Scent of a Gamer

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

Magic’s exclusionary exclusives

When Wizards of the Coast launched their secret lair series last year, I didn’t take much notice. Sure the company was now effectively selling singles to players, but this didn’t … Continue reading

October 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Core Set 2021 art review

Magic’s latest core set is out now, and it’s very much in the vein of Core Set 2020. In years past, core sets have been criticised (and generally ignored by … Continue reading

June 28, 2020 · 3 Comments

Unsanctioned Magic set

The newest ‘Un’ set for Magic is coming very soon. This release takes a different direction to previous Un sets and is released as a set of five decks. There … Continue reading

January 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

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 · 14 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

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

MtG Arena walks back changes (again)

It’s becoming a pattern. Magic Arena devs announce some changes which are obviously detrimental to the community, apropos of nothing. After an outcry, they walk back the changes. Some have … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · 4 Comments

Changes to Magic: the Gathering organised play

Change has been a constant for Magic’s organised play over the past few years, and these changes have not always been well-received. The most recent changes focused on streaming and … Continue reading

August 24, 2019 · 2 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

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: 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

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

Magic’s new competitive scene

Wizards of the Coast chose an eSports convention to make an announcement about Magic’s organized play system. This choice of event should have been prescient but many were still surprised … Continue reading

December 16, 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