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The 2019 Commander set releases August 23 for Magic: the Gathering players. As always this set is a mix of old and new cards. All the new cards have new art of course, and so do some of the older cards.
Similar to core sets, Commander decks have no unifying world in which they take place, so the art is both more varied and less focused than for standard Magic sets. Here’s five of my favourites, all art for new cards.
Dinosaurs are about to rotate out of Standard, but they are too popular a creature type to drop entirely. Sets like Commander (and core sets) will probably see a few dinosaurs for the foreseeable future.
Unlike dinosaurs, dragons have been with us since Magic’s first set and aren’t going anywhere. With art like this, I’m happy to see them stick around.
There’s still plenty of room in Magic for good character illustrations, like this piece from Antonio Manzanedo.
Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero
I said Commander sets don’t have a theme, but one theme that does come across from the 2019 set is giving updated cards to characters from the Weatherlight Saga. This was a Magic story 20 years ago, and some of the cards printed for key characters in the story were underwhelming to say the least. With Commander 2019 this has been amended, and with some great new character art to boot.
Another great single monster piece, and I’ve always been a sucker for well-drawn clouds!
You can see all the decklists for Commander 2019 at the Wizards website.