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With the card image gallery complete, it’s time to take a closer look at the art for Born of the Gods. This is the second set in the Theros block, and so continues the theme of a place very closely related to Greek myth, but with a Magic: the Gathering spin.
As the veil between the mortal world and the realm of the gods weakens, there are more enchantment creatures and effects in this set than before. The emphasis is more on spirits and altered creatures, with the large monsters of the first set taking a back seat. They are still around, just not as obvious as before.
Divination by William Murai
Divination is a fairly ordinary card in magic, a three-mana blue spell that lets you draw two cards. With its latest reprint, Wizards has commissioned some truly extraordinary art from William Murai. This art shows one of the characters of the world, Cymede, seeking guidance from the gods at a shrine. A shadowy figure is shown in the sky above. I’m guessing it is supposed to be Xenagos, a planeswlaker who has recently ascended to godhood. It actually looks like another planeswalker, Garruk, to me.
Nyxborn Shieldmate by Eric Deschamps
Statues and artwork coming to life is a theme that tends to resonate with me. In this Eric Deschamps piece we have the image of a hero taking form and emerging from a frieze.
Ephara’s Enlightenment by Wesley Burt
As a goddess associated with white and blue, Ephara is very much as deity of wisdom and learning. This artwork shows knowledge being passed from god to mortal in a literal and awe-inspiring way.
Nyxborn Eidolon by Nils Hamm
There are five nyxborn creatures in Born of the Gods, and two of them are in this selection of five, but for different reasons. This work by Nils Hamm shows the other side of the spirit world; not avatars sent to aid humanity but something more ambiguous. A flash of light reveals a spiritual form in a ruined temple. But is sent to help or to hurt?
Mogis, God of Slaughter by Peter Mohrbacher
As with Theros, there are five gods represented on cards in this set. There will be five more in the last set. Mogis is the god of slaughter and his minotaur form is no accident. The minotaurs of Theros are rampaging through human lands, chanting the same of their god as they kill and burn. Rather than individual large monsters to beat, in this set the heroes are called on the battle a horde of bloodthirsty minotaurs.