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Magic 2019 art review

Core sets are returning to Magic: the Gathering. A few years ago, they were discontinued on the basis that they weren’t “exciting” enough, and replaced with two two-set blocks each year.

That didn’t work out so well, and now two-set blocks are gone and core sets are back, starting with Magic 2019.

As with all core sets since Magic 2010, this one features new art. In the case of Magic 2019 there’s also a story theme, dealing with the early history of Nicol Bolas, and this comes across strongly in the art.

Nicol Bolas the Arisen by Svetlin Velinov

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We start with the protagonist of this story, who is also Magic’s main antagonist at the moment. Nicol Bolas. There is a single two-faced card in the set, and it represents Nicol Bolas’ original transformation into a planeswalker, seen on this art by Svetlin Velinov.

Alpine Moon by Alayna Danner

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Probably my favourite art of the set, this red enchantment messes with your opponent’s non-basic lands.

Liliana Untouched by Death by Bastien L. Deharme

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Magic 2019 features five planeswalkers whose lives were affected by the actions of Nicol Bolas. Liliana is one such, as Bolas brokered a pact between her and four demons for eternal youth and power. With the demons dead, Liliana now finds herself a slave of Bolas.

Skeleton Archer by Randy Vargas

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Core sets contain a lot of basic Magic cards which do simple things in the game. That doesn’t mean the art needs to be basic, as seen in this wonderful piece by Randy Vargas.

Vivien Reid by Anna Steinbauer

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Vivien is another planeswalker whose life was touched by Bolas. Unlike Liliana, this is a new character to the game. Presumably Bolas’ influence has something to do with the destroyed forest and spirit animals around Vivien, but we’ll have to find that out over the next few weeks.

 

If you enjoyed this art, click here to see the Magic 2019 card image gallery.

6 comments on “Magic 2019 art review

  1. Bookstooge
    July 14, 2018

    So Viv is going to be the replacement for Nissa I guess, eh? I think they really need to scale back on the planeswalkers…

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    • Bookstooge
      July 14, 2018

      says the guy who is salivating at the thought of the new Ajani PW card 😀

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    • davekay
      July 14, 2018

      Believe it or not, Vivien is the first new planeswalker character of 2018. All the other cards so far this year are of returning characters.

      Apparently they needed a different Nissa as they wanted 5 planeswalkers whose lives were affected by Bolas in some way.

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      • Bookstooge
        July 14, 2018

        I was thinking more of they need to stop having so many of the blasted things. Make them special, none of this superfriends deck tech stuff.
        2 planeswalkers a year gets my vote. Hahahaa. I mean, they have 10(!!!!!!!!!!!) PW’s in C19. The regular and then the 5 pw deck versions. That is just too many…

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      • davekay
        July 14, 2018

        11 when you include flip side of Bolas…

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      • Bookstooge
        July 14, 2018

        Oh yeah. See? That’s just too many…

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