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Core sets tend not to have a theme or specific setting, though in the case of Core Set 2020 I get a distinct impression that the realm of Theros is in the sights for a return visit. Still that hasn’t stopped a number of great artworks not tied to the greek-themed world from making an impression here.
As with other core sets in Magic there are a lot of reprints with art we’ve already seen. However there are plenty of new illustrations to fall in love with.
Here are five of my favourites.
Moldervine Reclamation by Antonio Jose Manzanedo
This will be the first card many players have seen from this artist, but in fact he illustrated several cards which only appear on the Magic Arena tutorial. Hopefully we’ll see more like this in future sets too.
Icon of Ancestry by Chris Seaman
I do like a well-drawn stained glass window on a Magic card, so this illustration from Chris Seaman is one of my favourites from the set.
Sephara, Sky’s Blade by Livia Prima
I would nominate this card as my favourite art of the entire set.
Rotting Regisaur by Randy Vargas
Randy Vargas knocked it out of the park in this set. Rotting Regisaur is my favourite of his but all the cards he illustrated for Core Set 2020 are fantastic. Check them out.
Mountain by Piotr Dura
Basic lands are the cards player spend most time looking at in a game, so I like mine to be attention-getting. This mountain from Piotr Dura fits the bill. Right now it’s only available as a foil promo, but I hope to see a non-foil version in due course.