alternate mtg art


Steve Argyle - Alternate Art Magic the Gathering re-releases

Steve has done alternate artwork for thirteen different Magic cards during his career (approximately one piece out of five for his portfolio.)  One of those was his own work to begin with (which was a regular release card) and only one of his alternate art cards was a regular release.  The others were all promos or some other non-traditional release.


Magic: the Gathering - Magic 2015 CLASH PACKS

A two-player product, the Clash Pack contains two sixty-card decks designed to be played against each other. It’s a great way to introduce new players to Magic. And it also comes with six premium foil cards with alternative art.

• Two ready-to-play sixty-card decks
•  Six premium cards with alternative art
•  Deck box
•  Strategy insert
•  Magic rules reference card
MSRP: $29.99

Let’s have a looky-loo at those six alternate art foil cards that come in the Clash Pack - we’ve also provided the ‘normal’ printing below for comparison - Fated Intervention, Font of Fertility, Hydra Brookmaster, Prognostic Sphinx, Temple of Mystery and Prophet of Kruphix.

Chinese alternate MTG arts (highlights)

“Magic has been available around the world since the mid-90’s, but it has only been available in Mainland China recently. Communist China has state-run media, and for whatever reason, they found certain images in MTG objectionable - mostly images of Religious, Sexual, or Violent acts, and images of Skeletons. To meet the needs of mainland China, Wizards commissioned new or altered artwork for many cards that depict Skeletons, scantily clad women, or people kneeling in prayer.” – Squt

Totally different art

Coffin Puppets (Prophecy)

Assassin’s Blade (Portal)

Raise Dead (Portal)

Wicked Pact (Portal)

Vampiric Feast (Portal)

Urborg Skeleton (Invasion)

Adjusted art

Unworthy Dead with some flesh on their bones (Urza’s Saga)

Skeletal Vampire wrapped in rags (Guildpact)

Roofstalker Wight with a hood (Ravnica: City of Guilds) 

Other examples:

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