Scent of a Gamer

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

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

MtG artists: Tony Szczudlo

The most recent new illustration from Tony Szczudlo appeared in 2006, so his artwork can be difficult to track down, whether in person or online. However he illustrated over 75 … Continue reading

June 9, 2019

MtG artists: Filip Burburan

Filip Burburan is one of the current Magic artists who paints in the traditional rather than the digital medium. With over 50 cards illustrated as I write this article, his … Continue reading

May 12, 2019

War of the Spark art review

Recent Magic sets have tied the art to the story quite closely. War of the Spark takes this up to a new level, with effectively the entire story told through … Continue reading

April 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

MtG artists: Zack Stella

Zack Stella’s work first appeared in the 2013 Theros set, and he’s illustrated over 80 cards since that debut. His art can be either bright or dark, and he has … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · 6 Comments

Spiralling Growth: Seb McKinnon returns to Kickstarter

After a successful first Kickstarter, Magic artist Seb McKinnon has returned to Kickstarter with a new set of prints and playmats. Seb is fast becoming the favourite artist of many, … Continue reading

February 23, 2019

MtG artists: Simon Dominic

Simon Dominic is a relative newcomer to Magic: the Gathering art, with his first illustration appearing in Hour of Devastation. He’s illustrated more than 30 cards since then, producing a … Continue reading

February 17, 2019

Ravnica Allegiance art review

Ravnica Allegience showcases the shifting allegiances in Ravnica, guilds are changing their stance and this is causing strife not only between guilds but also within guilds. Overall this leads to … Continue reading

January 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

MtG artists: Anna Steinbauer

Anna Steinbauer started illustrating magic cards in the 2015 Magic origins set, and since then has produced many more illustrations for the game. Here are five of my favourites: This … Continue reading

December 29, 2018 · 4 Comments

MtG artists: Bastien L. Deharme

Bastien Deharme’s work first appeared in the Magic Origins set and his illustrations have appeared regularly since then. He is fast becoming my favourite Magic arts, and I’ll share some … Continue reading

December 9, 2018

Ultimate Masters art review

The latest reprint set from Wizards of the Coast has attract attention for its pricing model of ‘even-more-premium-than-usual’ but there’s some great new art in this set too. Card illustrations … Continue reading

November 24, 2018 · 3 Comments

MtG artists: Titus Lunter

Having illustrated many cards since his 2014, Titus Lunter is probably best known for his many land arts. However his art cover more than just landscapes, here are five of … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

Commander playmats on Kickstarter

Commander is the most popular single casual format for Magic: the Gathering. In this format, players choose a single legendary creature from the game as their Commander. Decks are then … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

MtG artists: Viktor Titov

Viktor Titov has been illustrating cards since the Khans of Tarkir block, making him a relative newcomer to the game. Still over this time he has produced many striking cards, … Continue reading

October 13, 2018

Guilds of Ravnica art review

Magic’s latest set is released this week, and is the first of three sets which all take place in the popular setting of Ravnica. Ravnica is essentially one enormous city, … Continue reading

October 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

MtG artists: Jason Rainville

Jason Rainville’s first cards appeared in 2014, and since then he has illustrated over 50 cards. What follows are some of my favourites. Heir of Falkenrath This is one of … Continue reading

September 15, 2018

MtG artists: Josu Hernaiz

Josu Hernaiz hails from Chile and has been illustrating Magic cards for a few years now. He has produced a clutch of great card illustrations. Ishra Shidiqi, the Usurper This … Continue reading

September 1, 2018

Commander 2018 art review

The Commander sets are an annual release and so far have not been tied to one setting in particular. Sometimes we see overarching themes, but usually these are from the … Continue reading

August 19, 2018

MtG artists: Nils Hamm (second look)

Nils Hamm was among the first Magic artists I profiled in this series, all the way back in 2013, the first year of this blog. Definitely time for an update! … Continue reading

August 4, 2018