term, I'm not sure I'll be diving that deep, at least not yet.

October 14, 2021 4:55 p.m.

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