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!

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