In this series, I’m going to go through my cube, section by section, and compare the available printings of each card. I’ll give my opinion on which is the coolest/prettiest/most charmingly old-school, but since this is a side by side comparison of art and version, it should be a useful reference even if you don’t agree. If I missed something, let me know! Note: I’m working on the general rule that I would like cards to be foil, but I’d rather have nice art than foil if that’s the choice.
I like the Duel Deck version here. Her hand placement is a little awkward, but it’s so much less ’80s.
Frame preference aside, the Planechase version is a hell of a lot brighter and clearer. That’s my choice.
Man, these are all so nice! I’m a big fan of Kev Walker, and I think his Judge Promo is my overall pick. I love the super glossy FTV foil though, and the art is really pretty. Couldn’t fault anyone for preferring the Alpha version as well- it’s like a suit of armor using a classy kitchen scale! I enjoy the fact that the text is different on all three. Nothing is more charming than old templating.
Same artist, same text- here I like the composition of the Gateway promo with the more prominent teeth.
I think the M11 version – with no text at all – is pretty sweet and classic. I don’t love or hate either piece of art, but I think the normal version reads a little better.
Holy crap, Disenchant! Can’t make up your mind? Some are so deeply random. What is going on in 7th edition- a dude fighting a snow bank? If you like textless stuff- I avoid it because I want my cube to be friendly to new players, having recently been one- that art seems fine. Otherwise, I like the ABU version with the insane wording.
I never thought that a new Elspeth art could approach the old one in quality, but I like the sense of action and badassery in the Duel Deck version. Heresy, maybe, but I’m going with the new one.
True story- I started playing constructed to get this promo. It’s obviously the sickest, and gets a shoutout in the Admonition Angel art if you’re into inter-cube tie-ins.
This is a hard one- I love Adam Rex and Justin Sweet, and the original art is pretty evocative. The Pro Tour foil is a little dopey- I call it the Baby Milk Cow for reasons shrouded in mystery – but I love it deeply. When I find one of these, it will be in my cube. Or I guess when I decide to pay the $30. You know what I mean.
I admit it, I love the morph without reminder text, but the bustier-and-thigh-highs is a little too Exalted Angel as sexy Exalted Angel on Halloween for my taste. I’ll hold out for sweet sweet reprints, or FTV: Angels.
Duel Deck, all the way. I don’t like the busyness or the palette of the original.
Besides possible nostalgia, literally any art would have been an improvement. Mine is in the mail- I’m super excited.
I like the FNM foil here. Actually I can’t say no to a pastel dragon-thing made of goo, in general.
The Exodus version is kind of adorably lame- he’s just posing for the camera, I guess? – but there’s something l don’t like about the 9th version. It reminds me of a diorama, I think. My pick is 10th for objective prettiness but Exodus for nostalgia. When I find a foil from 10th, I’ll probably use that. There’s a pre teen girl inside me that likes the fancy horse, you know.
The original art is so much nicer, and actually reads as something more than kind of orangey. Definitely original/FNM for me. He’s also standing in front of the Erratic Portal- again with the cube tie-ins!
Mistral Charger loses here on flavor text alone.
I like the Ice Age version- I think it actually represents what the card does, but if I had the $50 FNM one, well, I’d probably run that.
Oh, Legions version. I’m pretty sure it’s detrimental to your level of play to have to parse this kind of art. Avoid. I love the original art, and it’s a sweet FNM foil if you can find it.
The Portal one seems ok, if you are into that sort of thing, and has the old hilarious reminder text bonus. The Alpha one is textbook visual assault, Ron Spencer makes everything look vomity, and Kev Walker is not to be trifled with. And all his stuff is beautiful in foil. Case closed!