Selecting Tenth Edition Week 4

Posted in Feature on July 5, 2006

By Staff

It's a big week on Selecting Tenth Edition. The contentious green creature vote is in, and this week also marks the beginning of the artist sketch competitions, plus the third block for basic land art. Let's roll!

Last Week's card vs. card vote inspired some passionate support for all three beefy beaters on the boards. In the end, it was the Troll that emerged from the fight still standing, collecting more votes than the other two cards combined and plenty more!

Troll Ascetic makes it to Tenth Edition!
Troll Ascetic 6889 60.7%
Ravenous Baloth 2943 25.9%
Erhnam Djinn 1521 13.4%
Totals 11353 100%

Card Vote #4

This week's card vs. card vote is as straightforward as they come. Which of the following two pieces of equipment do you think is most appropriate for the core set?

Click here to reveal your choice.

Comments from Matt Place

For me the most interesting point in the Loxodon Warhammer versus Empyrial Plate choice is their effect on Limited. While Empyrial Plate is a fine card in any Limited deck, the Warhammer is a bomb that you almost never lose with if it is in play. Is that ok? There are many rare cards in Magic that are just as powerful in Limited. Visara and Rorix are good examples. The difference is that those last two cards also had a decent amount of constructed play while the Warhammer was most commonly seen bashing someone’s head only in Limited.

Even though Loxodon Warhammer did see some constructed play, I would rather see the top limited bomb in 10th Edition have more application in Standard, so my pick is Empyrial Plate.

Comments from Aaron Forsythe

I will concede that Maro was, at one time, a very popular, reasonably powerful and well-played card. I will also concede that Empyrial Armor was a defining card in Weatherlight and showed up in tournament-winning decks. But Empyrial Plate just wasn't that kind of card. It came and went, and no one noticed.

Loxodon Warhammer, however, is a uniquely awesome card. Everyone's jaws dropped the first time they saw this thing, and it continues to make people happy to this day in Ninth Edition. It does everything you could possibly want from an equipment--gives trample, gives a mighty power bonus, and gains tons of life.

And with Troll Ascetic making his triumphant return in Tenth Edition, you have one of the juiciest possible targets for the Warhammer already in place! 6/2 trampling, regenerating, spirit linked, untargetable beater? Sounds like a dream come true!

Basic Land Art: Block #3

Last week you voted on the lands of Invasion to see which art would make it to Tenth Edition. The results are now in and John Avon continues to dominate as the readers' favorite artist for basic land, taking every vote he had a shot at this week.


John Avon 5686 50.1%
D.J. Cleland-Hura 3024 26.6%
Scott Bailey 1810 15.9%
Ben Thompson 833 7.3%
Totals 11353 100%


John Avon 5329 46.9%
Terese Nielsen 2807 24.7%
Tony Szczudlo 2465 21.7%
Darrell Riche 752 6.6%
Totals 11353 100%


Ron Spencer 2 3792 33.4%
Rob Alexander 1 3184 28.0%
Rob Alexander 2 2270 20.0%
Ron Spencer 1 2107 18.6%
Totals 11353 100%


Glen Angus 3970 35.0%
Matt Cavotta 3552 31.3%
Jeff Miracola 2246 19.8%
Scott Bailey 1585 14.0%
Totals 11353 100%


John Avon 7271 64.0%
Glen Angus 2418 21.3%
Alan Pollack 2 1056 9.3%
Alan Pollack 1 608 5.4%
Totals 11353 100%

This week you'll be voting on the third of four blocks to get basic land art into Tenth Edition. This time, you'll be selecting your favorites from the panoramic lands of Kamigawa.

So, for each basic land type, you'll pick your favorite. The top Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest from Champions of Kamigawa will get their art reprinted in Tenth Edition. Here's what you'll be choosing from.


Greg Staples 1

Greg Staples 2

Greg Staples 3

Greg Staples 4


Martina Pilcerova 1

Martina Pilcerova 2

Martina Pilcerova 3

Martina Pilcerova 4


Jim Nelson 1

Jim Nelson 2

Jim Nelson 3

Jim Nelson 4


John Avon 1

John Avon 2

John Avon 3

John Avon 4


Rob Alexander 1

Rob Alexander 2

Rob Alexander 3

Rob Alexander 4

Artist Sketch Vote #1

The first sketches are in! This week you'll be choosing your favorite sketch for Lord of the Pit. The artist's sketch that gets the most votes will be developed into the final piece for Tenth Edition's version of Lord of the Pit. For this one, you'll be choosing between Mike Sutfin and Dave Allsop. As a new twist, we're not going to tell you which artist illustrated which sketch for Selecting Tenth Edition, so you'll have to go strictly by which sketch you prefer.

Click here to reveal your choice!

Click each image for a larger version.

Sketch A

Sketch B

Go Vote!

To vote in the polls, you'll need to use your message boards account. If you don't have one yet, you can go here to create one. Once you've done that, or if you already have an account, you're all set. You've got until the site updates Sunday night to get your vote in, so click the link below to launch the polling page and go make your voice heard!

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