Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

Donato Giancola interview

He’s one of my favourite Magic: the Gathering artists, though in fact he’s probably better known for his Science Fiction and Lord of the Rings art. This interview is great … Continue reading

May 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Commander 2020 art review

The 2020 Commander release features five decks, a return to the number of decks in the initial Commander releases. In recent years, 4 decks have been offered. This set is … Continue reading

April 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Creating Yidaro with Jesper Ejsing

Over on Muddy Colors, artist Jesper Ejsing shares the process he used to create the art for Yidaro, Wandering Monster. I featured this card in my Ikoria art review. Here’s … Continue reading

April 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

Ikoria art review

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is Magic’ newest set. Due to COVID-19 it’s experiencing a staggered rather than simultaneous global release. Asia is receiving the set as originally scheduled, while the … Continue reading

April 19, 2020 · 7 Comments

Fetchlands are back

Wizards’ latest Secret Lair announcement is different to those we have seen so far: Yes, the Fetchlands are back, in their own very large box, and each card comes in … Continue reading

March 14, 2020 · 6 Comments

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 … Continue reading

January 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Explore MtG art: Greg Staples

Welcome to the first in a new art series, exploring the Magic art of individual artists. First up is UK artist Greg Staples, who has illustrated well over 200 cards … Continue reading

January 12, 2020 · 7 Comments

2019 Magic art review

2019 was a good year for Magic art, driven mainly by the fairy-tale themed Throne of Eldraine set. Other sets provided their visual gems too, as we shall see. Card … Continue reading

December 29, 2019 · 2 Comments

MtG artists: Yongjae Choi

Yongjae Choi has illustrated over 50 Magic cards, beginning with a single card in Aether Revolt. He seems a popular choice with Wizards when it comes to illustrating planeswalkers. Here’s … Continue reading

December 8, 2019 · 13 Comments

MtG artists: Zezhou Chen

Zezhou Chen’s art first appeared on Magic cards in 2016’s Shadows Over Innistrad set, with a single card featured. Fortunately more commissions followed and there are now several dozen cards … Continue reading

November 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

John Avon playmats back on Kickstarter

Beloved Magic artist John Avon is back on Kickstarter with a second project to put his card art on playmats. This one is looking good, and looks like being even … Continue reading

October 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

MtG artists: Scott Murphy

Scott Murphy has produced a series of illustrations for Magic: the Gathering, starting with the original Theros block, and is still illustrating cards today. Here are five of my favourites … Continue reading

October 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Throne of Eldraine art review

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 … Continue reading

October 5, 2019 · 7 Comments

Storybook time for Magic: the Gathering

The upcoming set for Magic, Throne of Eldraine, features the game’s take on fairy tales. One benefit of this approach is the amazing art being revealed as the set’s release … Continue reading

September 22, 2019 · 4 Comments

MtG artists: Scott Chou

Scott Chou’s art appeared on over 50 Magic cards between 2009 and 2013. Since then we haven’t seen his art on cards, other than reprints of those appearing during this … Continue reading

September 8, 2019 · 4 Comments

Commander 2019 art review

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 … Continue reading

August 18, 2019 · 8 Comments

MtG artists: Seb McKinnon (second look)

At lot has changed since I first profiled Magic artist Seb McKinnon back in 2015. He has now illustrated over 100 cards, and is a firm fan favourite. His appeal … Continue reading

August 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

MtG artists: Victor Adame Minguez

Victor Adame Minguez is a relatively new artist, having debuted in the Battle for Zendikar set. Since then he has illustrated well over 50 cards and tokens. His art is … Continue reading

July 14, 2019 · 4 Comments

Core Set 2020 art review

Core sets tend not to have a theme or specific setting, though in the case of Core Set 2020 I get a distinct impression that the realm of Theros is … Continue reading

July 13, 2019 · 4 Comments

Modern Horizons art review

Modern Horizons is the latest Magic set and it’s a unique one. Ostensibly aimed at the Modern format, this set features cards new to that format, and most of them … Continue reading

June 16, 2019 · 2 Comments