- In: Culture
- Published on 18 July 2012
- By James
In 1998, Magic The Gathering World Champion Brian Selden's deck conquered the field by using Survival of the Fittest to put creatures into the graveyard and Recurring Nightmare to bring them back into play. The deck employs more than twenty creatures and dips into blue for Lobotomy. Here below are some of the outstanding card artwork featured within his tournament winning deck.
Undiscovered Paradise: An important land card. It allows you to add one mana of any color to your mana pool. The only caveat being that you must return the card back to your hand after using it. Basically that means that you can only use this card once every two turns.
Staunch Defenders: A powerful white creature. It costs 5 mana to play, but when you do play the card, you gain four life. This was important in Brian's deck due to his ability to play cards without having to pay their mana cost.
Man O War: A cool looking blue card that allows you to return any creature to its owners hand when this card comes into play.
Dread of Night: A cheap and effective sideboard card. For one mana all white creatures get -1/-1. This is especially helpful if you're playing against a "white weenie" (lot's of 1/1 creatures) deck. Visually I love the artwork here. The card art, designed by Richard Thomas, conveys a feeling of impending doom quite well.
Recurring Nightmare: Such an awesome illustration. As powerful as this card is, the illustration is equally as powerful.
Firestorm: A cheap direct damage card that also allows you to choose whether or not you want the damage to go towards creatures or specific players life totals.
Survival of the Fittest: When used in tandem with Recurring Nightmare, these two cards form the basis for Seldon's championship deck. The illustration (a goblin killing another goblin with a home-made axe) is both jarring and well-thought out compositionally.
Lobotomy: There's nothing like several mechanical hands and a sharp drill bit to convey the feeling of a lobotomy. Look at the terror on the character's face! This is a potent card that allows you to remove entire sets of cards within an opponent's deck from the game.
[The Wall Breakers own none of this artwork]