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The latest in a line of magic sets has caused a degree of consternation in the Magic community. For every player looking forward to it, there seem to be many who don’t like what this set portends, in terms of the way cards are being package and sold. $100 booster packs are with us.
From an art perspective this set is a treat. Most of the new art comes from the ‘box topper’ art, borderless cards which are given out two per box. These are mainly drawn by artists who have not been commissioned by Wizards in many years. What follows are some of my favourites from the set.
Force of Will by Scott M. Fischer
A great new art for a classic card. New Magic art from Scott M. Fischer was last seen around 2014, so it’s a welcome sight here.
Goblin Guide by Mark Zug
Another classic Magic artist, Mark Zug gives an excellent take on this card. At least that map keeps the sun off.
Atraxa, Praetor’s Voice by Kev Walker
Unlike the first two artists, Kev Walker has produced a steady stream of card art for Magic over twenty years now. I first came across his work in the UK comic 2000AD, so it’s nice to see his art getting bigger on these borderless cards.
Wrath of God by Thomas M. Baxa
Thomas M. Baxa’s first new cards in 8 years appear in Double Masters. This version of Wrath of God can only be obtained at release events, assuming you are able to get to a store.
Avacyn, Angel of Hope by Randy Vargas
Randy Vargas is a modern Magic artist, but I just love this new version of Innistrad’s guardian angel. Avacyn didn’t survive our last visit to Innistrad, but here she is pictured still keeping a ghostly watch over the plane.
You can see all Double Masters cards at Scryfall and pick your own favourites.