The Art of Ugin's Fate

Posted in Arcana on January 20, 2015

By Blake Rasmussen

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Yesterday, we showed you the contents of the Ugin's Fate boosters, promising to talk more about just what's going on in the art today. Well, today is today! Yay today!

There are two basic twists in the alternative art for the cards found in the Ugin's Fate. The first is that the reprints from Khans of Tarkir got all dragonified. Which is totally a word. And a thing we did to the art in order to show off the alternative timeline where Ugin was saved by Sarkhan Vol. For example, check out the old art for Altar of the Brood.

Altar of the Brood | Art by Erica Yang

Now check out the alternative-timeline version.

Ugin Booster Alternative Art Altar of the Brood | Art by Erica Yang

You can see the Naga in the art replaced by a dragon, signifying the importance placed on dragons in the alternative timeline.

Similarly, you can also see a dragon added in Smite the Monstrous, where a Loxodon was getting smote in Khans of Tarkir.

Ugin Booster Alternative Art Smite of the Monstrous | Art by Greg Staples

My favorite, however, is the subtle change to Jeering Instigator, which used to be to be running away with Sidisi's hat, but now is running off with Silumgar's bracelet.

Ugin Booster Alternative Art Jeering Instigator | Art by Willian Murai

Now, what about the other half of the cards? The ones from Fate Reforged that didn't have a non-draconic version printed? The twist there is that those cards got Ugin-ified (definitely not a word). For example, Soul Summons shows Ugin doing the soul summoning himself.

Ugin Booster Alternative Art Soul Summons | Art by Johann Bodin

Likewise, Mastery of the Unseen lets us peek in on Ugin in a sanctum studying and creating magic, manipulating a ball of glowing blue-white energy.

Ugin Booster Alternative Art Mastery of the Unseen | Art by Daniel Ljunggren

And so on, and so on. Each of the 26 nonland cards in the Ugin boosters received one of these two treatments depending on if they were from Khans of Tarkir or Fate Reforged. Well, with somewhat of an exception for this guy, who really can't get any more Ugin-y (also not a word), but can certainly get another treatment.

Ugin Booster Alternative Art Ugin, the Spirit Dragon | Art by Chris Rahn

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