Allusion-Fest: Gaze of Justice

Posted in Arcana on September 28, 2006

By Wizards of the Coast

Time Spiral’s Gaze of Justice represents a beam of holy light from on high, punishing an evil creature in an ultimate act of justice. Its cost and removes-from-the-game effect may allude to Swords to Plowshares, but the true inspiration is Hand of Justice from way back in the Fallen Empires set.

Gaze of Justice
Hand of Justice

Note that Gaze of Justice’s flashback cost is the same as Hand of Justice’s mana cost. That beam is coming from a long way off—basically all the way from 1994!

Note also the big, nasty demon getting stricken in the art—John Avon used Mirrodin’s Reiver Demon as a model for it (but this is a Dominarian demon, so it lacks the metal elements of Reiver Demon).

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Gaze of Justice art by John Avon

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