REVIEW: ‘The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark’

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The Art of Magic: The Gathering

I don’t know too much about Magic: The GatheringAside from a couple of games I’ve played at conventions, the world of Magic has always been vast and slightly intimidating. Then I picked up The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of Spark and ended up pulled into the world of Magic.  With a world that has only become larger since its inception in 1993, Magic: The Gathering is a card game that features a deep lore with compelling characters, powerful spells, and beautiful planes. With players across the world, the publication of a new art book gives fans the chance to have a peak behind the curtain of Magic.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of Spark is an art book that opens the magic up in a beautifully crafted coffee table book. James Wyatt, the writer behind the artbook, is a Senior Game Designer on the creative team for Magic: The Gathering. In the artbook, you meet Nichol Bolas: Edler Dragon, Planeswalker, God-Pharaoh. The ultimate mastermind, his plots for domination have twisted through the histories of countless worlds. Now, those plots culminate on the shattered streets of Ravnica, with undead armies marching at his command and dozens of Planeswalkers marshaled to oppose him. Through each illustrated page you get the chance to see the full scope of Nicol Bolas’s plans and discover details of each add to the compelling tale of the elder dragon’s plan including Tarkir, Dominaria, Amonkhet, and Kaladesh.

While I came into this artbook without much prior knowledge about the world, I was able to roll into each illustration and still be able to follow along. While long time fans will be able to grasp the depth even more, it’s also great for newcomers as well. And a lot of that has to do because of the beauty of the art featured across the book. Each of the featured illustrations has been carefully chosen from across the more than two decades of the franchise to showcase the beauty and lore of Magic: The Gathering.

For an artbook, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of Spark features a lot of writing that adds context and weight to each piece of art picked to fill the book. Through its art, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of Spark tells a vibrant fantasy story that is accessible to new fans but I can see adding even more care to what existing fans already know. Additionally, the artbook is very large. A true coffee table book, this one is 10 x 1 x 11.25 inches and a whopping 4 pounds, making it an amazing collector’s item.

Overall, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of Spark is a great addition to anyone’s collection for both art books and Magic: The Gathering. With thick pages and sweeping art, this is a beautiful illustration of the world of Magic.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of Spark is available now from booksellers. 

The Art of Magic: The Gathering - War of Spark
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TL;DR

The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of Spark is a great addition to anyone’s collection for both art books and Magic: The Gathering. With thick pages and sweeping art, this is a beautiful illustration of the world of Magic.