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Core Set 2020 art review

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.

See all cards from Core Set 2020 here.

4 comments on “Core Set 2020 art review

  1. Bookstooge
    July 13, 2019

    I’ve already heard/read Rotting Regisaur nicknamed Reggie. At least that nickname makes sense, unlike some I’ve heard before (but can’t remember off the top of my head)

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    • davekay
      July 13, 2019

      Yes, I find a lot of Magic card nicknames seem designed to make sense only if you’ve played the game intensely over the past 20 years.

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      • Bookstooge
        July 13, 2019

        I went to my local game store today for the first time in almost a year to play with a friend. It was Friday about 1pm. It was filled with older teens and young 20 something’s. Half the time I had no idea what I was even overhearing. It made me laugh and cringe on the inside all at the same time 🙂

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