This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Massive Art Attack

Posted by Chris-B

 

You better buckle in and make sure your deck is fully sleeved, because the new Commander Cast season is off and rolling.  You can tell its all new kids on the block this go around by the abundance of jean jackets and British Knights high tops.  I go by the mysterious internet alias of Chris-B, and I will be a contributing author this season.  In the coming weeks Massive Art Attack will be serving up the very best and worst of MTG art, as well as some sweet altered art cards.  If you are a vorthos, or if you just enjoy hilariously bad art, you’ve come to the right place.

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This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Massive Art Attack

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Welcome back to Massive Art Attack.  As I mentioned in last weeks article, this week I will be reviewing the art of Ice Age.  The year was 1995, “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” by Bryan Adams was sitting atop the charts, people were flocking to see Batman Forever, and WotC was just releasing the Ice Age expansion.  To promote the new 383 card set they treated us to this gem:

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This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Massive Art Attack

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Help kick that post V-Day hangover with some terrible Magic art and awesome alters.  Its time for Massive Art Attack.  Last week we took a look at the Ice Age expansion where we found that Beavis pumps a creature and that Wizards marketing has come a long way.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out my first art set review, head over and take a look.  Its light on text and heavy on pictures, like a children’s book so you’ll blast through it in no time.  Besides its Friday before a three day weekend for those of us in the US, what else are you going to do?

This week we leap a year ahead to catch up on the progress of art in Magic with the Alliances expansion.  Debuting in 1996, Alliances was a breath of fresh air after the debauchery that was Homelands.  Home to the infamous Force of Will, this expansion contained actual playable cards.  As far as the art of Alliances is concerned, let’s just say things are going to get worse before they get better.

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This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Massive Art Attack

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This week on Massive Art Attack we will be switching things up a little for variety’s sake.  The last two weeks we reviewed the art of Ice Age and Alliances.  This week we are going to be focusing on a specific artist, my favorite artist to be exact.  It’s the John Avon article everybody!  We’ll be taking a look at some of his best work and we will also be checking on some John Avon illustrated cards that could be a good fit in your commander deck.

 

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This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Massive Art Attack

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Welcome back to Massive Art Attack, last week we switched it up and took a look at the amazing art of John Avon and John Avon alone.  This week is another set review.  The year was 1994, I was probably watching a rerun of Rock N’ Jock softball on MTV, but Wizards was busy unleashing a product that would make the commander format possible.  Thats right, I’m talking about Legends.  This was the first set to introduce legendary creatures and multicolored cards to the game.  I wouldn’t have a commander-centric website to make obvious jokes about obviously bad art without Legends, so lets get to the review.

 

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This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Massive Art Attack

Welcome back to Massive Art Attack.  This week I battle nostalgia by reviewing the set that really got me sucked in to Magic.  Tempest.  This posed quite a challenge for a couple of reasons:

1.  Nostalgia makes it easy to overlook bad art.
2. Tempest came out around the time the quality of art in Magic was stepped up a notch.  Mirage was probably technically the first block to up the art quality, but the trend certainly continued with Tempest.  That bottom 10% of art that was easy pickings for me to mock in previous sets was weeded out of the multiverse by this point.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t bad art in Tempest.  Read on to see what I found.

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