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Jumpstart art review

Jumpstart is a new magic: the Gathering set, and it’s made differently to the others. each Jumpstart pack is themes, and includes 8 lands. The idea is that you shuffle the contents of two packs together and play someone else who has done the same.

In a time of face-to-face play I think this would have been successful. For now the attention remains on the notable reprints which have been included in the set, and the concurrent ‘value’ of picking up the boosters.

Like my other art reviews, this art review only considers art new to the game with this set. The link at the end will show you all the cards, both new and reprints.

For now, let’s look at 5 remarkable artworks from this set:

Thriving Heath by Alayna Danner

art by Alayna Danner

Part of a new cycle of dual lands, this heath boasts an impressive sky.

Muxus, Goblin Grandee by Dmitry Burmak

art by Dmitry Burmak

I like this art as it reminds me of goblins from Magic’s past. Many recent sets have seen highly stylised goblins, and while that’s fine, I like seeing this return to type.

Plains (unicorn) by Donato Giancola

art by Donato Giancola

Many (not all) of Jumpstart’s theme packs are themed around a creature type. Each pack also contains a single themed basic land. This Plains from the unicorn deck is my favourite.

Emiel the Blessed by Antonio Jose Manzanedo

art by Antonio Jose Manzanedo

Speaking of unicorns, this illustration from Antonio Jose Manzanedo is my pick for the best of the set. I have a folder containing cards with art I particularly like, and this card will be added in as soon as I can.

Neyith of the Dire Hunt by Magali Villeneuve

art by Magali Villeneuve

Great illustration of a menacing warrior and her even more menacing companion by Magali Villeneuve.

You can see all cards in Jumsptart at Scryfall. If you have never played Magic before, this is a good set to start with as the cards are interesting, and the ‘buy two and shuffle’ system with the packs means you can learn to play first and worry about deckbuilding later.

4 comments on “Jumpstart art review

  1. Bookstooge
    July 5, 2020

    I can see this having had a huge potential for getting new people to play. Not so much now. All the potential is in the reprints as far as I’m concerned.

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    • davekay
      July 5, 2020

      Yes, this set really needed in-person play to thrive. I don’t see it having the same impact on Arena at all. They picked some great reprints.

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  2. maenoferren22
    July 7, 2020

    Some lovely artwork there.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kuribo
    July 28, 2020

    I really like the Plains unicorn and Neyith. Both are really fantastic images and remind me of why I loved MTG growing up 🙂

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