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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

M:TG.COM - Mirrodin Besieged in Paint and Pixel

03-02-11 - Focusing on Select Art from Mirrodin Besieged - Savor the Flavor - Doug Beyer



The link title says it all.  A straightforward art appreciation article.

Letter of the Week (Read his article for the response):
Dear Doug Beyer,
Regarding your articles on Mirrodin and the Vanished, I was curious about the metallic growths of Mirran natives. Would a Mirran native who was returned to their origin plane live out their life with the metallic plates that have grown from them, or in time would the metal slough off and be replaced with normal flesh?
--J. Andersen

I since I don't really play Magic anymore, (and because I was away from the website for a year) I haven't really seen much of the art of the new cards.  There is some fantastic art in here.  My favorites from the article are Mirran Mettle, Glissa the Traitor, and Priests of Norn.

I've seen the Priests of Nom art before, but Doug's blurb about the piece helped me to truly realize the impact of that image

I may be slightly out of the loop, but the blurb about Praetor's Council has an interesting bit: The green phyrexian Praetor's name is Vorinclex.

I'm not sure how to feel about the name Vorinclex.  Using V's and X's to make an alien sounding name is something I would do when I was 5.  But I don't mind it here.

(Where I do mind it is in the Vedalken.  That may because of my love of merfolk, and how the vedalken attempted to replace them as blue's "iconic" creature type.  Vedalken as iconic.  Hmmph!)

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