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MtG artists: Zack Stella

Zack Stella’s work first appeared in the 2013 Theros set, and he’s illustrated over 80 cards since that debut. His art can be either bright or dark, and he has a keen eye for the kinds of details that surprise and delight Magic’s story fans.

Here are five of my favourites of his work:


Damnation (Amonkhet Invocations)

This version still managed to reference Kev Walker’s original, with disintegrating bodies being drawn upwards. This time though we have Nicol Bolas front and centre as the cause of this destruction.

Elspeth, Knight Errant

Elspeth, Knight-Errant (Mythic Edition)

Another reprint, this card shows Elspeth in Theros’ underworld. Her armour shows the wound from Heliod’s betrayal, and she has forged her death mask. This mask has the same points of light as her sword, suggesting she still enjoys a level of divine favour. Will we see Elspeth’s return? Maybe.

Soul of Theros

Soul of Theros (Magic 2015)

This avatar embodies the realm of Theros. The lovely starfield in the background is what drew me to this piece, but the central figure looks suitable imposing and glow with divine blessings.

Dromoka Warrior

Dromoka Warrior (Dragons of Tarkir)

The mood in this piece is suitably sombre.

Heavenly Blademaster

Heavenly Blademaster (Commander 2018)

An angel with a pair of flaming swords and a fiery halo charges forward. One of my overall favourites from the 2018 Commander sets.

See all cards illustrated by Zack Stella, or visit the artist’s ArtStation page.

6 comments on “MtG artists: Zack Stella

  1. Bookstooge
    April 14, 2019

    I am hoping we get an orzhov Elspeth whenever we go back to Theros. She’d be great in my knight deck 🙂

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    • davekay
      April 14, 2019

      Yes it’s strange we don’t have a planeswalker that cares about Knights. Even Elspeth always made soldier tokens previously. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is the only one I can think of.

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      • Bookstooge
        April 14, 2019

        I had high hopes when Dominaria came out with all the various knights in black and white, but a tribal knight PW never materialized. Guess I’ll just keep on waiting.

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      • davekay
        April 14, 2019

        I liked Aryel, but haven’t used the card outside of limited since.

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      • Bookstooge
        April 14, 2019

        I stuck him in my edh knight deck, but out of the 10’ish games I’ve played with it, haven’t cast him once.

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  2. theimperfectmodeller
    April 20, 2019

    Great art work.

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