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November 09, 2017 3 min read

Struggles between the new and old are ingrained in the human experience. Magic players see this arise in the form of new cards with each set released for the game. Power level, rarity, creature types, every new card brings up comparisons to the old and conflicts arise in their evaluation.

But what of the reprints? Functionally identical in the player’s hands, they nonetheless introduce new elements to the game with their updated illustrations. Classic images envisioned through the eyes of a new artist come out entirely different, yet whether improvement is achieved is up to the viewer.

Does the original art stand the test of time, or do new images take up the banner of our imagination?

The eternal struggle continues… it’s the Reprint Rumble: Explorers of Ixalan!

Classic Genius vs. New Hotness, who will win the race to fame and fortune?

















While we here at OMA score it a 4-3 win for Classic Genius, we won’t know the eventual winner until we hear from you so vote early, vote often for your favorite art!

Remember that every piece of art should be celebrated and appreciated. The artists, art directors, and everyone involved in the creative team all bring the game to life and their contributions should never go unnoticed.

Each set provides a new chance to tell a story and capture the imagination of the players. Thanks go out to everyone involved in this creative process and I look forward to seeing the contestants for the next Reprint Rumble.

Until next time!

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Josh Krause
Josh Krause

Josh Krause is a the lead writer (and basically everything else) at Original Magic Art. He's played Magic since 4th Edition and is an avid collector of artwork from the game. Josh helped foster the growth of the Art collecting community and continues to promote the art and artists of Magic through his writing and the sites he manages.

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