Rivals of Ixalan Art Descriptions

Posted in Feature on February 13, 2018

By Chris Gleeson

Chris is the copy editor for DailyMTG. If the Ts are dotted and the eyes are crossed, he dun goofed.

Ixalan is a land of hidden wonders, dangerous wildlife, and swashbuckling adventure, and the art in the set brings this world to life on every card.

So let's take a closer look at some of that art in larger-than-card size, along with the descriptions that led to the creation of each piece.

Dire Fleet Daredevil

Setting: Ixalan
Color: Red creature
Location: A plaza within the golden city where a golden pedestal displays a toaster-sized glowing jade totem
Action: Show a female pirate rogue swinging in on a rope/vine and grabbing the glowing totem off the pedestal (see above). This is an exhilarating moment and she's loving it.
Focus: The rogue pirate
Mood: Dramatic swashbuckler


Hunt the Weak

Setting: Ixalan
Color: Green spell
Location: A jungle-like area of the golden city
Action: We're looking out from inside the mouth of a massive T-rex–like dinosaur. Through the razor-sharp teeth, we see the dinosaur's prey: a goblin pirate. The goblin is dashing away, looking back over his shoulder in terror as he desperately clutches his hat that's falling off.
Focus: The goblin through the dinosaur's teeth
Mood: The hunt is on!


See Red

Setting: Ixalan
Color: Red spell
Location: Any spot in the golden city; maybe a brightly-lit treasure chamber
Action: This is a malady that inflicts someone who steals a cursed treasure. Show a goblin who has been cursed with the "evil eye." Maybe he's hanging upside-down, leering at us with one crazed, feral-looking, blood shot, red-irised eye. He slashes wildly at us with his sword while cradling the treasure he stole—a skull with one glowing ruby eye that matches his cursed eyeball.
Focus: The rabid goblin
Mood: MINE! Heeheehahaheehee MINE!

Latest Feature Articles

FEATURE

August 9, 2019

Commander (2019 Edition) Design Philosophy by, Glenn Jones

I hope you've enjoyed preview season for Commander (2019 Edition)! These products have a special place in my heart, as I've been on a design team for each one since joining Wizards. Comma...

Learn More

FEATURE

August 9, 2019

Commander (2019 Edition) Release Notes by, Wizards of the Coast

Compiled by Eli Shiffrin, with contributions from Laurie Cheers, Carsten Haese, Nathan Long, and Thijs van Ommen. Document last modified July 3, 2019. DOC Download Links:English | Españ...

Learn More

Articles

Articles

Feature 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