Struggles between the new and old are ingrained in the human experience. Magic players see this arise in the form of new cards with each set released for the game. Power level, rarity, creature types, every new card brings up comparisons to the old and conflicts arise in their evaluation.
But what of the reprints? Functionally identical in the player’s hands, they nonetheless introduce new elements to the game with their updated illustrations. Classic images envisioned through the eyes of a new artist come out entirely different, yet whether improvement is achieved is up to the viewer.
Does the original art stand the test of time, or do new images take up the banner of our imagination?
The eternal struggle continues… it’s the Reprint Rumble: Commander 2015!
Classic Genius vs. New Hotness, who will emerge victorious in this annual tussle? Sides have been drawn, choose your champion!
Scale… Doves? Way to class up the joint, Mike Sass.
While original introduced us the symbol of the Boros Legion, the Commander 2015 gives us a vision of the icon in use, with great lighting, well rendered avian scenery and good examples of Boros regalia.
Some times more is indeed more, and this is one of those times. New Hotness Victor! (Read as Roma Victor! from Gladiator, but with more syllables, because reasons)
Sure, sometimes more is more, but, as is more often the case, I feel the opposite is true here.
The Orzhov Signet from Guildpact was one of my favorite pieces of art from the block. Muted colors and a loosely rendered background texture causes the symbol to absolutely pop out of the frame. The thorny filigree around the edges adds interest while focusing your eye in the center of the image. Love it. Hildebrandt magic.
The new art feels… off. The background is oddly flat and the hanging fabric behind the symbol is likewise lacking definition. With so much else going on in the image, the symbol is harder to pick out. You see the “pearl” in the middle, but the star portion is very washed out.
My feeling is that this piece may have been in a slush pile since the original Ravnica block and added to the set as they gradually cleaned out inventory.
While we here at OMA score it as a 1-1 Tie, we won’t know who the eventual winner will be until we hear from you so vote early, vote often for your favorite art!
This was a fairly short rumble, but it gave me some extra time to try out a new format for the images. What do you think? Do you enjoy the old style with the art in card frames (Classic Genius) or the new style with the full frame art (New Hotness)?
Remember that every piece of art should be celebrated and appreciated. The artists, art directors and everyone involved in the creative team all bring the game to life and their contributions should never go unnoticed.
Each set provides a new chance to tell a story and capture the imagination of the players. Thanks go out to everyone involved in this creative process and I look forward to seeing the contestants for the next Reprint Rumble.
Until next time!