Best MTG Art?

by Blakroc on 11 May 2011

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What is the best art you have ever seen on a card? Post yours and I'll add it to the list! Please only post one card that you want added to the list (I will add only the first card if you don't specify), thanks.

My personal favorite is Niv-Mizzet the Firemind.

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Deck discussion for Best MTG Art?

I love just how disconcerting the artwork is on Foresee. I've got friends who can't look at it without their brain hurting :p

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Posted 11 May 2011 at 21:06

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Mask of riddles, Heart of light, Yixlid Jailer, Ragged Veins, Vulshok Sorcerer, Haru-Onna, Verduran Enchantress, Naya Battlemage, Cylian Elf, Verdant Eidolon XD hope thats not too much

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Posted 11 May 2011 at 21:11

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Veronique Meignaud's full art Swamp from Zendikar. :D Not many people have a land as their favorite art, but I do!

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Posted 11 May 2011 at 21:15

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It's the 3rd one that you linked to, if you want to remove the others.

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Posted 11 May 2011 at 21:40

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Nice choice! Edited.

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Posted 11 May 2011 at 21:41

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Emperial Archangel, Path to Exile

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Posted 11 May 2011 at 23:19

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Phyrexian Obliterator.

Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

REALLY creepy but awsome

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Posted 12 May 2011 at 00:02

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Suture Priest!!

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Posted 12 May 2011 at 00:21

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added. I also put Braids, Cabal Minion on the list. CREEEEPYYY

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Posted 12 May 2011 at 00:30

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I really love Arcanis, The Omnipotent, it's my favorite image on All magic

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Posted 12 May 2011 at 15:58

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Alloy Myr, from New Phyrexia.

IT IS THE MOST, ADORABLE, THING, EVER. <3<3<3

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Posted 13 May 2011 at 00:54

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herp da derp

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 02:53

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Demonic hordes scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, and flesh allergy is nasty too.

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Posted 13 May 2011 at 16:38

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where is river of tears, that art is just amazing.
and orzhow guildmage mage is also nice imo.

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Posted 14 May 2011 at 09:36

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http://www.mtgvault.com/ViewCard_Popup.aspx?CardName=Swamp&Edition=ALA&Print=1

My favorit swamp card.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 00:22

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mayael, the anima
and anything by raymond swanland. i will say marrow shards

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 00:30

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I love Raymond Swanland's art. he is really amazing

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 00:37

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 01:07

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Savra, Queen of the Golgari !

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 01:14

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The Ravnica lands. Particularly the islands by Stephan Martiniere and Anthony S. Waters. Also: Progenitus, Knight Exemplar, Dolmen Gate, Angel Heart Vial, and Leyline of Sanctity.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 01:17

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YES. Finally someone who agrees, Ravnica lands are the best.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 01:18

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Especially the forests

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 02:39

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I LOVE the forests from Ravnica. I guess the only reason that I didn't put those down is because I was working on a blue deck when I commented on this.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 21:29

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Ravnica did indeed have all the best lands, because they had such a variety of awesomeness! Zendikar lands were really cool, when full body, but Ravnica lands (all of them, really) were just sweet without need to be full body art!

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 06:54

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 01:17

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All is Dust is pretty epic.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 01:18

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Totally agree with Chrispychinski about All is Dust.

But my all time favorite artwork is Goblin Piledriver.
Honorable Mentions: Worms of the Earth, Mayael, The Anima, Infernal Medusa, and anything by Quinton Hoover. (Vesuvan Doppleganger for reference)

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 01:29

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 01:25

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Jhoira of the Ghitu

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 02:02

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Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is the best.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 02:05

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You mean Mrs. Pyramid Head? :P

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 07:04

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I have two foil ones and they look great!

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Posted 19 May 2011 at 01:46

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can i say what the worst card art from new phyrexia is? Batterskull. By far the most disappointing art for such a good card that I've ever seen =/

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 02:16

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Master Transmuter

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 02:43

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She is HOT!

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 05:38

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The original art for Nightmare and Shivan Dragon, Melissa Benson was the best back then. Not to mention the vibrant colors she used for the original Lord of Atlantis...

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 03:09

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Alloy Myr...

LOOKS SO AMAZING.

Frankly, my most favorite card picture ever.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 03:13

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Tenth Edition Terror

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 03:15

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i like tye textless promo lots

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 06:50

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Latulla , keldon overseer. Atalya , samite master. Nicol bolas ( non planeswalker)

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 03:32

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Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 03:47

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Mayael's Aria, basically anything drawn by either John Avon or Raymond Swanland. The unhinged swamp done by John Avon is just insane, I want a painting of it.

Surgical Extraction, both the normal and promo art is just awesome.

I have an album on the forums of some artwork I like a lot, though I do need to add a lot more to it.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 04:17

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You're right about the Unhinged lands, John Avon at his best.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 04:30

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john avons work is amazing i 3rd you

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Posted 10 June 2011 at 18:03

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john avons work is amazing i 3rd you

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Posted 10 June 2011 at 18:06

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Melira is really cool. She's pretty hot you gotta admit.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 04:51

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It That Betrays and Banefire are my favs :D

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 05:00

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Foresee definitely hurts my brain.

So many beautiful cards on here, there's a lot that I don't remember but I'll flip through my EDH decks and find some. Of the ones on the list already, Progenitus is my favorite, the mental image is scary if you imagine him. A lot of the NPH cards are really creepy too, I love Obliterator and Sheoldred

If I had to post one, some old favorites from Alara: Rafiq of the Many, or his companion enchant Finest Hour. Love the colors in the Alara set, and the real fantasy-esque hero art.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 05:18

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Foil Life's Finale. It's just amazing.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 06:29

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And I also LOVE Indomitable Archangel (Foil and normal)

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 06:31

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Sorry, I know you only wanted one, but I really like John Avon's basic Forest from Onslaught. The one with the light.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 06:52

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I can't really say for sure what is my favorite, but two recent cards that I absolutely loved the art for are Nirkana Revenant and Bloodghast.

Also River of Tears, but that's already on the list ;P

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 07:03

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Basically anything by Chippy is boss

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 08:03

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fling and redirect are have really funny art, i would put them there.
also Carnifex demon is awesome, and lands from zendikar and from unhinged

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 09:28

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cesored :D

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 10:17

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My favorite art is Mental Misstep.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 10:26

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Ajani Goldmane :D

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 10:32

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 13:19

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damnation and garruks companion

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 13:21

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dralnu lich lord looks pretty cool (although when i first saw him i thought it was a mask instead of his original face but he still looks cool) then glimpse the unthinkable is rather alright... expecially when people see it come out of ur hand milling 1/6 their total library ;) lol....

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 13:29

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I'd have to say the art that fascinates me the most would have to be Exhume from Urza's Saga, or on a less creepy note the Coldsnap edition Snow-Covered Swamp :D

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 15:19

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Obelisk of Naya. And plains 290 from ravnica.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 16:04

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and also DCI promo lightning bolt.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 16:13

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Added the Obelisk, and the Ravnica land is already on the list.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 16:44

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URABRASK THE HIDDEN HAS BEAST ARTWORK

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 16:53

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Progenitus. Elegent, beautiful, powerful, and magestic art.

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 18:19

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Priests of Norn! :D

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 19:40

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Nicol bolas the plansewalker, and jace the mind sculptor

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 22:19

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Posted 15 May 2011 at 23:50

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 00:41

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Emrakul, Ulamog and Kozilek. In fact i think all the Eldrazi have cool artwork.

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 00:41

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SAVAGE BEATING

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 00:47

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 00:48

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FORM OF DRAGON...

although not the old ones

but this sarkhan's version
http://magiccards.info/scans/en/fvd/7.jpg

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 00:58

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 01:00

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Display of my dark power is cool and so is pools of becoming

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 03:15

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Violent Ultimatum

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 03:28

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I always liked the original art on Dragon Whelp

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 03:34

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It needs more Raymond Swanland art. Like Kuldotha Flamefiend and hex parasite

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 12:25

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Incandescent Soulstoke & Jace The Mind Sculptor

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 17:20

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 20:25

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 20:27

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Form of the dragon in 'from the vault:dragons' however since mtgvault doesn't have that option (and somebody already said the other form art)

Sarkhan the mad with his sweet battle armor and glowing red eyes.

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 20:31

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I really like War Report because it looks like Clone Wars. Also Glizza's Scorn is very cool as well. I also like Brass Squire just because it looks... ummm *insert sweet word here*... yeah. Can you check out my standard tournament deck, I need advice on it.
http://www.mtgvault.com/ViewDeck.aspx?DeckID=185319

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 20:42

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Oni Possession

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 21:33

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I like Fusion Elemental and Ethersworn Adjudicator. Molten Frame is also pretty cool.

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Posted 16 May 2011 at 22:37

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Survival of the Fittest

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 00:45

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Dance of the Dead - Best Art ever
Classic Art work.
Art depicts the cards Name and Mechanics pretty good as well

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 01:05

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I really love the art for Vigor.

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 01:30

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And also, Kazandu Blademaster.

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 01:44

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Definitly elvish ranger from alliances

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 01:57

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Nether Traitor!

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 04:36

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My favorite as a kid was always "Living Wall"

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 05:08

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Hellfire, Island of Wak Wak, but most of all
the BEST art IMO is that of
"Old Man Of The SEA" mainly for comedy purposes, who doesn't like a old pervert dry humping the back of a man's neck. while simultaneously smacking him along with a wicker stick.

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 06:50

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Sen Triplets, Herald Of Leshrac, Jace Beleren, Stuffy Doll, Sorin Markov.

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 17:24

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Lord of the Pit was pretty cool and anime jace, but time reversal has got to be the best

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 17:39

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Angelhart Vial. Worst card, best art. =D

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 18:06

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plague myr

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 18:38

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Orcish Conscripts ftw!

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Posted 17 May 2011 at 19:27

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Newer cards: Etched Champion and Puresteel Paladin. Older: Sibilant Spirit, original Dark Ritual, and Wyluli Wolf.

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 00:07

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serra avenger

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 00:41

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if i can proposing again i would said dark temper...

every card with sarkhan vol art was cool for me:)

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 00:52

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Darksteel Relic is epic!

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 00:57

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My vote goes to Shivan Meteor. You KNOW that guy is like "OH WHAT THE **--! " *Boom, Headshot*

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 03:28

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shame on you wheres your mirridon silver myr

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 04:46

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Yeah, it's expensive, and yes, people hate to play against it, and yes it's way overpowered... blah blah blah. But I can't seriously be the only person who thinks Jace, the Mind Sculptor looks unbelievably BA in that art! It just so epic!

Other than that, I've always been a sucker for the art on lands. My favorite are probably Hallowed Fountain, Godless Shrine, Watery Grave, Scalding Tarn, and the Zendikar Island by VĂ©ronique Meignaud.
That's a lot, I know... If I had to narrow it down, I'd say Jace, the Island and Hallowed Fountain though it's really tough.:/

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 07:03

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you should consider puresteel paladin.. :)

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 16:17

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 16:26

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oh, and khalni hydra also :D

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Posted 18 May 2011 at 16:29

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Just a few of my favorites, I'm totally not a Chippy, Steve Argyle, or Liliana Vess fan :P:

Augur of Skulls
Ravinca Swamp by Stephan Martiniere
Lots of John Avon lands too many to list
Guul Draz Vampire
M10 Hypnotic Specter
M10/M11 Duress
Garruk vs. Liliana Snuff Out
M11 Liliana Vess
Chandra Ablaze/Nalaar
M11 Maritime Guard
Lich's Mirror
Simian Specter
Suture Priest
Copperhorn Scout
Daarken's Drudge Skeletons
Jace Beleren
Liliana's Caress (I'm not a Liliana Vess fan, not at all >.>)
alt art for Liliana's Specter
Burning Wish
Act of Treason
Chippy's Lord of the Pit
Vigil For The Lost
Chris Rahn's Enslave
Need For Speed
Masked Gorgon
Soul Collector
Baneslayer Angel
Aether Adept
Damnation
Geosurge
Blind Zealot
Chandra's Spitfire
Jace vs Chandra Chandra Nalaar
Nirkana Revevnant
Whispering Specter
Elspeth, Knight Errant
Barony Vampire
Bloodthrone Vampire
Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
Kalastria Highborn
Vein Drinker
Jesper Myrfor's Will-o'-the-Wisp
Camel (ok this one mostly just because Camel is just the most awesome creature in the game :P)


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Posted 18 May 2011 at 23:34

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thraximundar is THE best art i have seen on any card, bar none

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Posted 19 May 2011 at 00:04

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i'm sorry if you take this the wrong way, but this list seems a bit biased towards elesh norn themed cards... imean the praetor card art is really good, but marrow shards....? i think thats pushing it.

but hey, IMO

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Posted 19 May 2011 at 00:11

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including priest of norn... maybe?

what's so interesting about these kite-headed stud? but is maybe's just me

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Posted 19 May 2011 at 01:33

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Posted 19 May 2011 at 01:34

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None of these are cards I chose, other people suggested them.

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Posted 19 May 2011 at 02:19

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Posted 10 June 2011 at 08:58

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thank you for putting up thraxi

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Posted 27 June 2011 at 01:31

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i think Lord of Shatterskull Pass has a beautifully malignant art

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Posted 19 May 2011 at 00:06

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I would like LOTUS COBRA please. Ta

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Posted 19 May 2011 at 04:39

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overall i think this 'deck' could give a positive feedback for future MTG cards artworks:)

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Posted 19 May 2011 at 18:02

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The original art for Fire Elemental.

It's hot. Get it? Fire? Hot?

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Posted 20 May 2011 at 06:44

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Chameleon colossus, and that island from Zendikar Or world wake, with the big bowls of water. (full art)

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Posted 20 May 2011 at 14:34

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Corrupted conscience and linvala, keeper of silence. (super hot)

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Posted 20 May 2011 at 14:39

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Lost Soul Legends Card. Amazing Artwork and Flavor Text.

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Posted 20 May 2011 at 16:58

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Balefire leige and glory of warfare

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Posted 20 May 2011 at 18:47

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Jace the Mind Sculptor, 3 people have already asked for it.

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Posted 21 May 2011 at 05:31

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Ancient Hellkite, Predator Dragon and Hellkite Igniter

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Posted 21 May 2011 at 07:02

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vampire nighthawk

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Posted 21 May 2011 at 18:38

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claws of valakut, glissa's scorn and divine offering

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Posted 22 May 2011 at 18:34

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It is way to hard for me to choose out of my top 5 most played cards in my newly posted God's Final Damnation deck so i will list all of them.
1. Diabolic Tutor
2. Day Of Judgment (THE FOIL ONE!!)
3. Horobi, Death's Wail
4. Life's Finale (THE FOIL ONE!!)
5. Phyrexian Rebirth
All of the above cards are just beautiful and you guys should check out the deck that i have posted with all of them in.
"God's Final Damnation"

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Posted 22 May 2011 at 20:40

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But i Do think i have another favorite art its Stabbing Pain the guy has a hernia!!
Haha win!!

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Posted 22 May 2011 at 20:46

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Wow, this one of the top liked decks of all time.

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Posted 23 May 2011 at 01:33

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Bloodscent!

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Posted 23 May 2011 at 06:34

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etched champion!

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Posted 05 June 2011 at 12:06

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Posted 05 June 2011 at 18:52

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Wheel of moon & sun? :3


..sorry for being a year late >_>

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Posted 09 August 2012 at 19:34

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Not a problem! Added it.

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Posted 10 August 2012 at 16:57

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