I have seen some amazing things in my life. Things that most people would never get to witness or experience in their lifetime.
But holy fucking shit this is up there with the most amazing things I have ever seen.
The couple who taught my husband and I how to play Magic the Gathering got married last month. I had to make this card for them as it made me grin just thinking about it. I have no photo editing software other than Paint… so… that was a pain, but it turned out well enough. :)
Today’s pick was brought to the audience by user rainbowshooterunicornsummoner, and I have to say, I am pretty excited to cover one of the greats, Dark Confidant!
Originally seen in Ravnica : City of Guilds, Dark Confidant was a player created card. It immortalizes Bob Maher, who won a Magic Invitational, the prize being on a card of his design.
I think the best reason anyone in the audience would want this card put under the microscope is because of how powerful and thus iconic it has become. When it was reprinted in Modern Masters, which I will get to in a second, it was given new art. And similar to Meddling Mage getting a new art in from Planeshift to Alara Reborn, many people were up in arms about this change.
This might be taboo, considering I was prepared to do this write-up and rip this version apart, but this is the better art in my opinion. On the surface and on a computer screen this does look like they just asked the artist to put Skrillex on the card instead of Bob.
But aside from the haircut and the fact that Bob’s face is no longer on his prize, this art has so much more atmosphere to it. The colors and background design draw the eye around the picture and the simple use of the crown makes the figure much more of Magic’s Littlefinger than the redheaded guy dressed like Joesph with his technicolor dreamcoat. This is also a product of the “art creep” of Magic over time, but I would be hard pressed to rate the original over the Modern Master version once I have dismissed my nostalgia.
But what are your thoughts? Which version had the better art and what card should I review in the future?