My personal thoughts on anything Magic: The Gathering related, mostly from the perspective of casual play. I enjoy many different types of Magic, but particularly multiplayer, suhc as 60/4 Free-for-All, Commander, Chaos Magic and Planechase, Archenemy, Horde Magic, and Emperor, but I also like one-on-one, particularly if it's after a Sealed or Cube draft. I most frequently play 3-6 player Commander, Chaos Magic, and Duels of the Planeswalkers. The closest to tournament play I ever get is a Release or Prerelease event.
I also like to design my own cards using the Magic Set Editor. I take my designs very seriously, as I find the fun of designing is to try and make the card feel as much like a card that could see print as possible (as opposed to just throwing every ability I like into a card). I'm very interested in feedback on these designs, so long as that feedback is constructive.
Check out my decks, including my Chaos Magic and Horde Magic stacks, at http://tappedout.net/users/sarroth/.
These are all really incredible artists! Are you a fan of Svetlin Velinov at all?
I admit that I had to look up the name, but I definitely am a fan. Specifically, I find Thundermaw Hellkite’s art to be as amazing as it would be to cast the thing, Door to Nothingness’s art to be jaw-dropping, and I’m grateful for the new art of Anger as I never was a fan of the baby-like thing on the old one.
Magic’s art was part of the reason I started playing the game. My friends started trying to introduce me to it, and it’s art was the first thing I noticed about the cards. I think if the art had been of less quality, if most of the cards had cheesier art, I would have been turned off. Instead, the art is incredibly professional, realistic, and often gorgeous, and that lent an additional legitimacy to the game that made me take it more seriously when it came to deciding to get into it. There are so many great Magic artists, it would probably be easier to list which artists I don’t like than list all the ones I do! It was definitely hard to pick just 5 for this.