Sketches: Decree of Annihilation

Posted in Arcana on June 26, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

This week's "Sketches" looks at that saucy red sorcery from Scourge's Decree cycle, Decree of Annihilation. The concept for the cycle of Decrees was that these super-spells were cast by Karona, False God herself, and so their effects -- and art -- had to be huge, bold and awesome. Responsibility for the red Decree was put in the hands of Magic art veteran John Avon.

1. Art Description

These were the instructions given to the artist:

"Location: Skirk Ridge
Action: Show the goblin dwellings and their possessions, etc., burning and burning badly in the shadow of Karona. This is the fire that brings the 'END OF THE WORLD' and the end of all that is living to the goblins."

2. Sketches

Here is a preliminary sketch of Decree of Annihilation submitted by John.

This quick sketch shows Karona herself floating in the center of the chaos wreaked by the spell, surrounded by suggestions of the goblin dwellings.

3. Final Art

Here is a large version of the final piece. In this final version you can see how Karona's presence is now just an ominous shadow cast on the rock face in the foreground. John has also added plenty of elements to represent the spell's all-consuming blaze and the correspondingly hopeless goblins.

4. Card

Finally, here is the card as you can see it in booster packs.

Decree of Annihilation

Latest Arcana Articles

ARCANA

December 10, 2015

Best of 2015 and Holiday Treats by, Blake Rasmussen

With the holidays upon us, the crew at DailyMTG and the rest of Wizards of the Coast is going to be taking a bit of a break. But that doesn't mean there's nothing going on for you, gentle...

Learn More

Articles

Articles

Arcana Archive

Consult the archives for more articles!

See All

We use cookies on this site to personalize content and ads, provide social media features and analyze web traffic. By clicking YES, you are consenting for us to set cookies. (Learn more about cookies)

No, I want to find out more