The Classic Look

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My favorite Magic card is Birds of Paradise, a card invented when the art submitted by Mark Poole for the card Tropical Island was rejected by the art department because it put too much focus on the birds and distracted from the island in the background. Magic was in its infancy and they had to pay Mr. Poole for the art regardless of whether they used it, so they decided to invent the card Birds of Paradise to match the art. That's a cool story. 

Why they would decide to change that iconic art several times on subsequent printings is beyond me.

The new Brainstorm in Conspiracy looks like a screenshot from the Old Microprose Shandalar game and Chris Pikula is NOT an old, black woman. Humbug. Give me the classic art any day.

With Vintage Masters looming this weekend, get the patch that will give you old, classic art for iconic Vintage cards. You can draft and play sealed in style without having to eyeball ugly new artwork.

Jason Alt

Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on He is also the Community Manager at and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

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3 thoughts on “The Classic Look

  1. I would say that the old artwork is easier for me to identify cards at a glance. But I do love the new art on the power sooooo much more (not that it is likely I will see any in a draft)

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