Panoramic View

Posted in Feature on October 21, 2008

By Wizards of the Coast

The idea behind Shards of Alara's "Panorama" lands is that they represent a bird's-eye-view of each plane. Or aven's-eye. Maybe dragon's-eye. You get the idea.

For example, here's the art description for Grixis Panorama:

Color: Land associated with black, blue, and red mana
Location: Grixis
Action: Magic has done a zillion landscapes. This one is a little different. It represents the sky itself, high above Grixis. Show a "one-point perspective" of a Grixis skyscape, with the vanishing point low in the frame. A little bit of terrain can be seen toward the bottom of the frame: dark seas, jagged mountains, and the festering "Dregscape." Grixis's sky is riddled with pink heat-lightning and black, roiling clouds, so a sense of that is important as well.
Focus: the scene
Mood: Inside the darkest storm, looking down on the darkest land.

So the concept is that the Grixis Panorama includes all of the lands of Grixis, but "zoomed out" so far that the sky itself dominates the picture. But when the card gets sacrificed to fetch a specific land, you're zooming back in to the Swamp, Mountain, or Island of your choice. Until then, though, what you see is mostly sky:

Art by Nils Hamm

Grixis Panorama
 

Now, here's the other four. Ideally, you should be able to immediately identify which shard each panorama is associated with!

Art by Jaime Jones

Art by Franz Vohwinkel

Art by Donato Giancola

Art by Hideaki Takamura

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