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Throne of Eldraine is Magic’s set of fairy tales run through the Magic: the Gathering washing machine.
Both in appearance and in function, the cards leaned in to the fairy tale aspect. Noble knights, evil goblins, and plenty of reference to specific stories.
Trapped in the Tower by Howard Lyon
Here’s a straight up Rapunzel card, with some excellent art by Howard Lyon.
Ardenvale Tactician by Jason Rainville
A knight flies her winged steed between the viewer and the sun in this art from Jason Rainville.
The Great Henge by Adam Paquette
Henges, or standing stones, feature frequently in folk tales from the British Isles and so it’s no surprise to see a card depicting a henge in its guise as a place to travel from one world to another.
Once and Future by Nils Hamm
Arthurian myth looms large in this piece by Nils Hamm, already my favourite Magic artist.
Swamp by Paul Scott Canavan
In this illustration we see swamps as they often appear in folk tales – dark, foreboding places, where witches and other types dwell. The basic lands in general are a visual treat in this set, but this swamp was the standout for me.
You can see all Throne of Eldraine cards here, including the alternate art cards, and cards from the Brawl decks which don’t appear in regular boosters.