Key art for Phyrexia: All Will Be One centres on Elesh Norn, a key villain in MTG lore

Famed horror manga artist Junji Ito makes a shock return to Magic: The Gathering with a full artwork remedy of basic villain Elesh Norn within the upcoming set Phyrexia: All Will Be One. It might be launched in February 2023, as revealed in Wizards of the Coast’s WeeklyMTG stream on December 13, 2023. People will see the cardboard in-game in Magic: The Gathering Arena first on February 7, 2023. It will come to the bodily game on February 10, 2023.

Ito renders the cardboard Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines in his signature high-detail, high-contrast type, with a extra dramatic, dynamic pose than the sleek aloofness the character is often depicted in. The card itself features a highly effective impact that doubles the controlling participant’s enter-the-battlefield results, whereas negating the opponent’s.

You can take a look at the cardboard under:

Junji Ito Magic the Gatherine rendition of Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines, depicts the character with a dynamic pose in his high-contrast style

Junji Ito’s rendition of Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines

Junji Ito is a pure alternative for Magic: The Gathering‘s Phyrexia: All Will Be One’s visible themes of physique horror and transhumanism. The Phyrexians – one of many oldest and most influential villains in Magic: The Gathering – view natural materials as a near-religious transgression, and imagine perfection might be achieved by changing flesh with mechanical elements, a course of referred to as “compleation”.

Junji Ito beforehand partnered with Wizards of the Coast for a timed unique Secret Lair drop for Magic: The Gathering in October 2023, which included 4 reprints of basic playing cards with new paintings. This return is the primary time Ito’s artwork has been used for a newly-released card.

Several famend Japanese artists have contributed paintings to Magic: The Gathering lately, together with Metal Gear Solid Character Designer Yoji Shinkawa, Gundam artist Naochika Morishita, and Fate/Grand Order artist Mawkawa Yuichi. Wizards of the Coast can be introducing Final Fantasy playing cards into the franchise in 2024.

Phyrexia: All Will Be One is launched digitally in Magic: The Gathering Arena on February 7, 2023, with a tabletop launch on February 10, 2023.

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