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Theros: Beyond death art review

The latest Magic: the Gathering set takes us back to the land of Theros, to pick up from the aftermath of of our original visit.

Elspeth, having solved the sun god Heloid’s problem, was promptly killed by him, to tie everything up in a neat little package.

However, you can’t keep a good hero down

Elspeth conquers death by Ryan Yee

Elspeth is back from the underworld, but her release has caused a fair amount of chaos on Theros, for gods and heroes both.

That’s about it for story, as since last year’s high water mark of War of the Spark, Magic’s story has crumbled to almost nothing.

See my War of the Spark art review here to see how important the story used to be.

That said, there’s plenty to like here among the art.

art by Bastien L. Deharme

We have villains and heroes alike

art by Greg Staples

There’s also an interesting new take on basic lands, taking Theros’ starfield and applying it to each of Magic’s mana types.

art by Sam Burley

These lands have proved quite controversial among Magic players, with players seemingly either loving or hating this new take on lands.

I’m in the love them camp and I may even buy a few boosters just to get my hands on some (they only come in regular boosters and collector boosters).

Overall, I have to give the nod to this piece by Chris Rallis as my favourite of the set:

art by Chris Rallis

You can see all cards in the set at Scryfall. What are some of your favourites?


This entry was posted on January 19, 2020 by in Art, MtG Artists and tagged , , , .
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